Makalu Base Camp Trek | Makalu Base Camp itinerary

Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is located in the eastern part of Nepal, at an elevation of 8,418m. It is the fifth-highest mountain in the world. The treks offer you stunning landscapes, culture, and adventure. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and makes anyone must visit who is interested in trekking.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a challenging trek that will get you through beautiful and remote places of the Himalayas. The trek begins from the small village of Tumlingtar in the Solu-Khumbu region. The trek will take you through dense forests and traditional villages. You will encounter the south face of Makalu, Barun Glacier, Everest, and Lhotse.

Trek highlights

  • Stunning Mountains
  • Culture and Traditions
  • Adventure and Challenges
  • Preparation and Planning

Best time

Before going trekking, it is essential to gather information and prepared properly. We need to prepare for the best time to trek and what to pack for the trek.

Best time for trekking

The best to visit Makalu Base Camp is September, October, November and March, April, and May. During this time the weather will be suitable and the skies will be clear, making the good condition for trekking. You can also trek from June to August but be prepared for heavy rainfall and possible landslides.

Gears and Equipment

This trek requires essential items like comfortable shoes, warm clothing, waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag, a mattress, and a good-quality tent. A first aid kit and a torch are also required.

Permits and Fees

You need to buy a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, the guiding company will arrange the card. This card plays a role to trek in Nepal and the safety of trekkers, this card cost $10.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required to trek in the Annapurna Region which includes Dhaulagiri Circuit which cost $20.

Altitude Sickness

The trekker needs to be aware of altitude sickness, the camp is located at 5,000 meters and it is common for trekkers to experience headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. For avoiding altitude sickness acclimatization is essential.

Itineray for Makalu Base Camp

1: Fly to Tumlingtar (1 hour) and drive to the starting point of the trek, Chichila 1,980 m./6,497 ft., 3-4 hours

2: Trek to Num 1,980 m./6,497 ft., 3-4 hours

3: Trek to Seduwa via the Arun River 1,500 m./4,922 ft., 6-7 hours

4: Trek to Tashigaon 2,100 m./6,890 ft., 4-5 hours

5: Trek to Khongma Danda 3,500 m./11,483 ft., 6-7 hours

6: Acclimatisation day in Khongma Danda

7: Trek to Dobate via Shipton La (4,229 m./13,874 ft. 3,650 m., 6-7 hours

8: Trek to Yangle Kharka following the Barun River upstream 3,557 m./11,670 ft., 6-7 hours

9: Trek to Langmale Kharka 4,410 m./14,468 ft., 5-6 hours

10: Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka

11: Trek to Sherson 4,500 m./14,763 ft., 6-7 hours

12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,900 m./16,076 ft)., 4-5 hours

13: Day walk around Makalu Base Camp

14: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3,600 m./11,811 ft., 6-7 hours

15: Trek to Dobate 3,650 m./11,975 ft., 6-7 hours

16: Trek to Khongma Danda (5-6 hours

17: Trek to Tashigaon 4-5 hours

18: Trek to Seduwa 4-5 hours

19: Trek to Num 5-6 hours

20: Drive to Tumlingtar 51 km

21: Fly to Kathmandu

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