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.
Culture and Traditions
Adventure and Challenges
Preparation and Planning
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. Also required was a first aid kit and torch.
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.
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