Makalu Base Camp Trek

21 Days

The Makalu base camp trek is a challenging and less traveled trekking route that offers a unique opportunity to experience remote wilderness, diverse ecosystems, and breathtaking mountain scenery. It serves as the starting point for trekkers and climbers who are looking to explore the Makalu region or attempt to summit Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world.

Location and route

The Makalu Base Camp trek is located in the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area in the eastern part of Nepal, near the border with Tibet (China). The trek starts from the village of Tumlingtar and gradually ascends through various landscapes to reach the base camp of Mount Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Here is an overview of the route:

Starting Point: The trek usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, a small town in the eastern part of Nepal.
Route:Tumlingtar-Num-Sedua-Tashigaun-Kauma-Mumbuk-Neha Kharka-Sherson-Makalu Base Camp
Return Route: The return journey follows a similar path back to Tumlingtar, with the opportunity to retrace your steps and appreciate the landscapes from a different perspective.

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Preparation and logistics

Preparing for the Makalu Base Camp trek requires careful planning and consideration of various logistics due to the remote and challenging nature of the trek. Here’s a guide to help you prepare effectively:

  1. Physical Fitness and Health Preparation:
    Start a fitness routine several months before the trek to improve your cardiovascular endurance and leg strength.
    Consult a doctor to ensure you’re in good health for high-altitude trekking.
    Train with hikes or long walks to simulate trekking conditions and to break in your trekking gear.
  2. Trekking Permits and Documentation:
    Obtain the necessary permits, including the Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit. It can be arranged through local authorities or your trekking agency.
    Carry identification, passport, and a few passport-sized photos for permit applications.
  3. Trekking Itinerary and Timing:
    Plan your trekking itinerary with a balance of trekking days and acclimatization days. The Makalu Base Camp trek usually takes around 18 to 22 days.
    Research the best trekking seasons: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) for favorable weather and clear views.
  4. Trekking Agency or Guide:
    Consider hiring a local trekking agency or guide who is experienced in the region. They can handle logistics, permits, and accommodations, and provide local insights.
    A guide or trekking agency can help arrange transportation to the trailhead and back from the endpoint.
  5. Gear and Equipment:
    Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, waterproof layers, a sleeping bag, and a backpack.
    Carry trekking poles to reduce strain on your knees during descents.
    Don’t forget to pack a first aid kit, basic medications, and any personal prescription drugs
  6. Accommodations:
    Accommodations along the trail are basic teahouses or lodges. It’s advisable to carry your own sleeping bag and a sleeping bag liner for added warmth and comfort.
    Keep in mind that accommodations can be limited, so early arrivals might secure better rooms.
  7. Food and Hydration:
    Most teahouses provide meals like dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), pasta, and noodles. Consider carrying energy bars and snacks.
    Carry a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets or a filter to ensure safe drinking water.
  8. Weather and Clothing:
    Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Layering is key to staying comfortable.
    Carry both warm clothing and lightweight, breathable layers to adapt to changing conditions.

Permit and necessary papers:

  • Makalu Barun National Park entry permit.
  • TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • Passport and identification
  • Passport sized photos
  • Medical insurance
  • Local currency (Nepali rupees)
  • Emergency contact information
  • Travel Insurance

Best time to explore

The optimum months to visit Makalu base camp trek are March through May and September through November. The consistent weather during this time allows the trekker to fully appreciate each beautiful aspect of the trip.

Outline Itinerary of Makalu base camp trek

DayDestinationAltitudeTrek hourTrek km
2Kathmandu valley sightseeing1400M
4Num to Seduwa – 800m descent / 800m ascent1500M6hr8KM
5Seduwa to Tashigaon – 700m ascent2100M5 hrs8.3KM
6Tashigaon to Khongma danda – 1,400m ascent3637M7 hrs7.2KM
7Khongma danda rest / Hike to Khongma-la
8Khongma danda to Dobate – 852m ascent / 599m descent3860M5 hrs7.6KM
9Dobate to Yangle Kharka – 430m ascent / 600m descent3630M6 hrs9.7KM
10Yangle Kharka to Langmale – 758 ascent4420M7 hrs10.5KM
11Acclimatization walks around Langmale.
12Langmale to Makalu Base Camp – 473m ascent / 115m descent4800M7 hrs8.7KM
13Makalu Base Camp Exploration day
14Trek back to Yangle Kharka – 122m ascent / 1,214m descent7hr16KM
15Trek back to Dobate – 640m ascent / 412m descent6.5hr9.3KM
16Trek back to Khongma danda – 600m ascent / 852m descent7hr7.6KM
17Trek back to Tashigaon – 80m ascent / 1,450m descent5hr6.4KM
18Trek back to Seduwa – 150m ascent / 700m descent5hr8.9KM
19Trek back to Num and drive back to Khandbari – 800m ascent / 800m descent6hr8KM
20Drive to Tumlingtar and fly to Kathmandu
21Final departure
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Trip info

  • Approx 5100m
  • Mid-March to May & Sept to Nov
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Teahouse during the trek
  • 140
  • Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Dobate - MBC - Seduwa - Kathmandu


The Makalu Base Camp Trek is perfect for adventurers who are looking to avoid the crowded trekking routes of Nepal and want an authentic experience trekking among the giants of the Himalayas. Here’s an overview of what you can expect at Makalu Base Camp:

  1. Scenic Beauty: The journey to Makalu Base Camp takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, and glacial terrain. The scenery is constantly changing, offering breathtaking vistas at every turn.
  2. Mount Makalu: The ultimate highlight of the trek is the majestic Mount Makalu itself, which stands as the fifth-highest peak in the world. The view from the base camp is awe-inspiring, with the mountain’s towering presence dominating the landscape.
  3. Cultural Encounters: The trekking route passes through remote villages inhabited by indigenous communities such as the Rai, Sherpa, and Limbu people. You’ll have the chance to experience their cultures, traditions, and warm hospitality.
  4. Biodiversity: Makalu Barun National Park is renowned for its rich biodiversity. The trek takes you through various ecosystems, and you might spot rare and endangered species like red pandas, snow leopards, and a variety of bird species.
  5. Challenging Adventure: The trek is considered challenging due to its high altitudes, steep ascents and descents, and rugged terrain. It’s a rewarding adventure for experienced trekkers seeking a unique and demanding trekking experience.
  6. Remote and Less Crowded: Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, Makalu Base Camp sees fewer trekkers, creating a sense of solitude and tranquility. This makes it a great choice for those looking for a less crowded trekking experience.
  7. Makalu Barun National Park: The trekking route falls within the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, which is dedicated to protecting the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of the region.


  • Makalu Base Camp offers diverse landscapes, remarkable range of ecosystems, including subtropical forests, terraced fields, rhododendron and bamboo forests, alpine meadows, and glacial moraines.
  • The views of Makalu and its neighboring peaks, as well as the surrounding Himalayan panorama, are awe-inspiring and offer plenty opportunities for photography.
  • The trek takes you off the beaten path, offering a sense of isolation and tranquility compared to more popular trekking routes.
  • The trek also takes you through the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, a protected region known for its diverse flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species.
  • Since the Makalu region is less frequented, you'll have the opportunity to experience the Himalayas from a different angle, away from the crowds and commercialization.


Day 1:

Welcome to Nepal. When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to pick and escort you to the hotel. After checking in, you can rest or, with the guide, visit Himalayan 360’s office in Thamel and explore the colorful streets as well. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan 360 where you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great way to introduce Nepalese food.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2:
Kathmandu valley sightseeing

Explore all the widely famous and rich in heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley such as Pashupatianth temple, Boudhanath stupa, Budanilakantha and Patan Durbar Square. Engage yourself knowing the history, culture and significance of those places.

Day 3:
Kathmandu to Tumlingtar - Drive to Num (1550M)

You will be escorted from your hotel to Kathmandu Airport for your domestic flight to Tumlingtar. The flight usually takes around 35 minutes and the view from the plane is great if there is no dense cloud. You drive for about half an hour on a winding road uphill to Kandbari, a major town in the district which houses the government officials. You continue on a winding, dirt road to the highest point at 1,960m before descending to Chicula at 1,900m, a small town with a police checkpoint where you have to present your trekking permit. There are pleasant views of the surrounding forested hillsides. The road deteriorates a bit from Chicula so a bumpy ride can be expected most of the way to Num.
Overnight: Tea House

Day 4:
Num to Seduwa - 800m descent / 800m ascent (1550M)

On this day, you have a steep descent to Arun River which takes around 2 hours and a big climb to Seduwa. The walk down to the river is through cardamom crops (the largest cash crop in the area), and the path is on big stone steps all the way to the river at 770m. You cross the suspension bridge over the Arun River and begin the long climb to Seduwa, passing groves of giant bamboo, and bustling village life. Your guide will need to visit the Makalu-Barun National Park checkpoint. There are many houses and small shops, and a few tea houses scattered across the hillside.
Overnight: Tea House
Trek distance:- 8KM
Drive Hour:-3.5hr

Day 5:
Seduwa to Tashigaon - 700m ascent (2100M)

The walk is mild today. You begin climbing on a path with many stone steps and pass several mani walls as you head into Sherpa country. You walk through many small farms dotted across the hillside, cardamom plantations and bamboo and rhododendron forests. After approximately two hours you reach the small settlement of Chyaksa Danda at 1,900m. There are several houses, a school and tea shops here. In some places you are walking through dense forest and have to cross a few streams on good log bridges. You can see your destination, Tashigaon, on the hillside ahead, although it takes longer than you might think to arrive, as you contour on an undulating path. Eventually you descend to a log bridge just before your final push on stone steps to reach Tashigaon. The lodges are all perched on the top so you have a bit of climbing through the village to earn your dal bhat!
Overnight: Tea House
Trek distance:- 8.3KM
Trek Hour:-6hr

Day 6:
Tashigaon to Khongma danda - 1,400m ascent (3637M)

Be prepared for a lot of ascent today! You begin by ascending out of Tashigaon and head up on stone steps. After a while you cross a log bridge and continue ascending through stunning rhododendron forest. In April the rhododendrons and magnolia trees in bloom provide a colourful foreground with snow-capped summits to the east. As you look back you’ll see Tashigaon way beneath you.

After approximately three hours you reach Dhara at 2,867m which has a tea shop, and you are likely to have your lunch here as it’s your last stop until you reach Khongma. Leaving Dhara it’s a stiff climb of around one hour to Unshisa at 3,200m, where you pass a giant rock. There’s a tea hut here (closed in April 2019) and prayer flags marking this pass. From Unshisa it’s more relentless climbing on stone steps through rhododendron forest. Eventually after a couple of hours toiling upwards from Unshisha, you reach a stone rest stop with prayer flags, and another 15 minutes – ½ hour – brings you to Khongma Danda at 3,560m. There are three lodges at Khongma, and there may be quite a bit of snow here as well.
Overnight: Tea House
Trek distance:- 7.2KM
Trek Hour:-5hr

Day 7:
Khongma danda rest / Hike to Khongma-la

It’s essential to acclimatize properly, so we strongly recommend that you walk up to the Khongma La today. You leave your tea house and begin ascending on stone steps all the way to the pass at 3,890m through rhododendron bushes. It should take you an hour or so to reach the pass. You can go a little beyond if you are keen – your guide will advise. You then retrace your steps back to Khongma, fit and acclimatized ready to tackle the four passes tomorrow, the first one of course being the Khongma La.
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 8:
Khongma danda to Dobate - 852m ascent / 599m descent (3860M)

Today is truly spectacular, crossing four high passes with airy traverses and dramatic ridge sections offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks. Be prepared for snow though if you are trekking in April. There is one lonely tea shop on the Shipton La, but it’s likely that you won’t have lunch until you reach Dobate so make sure you take plenty of snacks and water with you as it’s a long, tough day (you may be given a packed lunch today). It takes around one hour of ascent through rhododendron bushes until you reach your first pass of the day – the Khongma La at 3,890m. From there, if it’s clear, you’ll see Makalu and Chamlang. You descend for a short while before ascending towards your second pass. There are views of Kangchenjunga to be had as you traverse an airy ridge. Some steep stone steps bring you to Sano Pokhari Danda at 4,105m with Sano Pokhari Lake below. To reach here from the Khongma La, takes around an hour, although it will be longer if negotiating your way through snow. More undulations bring you to the highest pass – the Shipton La at 4,200m. There’s a tin shelter/tea shop here which serves thirsty, tired trekkers and pilgrims during the season. The pass is marked by a mani wall and cairn adorned with prayer flags near the shelter. It’s quite a steep pull up to the Shipton La but not difficult.

You descend on less steep ground to Kalo Pokhari Lake at 4,080m. It’s adorned with prayer flags and is visited by Hindu pilgrims during the Janai Purnima Festival. From the lake, it’s an easier climb to your last pass of the day – the Keke La at 4,170m. Finally, a further 45 minutes or so of descent brings you to your lodge at Dobate – a very welcome sight after your four pass toils!
Overnight: Tea House
Trek distance:- 7.6KM
Trek Hour:-6hr

Day 9:
Dobate to Yangle Kharka - 430m ascent / 600m descent (3630M)

You have a really pleasant descent through rhododendron and pine forests this morning. There is a steep descent towards the Barun River through the forest and this can be tricky with lingering snow. Eventually you reach the river and then begins your walk on a path underneath a substantial landslide area. You catch glimpses of Chanlang and Tutse en route this morning.

After a brief ascent you reach the tea shop at Themathang Kharka, 3,500m. It takes around four hours to reach this spot from Dobate. There is an impressive waterfall just before you reach Themathang. From here you walk for a short while until crossing the Baron Khola on a wooden bridge. The trail undulates, and you have the river now on your left. Quite a bit of work has been done to construct a stony path in places approaching Yangle Kharka. It takes about 1½ hours from the tea shop at Themathang to reach the meadows of Yangle Kharka and your lodge for the night. It’s a wild, remote, windy spot.

There is a monastery (which is closed) just down from the lodge, providing an attractive foreground for photos with the snowy mountains behind.
Overnight: Tea house
Trek distance:- 9.7KM
Trek Hour:-7hr

Day 10:
Yangle Kharka to Langmale - 758 ascent (4420M)

You descend from your hut to the river and small monastery. It’s a pleasant, flatish start keeping the river on your left, with the arresting scent of juniper as you walk. You pass many colourful prayer flags lining the trail. The dramatic cliffs soar either side of you, and the views ahead are dominated by Peak 4, Peak 6, Peak 7 and Yaupa. It really is a fabulous day, with jagged snow-clad summits, vertical cliffs, waterfalls, and sacred caves as a visual feast.

The trail opens out as you walk past the pastures of Jhak Kharka, Yak Kharka and eventually Merek where a welcome tea shop appears after about 2½ hours of walking. Take it slow and steady here as you will no doubt be feeling the altitude as you toil upwards towards Langmale. It takes around 2 hours to reach your tea house at Langmale from Merek. The views here are sublime, with Peak 7 providing a breath-taking backdrop to the lodge rooms. A mani wall adorned by prayer flags sits just in front of the row of rooms. Black redstarts and choughs are quite common place here.
Overnight: Tea house
Trek distance:- 10.5KM
Trek Hour:-7hr

Day 11:
Acclimatization walks around Langmale.

There are a few options for acclimatisation today. There’s a good hill and viewing point behind the tea house and you can extend this walk as far as your guide suggests.
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 12:
Langmale to Makalu Base Camp - 473m ascent / 115m descent (4800M)

A truly sublime day on the trail today; Peak 7 is an almost constant companion whilst Peak 6 sits directly ahead, looking quite Ama-Dablam-esque. You begin ascending on a good path – the going feels tough at this altitude so take it very easy. You’ll be keeping the river on your left as you snake your way around the valley. As you round each bend you’ll have another dramatic aspect to marvel at. In parts you’ll be hopping from boulder to boulder, but mostly you’re on a reasonable, sandy trail. Obviously you are gaining 400m of height to your destination, but the trail undulates gently and there are only a few steeper sections to get you puffing.

Peak 4 comes into view as you progress. After a couple of hours walking, you reach a wide, flat area with a locked small stone hut – this is called Shershong, at 4,630m, making a good camping area. Eventually Makalu comes tantilisingly into view. Its formidable face with its icefalls, crevasses, jagged edges and seracs makes you gaze up in awe. As you round a few bends, you wonder when the base camp will reveal itself. Eventually you will see the lodges and (if in spring) a huddle of tents which mark the base camp. You descend, cross the river, and in five minutes you arrive at your long-awaited destination. As you would expect, the world’s fifth highest mountain, Makalu, completely dominates the view. Many Tibetan snowcocks, hill pigeons, black redstarts and mountain finches may be seen around the base camp.
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:- 8.7KM
Trek Hour:-6hr

Day 13:
Makalu Base Camp Exploration day

One option today which assures the most glorious panoramic views is to climb to the ridge – around 5,300m – above the base camp. You cross the river on the log bridge and ascend on a vague, slightly indeterminate path for around 3 hours. From this viewpoint you can see Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse as well as close-up, dramatic views of Makalu, Peak 7, Peak 6 and Peak 4. Re-trace your steps to the base camp when you’ve had your fill of mountain drama.The round trip should take around 4-5 hours. It’s a strenuous undertaking as it’s steep and the altitude will surely bite above 5,000m.

There are some softer options, which include following a path to view the lakes beyond base camp. There is also a much shorter ridge climb you can do just above base camp, and there’s a small hill at the head of base camp marked with prayer flags which is around an hour’s walk out and back. Your guide may also have other suggestions.
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 14:
Trek back to Yangle Kharka - 122m ascent / 1,214m descent

It’s with a heavy heart that you leave behind the overwhelming spectacle that is Mount Makalu, and begin re-tracing your steps to Yangle Kharka. It takes around 1½ hours to reach the meadow of Shershong, marked with a hut with bright orange tarpaulin. A further hour or so brings you back to Langmale, where you may have tea and possibly lunch. About 1¼ hours walking downhill brings you next to the tea shop at Merek. It’s good to chill here with a cup of tea before weaving your way through pine forests back to Yangle Kharka. It takes approximately 2-2½ hours to reach here from the tea shop at Merek. A welcome hot shower awaits if you pay 200 rupees!
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:- 16KM
Trek Hour:-8hr

Day 15:
Trek back to Dobate - 640m ascent / 412m descent

It’s a really pleasant gentle meander following the river down to the tea shop at Themathang, passing many rhododendron bushes as you approach. There’s a wooden bridge adorned by prayer flags to cross just before Themathang. It’ll take around 1½ hours to reach here.

After a short while you will have to negotiate the landslide area, which takes around 1½ hours. Take care on this as there are some narrow sections to pass. After an undulating stretch, you start climbing steeply through the rhododendron forest. If you’re lucky you may see a Himalayan monal here – Nepal’s national bird, resplendent in its rainbow colours. The going eventually eases and the ascent becomes more gradual as you approach the hut at Dobate. Take note that after the tea shop at Themathang, which comes early in your walk, there are no other refreshment stops until you reach Dobate, so make sure you take plenty of snacks.
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:- 9.3KM
Trek Hour:-7hr

Day 16:
Trek back to Khongma danda - 600m ascent / 852m descent

Today is your last chance to get captivating views of the high mountains, including Kangchenjunga. You begin ascending to the Keke La at 4,170m, which should take around 1½ hours. It’s a further 1½ hours to reach your highest point today – the Shipton La at 4,200m. Enjoy your stop here at the tea house. Another hour or so of contouring round the mountainside will bring you to the large cairn that marks Sano Pokhari Danda at 4,105m. A further hour of undulations brings you back to the final pass – the Khongma La at 3,890m, marked by a mani wall. Approximately 250m of descent, mainly on stone steps, brings you back to your lodge at Khongma. Look out for blood pheasant which can occasionally be seen wandering in the snow between the rhododendron bushes.
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:-7.6KM
Trek Hour:-6hr

Day 17:
Trek back to Tashigaon - 80m ascent / 1,450m descent

You descend from Khongma down to Dhara Kharka which takes around 2 hours. You’ll no doubt stop for a cup of tea here. The descent to Tashigaon then takes a further 3 hours.
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:-6.4KM
Trek Hour:-6hr

Day 18:
Trek back to Seduwa - 150m ascent / 700m descent

Retracing your steps back to Seduwa today will take around 4-5 hours.
Overnight: Teahouse
Trek distance:-8.9KM
Trek Hour:-7hr

Day 19:
Trek back to Num and drive back to Khandbari - 800m ascent / 800m descent

It’s a long, fairly steep climb, mainly on stone steps, all the way down to the Arun River at 770m. It will be feeling very warm now as you head deep into the forest lower down. You cross the river and endure the 800m climb all the way back to Num. It’s a good idea to have lunch at the Nishan ‘Hotel’ – a tea house approximately 300m below Num. Now you can congratulate yourself on the successful completion of a challenging and rewarding trek!

Finally, you return by vehicle to Khandbari where you spend your last night in the mountains.
Overnight: Hotel
Trek distance:-8KM

Day 20:
Drive to Tumlingtar and fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast you transfer back to Tumlingtar to make the return flight to Kathmandu airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recuperate from your exertions.
Overnight: Guest house/Hotel

Day 21:
Final departure

Now it’s time to end your journey and say goodbye to Nepal. If you have some time left, you can do some souvenir shopping or sightseeing around the hotel. A representative from Himalayan 360 will collect you from the hotel and take you to the airport 3 hours before your departure.


Cost includes

  • AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: 3 Nights Stay in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
  • PERMITS : All necessary paper works: Makalu Barun National Park permit, TIMS Card & conservation area entry permit, and its fee.
  • STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • MAP : Makalu Region Trekking map.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu, as per itinerary. Land Transportation: Drive Tumlingtar to Num and While Returning: Num to Tumlingtar
  • GUIDE : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • PORTER : Porters (1 trekker: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for group.

Cost excludes

  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • FOOD: all food and accommodation during trek
  • EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights' accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation. *mandatory
  • RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included
  • EXTRA PORTER : USD 30 USD for an extra per porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
  • EXTRA : Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.


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What is the height of Makalu Base Camp?

Makalu Base Camp is situated at 5100m. It’s important to note that this altitude can vary slightly depending on the specific location within the base camp area.

Is Makalu Base Camp trek difficult?

Yes, the trek to Makalu Base Camp is considered to be a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness, mental preparedness, and experience in high-altitude trekking.

Who climbed Mt Makalu first?

Makalu was first climbed on 15th May 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy, members of a French Expedition led by Jean Franco.

In which district is Makalu base camp?

Makalu Base Camp is situated in the Makalu Barun National Park, which covers an area of 2330 sq. km extending around the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts of Nepal.

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