Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trekking through the risky trekking paths and reaching to the heart of one of the mighty mountains of our country is a lifetime dream to all the trekkers and mountaineers of the world. Mt. Makalu, one of the demanding and popular trekking destinations of our country is the fifth highest mountain in the world. Starting from the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges to getting an opportunity to explore the unique culture and lifestyle of people living in this region, Makalu Base Camp trek has many more to offer to its visitors.

Makalu Base Camp trek offers the visitors with an opportunity to view some of the highest mountain ranges of the world such as Everest (Highest mountain of the world), Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Amadablam, Pumori, Manaslu and other many beautiful mountain ranges of the world. One can also do the sightseeing of the unique culture and lifestyle of people living in this region for many years. One of the major attractions of this journey is the opportunity to see a wide variety of flora and fauna spotted only in the Himalayan region of our country.

Makalu Base Camp treks start with the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu. You will then take a scenic flight to Tumlingtar and start your trekking to reach the deepest valley of the world, Arun valley. Trekking via Sedua will take us to one of the famous passes of our country i.e. Shipton pass. From here we will start our challenging climb to reach the base camp of Mt. Makalu. One can do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world from the base camp.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu:
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then drive to Chichira:
Day 04 Chichira to Num:
Day 05 Num to Seduwa:
Day 06 Seduwa to Tashigaon:
Day 07 Tashi Gaon to Khongma Daanda:
Day 08 Rest Day at Khongma Daanda:
Day 09 Khongma Danda to Dobate:
Day 10 Dobate to Yangri Kharka:
Day 11 Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka:
Day 12 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp:
Day 13 Rest Day at Makalu Base Camp
Day 14 Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka:
Day 15 Yangri Kharka to Dobate:
Day 16 Dobate to Khongma Daanda:
Day 17 Khongma Daada to Tashi Gaon:
Day 18 Tashi Gaon to Seduwa:
Day 19 Seduwa to Num:
Day 20 Num to Tumlingtar:
Day 21 Fly back to Kathmandu:
Day 22 Departure Day:

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    This will be the first day of our trekking journey. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel via private vehicle. We will rest for some time and then begin the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. At evening, you will be welcomed with a typical Nepali food at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley. You will be transferred to many places of Kathmandu with our private vehicle which includes Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office. An evening stroll at Thamel and Durbarmarg will give you much energy which will help you at the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 03

    Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then drive to Chichira:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will take a scenic and short flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. We will take some rest and then again take another short drive to Chichira. On the flight, you will get an opportunity to do the sightseeing of Himalayan panorama from the aircraft. Overnight at Chichira.

  • Day 04

    Chichira to Num:

    We will start early in the morning and then trek ahead through the ancient and authentic villages and then cross the dense green lush mountain forests. We will trek ahead along a ridge and then reach Num valley. Overnight at Num.

  • Day 05

    Num to Seduwa:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will trek via the steep and dense rhododendron forests and reach Barun river. We will move ahead and then crossing this river and then take an easy ascend which will take us to Makalu Barun National Park. We will do the sightseeing of a wide variety of flora and fauna in this park and then move ahead to reach Seduwa village. Overnight at Seduwa.

  • Day 06

    Seduwa to Tashigaon:

    Ascending the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola will take us to a hill side. We will cross this hill and then reach to the ancient villages. Trekking ahead through this route will take us top Tashi Gaon. Overnight at Tashi Gaon.

  • Day 07

    Tashi Gaon to Khongma Daanda:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will begin our today’s trek. Today’s trek will be bit tiring as we will walk on a steep trail in the higher altitude. We will ascend to a stream and then ascend to a ridge. From this place, the trail will get steeper and riskier. Trekking ahead and climb the steep trail will take us to Khongma Daanda.

  • Day 08

    Rest Day at Khongma Daanda:

    We will just have a full day rest today. One who wish to stroll at the local places of Khongma Daanda is free and can easily stroll at the local places. Overnight at Khongma Daanda.

  • Day 09

    Khongma Danda to Dobate:

    Today will be one of the special days of our journey as we will be climbing above the Shipton La pass and then we will cross this higher pass. After an early morning breakfast, we will start our climb to reach this pass. We will trek via Kalo Pokhari and then pass the Keka La which stands at a height of 4170m. Crossing the Keka La pass will reward us with the majestic view of Chamlang Himal. Trekking ahead will take us to Dobate. Overnight at Dobate.

  • Day 10

    Dobate to Yangri Kharka:

    We will trek ahead from the dense rhododendron and oak forests to reach the Barun river. We will then trek at the higher altitude and one should be much careful as this trail is steep and dangerous. Trekking ahead with the higher altitude will take us to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

  • Day 11

    Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will do a moderate and easy walk and then pass the yak pastures and green lush forests. Trekking ahead will take us to Merek and then trekking along the scenic view of Himalayan panorama, we will reach Langmale Kharka. Overnight at Langmale Kharka.

  • Day 12

    Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp:

    Today is the final day when we will step in the base camp of Mt. Makalu. We will have a warm and early morning breakfast and then trek ahead to reach Shershong. The trail to the base camp is icy, steep and slippery. As we reach Shershong, the majestic view of Mt. Makalu will welcome us as it is opening its gate to invite us to the base camp. Overnight at Base Camp.

  • Day 13

    Rest Day at Makalu Base Camp

    We will today rest at the base camp and enjoy the scenario from the base camp. One can see some of the highest mountain ranges of the world from this place. We can see the Himalayan lakes, glaciers and unique landscapes from the base camp. Overnight at Base Camp.

  • Day 14

    Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka:

    After the sightseeing from the base camp, we will return back via the same route to come back to Yangri Kharka. An easy and slow descend will bring us back to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

  • Day 15

    Yangri Kharka to Dobate:

    The route to reach and come back from the base camp is same and an easy descend will bring us back to Dobate. Overnight at Dobate.

  • Day 16

    Dobate to Khongma Daanda:

    Trekking via Mumbuk and then an easy descend will bring us back to Khongma Daanda. One can see the magnificent Himalayan ranges along the trail. Overnight at Khongma Daanda.

  • Day 17

    Khongma Daada to Tashi Gaon:

    The trek continues with easy descend down to Tashi Gaon. We will do an easy trek and slowly come down through the higher altitudes. Trekking through the ancient villages will bring us back to Tashi Gaon. Overnight at Tashi Gaon.

  • Day 18

    Tashi Gaon to Seduwa:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will trek ahead and reach the Makalu Barun National Park. We will cross the hillside and trek along the ancient villages to reach Seduwa. Overnight at Seduwa.

  • Day 19

    Seduwa to Num:

    Trekking back will take us to Num valley. Trekking upside and then an easy descend will bring us back to Num valley. Overnight at Num valley.

  • Day 20

    Num to Tumlingtar:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will trek down and then reach to CHichira. Trekking ahead will take us to Tumlingtar. Overnight at Tumlingtar.

  • Day 21

    Fly back to Kathmandu:

    On today’s day, we will take a flight back to Kathmandu valley. We will then rest at our hotel and then you will have an option to stroll at the local streets of Kathmandu. An easy stroll in the local streets of Thamel and Durbarmarg can make your tiring adventure more fun. At evening, you will have a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant and then you will rest at hotel.

  • Day 22

    Departure Day:

    The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.



  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.


  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.


Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.


Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.


The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.




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