The major attraction of Makalu Base Camp Trek
- Off-the-beaten trekking experience
- Trek through Makalu Barun National Park, where you will get to see diverse flora & fauna
- Get to experience the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of ethnic settlements.
- Explore Makalu Base Camp
- Witness panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Chamlang, Peak 6, Peak 7, and numerous other mountains
Makalu Base Camp Trek route
Makalu Base Camp trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, you will start trekking towards Khadbari and then to Chichila. Leaving Chichila behind, you will head to Tashi Gaon via Num and Sedua. The trail passes by several small villages and leads you to Kauma where you will take a day off for acclimatization. Then, you will gradually ascend the rugged and forested trail to reach Makalu Base Camp. Before reaching the base camp, you will also pass by Mumbuk, Neha Khadka, and Sherson. You will spend a day exploring the base camp and descend back to Tashi Gaon, following the same trail as before. Further, the trail will lead you to the beautiful village, Pakuwa, where you will drop down to Bumling and then to Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu.
Permits are needed to do Makalu Base Camp Trek
To go on Makalu Base Camp Trek, you need to get the following permits:
Makalu Barun National Park Conservation Area permit: USD 30 per person
Trekkers' Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card: USD 20 per person
Makalu Base Camp Trek difficulty
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a long trek that usually lasts more than 20 days. Likewise, you will gain more than 5,000 meters in elevation during the trek, and the trail is also challenging. If not done correctly, there are also chances of altitude sickness. Therefore, by looking at all these factors, you can say Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a difficult journey in the Himalayas. However, with our carefully designed Makalu Base Camp Trek itinerary and proper guidance, you can complete the trek without having any problems.
Makalu Base Camp Trek cost
Makalu Base Camp Trek's cost depends on the company you are traveling with. The price includes your lodging and fooding during the trek, accommodation in Kathmandu, all necessary permits, and expenses of guides & porters. You can check our cost including and excluding parts for further information. With us, you will get the best price and service.
Food & Accommodation during Makalu Base Camp Trek
During Makalu Base Camp Trek, you won't be dining on anything fancy as this is one of the most remote parts of Nepal, plus the ones available will cost you a fortune. There is no roadway in the trekking region, so men and mules carry them. You can expect it to be a lot of hard work. During your stay in teahouses, you will eat dal bhat and dhido. Non-vegetarian items are rare and expensive. Therefore, it is better that you eat vegetarian. If you have cravings, then you can carry food along with you.
As you trek on the lower parts of the Makalu region, you will be staying in the teahouses and lodges as they are abundant in those areas. As you move further, the elevation also increases. You won't find any houses and lodges in the higher parts of the Himalayas as people do not stay in those parts. Those parts are icy. While at the base camp, and before crossing major passes, you will be spending the night in a camp. The porters will build the center and cook food for you.
Makalu Base Camp Trek Equipment List
During Makalu Base Camp Trek, you will need essential trekking equipment. Below is the list of things that you should carry during Makalu Base Camp Trekking:
Waterproof jacket with a hood
Pair of gloves/mittens & Lightweight gloves
Sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket
Lightweight walking boots
Thick woolen socks & Thin socks
One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp
Toiletries (sunscreen with a very high SPF, lip balm with a high SPF, quick-drying towel, toothbrush & paste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, face & body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, small mirror, tissue paper, toilet paper, etc.)
First Aid Kit (bandage for sprains, band-aids, antiseptic ointment for cuts, aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller, diarrhea stopper, Diamox, etc.)
Iodine or water filters
An emergency light
Reusable water bottle
Miscellaneous (binoculars, book, map, journal & pens, cards, camera, extra batteries, snacks, etc.)
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