Makalu Base Camp Trek, 20 Days
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Makalu Base Camp Trek, 20 Days

Days: 20 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Min Group Size: 1 / Max Group Size: 12

Makalu Base Camp Trek is one of the toughest and most thrilling treks Nepal has to offer. However, it’s not as widely famous as other trekking destinations in Nepal hence its off-beaten paths are relatively quieter and solitary.  Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trek to the base camp of world’s 5th highest summit, is one of the most underrated trek routes in the country. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a perfect trek for adventure seekers who want to explore the isolated areas of the Himalayan country and learn about the Himalayan culture and lifestyle of people living in the higher altitude. 

In this 20 days long Makalu Base Camp Trek, the trekkers get a chance to discover the beautiful villages of Tibetan and Sherpa communities in the tranquil Himalayas. Also, the trekkers will trek along Arun Valley and Barun Valley which are two of the remotest parts of the country. Hence, they will get to learn about the struggle of living in these sorts of areas. Makalu Base Camp Trek also gives trekkers an opportunity to view Mt. Everest (8848m) from a unique perspective. After a tough climb to Makalu Base Camp (4870m), the trekkers will relish the alluring view of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Makalu (8481m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Baruntse (7129m), Chamlang (7319m), and other Himalayas in the eastern side of Nepal. Makalu Base Camp Trek also features Makalu Barun National Park, which is home to varieties of floras and faunas. Makalu Base Camp Trek is the best trek for the trekkers who seek thrills and have guts to explore new places.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition excels in all kinds of travel and tourism services provided in Nepal. With the goal of satisfying our clients’ every need, we’ve been doing an outstanding job based on our customer feedback. We provide you with local English speaking guides who are very friendly. We offer all kinds of packages suitable for our clients and provide them with a-one transportation and accommodation facilities. Kindly, note that you should check-in for all the domestic flights at least one hour prior to the flight schedule, and also understand that the flights are subject to delay. 

Facts of the Trek

Trek Region
Makalu Region
Type of Trek
Private Trip
20 Days
Highest Elevation
4,870 m ( 15,776 ft )
Full board during the trek
4* Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during the trek
Best Season
Spring (March-April-May) & Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov)
Transportation by
Domestic Flight & Private Vehicle

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

We pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you at the hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private vehicle
We visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu by our private van. We will start by visiting the Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. A panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be seen from the top of Swayambhunath. We then visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, followed by a visit to another Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath. You will find plenty of eateries in Boudhanath to satiate your taste buds. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 410m/50 minutes and then drive to Num 1560m/5-6 hours
With thrills and adventures in our minds, we kick off our journey with an early morning flight to Tumlingtar. Relishing a breathtaking view of the mountains, hills, and rivers that make up the Nepalese landscape, we arrive in Tumlingtar, where we rest for an hour or two. We then drive to the village of Num with greenery filling up our landscape. We can get a scant glimpse of the Himalayas from Num. Overnight at a lodge in Num.

Day 04: Trek from Num to Seduwa 1500m/4-5 hours
Crossing a wooden bridge over Barun River, we enter the Makalu Barun Conservation Area. Our guide will deal with all kinds of legal permits for the trek. We trek through dense forests of juniper and rhododendron passing few villages to finally reach Seduwa. Overnight in a lodge in Seduwa.

Day 05: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon 2100m/4-5 hours
Trekking with Isuwa Khola and Kusuwa Khola on each side, we cross a wooden bridge over Isuwa Khola and pass several small villages and forests. After trekking for a couple of hours and crossing the bridge, we reach the Sherpa village of Tashigaon. The vista of the Himalayas is magnificent from Tashigaon. Overnight at a lodge in Tashigaon.

Day 06: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda 3500m/5-6 hours
We may have a tough day today as we walk on steep trails on our way to Khongma Danda. We climb stone stairs and come across few lakes and fields filled with yaks, blue sheep, and other Himalayan cattle grazing in the field. Upon reaching Unshisa, we enter Makalu Barun National Park. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Khongma Danda. Overnight at a lodge in Khongma Danda.

Day 07: Acclimatization or Rest Day
To acclimatize ourselves with high altitude, we take a break from trekking today. Later, we can visit some nearby Buddhist monasteries and learn about Sherpa culture and ways of life from the locals. Overnight at a lodge in Khongma Danda.

Day 08: Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate 3520m/6-7 hours
Today will be a tough day for us as we have to pass four passes to reach Dobate. We start with climbing over Kauma La Pass (3603m) and then head on to Keke La Pass (4127m). We further climb on to Shipton La pass (4170m), where we stumble across beautiful Kalo Pokhari Lake. Then, we trek for a couple of hours and pass Tutu La Pass (4080m) to finally reach Dobate. We relish the alluring view of Chamlang (7319m), Peak 6 (6524m), Peak 7 (6758m), and the other Himalayas from Dobate. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.

Day 09: Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka 3557m/4-5 hours
Trekking through dense rhododendron forests, we cross Barun River and trek towards Yangri Kharka. On our way, we may come across yaks grazing in the field. The yaks are the chief transportation means in these regions. After 7 hours of trek, we reach Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Yangri Kharka.

Day 10: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka 4410m/3-4 hours
We trek along the lush Himalayan forests and cross a couple of wooden bridges over small streams to reach Merek. Chasing the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, we continue our trek walking on moraines and pass small Himalayan villages to reach Langmale Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Langmale Kharka. 

Day 11: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp 4870m/4-5 hours
Climbing on a steep trail alongside Barun Nadi, we walk through icy glaciers and ridges to reach Shershong. We relish the beauty of Mt. Makalu (8481m) on our way to the base camp. We trek for an hour or two to finally reach Makalu Base Camp. The panorama of the Himalayas from the base camp is jaw-dropping. Overnight at a lodge in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Today, we explore the Makalu Base Camp vicinity with a superb panorama of Makalu from the south face, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and the other Himalayas in eastern Nepal. We relish the beauty of the surrounding glaciers and glacial lakes. We can also hike a little up to Barun Glacier and make a side trip to the tranquil Barun Pokhari. Overnight at a lodge in Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka 3557m/7-8 hours
After our successful trek to Makalu Base Camp, we bid farewell to the base camp and descend to Yangri Kharka. Trekking through sparse forests along the rocky trails, we pass small villages of Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek on our way to Yangri Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Yangri Kharka.

Day 14: Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate 3520m/4-5 hours
Trekking along free-flowing Barun River, we pass alpine forests, rocky ridges, and few small streams to finally reach Dobate. We relish the beauty of nature while descending to Dobate. On our way, we may come across some yaks, snow pigeons, and blue sheep. Overnight at a lodge in Dobate.

Day 15: Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda 3500m/5-6 hours
Today, we leave Dobate for Khongma Danda. We trek along rhododendron, juniper, and fir forests to reach Mumbuk. From Mumbuk, we cross Tutu La Pass (4080m), Shipton La Pass (4170m), Keke La Pass (4127m), and Kauma La Pass (3603m) to finally reach Khongma Danda after 7 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge in Khongma Danda.

Day 16: Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon 2100m/3-4 hours
We trek through dense forests and pass few lakes on our way back to Tashigaon. Trekking along steep rocky trails, we exit Makalu Barun National Park as we trek for 5 hours to enter the beautiful Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight at a lodge in Tashigaon.

Day 17: Trek from Tashigaon to Num 1560m/6-7 hours
Trekking along small streams, we pass the isolated valley of the Barun River through small settlements. We trek with Isuwa Khola on one side and Hingsa Khola on the other side to reach Seduwa after 4 hours of trek. We trek across several dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and cross Arun River to exit Makalu Barun Conservation Area. We pass a small rural settlement of Sherpas on our way to Num. We then trek for a couple of hours to reach the Sherpa village of Num. Overnight at a lodge in Num.

Day 18: Drive from Num to Tumlingtar 410m/5-6 hours
Today is the last day of our trip. We relish the joy of trekking with the beautiful panorama of Mt. Makalu (8481m) for the last time before reaching Tumlingtar. After driving for 5-6 hours, we reach Tumlingtar. Overnight at a lodge in Tumlingtar.

Day 19: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu 50 minutes flight
After a successful trek, we fly back to the capital enjoying the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you warm farewell.

Pricing for Group Size Basis: (Private Trip)
All inclusive Trek Price for single/individual trekker; USD 2825
All inclusive Trek Price for 2 trekkers basis; USD 2295 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 2100 per person
All inclusive Trek Price for 4 trekkers basis; USD 1940 per person

Our Group Departure Dates Scheduled for Spring and Autumn 2024
Monday, 8th April to Saturday, 27th April 2024
Monday, 6th May to Saturday, 25th May 2024
Monday, 7th October to Saturday, 26th October 2024
Monday, 4th November to Saturday, 23rd November 2024

Note: Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates. 

Join with us on a Makalu Base Camp Trek in 2024/2025.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks  & expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselve.

Price starts from/Adult Status *
USD 1,940
EUR 1.808
SFr 1.795
GBP 1.513
AUD 2.891
CAD 2.580
Trip is available
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 3 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 4* Hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city guided tour and all entrance fees as per the above itinerary.
* Domestic flight ticket Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu and domestic airport tax
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly English speaking guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples and carry 25kg), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* Down Sleeping Bag (Minus 30-40 Degree Celsius), Duffel Bag, Spikes, LifeStraw Water Filter for drinking water, trekking map.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Makalu Barun National Park Permit and all necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, Internet, battery charging and hot shower.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                           Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Makalu Base Camp Trek, 20 Days


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