Makalu base camp trek Nepal to scale MBC height

Makalu base camp trek Nepal to scale MBC height 22 Days US$1999

About Makalu base camp trek

The Makalu Base Camp tea house trek is one of the most awe-inspiring journeys to base camp of Mt Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, raging rivers, unique culture and remote villages of Eastern Nepal.

The journey to Makalu Base Camp is not for the faint of heart. The trail is steep up and down, challenging. Altitude can be a significant hurdle for novice trekkers. However, the rewards of reaching the base camp are unparalleled. The view of Makalu’s towering peak, surrounded by other snow-capped mountains, is breathtaking.

Makalu Base Camp Tea House Trek is a journey of a lifetime, offering trekkers an opportunity to experience the Himalayas’ natural beauty, wildlife, witness the unique culture and lifestyle of local societies. Makalu trek requires determination, endurance, and an adventurous spirit, but the rewards are well worth it.

Trip Fact


Makalu, Nepal


22 Days


Moderate to fairly challenging

Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

MBC 4870 meters / 15978feet

Best time

March, April, May & Sept, Oct, Nov


Trekking & Sightseeing


Tea houses / Camping


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu to Tumlingtar

End at

Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Makalu base camp trek overview

Tempting the trekkers from around the world and revealing the remote and exotic natural wilderness concealed in the mystical geographical possession of Makalu trekking region. Makalu base camp tea house trek is arguably one of the finest trekking trails of the region.

The best time to undertake Makalu trek is in spring and autumn seasons. During spring and autumn trail is filled with beautiful flowers, perfect weather and clear blue sky and provides perfect view of the surrounding mountains. Tea houses in between trail are basic, but cozy. They provide comfortable resting place, warm bed, hot shower, and traditional Nepali cuisine for trekkers. Lodges are run by local families as a source of income for the community.

Is Makalu base camp trek right for you?

This off-the-beaten-path trails to the base camp of Mount Makalu elevation of 8,485 meters / 27,838 feet the fifth highest peak of the world. Mt Makalu is again the truly noteworthy snow giant that essentially resides in the heart of great Himalaya spreading along the border between Nepal and China.

During Makalu base camp trek the impressive vista of mountains such as Mount Makalu, Everest, Bharuntse, Kanchenjunga and possibly others make your travel astoundingly wonderful and memorable. You can explore the beguiling natural treasure and wildlife of Makalu Barun conservation Area. The months of spring and autumn seasons consider as the best time of the year to visit Makalu base camp.

Customarily, Tumlingtar serves as point of initiation for trekking up the Mt. Makalu base camp Nepal. Trekkers will be enchanted by the beautifully appearing villages, lush forests, and rugged terrains with lively and heartily interaction with the local people who are amazingly charming and hospitable.

Let’s go to scale the elevation of Mount Makalu base camp, the fifth highest mountain in the world.Either basic tea hut or organize camping trekking options are available to explore this isolated corners of Nepal.

As trail involves challenging ascend, a considerable amount of physical robustness will certainly benefit in proper and easy conduct. Further your Makalu base camp trek route voyage will be closely supported and assisted by our experienced and cheerful guides.

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Let’s check how much does it cost to explore less frequented route of Makalu Barun national park. Discover the base camp of Mt Makalu 8,485 meters, the fifth highest mountain of the planet. Makalu base camp trek itinerary is not an easy feat but worth to see observe verity of vegetation and fauna in natural botanical garden. If you interested to discover the beauty of nature do not hesitate to email us.

Makalu base camp trek highlights

  • Touch the base camp of Munt Makalu 8,481 meters / 27,825 feet, the fifth highest peak of the world.
  • Encounter diverse species of rare and exotic plant, birds and wildlife in Makalu Barun national park.
  • Witness the culture and rural life of ethnic people like Sherpa, Tamang, Rai, and Limbus in Nepal.
  • Traverse through beautiful forests, lush green forest and sparkling rivers, provide the sense of serenity and tranquility.
  • Pass through some notable villages, Arun valley and Barun valley, track some of endangered wildlife & plants species in the world.
  • Embark on off the beaten path, steep ascents and descents, narrow ridges, icy glaciers to make a thrilling adventure to MBC.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang, Baruntse & other peaks of Himalayas.
  • Explore the Dudh Pokhari, Shiva Dhara, Green valley, Barun pokhari and peaceful villages in isolated areas of Himalayas.

Makalu base camp trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to hotel. As soon as we reach hotel, representative will give you a synopsis of plan and program agreement.  After a short rest & relax, you can explore the city and its cultural heritage.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

After breakfast, full day sightseeing journey in Kathmandu valley start with private vehicle and professional guide. There are many sights to see in Kathmandu Nepal. Among of them guide takes you to the selected destination like Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square etc. Kathmandu sightseeing trip covers major historical, and cultural monuments that beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. The city is full of history and culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After city tours, we will drive back to hotel and conduct Pre-trip meeting. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and sample local food.

Makalu trek start with Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight or drive. Easy and fastest way to travel between Kathmandu to Tumlingtar is by flight and it takes about 35 minutes. Kathmandu to Tumlingtar road distance is about 425 kilometers / 264 miles and takes 8 to 10 hours of drive to reach. The road is mostly paved but there are some unpaved sections in poor condition. The best option to reach Makalu trekking start point depend on budget and time availability.
From the Tumlingtar guide arrange a jeep to go to Chichira (Makalu trek start point) Total distance of Tumlingtar to Chichira is 120 kilometers, takes time 5 to 6 hours, again depends on road condition and traffic. Journey from Tumlingtar to Chichira is a beautiful and challenging one, offer stunning views of the farmland, people and lifestyle in the foothills of Himalayas.

Embark on your final day of journey! Three hours before the scheduled flight, we will escort you to international airport for final departure.
“Have a safe flight! May your journey be free from stress and bring you home safely.”

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Round trip flight from Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu
  • Transportation from Tumlingtar to Chichira trek start point
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Best accommodation at tea houses during Makalu trekking period
  • Professional English speaking guide trained by government of Nepal
  • Experience trekking staffs (2 guest = 1 porter basic) to carry your backpack
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits, TIMS and local taxes
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
  • Drop you to airport by private vehicle to depart Nepal


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Hotel, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Where is Mount Makalu located?

Mount Makalu located in Mahalangur range of Himalayas in Sankhuwasabha District of Nepal on the border between Nepal and Tibet of China. Mt. Makalu 8,481 meters / 27,825 feet above sea level is the fifth highest peak in the world. Climbing Mount Makalu is considered as a technically challenging endeavor due to its pyramid shape steep and rugged terrain. The first successful ascent of Makalu was made in May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy from France. Makalu-Barun National Park Host Pyramid Shape Mount Makalu, variety of wildlife, including snow leopards, bears, Himalayan tahr and red pandas etc. Makalu area is one of the perfect destination for trekking and mountaineering observing its biodiversity.

How high is Makalu base camp?

Mt. Makalu Base Camp situated at the height of 4,870 meters / 15,978 feet) above sea level. Makalu trekking route is an off the beaten path trekking destination wanders through lush forests, remote villages, and rugged terrain and offers stunning views of Makalu and other peaks of Himalayas. Typically, Makalu trek start with flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, follows the Arun and Barun valley to reach final destination Mount Makalu base camp Nepal.

How much does the Makalu base camp trek cost?

Makalu base camp trek cost depend on the itinerary you choose, transportation, group size, time of year and quality of services. Now tea house facility available in this route, in this way Makalu trek not very expensive like organize camping trek. Generally, All-inclusive Makalu base camp tea house trek cost start from US$ 1850 to 2470 per person for 20 to 22 days’ trip.

How difficult is Makalu base camp trek?

The difficulty level Makalu trekking consider as moderate to challenging trek, it requires proper planning, experience and physical fitness. Walking trail passes through dense forests, steep mountainsides, ups –down, meadows and high passes, need to cross several rivers and streams too. It is a great option for experienced hikers who are looking for an adventure in a remote and beautiful part of Himalayas.

Why is Makalu-Barun national park so quiet then other routes?

Makalu-Barun National Park is one of the peaceful travel destination of eastern Nepal. Limited adventure enthusiast trek to Makalu base camp due to the lack of infrastructure, proximity and the expensive cost also. After tea house availability in Makalu trekking trail, this route also going popular day by day. in fact, high altitude and rugged terrain makes this area less accessible to casual trekkers.

When is the best time to trek to Makalu base camp Nepal?

The best time to trek to Makalu base camp Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally clear and sunny, with mild temperatures. We advise all to travel in spring or autumn seasons, when the weather is pleasant and the trails are clear.

Is it worth trekking to Makalu base camp?

Makalu base camp is worth it for those seeking an authentic off-the-beaten-path experience with stunning natural beauty and cultural experiences.

Where is Makalu base camp location?

Mt. Makalu base camp located at Makalu Barun National Park in Sankhuwasabha District of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 4,870 meters, on the south east side of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world.

Can i go solo to Makalu base camp trekking?

Yes, it is possible to go solo to Makalu base camp trekking. We advise all to be aware of the challenges like remote location, difficult terrain, high altitude, unpredictable weather and navigate train in wilderness. It is better to travel with the support of guide and porter to avoid the risk. Experience guide help you navigate the trail and provide valuable information about Makalu region. A porter can carry your gear to make your journey easier and safer.

Which permits are essential for Makalu base camp trek?

Makalu Barun National Park permit requires to discover the base camp of Mount Makalu. The base camp situated at an altitude of 4,870 meters / 15978 feet above sea level. Typically, MBC trek journey start from Tumlingtar, which is accessible by flight from Kathmandu.

How long is the Makalu base camp trek?

Trek to Makalu base camp typically takes around 16 -18 days, depend on itinerary, your pace and acclimatization days you take. Journey pass through a variety of landscapes, from lush rhododendron forests and picturesque villages to high-altitude meadows, high passes and glaciers.

What to expect from Makalu trek in Nepal?

Makalu trek is one of the less popular treks in Nepal, where you will familiar with typical village, people and lifestyle, Nepalese culture, diverse landscapes, challenging terrain and the real image of countryside in Nepal.

How safe is Makalu base camp trek?

Makalu Base Camp trek is a safe destination if you trek with proper preparation (physically & mentally), acclimatization and have some trekking experience. Makalu Base Camp trek is not recommended for beginners. The weather condition of Himalayas unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for all types of conditions. Pack appropriate clothing and gear and be flexible to change plans if necessary.

What is the highest elevation in Makalu base camp trek?

Highest altitude that trekkers reach during Makalu base camp trek is 4,870 meters / 15,978 feet, the elevation of Makalu base camp itself.

Which types food and accommodation available in Makalu trekking route?

There are limited lodges / teahouses accommodation available in Makalu trek route of Himalayas. They offer bed with blanket and provides fresh Nepali and western cuisines to the guest.

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Josie Harris

August 22, 2023

Life time experience, great take care from beginning to end

I started Makalu base camp trek in mid-April in 2023 with my girlfriend and couple of other friends. Tea house accommodation are very basic but really nice to be with local family, as soon as we reached there they become very happy. The guides Ram and porters Suman, Sidip and Mohan on this journey are not only knowledgeable about the region but also deeply passionate about sharing their insights, helping each other innocently. Their presence enhances the trek, offers valuable information about natural and cultural significance of Makalu trekking region.
MBC trek is a feast for the eyes, offering an ever-changing panorama of pristine landscapes. From lush rhododendron forests to serene alpine meadows and dramatic high mountain passes, every step of the way unveils nature’s artistic prowess. The highlight, of course, is reaching the base camp itself, where the towering peaks of the Makalu range loom above, creating a surreal backdrop that feels like it’s straight out of a painting. Really nice trip to Makalu base camp highly recommended guide and company, Thank you.

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