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21-day Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Join one of the certified guides from the GuideSource team on a 21-day Makalu base camp trek to one of the world's highest summits!


21 Days

Sep - Nov




The Makalu mountain in the Himalayas is one of the highest in the world. It is 8,481 meters (27,825 ft) high and located just 19 kilometers away from Mount Everest. Consequently, climbing Makalu is a challenge that only a few dare to undertake. On this 21 day trek to the base camp at Makalu, you will get a chance to go on a unique adventure as you take on one of the world’s most challenging treks!

We will begin by meeting in Kathmandu. There, you will get the chance to do some sightseeing before we set on our expedition the next day. Then, for the following weeks, you will be ascending through different paths that lead to Makalu. On the way, you will pierce deep and flowery forests, experience unique natural environments and come across typical Nepalese villages. Additionally, you will have the rush of achieving challenging goals on a day to day basis.

Because this is a long trek, and a high one at that, we expect a good level of fitness. Prior trekking experience is also recommended as we will have to go adjusting to the altitudes. Consequently, we have also scheduled some rest time on our ascent so that the body has time to adapt. Also, we are well known for our efficient logistics and this will make your trip much easier. 

So, are you ready for the challenge of a lifetime? Would you like to climb the 5th highest mountain in the world? Then book your place now and join us on this 21-day trek to the Base Camp of Makalu! We will be happy to help you every step of the way!

Looking for a shorter, more easy-going trek? Then why not try our magical Ghorepani trek in the Annapurna region? Find out more information about it here!


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

After being picked up in the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by one of our representatives, they will transfer you to the hotel. Once there, you will get a short briefing of your trip and have the rest of the day off. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840 m/6035 ft), 9/10 hrs

A 50 minute flight from Kathmandu will take us to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we will have about 3 hours of jeep drive on a bumpy road to the first camp at Chichila.

Day 3: Trek to Num (1,500 m/4920 ft), 6/7 hrs

We will begin with a moderately paced walk through  picturesque villages and lush mountain forests. Then we will pass a ridge line with great views on both sides until we reach Num. Thunder and lightning make interesting displays on Num evenings.

Day 4: Trek to Seduwa (1,540 m/5051 ft), 6/7 hrs

First we will make a steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land to Arun Khola. Then, we will ascend up to the other side again until we reach Makalu National Park. There, we will register our permits and head to the camping site at the top of the village.

Day 5: Trek to Tashigaon (2,070 m/6790 ft), 4/5 hrs

We will start the day with an ascent of the ridge between Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we will reach the village of Tashi Gaon.

Day 6: Trek to Khongma (3,560 m/11,676 ft), 6/7 hrs

On day 6, we will trek upwards towards Khongma. Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. The green forests are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains.

Day 7: Rest & acclimatization Day

On day 7 we will rest in order for our bodies to catch up with us before gaining more height. The following Day we will take on the crossing of the Shipton La.

Day 8: Cross Shipton La and trek to Debotay (3,650 m/11,972 ft), 7/8 hrs

We will kick off the day with the summit of the Shipton La as our goal. After we reach lake Kalo Pokhari, we will pass over the Keke La at 4,152 m. There, we will have marvelous views of Chamlang 7,319 m, Peak 6 (6,524 m) and Peak 7 (6,758 m). After crossing the Keke La pass, we will descend down through the beautiful valley to Debotay.

Day 9: Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600 m/11,808 ft), 5/6 hrs

From Debotay, we will pass through a Rhododendron forest that leads to the Baruni River and the upper reaches of the valley. It is a pleasant walk, gaining altitude slowly, until we arrive at Yangle Kharka situated at the base of the valley.

Day 10: Trek to Merek (4,500 m/14,760 ft), 5/6 hrs

On day 10 we will trek to Merek. Since we will gain height above 4, 000 meters, we need to be sure to allow our bodies the necessary time for acclimatization.

Day 11: Trek to Shersong, 6/7 hrs

On our way to Shersong we will climb up a valley, through yak pastures and boulder fields. As we approach our destination, the southeast ridge of Mount Makalu comes into view. Campsite at Shersong.

Day 12: Day tour to Makalu Base Camp (5,000 m/16,400 ft), 5/6 hrs

We will walk up to Makalu Base Camp and enjoy the superb views of the Himalayan mountains. After, we will return back to Shersong.

Day 13: Trek to Yangle Kharka, 8/9 hrs

We will start by descending back down the valley and taking our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yangle Kharka.

Day 14: Trek to Mumbuk, 6/7 hrs

We will start the day by continuing with our descent through a rockfall. Then we will climb up a rock gully to Mumbuk. We will be greeted by the greeneries below.

Day 15: Trek to Khongma, 6/7 hrs

First, we will start with an initial steep climb from Mumbuk through a forest of firs and rhododendrons. Then, we will cross the Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La. Finally, we will descend to Khogma again.

Day 16: Trek to Tashi Gaon, 5/6 hrs

The descent to the Sherpa town Tashi Gaon will be long and steep.

Day 17: Trek to Num, 4/5 hrs

To get to Num we will retrace the path we took on our ascent. We will first exit the Makalu Barun Camp. Then we will descend down to Arun Khola and Seduwa. After that, we will hike through a forest and follow our footsteps all the way back down to the river. Finally, we will climb back up the opposite side of the valley to Num.

Day 18: Trek to Chichila, Transfer to Tumlingtar, 9/10 hrs

Again, we will retrace our steps to Chichila.  We will then spend the night at Tumlingtar, ready for an early departure to Kathmandu the following Day. Transfer to Tumlingtar.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu

We will complete our journey with a flight to Kathmandu. We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, we will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.

Day 20: Kathmandu

After a fun packed journey you will have a full day at leisure on your own. Otherwise,  if you wish to extend your trip with us for an additional fee, we can organize to explore the Thamel for one last day shopping and evening farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel /B.

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu

GuideSource will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight.


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What people are saying about -GuideSource



Our guide Dr Flemming was excellent. He went above and beyond what we expected. We felt very safe and well trained to practice our climbing. Location was perfect and even though rain had been forecasted, they worked with us to make sure we could climb safely.



I had an enlightening day with Roger, the experience has increased my desire to learn more about rock climbing and commit time to mountaineering and absolute pleasure worth every minute of my time and money.

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