Makalu base camp trek

Mountain Trails of Nepal

5 Reviews

Trip Overview

Discover the allure of the Makalu Base Camp Trek, an odyssey that unveils the pristine beauty of the fifth-highest mountain globally, Mount Makalu, standing tall at 8463m. Nestled within the expansive Makalu Barun National Park, this trek promises an immersive experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

As you tread the path to Makalu Base Camp, be prepared to be captivated by the panoramic views of the highest mountains on the planet. From the iconic Mount Everest to the majestic Mount Lhotse, Chamlang, and the towering presence of Makalu itself, every step brings you closer to these Himalayan giants.

While the trek may present challenges in certain sections, the journey is rich in cultural heritage and diverse landscapes. Navigate through the plain, sub-tropical valley of the Arun River basin, a region that remains off the beaten mid-hill trails. Encounter temperate passes like Keke La pass (4230m) and Tutu La pass (4200m), each offering a unique perspective of the surrounding terrain.

The adventure commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in Mid-eastern Nepal, setting the stage for an exploration into the heart of the Makalu region. The aerial view provides a glimpse of the diverse landscapes that await your discovery.

Traverse the Barun River valley, where many ridges ascend, revealing hidden wonders along the way. The Makalu Base Camp Trek unfolds as a journey through uncharted territories, offering a sense of exploration and discovery.

The trek not only treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery but also introduces you to the unique cultural heritage of the region. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, witness the warmth of the mountain communities, and create lasting memories in the heart of the Himalayas.

Embark on this extraordinary adventure with Taktok Brothers, where every step leads to a new discovery, and every vista is a testament to the grandeur of the Himalayan landscape.

  • Season
  • Destination
    Makalu Region
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Altitude
    4,870m / 15,978ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our team will be greeted and taken to the hotel. This day will be an opportunity to rest, acclimate to the local time zone, and prepare for the trek ahead. Later in the evening, we'll have a group briefing and a welcome dinner.

  • Altitude 1400 m
  • Meals Dinner
  • Accomodation Hotel

We'll take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, then embark on a drive to Num. The journey showcases diverse landscapes and local villages, culminating in our arrival at Num where we'll spend the night.

  • Altitude 1560 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Lodge

Our trek officially begins today. We'll trek from Num to Seduwa, traversing through trails adorned with natural beauty and passing by local settlements, enjoying the serenity and gradual elevation gain.

  • Altitude 1510 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Continuing our journey, we trek to Tashi Gaun. The trail takes us through rhododendron forests and provides mesmerizing views of the surrounding landscapes. Upon arrival, we'll settle in our tents for the night.

  • Altitude 2070 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Today is set aside for acclimatization. We'll explore the local surroundings, engage with the community, and relax to allow our bodies to adjust to the altitude, ensuring a smooth progression in the days ahead.

  • Altitude 2070 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

We ascend to Khongma, witnessing a shift in the terrain and a noticeable increase in altitude. The day’s journey rewards us with panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment upon reaching Khongma.

  • Altitude 3760 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Traversing through picturesque landscapes, we proceed towards Mumbuk. The trail offers a mix of terrains and natural beauty, providing a wonderful trekking experience.

  • Altitude 3520 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Ascending further, we continue our trek to Nehe Kharka. En route, we immerse ourselves in the scenic beauty and serene atmosphere, reaching our campsite for the night.

  • Altitude 4320 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Our journey leads us to the majestic Makalu Base Camp, nestled amidst stunning mountain panoramas. The campsite provides awe-inspiring views and an immersive Himalayan experience.

  • Altitude 4870 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

We'll trek to Yangle Kharka, immersing ourselves in the high-altitude surroundings and experiencing the Himalayas' grandeur, which offers breathtaking views and a chance to unwind.

  • Altitude 3,600m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Our trek continues as we make our way back to Khongma. We'll retrace our steps through the beautiful trails and terrain to reach our campsite for the night.

  • Altitude 5, 545 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

Descending from Khongma, we trek back to Seduwa. The journey takes us through familiar landscapes, allowing us to reminisce about our adventure as we conclude another day on the trail.

  • Altitude 1,493 m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Tent

We trek back to Num and embark on a drive to Khadbari or Tumlingtar. The return journey offers glimpses of the terrains we’ve crossed, and we'll conclude our trek, celebrating our accomplishments.

  • Altitude 394m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation Lodge

We travel from Khandbari to Tumlingtar and catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to our hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest, reminiscing about our incredible journey.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accomodation Hotel

We'll explore the cultural landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley, visiting heritage sites, temples, and other iconic places, absorbing the rich history and spirituality of the region.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation Hotel

Our memorable journey concludes today as we bid farewell to Nepal. We'll transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for our onward journeys, cherishing the memories of our incredible trek in the Himalayas.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Hassle-free transfer from the airport to the hotel and back.
  • Enjoy a comfortable 3-night stay in a twin bedroom at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
  • Indulge in a delightful welcome dinner at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu, accompanied by our office staff.
  • All necessary paperwork, including permits for Makalu Barun National Park, TIMS Card, and conservation area entry permit, and their associated fees.
  • Comprehensive insurance coverage for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Receive a Makalu Region Trekking map to guide you on your adventure.
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and return, as per the itinerary.
  • Land Transportation: Drive from Tumlingtar to Num and return from Num to Tumlingtar.
  • Porters will carry up to 20 Kg of personal baggage per member during the trek.
  • Relish three meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing a twin bedroom at Lodge/Camping/Tea House during the trek.
  • All necessary equipment for camping during the trek.
  • Stay hydrated with 2 liters of boiled water carried in a thermos per day per member.
  • Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  • Porters (1 trekker: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • All Nepalese staff & porters' daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit for the group.


  • Cost of international flights to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (extendable to 60 days for USD$ 120).
  • Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Additional accommodation nights in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from trekking.
  • Travel and high-altitude insurance, covering accidents, medical emergencies, and evacuation costs (*mandatory*).
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
  • Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Costs related to personal clothing, packing items, medical kits, and trekking gear.
  • Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • Internet facility during the trek is not included.
  • USD 30 USD for an extra per porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
  • Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
  • Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Includes” section.

Trip Notes

Embark on the Makalu Base Camp Trek with Taktok Brothers, a captivating journey into the heart of the Himalayas. The trek ranges from 1400m to 4870m, with acclimatization days for a safe experience. The terrain varies, requiring moderate fitness.

Weather conditions are unpredictable, ranging from mild to cold temperatures. Accommodation includes lodges, tea houses, and camping in tents, providing basic amenities. Enjoy three meals a day (BDL) with a mix of local and international cuisines.

Pack essentials such as warm clothing, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, and personal items. All necessary permits are included; carry a valid passport, travel insurance, and passport-sized photos.

Safety is a priority, with guides trained in first aid and a comprehensive medical kit available. Environmental consciousness is emphasized, promoting responsible trekking practices.

Cultural sensitivity is crucial; respect local customs and seek guidance from the trekking guide. Communication may be limited in higher altitudes, so inform family and friends accordingly.

The itinerary is flexible, subject to change based on weather and unforeseen circumstances. Guides will make necessary adjustments for safety and enjoyment. Join Taktok Brothers for an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas!

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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