Depending upon your landing time at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you might get a few hours to rest before joining the welcome dinner organized by the company. Dinner will be in the late evening, and you will meet with the team members. Later, stroll on the bustling streets of Thamel and end the day.
Makalu Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing and trek preparation
Wake up early and begin the day with a fresh cup of coffee & delicious breakfast. The tour guide will wait for you in the lobby. Visit different UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayabhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the afternoon, you will meet with the trek guide and have a small briefing session. Later, check all the gears and do the final packing with the guide.
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (1,980m); 50 mins flight & 3-4 hours drive
A scenic flight from Kathmandu will take you to Tumlingtar. Upon reaching there, you will meet with other crew members who will join you on the journey. From here, you will drive to Chichira, which is a small Gurung village.
Day 4 Chichira to Num (1,560m); 6-7 hours
Have a warm breakfast, and begin trekking towards Num. The trail passes by villages and lush alpine forests. On the way, you will get to see beautiful landscapes.
Day 5 Num to Seduwa (1,500m); 6-7 hours
The trail descends steeply through lush forests and terraced farms. You will reach the Barun river, and after crossing the river, the trail ascends following a steep route to the other side. The trail further goes through Makalu Barun National Park, where you will register the permits and trek towards Seduwa.
Day 6 Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m); 4-5 hours
From Seduwa, you ascend to a ridge surrounded by Kasuwa Khola on the east and Ipsuwa Khola on the west. Cross the hillside passing through quiet villages and paddy fields to reach Tashigaon. You will see panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains from this village.
Day 7 Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m); 6-7 hours
The trail from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda is a bit difficult. You will walk on a steep path and ascend through dense forests to a stream. The trail takes you to a ridge top and further passes by a steep path that leads to grazing land. You will then follow a series of rough stone stairs and pass by a small lake to a ridge. From here, you drop down to Khongma Danda.
Day 8 Acclimatization day
It is a rest day in Khongmd Danda. You will relax and gain your energy back. You can visit nearby areas to explore if you want. It will help you with acclimatization as well.
Day 9 Khongma Danda to Dobate; 6-7 hours
The trail ascends to Shipton La Pass. Crossing Kalo Pokhari (3,930 m), you climb to Keke La Pass (4,170 m). From the top of the pass, you can see panoramic views of Peak 6, Peak 7, and Mt. Chamlang. Further, the trail descends to Dobate for a night stay.
Day 10 Dobate to Yangri Kharka (3,557m); 6-7 hours
Trekking through lush rhododendron forest, you reach Barun River. The trail will be steep for the first couple of hours, therefore walk carefully. Further, following a gentle walk, you will ascend and reach Yangri Kharka.
Day 11 Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka: (4,410m); 5-6 hours
The trail gently moves towards the valley and passes through yak pastures. You then trek through lush forests and boulder fields. You reach Merek and trek towards Langmale Kharka. On the way, you can see stunning views of the Himalayan mountains.
Day 12 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp: (4,870m); 6-7 hours
The trail today takes you to Makalu Base Camp. From Langmale Kharka, you ascend to Shershong and reach the base camp walking on an icy path. The views of the snow-capped mountain will blow your mind.
Day 13 Explore Makalu Base Camp
You will spend a rest day at the Makalu Base Camp for acclimatization. Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with Barun glacier beyond it. You can see a breath-taking panorama of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse from the base camp. There are lakes and glaciers around the base camp, where you can go on a short hike.
Day 14 Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka; 6-7 hours
The trail from the base camp follows the same path and descends to Yangri Kharka. Passing through Merek, Langmale Kharka, and Shershong, you reach Yangri Kharka to spend the night.
Day 15 Yangri Kharka to Dobate; 6-7 hours
After having a warm breakfast, you follow a downhill path that leads to Dobate. The trail goes through rockfalls and lush green forests. Further, following the bank of the Barun river, you descend to Dobate.
Day 16 Dobate to Khongma Danda; 5-6 hours
From Dobate, you steeply ascend to Mumbuk. The trail then goes through a lovely forest of rhododendron and fir. Cross Tutu La Pass and Kauma La Pass before reaching Khongma Danda. You will see beautiful views of the surrounding from all of these passes.
Day 17 Khongma Danda to Tashigaon; 4-5 hours
Leaving Khongma Danda, the trail descends along the hillsides. It is going to be a long descend. Further, walking through dense forests, you reach Tashigaon. It is an indigenous Sherpa village.
Day 18 Tashigaon to Seduwa; 4-5 hours
Today, you will come out of Makalu Barun National Park. The trail then descends to the Barun River and crosses the hillside. On the way, you pass by small villages and reach Seduwa for a night stay.
Day 19 Seduwa to Num; 5-6 hours
Leaving Seduwa, you trek through lush forests. There will be numerous ascends and descends along with the lush forests and remote villages.
Day 20 Num to Tumlingtar; 6-7 hours
From Num, you retrace the path back to Chichira. From here, you will trek towards Tumlingtar. It is also the last day of the trek. Along the way, you can see superb views of Mt. Makalu.
Day 21 Tumlingtar to Kathmandu; 50 mins flight
An early morning flight and come back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace because nothing is planned for today. Later in the evening, you will meet with the team members once again over farewell dinner.
Day 22 Final departure
As your journey ended with us, it is time to return home or embark on a new journey. One of our team members will drop you at the Airport as per your flight time.