Makalu Base Camp Trek

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration24 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 6,135m
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Fly in - Fly Out
Highlights
  • To explore last remaining of the pristine forests and varieties of alpine meadows in Barun Valley of Nepal
  • Get views of the snowcapped Makalu tip from the bottom part of Arun valley
  • Trail across areas, which are home to richest and diversified plans and animals found in various parts of Nepal

Makalu Base Camp Trek, Fixed Departure Date for 2024/2025

Mount Makalu is the third highest mountain peak located in the eastern Himalayan region. From this mountain, seven different valleys radiate, one of which is the Barun valley that treasures a large number of last remaining of the pristine forests and varieties of alpine meadows countrywide.

Furthermore, if you go to the bottom part of Arun valley located at only 435meters from the level of sea, you will find rise of Himalayas to snowcapped Makalu tip at about 8463meters within a distance of only 40kilometers. Within this big range of climates and varying altitudes, you will find the area of Makalu and Barun, as containing a few of the richest and diversified plans and animals belonging to the Nepal region. Besides this, you will find various communities named Sherpa, Bhotia farmers or Shingsawa and Raj communities in the lower area of the valley.

Makalu-Barun valley covers an area of 2330 square kilometers and constitutes a vital component of the ecosystem belonging to the great Mount Everest. It includes the Sagarmatha National Park across west and Qomolungma Nature Preserve towards the northern area.

Makalu Base Camp Trek in autumn season (Sept – Nov)

Trekking to Makalu Base Camp during the autumn season is a mesmerizing and refreshing experience in the Himalayan grandeur. The trail takes adventurers through lush forests which is covered with vibrant hues of autumn foliage, creating a picturesque backdrop against the towering peaks. The weather during this period is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures, providing optimal conditions for trekking. As trekkers go up through quaint villages and terraced fields, the breathtaking views of Makalu gradually unfold. The crisp mountain air and panoramic landscapes captivate the senses, making every step a journey of both physical and spiritual discovery. The autumn season's charm with the raw beauty of the Makalu region, makes this trek an unforgettable adventure for those seeking a unique and soul-stirring Himalayan experience.

Makalu Base Camp Trek in winter season (Dec- Feb)

Makalu Base Camp during the winter season transforms the landscape into a pristine winter wonderland which offers fearless adventurers a unique and challenging experience. The trail is usually less crowded presents a serene and tranquil atmosphere as it winds through snow-covered forests and alpine meadows. The crisp mountain air and the snow under every step create a magical ambiance. Despite the colder temperatures, the clear skies often provide stunning views of the snow-capped peaks, including the magnificent Makalu. However, trekkers must be prepared for colder conditions, requiring appropriate gear and a resilient spirit. The solitude and tranquility of the winter landscape, combined with the unique challenges it presents, make the Makalu Base Camp trek in winter a truly adventurous.

Makalu Base Camp Trek in spring season (March- May)

Embarking on the Makalu Base Camp Trek during the spring season is a breathtaking journey through a vibrant Himalayan landscape. As winter ends, trail comes alive with an explosion of colors as rhododendron forests burst into bloom, creating a spectacular contrast against the snow-capped peaks. The weather is generally mild and stable during this period, making it an ideal time for trekking. The trail takes trekkers through picturesque villages and terraced fields, providing a cultural immersion into the traditional life of the region. Overall, the Makalu Base Camp Trek in spring offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and a sense of adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

Makalu Base Camp Trek in monsoon season (Jun - Aug)

Makalu Base Camp Trek during the monsoon season presents a unique set of challenges and rewards in the lush landscapes of the Himalayas. While this period brings huge rainfall to the region which transforms the terrain into a verdant paradise. It also demands careful consideration of weather conditions and preparedness for muddy trails. With its occasional showers and foggy atmosphere adds a fragile quality to the journey which creates a mystical ambiance as clouds dance around the towering peaks. The dense forests come alive with sounds from various wildlife, and waterfalls down the mountainsides. However, trekkers must be equipped with rain gear and tread carefully along the slippery paths.

Important Notes during Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
  • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
  • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage.
  • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
  • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek is a moderate to challenging trek which requires a certain level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
  • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
  • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.
Itinerary
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                                                  Cost Details
                                                  Cost Includes
                                                  • All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.
                                                  • Ground transportation
                                                  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
                                                  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
                                                  • Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu - (The Address Kathmandu Hotel or Gaju suite) accommodation as per the itinerary with breakfast
                                                  • Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary
                                                  • Professional tour guide on day trip in Kathmandu.
                                                  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour
                                                  • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
                                                  • Special Trekking Permit
                                                  • All necessary paper work Permit & TIMS card (Trekker's information management system)
                                                  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
                                                  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
                                                  • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
                                                  Cost Excludes
                                                  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
                                                  • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu)
                                                  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
                                                  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
                                                  • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
                                                  • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
                                                  Departure Dates
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                                                  Date PriceStatus 
                                                  Start DateSundayFeb 25, 2024End DateTuesdayMar 19, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                                  Essential Information

                                                  Internet, Wi-Fi, hot water shower facilities during 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  During the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek, internet and Wi-Fi facilities are limited as the remote mountainous terrain often lacks connectivity infrastructure. Similarly, hot water shower facilities are scarce, and accommodations along the trail may not provide this luxury. Trekkers should rely on basic facilities and enjoying the simplicity of life in the mountains. The trek's focus is on the raw beauty of the Himalayan landscape, cultural immersion, and the physical challenge of the journey, rather than modern amenities.

                                                  Risks during 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Makalu Base Camp Trek comes with inherent risks and challenges. It's essential for trekkers to be aware of these factors and adequately prepare. Some of the risk during 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek are as mentioned below:

                                                  • Altitude sickness
                                                  • Unpredictable weather
                                                  • Landslides and avalanches
                                                  • Challenging river crossings
                                                  • Trail conditions
                                                  • Health issues
                                                  • Limited communication
                                                  • Bump into wildlife

                                                  Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Preventing altitude sickness during the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some to reduce the risk of altitude sickness:

                                                  • Acclimatize properly
                                                  • Stay hydrated
                                                  • Trek at a moderate pace
                                                  • Consider altitude medication
                                                  • Monitor symptoms
                                                  • Descend if necessary
                                                  • Follow local guidance
                                                  • Have emergency evacuation insurance

                                                  Training for 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Preparing for the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek involves a combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength training, and mental strength. Engage in aerobic exercises like running, cycling, and hiking to improve cardiovascular fitness. You should focus on strengthening your legs, core, and upper body. Also, include exercises like squats, lunges, and leg presses for lower body strength. Incorporate core exercises such as planks and twists to improve stability and balance.

                                                  ATM and money exchange facilities during 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  ATM and money exchange facilities during the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek is limited. The trek takes place in a remote and less-developed region of the Himalayas where banking infrastructure is scarce. Trekkers are advised to carry sufficient Nepalese Rupees in cash from Kathmandu before starting the trek, as there are minimal opportunities for ATM withdrawals or currency exchange along the trail. Cash transactions are the primary mode of payment in the local teahouses and villages along the trek.

                                                  Can I join the Group on 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek?

                                                  Welcome Nepal Treks offer 24 days Makalu Base Camp group trek packages that allow solo travelers or small groups to join a pre-organized tour with other like-minded travelers. Group tours are a popular option for those who want to explore the destinations with a group of people, share experiences, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. When booking a group tour, you can choose from various itineraries and departure dates offered by us. The group size can vary, so you can inquire about the maximum number of participants in each group to ensure you are comfortable with the group dynamics.

                                                  Can I book Private 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek?

                                                  Yes, you can book a private 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks. We can customize the trek itinerary based on your preferences, fitness level, and time constraints. We also offer greater flexibility in terms of starting dates, pace, and the ability to adjust the itinerary as needed during the trek. With a private trek, you can receive more personalized attention and support from the trekking crew and guides. Welcome Nepal Treks provide a more comfortable and intimate experience, as you won't be trekking with a large group of strangers.

                                                  What is the Cost of the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek?

                                                  The cost of 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek can vary based on several factors, including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, and the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek at a very reasonable price. We offer this 24 days adventurous and splendid Makalu base camp trekking package around $2500 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, guides, accommodations and everything mentioned in the package with all meals.

                                                  Booking and Payment Policies of 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  If you want to book the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

                                                  Trip extension after 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  After completing 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek, you have several options for extending your trip and exploring more of Nepal or neighboring regions. Here are some popular trip extensions you can consider:

                                                  • Everest Base Camp Trek
                                                  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
                                                  • Tibet and Bhutan Tour
                                                  • Langtang Valley Trek
                                                  • Upper Mustang Trek
                                                  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
                                                  • Chitwan National Park Safari
                                                  • Bardia National Park Safari
                                                  • Rara Lake Trek
                                                  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
                                                  • Tansen and Palpa
                                                  • Lumbini and Buddhist Circuit
                                                  • Pokhara Adventure Activities
                                                  • Kalinchowk Temple Trek
                                                  • Gosainkunda Trek
                                                  • River Rafting
                                                  • Mountain Flight

                                                  Packing lists for Makalu Base camp Trek

                                                  For the successful trekking trip you need to pack the right trekking gears according to the season and weather. Here are some of the most necessary trekking gears needed for the 24 days Makalu base camp trek.

                                                  • Down jackets, rain coat, wind proof jacket, quick dry t-shirt
                                                  • Long sleeve shirt, trekking trousers, trekking boots, warm socks
                                                  • Hat, scarf, gloves, sunglasses, under wears
                                                  • Cell phone, cameras, torch light, power banks, water bottles
                                                  • Face wipes, quick dry towel, sanitizer, toiletries
                                                  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm, hair brush, etc.
                                                  • Medical kits, water purification tablets
                                                  • Extra money and many other necessary personal equipments and valuable accessories.

                                                  Accommodations and Hotels for Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  The accommodations during 24 days Makalu Base Camp trek are quite basic and simple comparing to many other treks in Nepal. You will be staying at the teahouses/ guesthouses along the way. The rooms are basic and cozy where you will sleep in a comfortable bed with pillows and blanket. The facilities are basic and less luxurious but comfortable.

                                                  Foods and Meals during Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  The trekkers will get to eat varieties of foods and meals at the teahouses and guesthouses. You can eat varieties of foods like: soup, noodles, spaghetti, Tibetan bread, boiled eggs, etc. The most preferred and famous dish is local Nepali khana set i.e. Dal bhat tarkari with pickle. You can choose anything you want from the menu according to your tastes.

                                                  Wifi and electricity facilities on Makalu Base Camp Trekking

                                                  The wifi and electricity facilities are offered in the teahouses. You can use the wifi services and charge your devices. However it is not free of costs as you have to pay extra charge for using these services.

                                                  Drinking Water on Makalu Base Camp Trekking

                                                  During the Makalu Base Camp trek you can buy the packed mineral water bottles and boiled water on the teahouses/ lodges. You should carry your own water bottle/ thermos to fill the boiled water which will keep the water warm. We suggest you to drink the water only after using water purification pills. You can also fill the tap water and drink it after purification. However, it is better to avoid the tap/ river water.

                                                  Difficulty level of Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Makalu base camp trek is a moderate to difficult level of trek. The highest altitude of the trek is 6135m. It is 24 days long trek with long climbs and rocky trails. The trek will be easy if you have previous trekking experiences. However, you can do the trek if you are physically and mentally fit. You can be well prepared for the trek by doing some strength exercises, cycling, jogging and hiking before few weeks of the trek.

                                                  Guides and Porters for Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Welcome Nepal Treks arranges the best and professional guides and porters for Makalu Base Camp Trek. Our guides are good at speaking English and are well experienced. The guides know the best routes, teahouses which will be a great advantage in the trek. The porters will carry your heavy bags and keep them safe throughout the trek. Having a guide and porter for the trek is great as you will be provided proper safety and security.

                                                  Travel Insurance for Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  Welcome Nepal Treks highly recommend trekkers to have good travel insurance for the trekking trips. Sometimes unpredictable incident might occur while trekking. In that case having travel insurance will make you feel secured. The travel insurance must cover all medical expenses and emergency helicopter evacuation. It is best to have travel insurance for the Makalu Base Camp Trek.

                                                  Permits needed for the Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  For the Makalu Base Camp Trek the trekkers will need two kinds of trekking permits. They are: Makalu Barun National Park Conservation Area permit and Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card.

                                                  Tipping during Makalu Base Camp Trek

                                                  The tipping is not compulsory for the 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trek but is expected by the guides and porters after providing you the best services throughout the trek. The guides and porters put their all the effort in making your trekking journey, comfortable and memorable. If you liked their services then you can reward them with small amount of tips. The tips will make them happy and encourage them to work even better.

                                                  Why to do Makalu Base Camp Trek?

                                                  The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a perfect trekking package for the nature loving and adventures seeking people. It is the journey to the base camp of the 5th highest peak in the world. The trekking trail is extremely beautiful and offers magical scenery that you will never forget. The trekkers will be able to explore the varieties of flora and fauna on this trek. The unique landscapes, spectacular waterfalls, mesmerizing mountains, glaciers and forests make this trek beautiful. The area is untouched by the modernization and offers experience of pure remote lifestyle. Trekkers would love the experience of visiting pretty villages and interacting with the locals. The 24 days Makalu Base Camp Trekking trip is naturally and culturally beautiful and entertaining.

                                                  Why Welcome Nepal Treks for Makalu Base Camp Trek?

                                                  Welcome Nepal Treks is a well managed trekking company that provides the best trekking and tours package at the best rates. We are a team of professional with experience of many years in the field of trekking and tourism. We provide professional and much trained and well experienced guides and porters to make your trekking journey enjoyable and fun. We guarantee the best services, and provide the best trekking trip that you will never forget. For the people who are seeking for long adventurous and thrilling trekking journey, we suggest them to do Makalu base camp trek with us.