Nepal Base Camp Treks(P)Ltd Govt. Regd. No : 144861/071/072 Tourism License No : 1788
  • Destination
  • Region
  • Trip Grade
  • Mode of Trip: Tea House/Camping
  • Highest elevation: 4812m.
  • Mode of Transport:Both way Domestic Flight
  • Best Time: September to November and March to May
  • Group Size: 02 Trekkers
  • Start/End Point: Tumlingtar to Tumlingtar

Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley

Makalu Base Camp Trek, Nepal Base Camp Treks presents an adventurous and powerful Makalu Base Camp Trekking, where this exciting walk leads you from warm paddy fields to alpine hills of cooler climate and beyond to arctic zone of remorseless snow-ice and glaciers at Barun valley and Makalu base camp.

Mt. Makalu stands as world fifth highest peak where climbers has to face tremendous challenge to conquer the summit at the height of 8,463 m / 27, 766 ft high, regarded as one of the toughest and much technical peak to climb.

Our Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with scenic short flight to warm areas of Tumlingtar at Arun valley, from here our adventure begins heading higher cooler region through interesting villages and towns of Khadbari-Manebhanjyang-Chichela and Num village of mixed tribe of mid hill peoples with Kirat Rai-Sherpa-Gurung-Magar-Tamang and few Newars.

From Num walk leads down and uphill to reach the last permanent Sherpa village at Tashi gaon after Seduwa, and then into pure wilderness within pristine surrounding of alpine forest of tall rhodendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir tree lines trekking in himalaya.

As the walk progress leaving the tree lines reaching higher areas of Kaungma Danda at 3,556 m high and crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la passes at above 4, 200 meters passes around glacial lakes to reach into beautiful Barun valley area enclosed within high rocky cliffs and mountains and then finally reaching our highlight and main destination at Makalu Base Camp with its south base camp.

Exploring isolated and mountainous area at Makalu Base Camp Trek with views of towering Makalu-Chamlang-Barun and as far towards North West direction with views of Mt. Everest and its rare East Face includes Lhotse also.

After a most exciting time with grandeur views of high mountains our walk leads downhill back to Num for an interesting drive to Tumlingtar where this marvelous adventure Makalu Base Camp Trekking concludes and then taking a super scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,315m | 4,270ft and transfer o hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m – 45 mins flight with overnight stop.
Day 04: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Kaungma Danda 3,556 m – 05 hours
Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours
Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at Shersong for day hike to Makalu South Base Camp 4,812 m.
Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Kaungma Ridge – 05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.
Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.


Your safety during the journey is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal Base Camp Treks and note that turbulent and cloudy weather is regular phenomenon along the Himalayas ranges and possibility of domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu may have to be delayed for few hours or even canceled for a day.

Any Weather conditions and health condition of a group member, or unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the tentative itinerary. NBCT leader will try to ensure your trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if any required.

As a safeguard we recommend you to add a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.

Detail Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Makalu Base Camp Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.

In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Makalu Base Camp Trekking preparation.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m a scenic flight of 45 mins.

Makalu Base Camp Trekking starts with short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport for short scenic flight to warm areas of Arun valley at Tumlingtar, during 45 minutes flight grand panorama of mountains with Everest and Makalu, on reaching at Tumlingtar where you will jon with our other crew members and porters for this wonderful adventure to Makalu base camp.

At Tumling overnight in a nice lodge, the temperature here of semi –tropical located on the shelf and a plateau above Arun River, afternoon free to explore this interesting town / village.

Day 04: Drive to Num 1490m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.

From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchela village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

Day 05: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.

Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descend to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and small  health post with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.

After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.

Day 07: Trek to Kaungma Danda 3,556 m – 05 hours

Leaving Tashigaon the last village for a week long, morning walk leads on gentle path into thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground.

Afternoon walk with steep climb for few hours to reach at Kaungma ridge top, as the tall trees gives away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees.

This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in complete wilderness.

Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours

From Kaungma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari(small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above 4, 453 meters passes, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.

Day 09: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.

Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.

Day 10: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.

From Barun valley walk to Shersong leading at the end valley near Makalu base camp leading on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camps.

Day 11: At Shersong for short hike above hills and view-points.

Rest and acclimatization day to soak with the views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks with peak IV, morning an optional hike for excellent views of Mt. Everest with rare East Face known as Kanshung face with Lhotse.

Day 12: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.

Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangle Kharka enclosed within high rocky cliffs with views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangle-Kharka.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.

After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek to Kaungma Ridge – 05 hours.

On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Khoma ridge for overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.

Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashigaon taking a different higher route to Nawa gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbugaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

Day 16: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.

From Narbugaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa gaon after a rest here continue descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.

Day 17: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.

After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an exciting drive on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching at Khadbari, a major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From Tumlingtar with an early breakfast then bidding farewell with rest of the camping staff and porters, with our main guide walk to Tumlingtar small airport for sweeping flight to Kathmandu, after a wonderful flight with views of snow-clad peaks reach Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotel with rest of the day free at leisure.

Day 19: In Kathmandu free day with optional sightseeing tour.

Nepal Base Camp Trek reserves this day as contingency or free day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar, which can occur sometimes due bad and unfavorable weather conditions which is beyond our control.

If all goes well using this spare day for optional tour at places of interest around old heritage sites of Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur, with rest of the day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 20:  Final International departure homeward bound.

Last day in amazing Nepal with awesome adventure around Arun and Barun valley with Makalu Base Camp trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.

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Client Reviews

Lyle Clancy

Brisbane Australia

In October 2014, 2015 I completed another wonderful family trek in Nepal to Langtang and Gosainkund lakes thanks to Sappa and his company “Nepal Base Camp Treks”. I first met Sappa in 2008 on a family Gokyo Lakes Trek and EBC Trek. At that time, I was greatly impressed by the highly professional approach he took to mountain guiding. I’m very happy to report that in 2014 nothing has changed. Sappa continues to maintain an exceptionally high standard of service and this together with his warm, generous and engaging personality ensured everyone in our party had an amazing time during their visit to Nepal.

We were treated to fantastic traditional Nepalese food and cultural performances at welcoming and farewell dinners in Kathmandu; expertly and safely guided over 14 days of trekking through an incredibly beautiful landscape; and provided with detailed and knowledgeable commentary during our tours of all the main sites around Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. I’m very happy to report that the organisation of our transport, sightseeing, accommodation and trekking arrangements was first rate and that over three weeks everything ran very smoothly indeed. Overall, Sappa‘s vast guiding experience and mountain knowledge ensured that our itinerary was structured in such a way that it provided us with a good deal of flexibility and ample time to absorb the magnificent mountain views while trekking, as well as not being rushed on our tours of Kathmandu and surrounds.

On this trip, a few in our party were first time trekkers. What a fantastic introduction to trekking in the Nepal Himalaya they received thanks to the great care and attention to every little detail provided by Sappa and his fabulous support crew Manoj, Shankar and Suraj. Thank you Sappa,for also keeping up the tradition of supplying us with bananas and chocolate bars. I must also mention that the pomegranate seeds the crew provided to us on our way to Langtang was an unexpected but greatly appreciated treat. Importantly, from a safety aspect, we were more than pleased to find that Nepal Base Camp Treks used modern four wheel drive vehicles to take us to the start of our trek in Syabrubesi and also for the return journey from Dhunche. We were also very impressed to observe that Sappa and his company take very good care of their support crews.

If you are planning to visit Nepal, I have no hesitation in recommending Sappa and his company “Nepal Base Camp Treks” for trouble free trekking and touring. You will not be disappointed. I can’t wait for my next trek with Sappa, which will be around Manaslu trek.

Christian Bank


German Language: Wir haben mit Sappa und einem Träger im Mai 2011 eine elftägige Trekking Tour durch die Langtang und Helambu Region gemacht. Wir sind das Langtang Tal von Syrabrubesi bis Kanjin Gompa hoch gewandert und dann über die Gosainkunde Seen, den Laurebina Pass und die Helambu Region nach Kathmandu zurückgekehrt. Der Trek war einfach wundervoll! Er führt durch verschiedene Vegetationszonen mit reicher Flora und Fauna und überwältigenden Aussichten auf die Gipfel des Himalaya. Darüber hinaus bot der Trek einen tiefen Einblick die die Tamang Kultur und das Leben und die Tradition der nepalesischen und tibetanischen Bevölkerung.

Sappa ist ein sehr erfahrener Führer, der die Gegend sehr gut kennt. Er verstand es perfekt, die Länge der täglichen Etappen und die Trekkinggeschwindigkeit auf unsere Wünsche und Bedürfnisse anzupassen und war insbesondere ein guter Ratgeber bei Fragen zur Höhenkrankheit. Sappa hat sich um alle Angelegenheiten mit den Lodges, den örtlichen Behörden, den Taxi- und Busfahrern etc. gekümmert. Er hat alle unsere Fragen zu den verschiedenen Bergketten und -gipfeln zur Länge der Auf- und Abstiege und zu den anderen Details der Gegend bereitwillig und mit großer Begeisterung beantwortet. Es war eine große Freude, ihm bei den Anekdoten aus dem Leben der Nepalesen, der Religion, Politik und Natur zuzuhören. Mit seiner Begeisterung und seinem Humor hat Sappa den Trek zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis gemacht. Wir können Sappa als erfahrenen, verständnisvollen und sympathischen Führer uneingeschränkt empfehlen. Nach den elf Tagen in der Einsamkeit des Himalaya ist aus unserem Führer ein Freund geworden.”

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Adriano Rosa

Curitiba – Brasil

Sappa é o cara. Visitei o Nepal em duas ocasiões. Na primeira ele foi meu guia no circuito Annapurna, onde caminhamos por 21 dias. Na segunda ele nos guiou nos treks Langtang, Gosainkunda e Helambu por 17 dias. Alem disso, ele foi nosso guia no trek Cheppang Hills. Como se não bastasse, fizemos também o clássico Base Camp Everest partindo de Jiri e passando por Renjo La e Cho La, em 24 dias com o seu irmão Lako. O Nepal é um pais maravilhoso e a companhia de um guia como Sappa fez toda a diferença, pois ele nos explicou muito sobre a cultura local, religião, situação política/conflitos no pais e como funciona a sociedade no Nepal em geral. Ele fala muito bem inglês, é muito bem humorado e as risadas estão garantidas. Pra resumir, você começa a trilha com um guia e termina com um amigo. Recomendo-o sem hesitar. Se tiver perguntas pode me escrever.