Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trek - 20 Days

You will pass through fog forest jungle draped with orchids, pass through Rai villages with their incredibly varied use of bamboo in Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trek. Barun Valley is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and one of the toughest mountains to summit. The trek which moves along remote parts of Nepal through fog forests draped with orchids is not as hard as the expedition but still is demanding.

The trek starts at Tumlingtar and passes Barun Valley before reaching the base camp. Because camping is only allowed at selected areas, trekkers have to follow a strict itinerary. Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trek offer a wide diversity of ecosystems, cultures and incredible natural beauty in a little-frequented region.

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu 
Day 02Rest/preparation
Day 03Fly Tumlingtar (460m); drive Num (1500m)
Day 04Trek Seduwa (1540m)
Day 05Trek Tashigaon (2070m)
Day 06Rest/acclimatize
Day 07Trek Khongma (3560m)
Day 08Trek Dobato (3650m)
Day 09Trek Yangle Kharka (3600m)
Day 10Trek Langmale Kharka (4400m)
Day 11Trek Makalu Base Camp (4870m)
Day 12Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 13Trek Yangle Kharka
Day 14Trek Mumbuk (3550m)
Day 15Trek Khongma
Day 16Trek Seduwa
Day 17Trek Num
Day 18Drive Tumlingtar
Day 19Fly Kathmandu
Day 20Depart Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) camping trek from Num to Makalu Base Camp and back
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu flight
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • Permit & other fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Required number of porter/s
  • Transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other local staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for guide & local staffs
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Price Includes’

Clothes Fabric Features

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries

Hand Wear

  • Fleece Gloves

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Trekking poles
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Insurance papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Zip-loc bags
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Ear plugs
  • Water bottle
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights)


  • Jacket & Trouser (waterproof)
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Noncotton shirt/T-shirt (full sleeves)
  • Fleece trouser
  • Micro fleece
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermal wear
  • Down jacket
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Underwear
  • Neck gaiter

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers


  • Strong Kit/Duffle bag to be carried by porter
  • Bag to keep your casual clothing
  • Toiletry bag

Climbing Equipment (if required)

  • Ice ax
  • Crampons
  • Harness with Slings, carabiners
  • Jumar
  • Boots suitable for mountaineering
  • Mountaineering helmet


  • Personal medications

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

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Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trek

Trip Facts

  • 20 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 5,000 m
  • Moderate
  • Teahouse/Lodge
  • March to May, June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Camps/Lodges
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum