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  • Mount Makalu seen from near Base Camp
  • Near Makalu Base Camp
  • Bridge over Arun River
  • Shipton La
  • Barun Valley
  • Trekkers at Sedua Village

Makalu Base Camp trek via Shipton La

A challenging trek to the Base Camp of Mount Makalu the world’s fifth highest mountain including crossing of Shipton La. 

Our itinerary has been planned to allow for sufficient acclimatisation to the altitude and to maximise our time around Makalu Base Camp. The trail takes you from the humid lowlands near Tumlingtar on the Arun River through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal to Makalu Base Camp. The trek passes a large diversity of ecosystems and cultures, on lower sections of the trek there are Rai villages and at higher altitudes Sherpa villages.

We cross Shipton La at 4,216m into the remote and beautiful Barun river valley before arriving at Makalu Base Camp. Along the trail there are superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga.  Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park covering 2,330 sq km. This area is a remote wilderness containing some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility.


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 21 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2020 - £2,195 (US$2,850 or €2,495) 2021 - £2,195 (US$2,850 or €2,495)
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight to/from Kathmandu and Tumlingtar
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Dormitory room with common bathroom while on trek. We also send along a tent as a back-up in case you prefer to sleep outside or if the rooms at the lodge are full.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Makalu region from throughout the duration of this trek 
  • Complimentary Makalu trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel and trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • October 6th to 26th 2019
  • April 12th to May 2nd 2020
  • October 4th to 24th 2020
  • April 4th to 24th 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Briefing and preparations in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Sedua (1,540m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)  
  • Day 6Trek to Khongma (3,560m) 
  • Day 7Rest & acclimatisation day 
  • Day 8Trek to Debotay (3,650m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,200m) 
  • Day 11Acclimatisation day at Langmale Kharka (4,450m) 
  • Day 12Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m) 
  • Day 13Day walk around Makalu Base Camp (4,900m) 
  • Day 14Trek to Yangle Kharka (3,600m) 
  • Day 15Trek to Debotay (3,650m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m)  
  • Day 17Trek to Num (1,500m) 
  • Day 18Drive to Tumlingtar 
  • Day 19Fly to Kathmandu 
  • Day 20Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 21Fly back home 
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