Trip Facts

Trip Duration 26 Days
Trip Difficulty Challenging
Maximum Altitude 6,143 meter/20,154 ft.
Best Season To Visit March-May, Mid September-Mid December

Trip Highlights

  1. Max altitude: (5,700m/18,700ft)
  2. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  3. Accommodation in the best selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  4. As both the regions have national parks, the regions are rich in biodiversity, nature and as well as culture
  5. Makalu is home to over 3000 species and rare animals like red panda, Himalayan wolf, Barking deer and Asian Golden Cat etc
  6. Beautiful views of Mt. Chamlang, Baruntse, Makalu, Khumbu Glacier and Mt. Everest etc
  7. Challenging trek through off the beaten track in Makalu and well-known famous trail in Everest region
  8. Chance to explore and experience traditional Sherpa, Rai, Limbu and Gurung culture

Trip Overview

Makalu Base Camp to Everest trek is famous as it is one of the most remote treks in all of Nepal. It is a challenging trek/expedition from Makalu Base Camp to the Everest region. The trek goes via three high passes, Sherpani Pass, West Col, and Amphu Laptsa. A challenging Mount Makalu Base Camp trek goes through remote wilderness and the trek. The trail offers amazing views of Makalu, towering cliffs, hanging glaciers, and waterfalls. This is an extremely isolated area, surrounded by some of the most impressive scenery dominating a very remarkable mountain scale.  The Trek is an ideal choice for avid trekkers and those who wish to avoid the crowd.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate in a hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipment required and overnight at hotel.


Visit UNESCO Heritage sites

Day 03: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (1,500m/4,921ft) [45mins flight] to Num (1,500m/4,921ft) [4hrs drive]

Today after having breakfast in the hotel you will be transferred to the domestic airport from where you will take flight to Tumlingtar. After landing we will have lunch in a nearby lodge and take a transportation that will drive us to Num. The road to the village passes through terrace fields and then further through forest. The trail offers us views of snowcapped peaks in the distance, spectacular views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. We will camp the night here in the village at a suitable camping site.


  • Drive through cardamom fields after Chichila.
  • If weather is clear then you might see Makalu and Mera range from distance
  • Num used to be trading hub of Tibet through Kimathangka border

Day 04: Num to Sedua (1,540m/5,052ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Today we trek to our next destination, from Num we trek steeply downhill through terraced fields planted with corn and barley and forest to cross the suspension bridge above the fast flowing Arun River. From here we climb steeply through terraced fields up to the village of Sedua. The village is the entry checkpoint of Makalu Barun National Park. We will camp the night here in the village.

  •  Highlights:
  • Arun River is the longest river of Nepal
  • Settlement of Rai and Sherpa ethnic groups

Day 05: Sedua to Tashigaon (2,070m/6,791ft) 5hrs trek

After having breakfast we rejoin our trail. We continue trekking through the rhododendron and bamboo forest, the trail leads us towards climbing out of the valley. After few hours we traverse through terraced rice fields to Manigaon from where the trail passes through forest and farmland. Within no time we will reach a school at the entrance of Tashigaon. We will have to walk few minutes to our camping site that is in the higher part of the village. This village is the last village until we reach Chuhukung in the Everest region; there are no permanent settlements in Barun valley through the remaining trail. We will camp and rest the night here.


  • Sherpa settlement and people of this village are engaged in mountaineering occupation
  • Observe colorful prayer flags and stone made houses
  • Walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests

Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma (3,560m/11,679ft) 6hrs trek

Today’s trek is a challenging and a very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. The steady trail climbs through forest and further the trail starts to open out with more rhododendrons until we reach a few teashops at Chipla. We then trek through the sparse forests along the ridge and ascend to Khongma where we will camp the night in a suitable camping site.


  • If you are lucky you might come across with langur monkeys and tiger
  • Walk through rhododendron forests

Day 07: Acclimatization and rest day

oday is an important day for acclimatization as tomorrow we will be trekking to higher altitude. Acclimatization day is necessary to prevent trekkers from altitude sickness. As we will be staying here a day hike can be organized around, we can walk along Khongma Danda (ridge). From the top there is amazing view to the east towards Kanchenjunga. We will return to Khongma campsite for overnight.


  • Beautiful view to the east towards Kanchenjunga and Jaanu Himal
  • Observe bird-eye view of green valley from Khongma ridge

Day 08: Khongma to Dobatey (3,800m/12,467ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Today we will trek through three passes, from Khongma the trail ascends steeply along rhododendron forests the trail leads to stone staircase before we reach Ghungru La (4,050m/13,287ft) with spectacular views of Makalu, Chamlang in west north and also Kanchenjunga in the east. Further, we pass small pond and continue to ascend to Shipton La (4,125m/13,533ft) followed by a descent to Kalo Pokhari lake. Further trekking we make a climb to Keke La (4,150m/13,615ft), after this final pass we trek down through a beautiful rhododendron forest all the way to Dobatey . We will camp the night here in the village.


If you are lucky you might encounter with snow leopard

If you trek through June and July you might see the local people collecting Yarsagumba, the medicinal herb.

Spectacular views of Makalu, Chamlang in west north and also Kanchenjunga in the east from Ghungru La pass

Day 09: Dobatey to Yangle Kharka (3,700m/12,139ft) 5hrs trek

After an early breakfast we leave Debotay and rejoin the trail, the trail passes along the steep down to Barun Valley through the forest of rhododendron and oak trees. We continue to follow Barun river; crossing a number of landslide areas. As we trek further the valley widens and we reach a flat grassy area near Yangle Kharka, the area is suitable for camping as we will be camping the night here too.


  • There will be fair during Janai Purnima where several pilgrims visited and observe festival nearby Yangle Kharka areas.
  • Observe goat, yak grazing at pasture land along the way

Day 10: Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,450m/14,599ft) 4-5hrs trek

Today we trek to higher altitude, with an early breakfast we leave Yangle Kharka. The trail passes through numerous of Yak pastures and herders huts, as we trek further we get to higher altitude so we need to limit our rate of ascent to ensure our body gets enough time to acclimatize. After few hours of trekking we reach at the grazing area called Langmale Kharka where there are terraces cleared for camping, We will camp the night here


  •  Passes through numerous of Yak pastures and herders huts
  • Spectacular view of Peak 6 and Peak 7

Day 11: Acclimatization and rest day

Today is also an important for acclimatization as we need to avoid altitude sickness and help our body get used to the altitude. A short day hike will be organized to help our body acclimatize before we trek to Makalu Base Camp tomorrow. If the weather is supportive then the trail will offer us tremendous views of Peak 3,4 and 5 as well as Chamlang. We will return to the camp at Langmale Kharka for overnight.


  • Magnificent views of Peak 3, 4 and 5 as well as Chamlang

Day 12: Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4,900m/16,076ft) 4-5hrs trek

Today we trek to Makalu Base Camp, after breakfast we head to the Base Camp. As we trek we reach Sherson the south East Ridge of Mount Makalu comes into view and trekking further we arrive at the Base Camp. From Base Camp we get clear stunning views of its South face. We camp our tents here in the Base Camp.


  •  Spectacular views of Makalu South face from Makalu Base Camp
  • If you are lucky you might encounter with snow leopard

Day 13: Acclimatization day at Makalu Base Camp 5hrs hike

We need to help our body acclimatize so an optional day hike will be organized. We will hike on the slopes on the east side of Makalu Base Camp, this hike will help you acclimatize as well as offer you amazing views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Our top height of today’s hike will be 5,300m/17,388ft and then we descend down back to our camp for overnight.


  • Spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu from 5,300m/17,388ft altitude

Day 14: Makalu Base Camp to Sherpani Low Camp (5,200m/17,060ft) 4-5hrs trek

After breakfast we leave Makalu Base Camp and head towards our next destination, the trail follows the ablation valley on the west side of Barun Glacier and then continues on lateral moraine. During the trek we will witness amazing views of Makalu’s West ridge and North West ridge as well as Everest and Lhotse towards the head of the valley. As we trek further the trail is gets rocky and passes through slopes. Walking for few hours will take us Sherpani Low Camp, this is where we will camp the night.


  • Amazing views of Makalu’s West ridge and North West ridge as well as Everest and Lhotse towards the head of the valley.
  • Passes through rocky trail

Day 15: Sherpani Low Camp to Sherpani High Camp (5,700m/18,700ft) 6-7hrs trek

With an early start we begin our today’s trek; we trek to higher altitude today. From Sherpani Low Camp we ascend on a rocky trail then gradual ascend and take descend to the valley. Further we take ascend all the way to Sherpani High Camp where we will be camping overnight.


  • Surrounded by majestic Himalayas like Makalu, Peak 4, Pari Chokkarma, Chago. Kangsung Tse, Makalu La

Day 16: Rest day at Sherpani High Camp

Today we stay back to Sherpani High Camp and rest. A day hike can be organized around the camp or you can explore the camp, we will stay the night in the camp.


  •  Surrounded by majestic Himalayas like Makalu, Peak 4, Pari Chokkarma, Chago. Kangsung Tse, Makalu La

Day 17: Sherpani High Camp to Baruntse Base Camp (5,700m/18,700ft) 12 hours trek

Today is the most challenging day as it takes 12 hours to arrive at Baruntse Base Camp. The exact daily schedule depends on conditions and weather as well as how the group and crew are managing with the expedition. We have two passes to pass [Sherpani Pass (6,135m/20,127ft) West Col (6,143m/20,154ft)] and passing them during the noon can be tough as change in weather can be a problem.

With an early start around 1 am we rejoin our trail and trek up the glacier to Sherpani Pass as we start to climb on fixed ropes. Through the trail we follow a snowy gulley and then trek through a rock step before reaching to the top of the pass. We then descend on the other side of the pass down to the West Barun glacier valley from where we will trek up to reach the top of the West Col. From the top we trek downhill to Hunku Glacier and trekking further to Upper Baruntse Base Camp. Today there a lot more trekking using ropes to pass the passes and it will be easy if we will help each other during the trail. We will camp overnight here in the base camp.


  • Pass down to the West Barun glacier valley
  • Excellent view of the Mt. Makalu (8463m.), Mt Everest (8848m.), Mt. Lhotse 8416m, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Baruntse and Kanchenjunga etc

Day 18: Rest day at Baruntse Base Camp

After yesterday’s challenging trek we will need to take rest today as continuing further can be a threat to your health. Not only this but We have a lot more days to trek so rest is necessary and at the same time we will get opportunity to explore Baruntse Base Camp. We will stay the night in the camp.


Amazing backdrops of the Mt. Makalu (8,463m.), Mt Everest (8,848m.), Mt. Lhotse 8,416m, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Baruntse and Kanchenjunga

Day 19: Baruntse Base Camp to High Camp before Amphu Laptsa (5,500m/18,044ft) 6hrs trek

After breakfast we rejoin our trail and as we start the trek descending on Moraine to the lower Baruntse Base Camp then further to moraine ridges, the ridge has loose rocks. We trek towards High Camp where we will camp our tents near the trail up to the Amphu Laptsa Pass.


  • View of Chamlang, Baruntse, Amphu Laptsa Pass, Amadablam, Kali Himal

Day 20: High Camp to Imja Lake Camp (5,100m/16,732ft) 7-8hrs

Today is a long trek day; we start off early. The trail follows the rocky trail towards Amphu Laptsa pass (5,500m/18,044ft); we then climb a step to access the glacier and then follow it to the top of the pass. The view from the pass is amazing offering Baruntse and the West Col. There is few more hours of trekking until we pass the rocky trail and lead us to our camp located next to Imja Lake.


  • Amazing offering Baruntse, island peak, Lhotse, Everest and the West Col
  • Observe Imja Lake from the trail

Day 21: High Camp to Pangboche (3,875m/12,713ft) 6-7hrs trek

Today we trek into Everest, after many days of trekking in remote areas we finally trek in well constructed trails and the trail begins with descending through hills and taking us to Pangboche. After reaching Pangboche we will camp our tents and rest the night there.


  • Everest known as a land of Sherpas
  • Observe Sherpa lifestyle and customs
  • Observe prayer flags, mani wall, chorten and monasteries
  • View of Lhotse, Everest Amadablam, Thamaserku, Kangtega Mountain
  • Encounter with Himalayan Thar, Yaks along the trail
  • Walk through juniper trees.

Day 22: Pangboche – Namche Bazar (3,445m/11,302ft) 6 – 7hrs hike

Today we head to Namche, after a climb through the rhododendron forest to Tangboche we descend the river at Phunki Tenga and cross the bridge, trek the steady ascending trail to Namche Bazar. Get some rest and prepare ourselves for tomorrows trek to Lukla.


  • Explore vibrant Namche Bazzar
  • Encounter with yaks along the way
  • Walk through beautiful forest of rhododendron trees

Day 23: Namche Bazar – Lukla (2,840m/9,317ft) 7 – 8hrs hike

With an early breakfast we start our trek by descending downhill to Lukla. We will trek along the Dudhkoshi River, pine forests, hamlets and crop field with the views of mountain like Kusum Kangru, Khumbila, Tawoche and Thamserku etc. When we reach Lukla, you will be extremely exhausted so we will get some rest and stay the night at Lukla.


  • Offers magnificent vistas of like Kusum Kangru, Khumbila, Tawoche and Thamserku
  • Trek along Milky River (Dudh Koshi)
  • Walk through pine forests, hamlets

Day 24: Lukla – Kathmandu (1,302m/4,270ft) 35mins flight

We will have an early breakfast at the lodge and walk to Lukla airport and take flight back to Kathmandu, you will then be accompanied to your hotel and you have free time for yourself and overnight at hotel.


  •  Spectacular flight to Kathmandu

Day 25: Leisure day in Kathmandu

It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if we could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a guided day tour in or around Kathmandu, you can refresh yourself and explore the valley on your own.  Stay overnight at hotel.


  • Explore Kathmandu valley
  • Shopping the souvenir for dear ones

Day 26: Fly Back Home

You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.


Theo Kossart (Expedition leader), Melbourne, Australia 

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