Nepal - Makalu & Barun Valley Trek (23 days) Book Now

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The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth national park in the Himalayas of Nepal and was established in 1992, located in the Barun Valley which is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. It is the world's only protected area with an elevation gain of more than 8,000 m enclosing tropical forest as well as snow-capped peaks. The protected area is habitat for a wide diversity of flora and fauna species.

Included in the Cost

  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel at Kathmandu in a room only basis.
  • Accommodation throughout the trek on room only basis.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
  • All necessary permits to treks and Expeditions.
  • All Camping equipment.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
  • First aid kit 

Not Included in the Cost

Food and drinks/ Beverage bills
Entrance Fees
Tipping (Tips)
Travel Insurance
International Flights
Extras cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels
donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind

Recommended gear list:

Good wind/rain Jacket
Warm fleece jacket or Jersey
Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots.
Good (-20) Sleeping bag (which can be rented or bought in Kathmandu)
Sun hat or scarf
Sunglasses with UV protection
Hiking shorts
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms


  • Day 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, our representative will meet, greet and welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel. You can rest relax and enjoy your time in the hotel or you can stroll around the city. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    After your breakfast, our tour guide will come to pick you up along with the private vehicle. Firstly you will be visiting the UNESCO world heritage site Kathmandu Durbar, Swyambhunath- the monkey, Pashupatinath Temple- the holy temple and Boudhanath which was built in 600A.D. Upon reaching the Boudhanath explore the surroundings and after completing your sight seen get back to the hotel and rest. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Day 3

    Fly to Tumlingtar (460 m) & trek to Khandbari (1040 m)

    After breakfast, we take a flight of an hour to Tumlingtar. We head north towards Khandbari after lunch. We begin our trek and start ascending slowly for approx 3 hrs to reach Khandbari camp above the village on large grassy fields. Overnight in Hotel at Khandbari camp.
  • Day 4

    Trek to Fururu (1900 m)

    After breakfast, we start our journey as we pass through fields, bamboo groves, and big rocks and climb a short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas (1740m). Beyond the village, the trail offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu, and Jaljale Himal. We then ascend and descend for a bit through the ridges and a rhododendron forest to Chilchela (1830m), with a tea shop and few houses inhabited by Gurungs. We then pass through the small settlements of Kuwa Pani (1910m) and Sakurati Majuwa (1860m) leading up to the campsite. The lower trail heads to the village of Fururu, situated below the ridge at 1900 meters. Overnight in a local lodge at Fururu.
  • Day 5

    Fururu to Num (1490 m)

    After breakfast, we leave the village of Fururu and continue our trail through forests, Mani wall and a dirty pond leading to Mure, a spread-out village at 1980 meters that is inhabited by both Sherpas and Rais. We begin to descend as we make a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to some stone steps and a final walk to Num. Num is situated on the ridge above an S-shaped bend in the Arun River. Overnight in a local lodge at Num.
  • Day 6

    Trek to Sedua (1460 m)

    We continue our trekking after breakfast and cross the Arun River. From the bridge, we slowly ascend to some old tea shop, then through corn and buckwheat field. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Sedua.
  • Day 7

    Sedua to Tashi Gaon(2070 m)

    After breakfast, we leave Sedua and start to walk past the Rasuwa River to Gyang (1770m). In the trail, you see many terraced fields and forest areas to Hindrungma village and reach Rupisa. After lunch, we head towards Tashi Gaon which is about 6 hours walk from the village of Sedua. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Tashi Gaon.
  • Day 8

    Tashi Gaon to Kauma (3470 m)

    Today is a tiring day as the trail is a long ascent. We slowly ascend to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge and then climb past two small streams, switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters. Here the trail combines with the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. We then slowly climb stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descent to reach Kauma. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Kauma.
  • Day 9

    Kauma to Mumbuk(3570 m)

    After leaving Kauma village, we continue our trail. On the way, we can witness the famous twin peaks Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7. Later, we climb the stone staircase and climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La. We walk past the Tutu la and further continue descending down about 150 meters into dense rhododendron forests to a flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk. Overnight in a local lodge/ tented camp at Mumbuk.
  • Day 10

    Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka (3000 m)

    After breakfast, We start following the stream and walk along Barun River to reach Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. After climbing Yangle Kharka, we cross north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka. You can see a small gompa at the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions. Overnight in a local lodge/ tented camp at Nhe Kharka.
  • Day 11

    Rest Day

    Today is a free day for you. You can explore the surrounding area and take rest or prepare for the next day's trek. Overnight in a local lodge/ tented camp at Nhe Kharka.
  • Day 12

    Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615 m)

    Today is going to be a very laborious journey as we have to walk for 8 hours and ascend almost 1500 m from Nhe Kharka. We start our trail along the northern bank of the Barun Khola. After a short walk, the trail ascends gently as we approach Ripok Kharka through the huge S-shaped curve that Barun Valley and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river. After ascending, we are welcomed by a majestic view of the Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5. Further walking into an alluvial valley you can see the Fifth highest mountain Makalu is visible just before reaching Sherson. Overnight in a local lodge/ tented camp at Sherson.
  • Day 13

    Sherson to Makalu Base camp (5000 m)

    This is the day that we reach our final destination i.e. Makalu Base Camp, the highest base camp on earth. After breakfast, we leave Sherson and start the descent to east about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We further go down to cross the boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. From here, we can witness the southern part of the Makalu. On reaching the Base Camp, enjoy the panorama view of Peak 6, 7, Baruntse (7220 m), Everest and Lhotse. Overnight in tented camp at Makalu Base Camp.
  • Day 14

    Makalu Base camp to Nhe Kharka (3000 m)

    Wake up early in morning and enjoy the sunrise view and golden mountain as the rays hit the mountain. Later, we trek back to Nhe Kharka following the same trail. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Nhe Kharka.
  • Day 15

    Nhe Kharka to Mumbuk (3570 m)

    We continue our return journey after a warm breakfast. We make our way as we pass through the forest of pine and rhododendron and reach Mumbuk in the late afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset. Overnight in a local lodge/ tented camp at Mumbuk.
  • Day 16

    Mumbuk to Kauma (3470 m)

    Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Kauma.
  • Day 17

    Kauma to Tashi Gaon (2070 m)

    Today we take it slow as we have to make a long descent back to Tashi Gaon. After reaching Tashi Gaon, we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude. Overnight in a local lodge/tented camp at Tashi Gaon.
  • Day 18

    Tashi Gaon to Balung (760 m)

    After breakfast, we continue our descent as we go down to Sedua, and then follow the trail to Mulgaon. We continue going down the steep rocky trail through fields of corn and barley until we reach the Ipsuwa Khola, from where we cross the suspension bridge and enter the Arun Valley. The area is used as a temporary settlement by the farmers living up in the hills. Further going down we reach Balung (760 m). Overnight in a local lodge at Balung.
  • Day 19

    Balung to Pukuwa (550 m)

    After breakfast, we walk past the Rai village of Walung (880m) then cross the Apsawa Khola and climb a little bit to reach the Chhayang village, settlement of the Rai community. After some ascending and descending, we reach Parangbu, a delightful camping spot among rice fields on the banks of the Arun River. We continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Pukuwa. Overnight in a local lodge at Pukuwa.
  • Day 20

    Pukuwa to Bumling (370 m)

    We continue our journey as we pass through some rocky terrain and green fields on the trail till we reach the village of Tome (520 m). Makalu Barun base camp trekking is not only famous for the mountains but also the cultivation in such a remote and difficult terrain. Below Tome, the Arun Valley becomes wider and more U shaped. The trail climbs over another ridge on a steep, narrow stairway of rock steps. From the top of the ridge at 530m, the trail descends to a delightful camp on the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (370m), across from the Chhetri village of Bumling. Overnight in a local lodge at Bumling.
  • Day 21

    Bumling to Tumlingtar(460 m)

    Today is the last day of the trek. After breakfast, we start descending the river downstream to its confluence with the Arun River. We cross the Arun River and start following the east bank of the Arun, walk past the village of Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to the Tumlingtar plateau. Overnight in a local lodge at Tumlingtar.
  • Day 22

    Fly to Kathmandu

    We take a flight back to Kathmandu and enjoy the scenery. Check-in at the hotel and have rest. In the evening, you can go stroll around the streets of Thamel. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Day 23


    Have your breakfast early in the morning and our office representative will come to pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport regarding your flight time.

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