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Makalu Trekking

Remote Less Crowded Trek


It is most famous as a remote trek which takes you to the base of Mt. Makalu (8463m), the world’s fifth highest mountain. At the beginning of the trek, experience the trails beside the Arun River. It originates from Tibet and enters Nepal, later joins with many other glacier rivers, finally forming the giant Sapta Koshi River. The Arun River travels between the two giant peaks of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The trek starts from the lower hilly area entering the Makalu Barun National Park from Seduwa. The trip sets deep into some of Nepal’s most unseen and amazing scenery, from the sweeping Arun River Valley, over the Barun La (4200m.) to the icy fields surrounding Makalu (8463m). This is an extremely isolated area, surrounded by some of the most impressive scenery with Mt. Everest (8848m), Baruntse (7129m) and Chamlang (7317m), Peak 6 (6739m) dominating a very impressive mountain landscape.

The first few days, we trek through the deepest gorge between giant peaks Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga. Then trek through the local village of Chetri crossing over Arun river  then trek to Makalu to Barun valley. The upper area is habited by Sherpas, who are a little different from the Khumbu Sherpas. Most local lodges are run by locals of Tashi Gaon during tourist season and close for the rest of the time. We see potato-terraced farmlands and villagers following century-old tradition. Further on, you will pass rhododendron, fir, pine, juniper forests, then wild bush and herbal plants, followed by barren windy land with colourful wild flowers. Then the trail enters a remote landscape forgotten by time with no permanent settlements, only a few shepherds tending their livestock or seasonal trekker lodges.

For more adventure, we offer an additional option by crossing Barun valley, Sherpani Col (pass) to Amphu Laptsa, Hongu Basin to Chukkung towards Khumbu side.

NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.





Daily Walk Duration

4 - 9 hrs


MAX 5350 M

Group Size

2-15 PAX



Route itinerary

  • Day 1-3
    Flight to Tumlingtar – Khadbari - Num – Seduwa - Tashi Gaon.
    Flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu and drive by local jeep to Chamla Kharka -Num (1560m). Trek to Numlugma. Depending on the monsoon season and road conditions, we may be able to drive to the starting point and start trekking the next morning. We trek to Numlugma for an overnight stay. Then cross over the Arun river by a suspension bridge to Seduwa (1500m), entering Makalu Barun National Park. Trek to Tashi Gaon (2175m).
  • Day 4-5
    Khonma Danda – Dobate - Pemathang.
    Walk up staircases and rough trails crossing many streams until reaching a viewpoint at herders camp, Danda Kharka. Overnight at Khongma danda. The next morning, travel to Khongma viewpoint panoramic view over the clouds of Kanchenjunga to Makalu. Cross Shipton pass & Keke pass 4200m then to Thulo (Kalo) and Sano Pokhari (pond) – enjoy an overnight stay at Dobate. Travel downhill to Barun river bed – to the landslide area then to Pemathang.
  • Day 6-8
    Yangle Kharka – Adventure excursion day – Langmale Kharka – Sersong - Makalu base camp.

    Trek to Yangle Kharka (3600) by Barun River – it’s an extremely pleasant walk. Leisure during a rest day - or you may partake in an extra excursion, however its only recommended for climbers that can withstand a tough ridge walk to Shiva Dhara (Falls) and back to Yangle Kharka. Trek to Tadasa and continue the next day, trekking to the beautiful black rocky peak valley. The valley is spreaded and windy. We trek over a quite rough trail to Langmale Kharka (4410m) overnight. Langma (over left food). View of Peak 5, Peak 6, Peak 7. We trek to the side of Barun River, near Marek. Enjoy Makalu base camp for 4-6 hours, and a pleasant walk with a beautiful panoramic view over an open valley. After having a perfect excursion, with the view of Makalu from Sersong (5000m) – crossing Barun river – Upper Barun lake - reach Makalu base camp – overnight, we retrace back to Tadasa or Langmale Kharka.

  • Day 9-14
    Yangri kharka – Dobate – Khonma – Tashi gaon - Num - Tumlingtar.
    Extra day possible for excursions - we retrace back to Tadasa or Langmale Kharka. Drive back from Num to Tumlingtar or Itahari - Kathmandu or flight back to Kathmandu.

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