Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley Trekking


Our office representative will welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and then transfer you to the hotel. Take some rest at the hotel and later visit Create Himalaya Adventure’s office. A welcome dinner will be offered in the evening along with a tour briefing by our team.
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meal: Welcome Dinner.

After breakfast, you begin your sightseeing tour by visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites within Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square:-
Kathmandu Durbar Square showcases Nepalese art and architecture at its best. The architecture is typical of the Malla dynasty who ruled over Nepal from the 12th to the 18th century.
Swyambhunath:-
Swyambhunath Temple is popular among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area.
Pasupatinath:-
Pasupatinath Temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and is one of the principal temples of Lord Shiva.
Bauddhanath Stupa:-
The Bauddhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa's in South Asia. Meet your guide at the office and prepare for your trip.
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meal: Breakfast.

We take flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, we then take a jeep to Num passing through Hururu.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Num.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We continue along the trail descending steeply from Num through the cornfields of Lumbang. Below the village, the trail drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660 m). From the bridge, we climb steeply to a primitive 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.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Sedua.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Leaving Sedua, we make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1770m). Climbing past the school at Gyang, it is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, we cross meadows and several streams and then climb to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Tashi Gaon.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. The trail levels out, and then climbs to a shepherd’s hut called Chipola atop another ridge. We climb past two small streams, then switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka at 2900 meters and up to a saddle and Unshisha, a tiny meadow at approx. 330 meters. Here the trail joins the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Kauma.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We climb steeply through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, we get superb views of Chamlang, Peak VI and Peak VII. Following the ridge for a while, we ascend a stone staircase. After a few false summits, the trail veers left off the crest to a small lake. We then climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4127 m). From the pass, we descend to another lake and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. We continue descending about 150 meters into sparse rhododendron forests to a level area.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Dobato.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We descend a steep gully with a stream for about 500 meters. We then move left through fir forests, along the flank of the Barun Valley. Moving along ill-defined trail, we cross a 200-meter-long slide area, and then follow the river to a Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. We Climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Nhe Kharka.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Beyond the Nhe Kharka, we follow the north bank of the Barun Khola for a while. We then cross a small wooden bridge before the river turns northward. The Barun Valley makes a huge S-shaped curve and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river, but the trail climbs gently as we approach Ripok Kharka. Still on the north side of the Barun, the trail turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra.There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu is not yet visible. As we pass a ridge the glacier turns slightly north.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Jar Kharka.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We stay to right in a gully on the east side of the valley. It is gradual descent to a minor pass about 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. We then descend to a stream, cross on boulders to the base camp on the west bank of the river. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, 7 and Baruntse (7220 m); Everest and Lhotse complete the panorama.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in MBC (Makalu Base Camp).
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Today is a rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
Stay Overnight at Tented Camp in MBC( Makalu Base Camp).
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We retrace our steps down the Barun Valley towards Nhe Kharka.
Stay Overnight at Tented Camp in Nhe Kharka.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

From Nhe Kharka, we continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here we get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Dobato.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in kauma.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Today we make a long steep descent back to Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon we spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Seuda.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Trek to Kasuwa Khola Valley back to Sedua, then turn south down the west bank of the Arun River. From Sedua, The route now enters the hot bottom lands of the Arun Valley. Most of the settlements in this area are temporary settlements used by Rai and Chettri farmers who live in villages high on the hillside above.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Num.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

We take a jeep through temporary farming settlements to the spread-out Rai village of Walung (880m). The trail descends to the Apsawa Khola and crossing it on a suspension bridge we climb steeply to Chhayang, a pleasant Rai village with an extensive bamboo-pipe water supply at 800 m. We continue through forests and pass several small streams to reach Tumlingtar.
Stay Overnight at Teahouse in Tumlingtar.
Included Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu.
Stay Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to respective destination with wonderful experience.
Included Meal: Breakfast

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1. I hadn't tried trekking till date. Should I have to do training for Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley Trekking?

If you are physically fit, you don’t need any training for trekking even if it’s your first time. You must walk for a 5-7 hour per day during the trek and the trail are uphill and downhill with a rough path so that you must be physically fit. And we had set such itinerary that’s make the trek a bit easier and more adventurous. The more you are physically fit, the more you can enjoy the trek.

2. Is Makalu Base camp and Arun valley Trekking difficult?

This trekking destination is comparatively hard trek then other but it’s ok if you are physically fit. The Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley trekking is of 23 days as you must walk for the 5 -7 hours per day for the 18 days. The trekking trail is rough, uphill and downhill. As the trial is not paved so the trial is rocky somewhere, so you must be careful if you have a weak ankle and the trail is also filled with the snow depending upon the season.

3. What sort of different facilities can I expect in the trekking trail?

You can expect a standard room at a 3-star category hotel with breakfast and launch in Kathmandu. But along the trekking trail, there are the tea houses and lodges providing the facility of accommodation and food. They provide the clean mattress and blanket as we offer you a Create Himalaya sleeping bag which is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment (Sleeping bag must be returned after the trip). The lodges in trekking routes provide single or double bedrooms. The food during the trekking trial provided by the tea houses/lodges is delicious of mostly vegetarian fare. During the time of touring in the city area, you can be served with the local food as well as western food. Trekking in the high Himalaya, you will be served with the basic western food and local food. The local foods like Tibetan’s fries’ bread, soups, steamed and fried dumplings (momo), steamed and curried vegetable (Tarkari), different varieties of potatoes, lentils, and rice (dal-bhat). Different varieties of meats are also served by the tea house. The tea house served the eggs, toast, peanut butter, hot porridge, muesli, and local honey in the breakfast.

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at the lodges/tea houses where we’ll stay. And for launch, we will stop on the trail where you can order a meal as per your choice. Our Guide will help you to stop at the best possible places to eat.

4. Is travel insurance needed for trekking?

Yes, you need travel insurance including mountain trekking or mountain climbing. You must assure that your travel insurance policy covers this destination. Some of the insurance companies do not cover expenses above contain altitude. A rescue cost $5,000 just for the helicopter. So, it is the most need for the coverage of the expenses.

5. What if I am sick during the trekking period?

Our guides had a trekking certificate from the Tourism center. They are trained about the first-aid training for high altitude too besides other training and they always carry the essential first-aid kit during trekking trial. So that they can take care of you in the minor case in the mountains as our guide are 24 hours available for the service during trek.

But, in the case of an emergency, our Guide carries the local sim card to be in contact with the office in Kathmandu. Our guide keeps on updating the situation of the Client, then the office will be managed to send the Helicopter in the trail if the client is seriously sick in the mountain.

6. Can I add the extra days to my trekking route?

Yes, you can add the extra days to explore the destination. But, you must pay the extra charge to the company to cover your expenses for the accommodation, food, transportation, and the charge of the Guide and Porter for the extra days.

7. What is the alternative option of the trekking destination beside Makalu Base camp and Arun Valley Trekking?

If you are seeking the alternative destination beside this trekking destination, you can choose the Dhaulagiri Round Trekking and Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking which is amazing trekking route.

8. How do I book this trip with your company?

At first, you must fill-up the form with your personal detail and trip detail with the date you preferred to start the trip, then you must send the 30% advance trip payment to our company in our bank account to secure your booking. But, if you cancel the trip then 10% advance trip payment will be non-refundable and 20% will be refunded on your account.

On receiving your 30% advance trip payment and following personal document like a passport with scanned or photocopy, along with booking forms, then we will send you a full confirmation letter with the deposit as well as receipt of advance trip payment.

You can deposit advance trip payment through the bank account or Visa card, Master Card. And you can clear the remaining payment after you arrive at Kathmandu, Create Himalaya Office.

What is Included?

  • Airport pickups and drop off a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Hot Drinks) during the trek
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Domestic Airfare, and Ground Transportation's
  • All ground transportation  on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and carrier
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Create Himalaya’s  t-shirt and trekking map are you to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not Included?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel Insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Items of personal nature & all bar bills ie. Soft/hard drinks.
  • Tips for Nepalese staff's etc

Trip Introduction

Mount Makalu (8485m) - the fifth highest mountain of the world lies in the northeast perched between the border of Nepal and Tibet. The culturally influenced Arun valley trekking route has the power to hold unsurpassed beauty, towering mountains, and biological diversity. 

 

It's one of the most fascinating and challenging treks of the region. Initially, the trek takes you to the base camp (5000m) of Mt Makalu via Makalu Barun National Park. The Base Camp is the best spot to figure out an eye-pleasing view of the skyscraping mountains like Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse.   

 

About Makalu Base Camp: 

 

Makalu base camp, situated at Sherson at an altitude of 4700m inclosed with a lovely high grazing area near to the top of the Barun Glacier, surrounded by an awe-inspiring array of Himalayan peaks.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trekking and Arun valley trekking are totally isolated and remote trekking route of Nepal and start from the lowlands of Tumlingtar following the trails parallel to Arun River. 

 

However, the region is a perfect blend of diverse cultures and ethnically rich people like Brahmin, Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, and Tamang. On the trails, the chirping sounds from rare birds make your trek peaceful and tranquil, which are only found in Nepal during the Arun valley trek. 

 

What can be expected...???? 

 

After crossing the Arun River, Kasuwa Khola starts and passes through the Shipton Pass (4500m), which consists of Keke La and Tutu La into the upper Barun river valley in the Makalu Base Camp (5000m), from here views of the south face of Makalu, as well as Everest and Lhotse, are truly spectacular. 

 

The panorama view of the eastern Himalaya that is Chamlang Peak 6, Peak 7 and Makalu which lies at an altitude of 8485m can be observed by the trekker from the highest point of Mount Makalu. Camping at meadows at the base of Mt. Makalu viewing neighboring Himalaya peaks are spectacular.

 

During this trip, you will have a professional licensed guide, and travel on a comfortable private tourist vehicle or a coach as per mentioned in the package. While transferring from one city to another, you can have a comfortable journey in grounded transportation or airfare as per the itinerary. 

 

Additional Info: 

 

You also can customize this trek as per your preference. All accommodation during the tour will be at 3 to 4-star categories hotels and teahouse available during the trip. You can purchase authentic souvenirs, including handicrafts, local stuff, carvings and Thangkas (traditional painting in Kathmandu) during this trip.

 

Major Highlights of the Trip

→ Magnificent view of World’s Fifth highest mountain (Mt. Makalu 8485m).
→ Enter authentic Sherpa and Rai villages and Buddhist Religion
→ Explore the traditional lifestyles of ethnic people.
→ Explore Arun Valley and Experience some high passes
→ Trek through the majestic views of the gigantic peaks from Makalu base camp.
→ Walkthrough the dense Rhododendron and Oak forests.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trip Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu fly to Tumlingtar (460m) & drive to Num (1490) by private jeep
Day 04: Num to Sedua (1460m) 5 hrs walk
Day 05: Sedua to Tashi Gaon (2070m) 6-7 hrs walk
Day 06: Tashi Gaon to Kauma (3470m) 6 hrs walk
Day 07: Kauma to Dobato (3570m) 6 hrs walk
Day 08: Dobato to Nhe Kharka (3000m) 7 hrs walk
Day 09: Nhe Kharka to Jar Kharka (4315m) 4-5 hrs walk
Day 10: Jar Kharka to Makalu Base camp (5000m) 5 hrs walk
Day 11: Explore Makalu Base Camp
Day 12: Makalu Base Camp (MBC) to Nhe Kharka (3000m) 7 hrs walk
Day 13: Nhe Kharka to Dobato (3570m) 6 hrs walk
Day 14: Dobato to Kauma (3470m) 7 hrs walk
Day 15: Kauma to Sedua (2070m) 6 hrs walk
Day 16: Sedua to Num (760m) 3-4 hrs walk
Day 17: Num to Tumlingtar (550m) 4-5 hrs drive
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure

Included in the cost

  • Airport pickups and drop off a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Hot Drinks) during the trek
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Domestic Airfare, and Ground Transportation's
  • All ground transportation  on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and carrier
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Create Himalaya’s  t-shirt and trekking map are you to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes


Best time for Trekking in Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley 

February to Mid June, September – November is the best season. Dec & January is Winter. July & August is a rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.

Tour Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Create Himalaya Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.


Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Create Himalaya Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley Trekking dates & prices

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17th September, 201905th October, 2019$2600LimitedBook Now
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Makalu Base Camp and Arun Valley Trekking

From $2600 USD
Duration 19 Days

Tour Grade moderate
Group Size 2-20 Max
Max. Altitude 5000m
Starting point Tumlingtar
Ending Point Tumlingtar
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu / Full Board in Trekking
Accomodation Hotel in Kathmandu / Basic Teahouse in Trekking
Transportation All ground Transportation's / Domestic airfare

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