Makalu Base Camp
Makalu Barun National Park – A hidden Himalayan jewel.
Makalu is the world’s 5th highest mountain at 8463m, and is the close neighbour of Everest only 14miles (22km) southeast. Our adventure will see us crossing three high passes, Khongma La Pass (3562m), Shipton La Pass (4220m) and the Keke La Pass (4152m), exploring this quieter part of the Himalaya’s. Home to 300 species of flowering plants, including countless varieties of Himalayan orchids, 440 species of birds and 75 species of mammals this is a truly unique location.
Key information

April, May, October , Novemebr 2024 & 2025

20 days


Airport: Kathmandu

Wholesome varied menu

International Mountain Leader & Local Sherpa Guide

4 * Spa hotel in Kathmandu

Private vehicle transfers

At A Glance
  • Journey with Sherpa’s who were born in the villages we stay giving you a unique insight into the communities and culture.
  • Enjoy quality camping with delicious and varied cuisine.
  • Return via the rarely visited Isuwa Khola valley allowing you to complete a circular route.

Days 1 - 3

Arriving in the vibrant city of Kathmandu we have an opportunity to visit the largest stupa in the world; Boudhanath, a UNESCO world heritage site. We then take a 1hr flight to Tumlingtar in the Makalu region before enjoying lunch in Khadbari and travelling overland by jeep to the village of Num on the ridgeline of the Arun valley and gateway to the start of our hiking adventure.

Days 4 - 11

We spend the first day hiking through the lower Rai villages before ascending to the sizeable, and major regional Sherpa community of Seduwa. Lots of culturally interesting sites along the way and a great opportunity to meet and chat with local people. The entrance to the offical Makalu Barun national park is after Tashigoan where we stay on our 5th night. ‘Khongma La Pass’ is our first high crossing just under 4000m before crossing ‘Shipton La’ and ‘Keke la’, both over 4000m. Our final stage to base camp is following the Barun Nedi river as we pass several Yak grazing settlements to arrive at Makalu Basecamp (4870m), a truly incredible location. We enjoy a full day at BC exploring the Barun glacier and lakes at the base of Mount Makalu.

Days 12 - 17

Descending from MBC we reverse our journey for two days until reaching Khongma where we break of into the rarely visited, yet beautiful Isuwa Khola valley. A great opporutnity for us to gain a deeper insight into Sherpa culture with an opportunity to visit homesteads and see a very traditional way of life that remains unchanged for a little over 300yrs.



Days 18 - 20

As we cross the Arun Nadi river for the last time and hike up to the beautiful Rai settlement of Amrang we depart back to Khandbari. A short flight sees us back in Kathmandu and enjoying a well earned break relaxing in our chosen 4* Hotel. A final opportunity to visit the old Newar city of Bhaktapur which was the capital of Nepal during the Malla Kingdom. Last night meal celebration!
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Need To Know


 14 x nights comfortable camping

2 x nights in a simple 1* hotel, Khandbari

4 x nights in 4* fabulous Kathmandu Hotel with Spa facilities

What’s included
All accommodation

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night (apart from 2 lunches & 1 dinner in Kathmandu)

We provide private vehicle transfers to our chosen hotel

Our guides are exceptionally experienced with a passion for sharing the mountains, flora and fauna with you. All qualified and licensed International Mountain Leaders they will bring the trip alive.

With our local Sherpa team we adopt an excellent guiding ratio meaning we can cater for differing levels within the group.


Booking and Price

Cost: €4350 pp

Single Supplement available

We manage every booking independently to ensure attention to detail and provide a personalised service.

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just wonderful

Incredible opportunity to journey through this rarely visited region.