Makalu Base Camp Trek via Arun Valley will offer one of the most adventurous and thrilling trails in the Himalayas. The trek will take you to the extremely isolated region of Nepal. We will get to experience the spectacular views of the landscapes and the Himalayan mountains on this trek. The trail will include several ascends and descends, stunning glaciers, rivers, streams, lovely forest of rhododendron, pine & fir, and picturesque villages. We will get to see panoramic views of mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Island Peak (6,189 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), and several other mountains. In fact, Makalu Barun region is habitat of 75 species of mammals, 440 species of birds, and 3000 species of flowering plants including varieties of Himalayan Orchids. We may get to see wildlife like clouded leopard, musk deer, and Asian golden cat. This is a perfect trek for someone looking for the wilderness in the Himalayas.
Makalu Base Camp Trek via Arun ValleyDuration: 18 Days
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
- Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Accommodation: Trekkers Hut
- Max Altitude: 5,000m/16,404ft
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01Flight Kathmandu - Tumlingtar (360 m), drive to Num (1500 m) 6 hrs
After having breakfast, we will take a flight to Tumlingtar. Upon reaching Tumlingtar, we will drive towards Num. The drive will be long and scenic. We will go through several small settlements along with views of hills and forest and reach Num where we will be staying overnight.
Day 02Num (1500 m) - Simma (1300 m) via Dovan to cross Arun River, 6 hrs
We will begin descending towards Simma. The trail will be rugged and takes us to Dovan. Further, we will cross Arun River over a bridge and trek further to reach Simma village where we will be staying of the night.
Day 03Simma (1300 m) - Yakuwa (Ekuwa) (2300 m) 5 hrs
After having breakfast, we will begin trekking. We will ascend on fairly rugged trail through forested area. Further, we will descend and again ascend to reach Yakuwa village where we will be staying for the night.
Day 04Yakuwa (Ekuwa) (2300 m) - Buje (1900 m) 8 hrs
We will begin our day with a warm breakfast. Today, the trail will be going to be long and tiring. We will ascend and descend numerous time and go through small villages to reach Buje. Buje is a small yet lovely village.
Day 05Buje (1900 m) - Dhap (3000 m) 6 hrs
We will begin ascending through a rough trail and reach a ridge. From here, we will take a short descend and again ascend all the way up to the Dhap village where we will be staying for the night.
Day 06Dhap (3000 m) - Baule Pokhari (4000 m) 7 hrs
We are going to ascend 1000 meters to reach our next destination Baule Pokhari. As we will gain altitude, we will see a change in the climate. The trail will present superb views of landscapes and go through forested trail. We will reach Baule Pokhari from where we will find ourselves in one of the isolated regions of Nepal.
Day 07Baule Pokhari (4000 m) - Yangle Kharka (3600 m) 7 hrs
We will begin trekking by descending. The trail will include rugged and rocky section. Going through the forested trial, we will reach Yangle Kharka where we will stay overnight.
Day 08Yangle Kharka (3600 m) - Merek (4570 m) 6 hrs
We pass by Nghe Kharka, which is a large open grassy land. From here, our trail gets connected with Riphuk Kharka which is at an elevation of 3,930 meters. We will then begin trekking the west side towards Jhak Kharka and further, ascend to reach Yak Kharka. Continuing our trek from here will take us to Merek where we will stay overnight.
Day 09Merek (4570 m) - Shersong (4660 m) 6 hrs
Today the trail will be going to be short. We will begin ascending on the sandy trail along a stream. We will reach a ridge, and from here, we will turn north to reach Makalu valley. Further, the trail will take us to Shersong where we will stay overnight.
Day 10Shersong (4660 m) - Makalu Base Camp (5000 m) 3 hrs
We are going to ascend towards the Makalu Base Camp. We will wake up early in the morning and begin trekking towards the base camp. We will ascend and reach a pass. From here, we will descend and cross a stream on the boulders and reach the Makalu Base Camp. We will get to see breath-taking views of the snow-capped mountains and sceneries.
Day 11Explore MBC and return to Shersong (4660 m) 3-5 hours
Today, we will explore the base camp and its nearby areas. After spending some time on the Makalu Base Camp, we will return back to Shersong where we are going to spend one more night. We will trek back on the same trail as we have come.
Day 12Shersong (4660 m) - Yangle Kharka (3600 m) 6 hrs
From today onwards, we will trek back to the place from where we have started trekking. We will begin descending on a steep trail down to the Barun Valley. Further, the trial takes us to Yangle Kharka where we will stop for the night.
Day 13Yangle Kharka (3600 m) - Thulo Pokhari (4000 m) 7 hrs
After having breakfast, we will begin trekking. The trail will be going to be long and also present scenic views of mountain landscapes. We will ascend steeply and reach Thulo Pokhari crossing small settlements. We are going to stay for a night here.
Day 14Thulo Pokhari (4000 m) - Tashigaon (2070 m) 7 hrs
We will begin trekking after having breakfast. From here, we will begin trekking in the west and continue descending all the way down to the Tashigaon. On the way, we will go through several lovely small villages, forested trails, and stream. We will cross a meadow and finally reach Tashigaon where we will be staying for the night.
Day 15Tashigaon (2070 m) - Seduwa (1610 m) 6 hrs
After crossing several meadows and streams, we will reach Ropesa village. From here, we will trek towards Hindrungma Village. Further, the trail will ascend towards Chyaksadanda and to Kasuwa Khola. We will then descend gradually and reach another village, called Manigaon. A short walk from here will take us to Sedua where we will stay for the night.
Day 16Seduwa (1610 m) - Num (1500 m) 7 hrs
We will begin our day with a descent on a rough trail, and cross a suspension bridge over Arun koshi. From here, the trail becomes very steep so we trek careful and reach Lumbang. We will then ascend towards the Num ridge, and reach the Num village where we are supposed to stay overnight.
Day 17Num (1500 m) - Tumlingtar (6 hrs drive)
After having breakfast, we will begin driving towards Tumlingtar in a private tourist bus/van. The drive will be long and scenic. We will go through several small settlements and forested route to reach Tumlingtar.
Day 18Morning flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
After having breakfast, we will head to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will head to our hotel and rest for the day. Later in the evening, we will explore the streets of Thamel and have farewell dinner with other crew members.
- Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Lukla including breakfast as per itinerary
- Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
- All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
- An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
- Porter service
- Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
- Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (TIMS, Rolwaling Valley Restricted Area Permits, Pachhermo Peak Permit, Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Project, Sagarmatha National Park, Pasang Lhamu Rural Munipatily)
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Other official expenses
What's not included
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Lulka
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal trekking gears
- Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
- Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part
Tradition & Culture in Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley
Makalu is mostly influenced by Buddhists and Tibetan Buddhists culture. We will get to witness ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines, chortens, prayer walls, centuries-old monasteries, and kaanis. We will interact with locals and also experience their unique lifestyle, tradition, and culture. The people residing here are one of the kindest. Moreover, the isolation of this region has contributed immensely to conserve the cultural heritage and tradition for centuries.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley we will stay in a teahouse or in camp. Teahouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations. Please understand that the services in the teahouse will be very basic and also all the teahouse does not come with attached washrooms.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. If we are caping then our meals will be prepared by crew members. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley Difficulty & Physical Fitness
Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley is a moderate trek. The trails are not so difficult and challenging in terms of technical climbing but, do includes 5-7 hours of walk each day. Therefore you need to be passionate and in good health. Trekking to the higher altitude always demands average physical fitness, positive attitude, and a strong determination. If you have any previous hiking or trekking experience it would be great.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Season to go on Makalu Base Camp Via Arun Valley Trek
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to go the Makalu Base Camp Via Arun Valley Trek.
Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valley Permit
Arun Valley is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, and tourists are required to get certain permits to enter in this region. Moreover, you will also need to get a permit to enter the Makalu Barun National Park.
Besides that to go on trekking in Nepal you need to get special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).
Following is the list of permits for the Upper Mustang Trek:
Sankhuwasabha District restricted area permit for foreigners: USD 10 per person for the first weeks & USD 20 per week thereafter.
Makalu Barun National Park for foreigners: USD 30 per person
Makalu Barun National Park for SAARC nationals: USD 15 per person
TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Around USD 10)
TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
*These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Makalu Base Camp Via Arun Valley Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Makalu Base Camp Trek Via Arun Valleyin the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. We have designed this package to give you all of the Makalu Base Camp Via Arun Valley Trekking experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.