Makalu Base Camp

By Sarika

01 May 2022 16:37 PM | UPDATED 2 years ago

01 May 2022 16:37 PM

Makalu Base Camp is one of the remote route trekking trails in the world. It is more challenging than other base camp treks. It lies in the eastern part of the Asian country Nepal. The total duration of this trek is 20 days. so it requires perfect physical fitness for walking in the snow for more than two weeks with heavy bags. The trails lie in the eastern Himalayan part of the country Nepal. While traveling to Makalu Base Camp it rounds the Makalu Himalayans Range. Trekkers can see an amazing panorama of snowy, Oak forests, rhododendrons, a Variety of landscapes and cultures, and many more Himalayan summits. From the base camp of Makalu, you can see the beautiful peaks. This trek is more challenging than others because Makalu lies at the world’s fifth-highest peak. It has 8481 meters in height. And it is the perfect trekking destination for those who love nature the most. 

Table of content

  1. About Makalu Base Camp
  2. How difficult it is?
  3. Cost of Makalu Base Camp trek
  4. Permits of Government
  5. Required Documents
  6. Things you have to take 
  7. About Makalu
  8. History of Makalu

1. About Makalu Base Camp

This is the primary campsite of Makalu which is used by Mountain climbers. Trek to Makalu Base Camp is an amazing 20 days holiday destination in east Nepal. Yet in this base camp, there are fewer tourists than others due to the remote route. This is an adventurous destination for domestic as well as international tourist. From the Makalu Base Camp, trekkers will be greeted by the Kangshung face of Mount Everest as well as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchanjunga. To see all of these, the best weather is to visit Makalu Base Camp in Spring and Autumn. 

2. How difficult is the Makalu Base Camp?

It is the initial step of the climber to reach the top of the Makalu Mountain. Thus, it is a Challenging for this trek but the consequence of this trek is amazing. The highest point of this camp is in the east part. It is more than 5000Meter, where the air is thinner and you may suffer from altitude sickness. If you like adventure then Makalu Base Camp is the best trekking sport. But it demands the best physical fitness and intense willpower. You have to prepare yourself physically and mentally for this trek. It is tough the trek. You will feel amazing by the beautiful pace of the Makalu mountains. Makalu base camp lies in between Solukhumbu and Sankhuwashava districts of country Nepal. 


3. Cost Makalu Base Camp Trek

The cost of trekking to Makalu Base Camp depends upon you. Because if you travel solo then it depends upon you. Its means how much money you use there while traveling. And if you go through the trekking agency, they are charged according to their policy. 

According to the trekking agency, the price range for the best-supported climb rang. It covers all the transportation charges from Kathmandu to tumbling by plane and tumbling to Num by bus, base camp tents, lodging, accommodation, trekking guide, and other facilities as per the need. So this payment range is normal according to the trekking route.  


4. Permits for Makalu Base Camp

Due to strict rules, a new permits system has been made and implemented in this Region. According to the trekking information the old trekking permits have been replaced by the new local entry permits there. To get a full permit, you have to fulfill many requirements which are followed below

  1. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  2. ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area)

5. According to TIMS & Makalu BarunNational Park Permits

ACAP means the Makalu BarunNational Park which includes a major portion of the trek.  MBNP permits are required for you to get entry to the Makalu Barun National Park. To get permits from Park we need to go to Nepal Tourism Board. For the card, you have to go to Pokhara or Kathmandu. 

And TIMS stands for the Trekkers Information Management System. TIMS  permit is necessary to trek on major trekking trails within Nepal, including Annapurna Circuit.

If you are planning to trek to  Makalu Base Camp, you must obtain TIMS & MBNP permits. TIMS permits cost in total 5000 NRS, which is less than $50 per person. It seems quite more. But according to the trekking days and the ways it is minimum and cheap rate. 

However, a TIMS permit is not necessary for Nepalese people but ACAP is mandatory for all. 

6. Things you have to take while trekking to Makalu Base Camp 

  • Skullcap
  • Water and windproof Jackets
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Hands and foot cover
  • A scarf
  • Down Jacket
  • First Aid kit 
  • Sunglasses
  • Reusable Bottles 
  • Maps
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gloves (take extra in the bag)
  • Quick-drying t-shirts
  • Thermal T-shirt
  • Raincoat
  • Take things at your own pace
  • Thermal Pants
  • Tents(If you are going solo)
  • Medicine as per the guide
  • Sleeping Bags
  • LED headlamp
  • Trekking Poles 
  • Waterproof Boots 
  • And the things as per the guide

7. About Makalu Mounatain 

Makalu is the world’s Fifth-highest mountain. It is also listed among the 14 peaks of the world which have more than 8000 meters in height. It is located in the Asia country Nepal. The current height of Makalu Mountain is 8481 Meters, 27838 ft above sea level. It is situated on the border between Nepal and China. It has two subsidiary peaks i.e. Makalu I and Makalu II. It is the sovereign of the country Nepal. It lies in the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwashava districts of Nepal. Makalu is an isolated peak that has a four-sided pyramid. 

It is also the fifth highest peak within the borders of a single country Nepal. Makalu was first attempted in 1954 by the American team which was led by Riley Keegan. And the French team that did the first ascent in 1955 climbed the north and northern ridge. 

In this region, Rai, Gurung, and Sherpa are the main inhabitants. This region is fully covered by the cultures and religions of Rai, Gurung, and Sherpa. 

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