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Makalu Circuit Trek Embark on the Journey of a Lifetime: Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit!

5 - Excellent
Based on 2 Reviews

Makalu Circuit Trek - 24 days Days

Trip Facts

Group Size
Min 2 Max 10
Trip Grade
Very Strenuous
Hotel/Mountain Lodge/Tented Camp
Max. Elevation
6189M or 27825Ft
Full Board
Private Vehicle/Flight

Trip Highlights

  • Cross a few of the world’s most adventurous passes Sherpeni col 6180m, west col 6143m, Amphu Labsta 5845m, and Khangma La 5550m.
  • Himalayan scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and
    Lukla to Kathmandu which is the best
    view offering flight.
  • Explore Culture, Custom, tradition, Geography, and Demography
    and flora-fauna of Makalu and Everest region.
  • Explore some of the world's tallest mountains including Everest 8848m, Lhotse 8414m, and Makalu 8468m.
  • Sherpa and Rai people's culture in-depth exploration.
  • Lead by an experienced Sherpa guide and porter who have the best knowledge of the Makalu and Everest region.
  • Nepali local food (Dal- Bhat) and cuisine.

Trip Overview of Makalu Circuit Trek

Mt. Makalu 8485m is the fifth highest mountain in the world where Makalu Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging & adventure journeys in Nepal since the entire circuit covers numerous numbers of difficult high passes need to accomplish such as Sherpani Col 6180m, West Col 6143m, Amphu  Lapcha Pass 5850m and many more. Our experienced Sherpa crew and official trekking planner team would be highly anxious for your safety and security concerning altitude sickness and possible illness while making your successful adventure holiday, we highly recommend previous trekking experience and good physical fitness of every adventure-seeking trekkers likely to accomplish Makalu Circuit.

The trek is a perfect combination of less explored off the beaten trails to popular trail where we spend our maximum days inside remote and less visited areas of Makalu National Park and back via the world’s popular classic trail of Everest Base Camp.

The 20 to 24-day-long itinerary with challenging grade trekking trail in sangkhuwasava is often known as Makalu Circuit Trek or Makalu high passes trek with Tourist Link Treks and Expedition starts with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. We take around an hour flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar followed by a couple of hours drive to our exact trek starting point at Khandbari. The trekking trail first begins with scenic and soft walking then gradually towards tough and high adventures. After walking more than a week until reaching Makalu Base camp at 4800 meters where we take an acclimatization day would be worthwhile before attempting a serious pass Sherpani Col at 6180 meters. Again, the trail continuously becomes wilder until we accomplish pass West Col at 6190 meters and Amphu Lapcha Pass at 5850 meters. After there, our journey starts following descends with a safe and comfortable walk that joints popular classic trail of Everest; towards Chukkung, Tengboche, Namche Bazaar then finally to Lukla for fly back to Kathmandu.

Additional Information:
The best time for this Makalu Circuit Trek is September to November and March to May. Tourist Link Treks is the Champion trekking operator in Kathmandu for small group and individual trekkers at the minimum budget cost as well as we're offering the Makalu Circuit trek with a fixed departure date of 2023 and 2024.




You will be welcomed by an airport representative from the Tourist Link Trek and drive to your hotel. After checking in your hotel you will visit the Tourist Link Trek where you meet Manager Hom and discuss trekking and introduce to your guide. You have to pay your remaining bill here.

Your trip starts after having breakfast. You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide who will show you UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu. There are a bunch of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu like Kathmandu Durbar square, Swyombhahunath stupa aka monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar square, etc. These sites are of centuries old and were built in the ancient and medieval eras.

Early morning you will be picked up by your guide and drive to Airport for the flight to Tumlingtar which takes nearly 40 minutes. We will be welcomed by the rest of the crews at Tumlingtar airport. We stop for short refreshment while you will be introduced to the rest of the crews. Then we drive to Num which takes nearly 4 hours. We stay overnight at Num in the mountain lodge.

We commence our journey after having breakfast early in the morning. We follow Porter and the supporting crew along with a guide. The trail goes downhill all the way to the bottom where we cross the mighty Arun River which is known as the lifeline of this region. Then the trail goes uphill all the way to Seduwa. We stop for launch at Hedagna Gadhi which is a small settlement inhabited by Rai people. The walk is very scenic with lush green forest and a heart-shaking cliff from where we can see the bottom. The duration of the walk will be 6 hours and overnight we stay at Mountain lodge.

We commence after having breakfast early in the morning. The trail goes through a lush green forest accompanied by sparkling streams flossing downward. The trail passes through small villages like Murmidanda and Nabagaon where we stop for launch. We can see the hospitable folk with light grim on their face always attractive. We walk 6 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

We commence our journey in the morning with a gut-filling breakfast. The trail goes uphill towards the ridge of the mountain where we reach a viewpoint called Unsisha at 3100m from there trail traverses through the head of the ridge all the way to Kaumadanda. The province contains rhododendron, fir, and juniper trees mostly. The duration of the walk is 7 hours and overnight at the mountain lodge.

We start our journey early morning after having breakfast. The trail goes all the way uphill passing through small bushes of rhododendron and on the way we pass through a beautiful small lake called Kalo Pokhari at 3930m altitude. We cross a few passes like Shipton pass 4125m, Keke la 4170, and descend down to our place for an overnight stay. We walk 7 hrs in total and overnight at mountain lodge.

After having breakfast we start early in the morning. The trail goes downhill and traverses through the trail high above the mighty Barun river. The province is very desolate and barren here it mostly consists of Pastureland. We walk 7 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

The journey begins after having breakfast. The trail goes through the right-hand side of the valley passing through the moraine route. The walk is very scenic and we can see the spectacular view of towering peaks like Peak 5, Peak 7, Yaupa, Peak 4, Honku Chuli, and Mt Makalu. The place we pass through is Yak Kharka, Merak, and finally Langmale Kharka. We walk for 6 hours in total and overnight we stay at a mountain lodge.

We begin our journey after having an energizing breakfast. The trail passes through the moraine route with a delightful magnificent mountain view. We walk gradually uphill listening to the cracking sound of glaciers from the meltdown of ice. We walk 7 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

Today is a rest day, after having breakfast we walk uphill towards peak 3 Danda. The walk takes 4 hours back and forth. We can see breathtaking spectacular mountain views as well as glaciers from where the mighty Barun river originates. We sleep overnight at Makalu base camp which enhances the ability to withstand high altitudes.

The walk goes through a rugged trail through glaciers and moraine thus we start full gut eating an energetic breakfast. From today adventure reaches the next level enhancing tolerability against rough terrain. We get to see a magnificent view of Mt Makalu 8468m just above your forehead. Our guide and Sherpa take good care of the entire team while walking. we take packed launch on this day while some crew walk before the team set up camp at Swiss base camp 5150m.

Tourist Link Trek takes a high level of concern over client safety in high mountains. We start trekking with a high calories delicious breakfast. We walk through the alleyway above the Barun glacier which splits towards the left side and ascends through the gully. After ascending nearly 500 meters we reach our campsite at Sherpani Col Base Camp at 5688m altitude. We have a splendid view of Massive Mt Makalu, Chago, SE peak, Peak 5. You get to have real tough excursion this day. We walk 6.5 hours and overnight at a tented camp. We have meals prepared by a well-experienced cook and kitchen crew.

We start early morning after taking a warm and energetic breakfast. The route goes ascending all the way up to Sherpeni col 6180m. your guide will fix the ropes, make the track and assist the entire crew to cross the pass. The surrounding is so beautiful, truly heaven you get to witness real Shangrila you can see some of the world's tallest mountain including Mt Makalu, SE peak, Chago peak, Kali Himal, Hunku peak, Imja Tse aka Island peak. After crossing Sherpani col we walk over the icy flat and cross another pass called West Col 6143m and we descend down using ropes to the glacier from where we walk all the way to Baruntse Base camp 5400m. We trek 8hrs and overnight at a Tented Camp.

We commence an excursion after having breakfast. We walk downhill all the down close to the glacier and walk the left-hand side of the valley towards the south. We walk north again after crossing the glacier. The trek consists of mesmerizing mountain views including a bunch of lakes along the way. We take packed launch during the day, We walk 7 hours and overnight at Tented camp again.

Today is a rest day here in the middle of Shangrila surrounded by incredible eternal silence. We have no to-do assignment today simply after having breakfast we do some body stretching in order to feel rejuvenated from the excursion. We can do some Yoga and meditation during the day in order to experience the outstanding eternal silence. All we do on this day is to rejuvenate, recreate and regain the lost stamina. Overnight at tented camp.

We commence our journey early morning after the gut filling energizing breakfast. We ascend up towards Amphu Labsta through the Sharpe ridge. Your guide and sherpa will fix the rope and assist the entire team to cross the pass. The excursion is tough albeit it's very scenic with breathtaking flabbergasting scenery. After crossing the pass we descend down cross Amphu labsta glacier and traverse through the moraine route. You can see Imja lake which was formed due to a glacier meltdown. We take a packed launch. We walk 8 hours and reach Chhukung for an overnight stay in Mountain lodge where you can take a hot shower and wash out all sweat and dirt.

Today some of the supporting crew carrying camping gear and kitchen utensils will leave the group thus before start trekking you can express your grievance and commend them. The trail goes uphill all the way to Khangma la top 5535 m through the pasture land and loose rock trail. The spectacular 360 views from several mountains of Everest and the Makalu region will blow your mind. After we descend all the way downhill to the Khumbu glacier and cross through the glacier and climb a small mound of the moraine. We walk 8 hrs in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

We start early morning after taking a gut-filling breakfast. The trail goes through the edge above the Khumbu glacier. The trail consists of a walk through pasture land, moraine, and loose rock. You can see eye cactching view of Mt Pumori 7165m, Lingtren 6749m, Khumbutse 6665m, Mt Everest 8848m, Nuptse 7861m, Nireka peak 6159m etc. Some more mountains we can see are Cholatse, Arakmtse, Taboche, etc. After 3 hours of walking, we reach Gorakshep which is the last stop for the Ebc trek where we stop, have launched, find our room, and trek to Everest base camp 5365m which takes 4 hours back and forth. We walk 7 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

We climb Kalapathar early in the morning in order to see the perfect Everest panorama. Visiting Everest base camp doesn't quench your thirst to see the perfect Everest panorama thus we must have to climb Kalapathar 5545m. we can see dozens of mountains from the top of Kalapathar thus it is very crucial to visit. We walk back to Gorakshep, have breakfast, and trek down to Pheriche 4200m. we can see an amazing view of Mt Amadablam while descending down from Thokla pass 4750m. we walk 8 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

The journey commences after gut filling breakfast we walk downhill through the pastureland passing through village-like Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche, Lausasa, etc. Today you can feel the joy of greeting the locals and chatting with kids. We can visit the monastery to express gratitude and blessing. We stop at Tengboche monastery and visit the premises. After Tengboche, we walk downhill all the way to Phunki Tenga where we take to launch, and after we ascend a bit up to Sanasa and go through a wide and flat trail until Namche. We can see the mind-blowing view of mountains so don't forget to look back. You can celebrate the evening at Namche because there is plenty of choice for shops, bars, and restaurants. We walk 6 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

After breakfast, we commence our trek downhill all the way to Hillary bridge through a lush green forest of pine, fir, and rhododendron. After Hillary bridge, we follow river Dudhkoshi all the way down to Phakding. We pass through several beautiful Sherpa villages full of smiling and welcoming people. We stop for launch at Phakding and push toward Lukla. In the evening we celebrate the successful journey with a guide and supporting crew and express thankfulness to Tourist link trekking. we walk 6 hours in total and overnight at the mountain lodge.

Early morning after breakfast we walk to Airport to fly back to Kathmandu. The flight takes 30 minutes and consists of an eye-catching Himalayan view. After arriving at Tribhuvan airport you will be welcome by an airport representative from Tourist link trek and drive to your hotel. After checking in your hotel you have leisure time for a shower, laundry, and massage. Afternoon you can find your ideal restaurant and shopping can be done.

We will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward Journey giving you Kadha or garland for a successful onward journey.

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple, Pasupapati Temple, Boudhanath, Durbar square)
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Domestic Airfare (Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Lukla - Kathmandu)
  • Three daily meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • One highly experienced helpful and friendly Climbing Sherpa guide (English speaking and Government licensed holder guide)
  • Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter) their food, accommodation, Salary, equipment, and staff insurance
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • For all necessary paperwork and permits (Makalu area permit and TIMS) please bring 3 passport size photographs
  • All Local/Government Taxes and office service charge
  • Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance Company

What's not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and other expenses
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Tumlingtar and Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation if required
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

Fixed Departures

Start Date End Date Price Availability Booking

Essential Information

Essential Information

When to Go?

March to May and mid-September to November are ideal times to go on trekking in Nepal. However, you can do the trek throughout the year, excluding harsh winter and heavy monsoon period for better experiences. Read more...

Gear Checklist

Gears and equipment assure your safety and smooth trekking experiences as you enter the Himalayas. With essential equipment, you can add some of the other specific ones which most probably will come handy in the trek. A reliable preparation from your side is a positive step for successful trekking and climbing expedition. Read more...

Food, drinking water, and accommodation facilities

The menu for everyday foods gets slimmer with a significant rise in altitude. One can always find a warm tea and basic local staple in the lodges or teahouses operating here. Natural drinking water sources, as well as Drinking water taps, are available throughout the trail. Accommodations might lose even some of the basic facilities as we move higher up in the trails of Himalayas. Read more...

Trip Permit

To enter and trek the protected and restricted segments of Nepal, you will have to take special permits from the government of Nepal for the sole purpose of preserving the people and nature of these areas. Read more...

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the primary concern while trekking in the areas of higher altitude. You must be prepared and act quickly if the symptoms appear during the trek. Using some prevention techniques, you can slow down and minimize the symptoms of Altitude sickness up to some extent. Read More...

Physical condition and experience requirements

Different types and levels of trekking might require a certain minimum fitness level to accomplish. With the guides, you can make up for the segments of lacking experience of trekking. Nepal also offers a lot of different varieties of the trek which the trekkers of any age or physical condition can do. Selection of optimal trekking program is best for both parties. Read more...


Weather in the Higher Himalayas is always unpredictable. Regular monitoring and contact help us to be safe from any unforeseen change of weather in most cases. With the presence of a licensed guide, you can take correct destinations and make the most of the trek. Read more...


5 - Excellent Based on 2 Review

2015 and 2016

Rolf Polty

Perfect Makalu Base Camp Lodge Trek

Nach unserer guten Erfahrung mit Hom Bahadur/Tourist link Trek Kathmandu im letzten Jahr, haben wir für Oktober/November 2016 von Deutschland aus über E-Mail eine Trekking Tour zum Makalu Base Camp Read More ...
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Ian Schnauer
New Zealand

Makalu 3 cols

I got in contact with Hom at Tourist Link Treks and Expeditions for a trip into Makalu Base Camp then across Sherpani col and Amphu Lapcha la into the Khumbu Read More ...
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