Makalu Advance Base Camp Trek with 'Project Base 8000'

Makalu Advance Base Camp – Sherpani Col

Trip Overview

Route: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Seduwa – Makalu Advance Base Camp – Sherpani Col – Amphu Lapcha - Kathmandu

For this trek, expect to be challenged in a way that is hard to beat when it comes to high altitude trekking. This is one of the most compelling treks that you could ever do. This is a remote trek, on paths less travelled and you won’t pass through many villages as you near Mt Makalu (8485m), the summit of which stands 3km above its base camp. The snow laden route over Sherpani Col (6,180m), Baruntse Camp 1 (West Col) (6,190m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,845m) into the Everest valley involves traversing what some would call the highest and hardest passes in the Himalaya. Expect to be blown away by the awe-inspiring views that make this an experience of a lifetime. Be prepared to be flexible as the itinerary may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as changing weather, snow or trail conditions or river water levels. Your guide will keep you informed. To try to keep costs down for this trek, for the portion after Makalu Advance Base Camp until before Chukhung, instead of providing a dining tent and cook, this trek contemplates that your guide will cook for you and you will eat your meals ‘al fresco’ (weather permitting) or in your personal sleeping tent. If you want a challenging Himalayan trek with some basic mountaineering skills thrown into the mix, then this is the trek for you!

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Why join with Expedition Base?

Our goal is to ensure you have the best trip possible with our highly skilled and knowledgeable trekking guides, with a personable team, and with quality services. We do our best to ensure that your experience is in accordance with or better than your expectations. We want you to go home remembering an adventure of a lifetime with memories you will treasure for life. We have a strong reputation for high quality services and we seek to maintain our reputation with every trip that we do. To help keep our mission strong, we value your feedback at any time. It helps us to be better. When some companies keep you to a strict schedule, when needed and where you have time we work with you to adjust your timing to make your experience better. We are not selling ‘trips’ – we are offering great experiences, cherished memories, and personal challenges for you to value into the future. We provide services that many other companies do not offer – to us, they are a natural part of our service. To others, they can be add-ons at an additional fee, or not available at all. Our food offerings can be adjusted to suit your needs, season and area permitting. We have quality resources and a fun, experienced team. Our gear and equipment is fit for purpose. Our trekking guides are well-trained, experienced in leading trips and look after our clients well. We are pleased to have clients who come with us for their adventures time and again. Let us know what you are looking to experience and we will help to make it happen.

Trip Highlights

  • Exotic Kathmandu
  • Remote trekking
  • Cross the Sherpani Col (6,180m), Baruntse Camp 1 (6,190m) and Amphu Lapcha (5,845m)
  • Participate in probably the most challenging trek in the Himalaya
  • Amazing views of Makalu & Everest
  • Some snow travel over high passes

Fitness/Ability Requirement To Join This Trek

Sound level of fitness, experience on uneven terrain, snow conditions, some terrain will require use of helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, crampons and ice axe.

Price Details

  • 1 -3 Person

    Price starting from USD 4,800 per person
  • 4+ Person

    Price starting from USD 4,600 per person

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 4,600

  • Challenging Trekking


    Challenging Trekking

  • Duration

    28 Days, 27 Nights

  • Activity


  • Destination


  • Trip Start


  • Trip End


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Difficulty level

Challenging Trekking

Challenging Trekking

This trip involves challenging, long, trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-12 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 2

In Kathmandu

Day 3

Fly Tumlingtar, drive to Num

Day 4

Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)

Day 5

Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,065m)

Day 6

Rest day in Tashi Gaon

Day 7

Trek to Khongma (3,562m)

Day 8

Trek to Dobato

Day 9

Trek to Yangli Kharka (3,610m)

Day 10

Trek to Langmale Kharka (4,400m)

Day 11

Trek to Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp) (4,800m)

Day 12

Rest day in Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp)

Day 13

Rest day in Makalu Base Camp (Hillary Base Camp)

Day 14

Trek to Makalu Advanced Base Camp

Day 15

Rest day in Makalu Advanced Base Camp

Day 16

Trek to Swiss Base Camp (5,150m)

Day 17

Trek to Sherpani Col High Camp (5,750m)

Day 18

Trek to Baruntse Camp 1 (6,100m)

Day 19

Trek to Baruntse Base Camp

Day 20

Trek to Amphu Lapcha Base Camp (5,400m)

Day 21

Trek over Amphu Lapcha to Chukhung

Day 22

Trek to Pangboche (4,000m)

Day 23

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Day 24

Trek to Phakding (2,600m)

Day 25

Trek to Lukla (2,800m)

Day 26

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 27

In Kathmandu

Day 28

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


Airport transfers, internal fixed wing flights, permit fees, up to 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar) based on twin share accommodation, experienced guide, team transport in Nepal, wilderness first aid kit, accommodation on trek of lodges or tents (depending on location), all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfasts in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on trek and complimentary expedition duffel.

Emergency bottled O2 will be available – if used in whole or part: $USD600.


International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, mountain rescue) and personal trekking/climbing gear.

Note: In addition to normal personal gear for a challenging high altitude trek, it will be necessary for members to also have: helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, crampons and ice axe.

Meet Our Expert Team

No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Managing Director

Lakpa Sherpa


Chhiring Sherpa


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