Trek Level: 4* Challenging Circuit- 5 to 8 hours a day
Maximum Altitude: 5000m
Hotel/Lodging/Camping: Kathmandu to Kathmandu 21 days
Departing: March to May & September to November
Trekking in Makalu region takes you to one of the most amazing remote places in the world. Few valiant trekkers get this opportunity to explore wilderness around the hidden corner of eastern Himalayas. Mt. Makalu (8,481m), the world’s fifth highest mountain is considered as one of the most difficult 8000 meter peaks to climb. There have been several great climbers including Sir Edmund Hillary who just couldn’t conquer this incredible Mt. Makalu even after second attempts. Trekking route to Makalu Base Camp from the south is a tough wilderness trail that you are more likely to encounter endangered birds than other hikers on the way. Makalu Barun National Park is eight National Park of Nepal that was established in 1992 which is adjoined by the Arun River in the east and Sagarmatha National Park in the west. Makalu region is very rich in Flora and Fauna: it includes 3000 species of flowering plants, over 400 species of birds and 75 species of mammals. Moreover, wild animals such as snow leopard, wolves, lynx, and fox reside in the Barun Valley. You will come across the pine, rhododendron forests and authentic Nepalese villages with various ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Rai, Limbu and Lhomi people. The trek in upper Barun Valley unfolds lofty granite cliffs covered with glaciers that can be matched to Yosemite of California – of course on a grandeur scale. The trek begins with Tumlingtar, Chilchila, Num and north up the Arun River passing Shipton La (4,229m) into upper Barun River valley revealing the close-up backdrops of majestic mountains including the massifs of Makalu, Everest and Lhotse. This is an infrequently visited, an astounding Himalayan trek that you would not want to miss.
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