Makalu Base Camp Trek is a less-frequented route due to its relative inaccessibility. However, if you are an adventurous trekker looking for a trek off-the-beaten path, then it’s not too hard to reach! There are daily flights to Tumlingtar, a few hours’ drive from the trailhead, and basic lodges along the way.The trek is an ideal trip for nature-loving trekkers who want to experience a variety of landscapes and cultures, as well as uncommon views of some of the world’s tallest mountains, including Everest.
Makalu Base Camp Trek starts in warm, terraced farmland inhabited by the Rai people, an ethnic group found predominantly in the hills of eastern Nepal. As the route ascends, you will pass through rhododendron forests (most impressive in the spring, when the flowers bloom amazing red, purple, pink and white) and cloud forests, through some of the last areas of pristine forest and alpine meadows in Nepal.Deeper into the mountains, past the Barun River Valley, you will pass steep granite cliffs, glaciers, and spectacular waterfalls. At the higher elevations live the Sherpa people, an ethnically Tibetan group who predominantly reside near Everest. From Makalu base camp, there are spectacular views of the rarely seen Kangshung face of Everest, as well as Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga in the far east. The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth largest in Nepal, covering 2,330 sq. km, and is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in Nepal, including the red panda.
We will take a 45 minute flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Num for overnight stay. Next day we will cross the Arun river, climb steep up to Seduwa. The following day we will trek to Tashi Gaon through Rai and Sherpa Villages. On the fourth day we will climb up through many ponds and lake to cross Shipton La 4216m and get into beautiful Barun river valley. The trekking trail is accompanied by panoramic mountain views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse, lush green forest and landscapes. Makalu Barun national park is home to fifth highest mountain Mount Makalu 8481 m, rare species of rhododendron, orchid, bamboo bush, juniper and pine trees, lophophorus, blue ship, musk deer, black beer, snow leopard and red panda. On the base camp of Mount Makalu lies Dudh pokhari which is source of river Barun.