Explore the valleys in the eastern region of Nepal and savour the beauty that lies in the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Makalu Base Camp Trek is a beautiful journey that lets you taste the real adventure of walking inside the Makalu Barun National Park to the Makalu Base Camp.
The region offers magnificent views of mountains like Mt. Makalu with other peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Baruntse. The lush scenery of Arun valley is probably the most beautiful thing that will keep you going throughout your journey. Though many people keep their interest in this trek, the Makalu region attracts only a few travelers during a year due to its remote accessibility and off-the-beaten trekking trail.
Makalu Base Camp Trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we drive to Num, from where our real trekking journey initiates. You follow the Barun river valley in Makalu Barun National Park and cross several high passes like Shipton La and Keke La on the route to Makalu Base Camp.
Talking about the difficulty on the way and trail, the trail to Makalu Base Camp is never flat. You will either ascend up or descend down, making the trek difficult and tiring. But the difficulty you face along your way is nothing compared to the magnificence of nature you will enjoy. The rhododendron forests, beautiful cliffs, glaciers, and stunning waterfalls you encounter on the way will make your trek full of wonders and excitement. As you stand tall in the Makalu Base Camp, all you can do is let your eye wander from one peak to another with the majestic Mt. Makalu rising tall right in front of your eyes.
If you are curious about the altitude variation throughout your trek, then your trek initiates at an altitude of 400 meters in Tumlingtar and rises up to 5500 meters in the southeastern ridge of Mt. Makalu. The spectacular views of the mountains from the base camp are a reward for all our hard efforts made during our trek.
Covering the Makalu Barun National Park, Makalu Base Camp is rich in biodiversity. You can encounter rare birds and animals on your journey if you are lucky. Similarly, interaction with local people on the way will give us insights into their culture, lifestyle, and tradition. People here are engaged in agriculture for livelihood. You can see beautiful fields as you pass through villages. The people are friendly, which makes your journey more lively and homely.
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