|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmnadu /Kathmandu|
Makalu-Barun National Park, a practically uninhabited 1500-km2 area of Eastern Nepal, is very close to virgin wilderness. This remote topography stretches east from Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. There are spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8463m), fifth highest in the world, Mt. Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m). Within 40 KM, these high peaks descend to the Arun River at 670m. The Makalu-Barun Valley provides eye-catching contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, stony rocks rise from abundant green forests, and colorful flowers blossom beneath white snow peaks.
This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by mankind. Over 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Panda and Musk Deer, have been recorded. This remarkable biodiversity is considered to be of global significance, and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research.
The Barun Valley is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. The trek crosses several high passes as it climbs into the remote Barun Valley at the foot of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, providing a splendid venue for more adventurous nature lovers. If you are looking to combine some serious flora and fauna with some strenuous hiking are also available in this area.
This trek is through the remote and wild region of Eastern Nepal to the basecamp of the 5th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Makalu. The trek starts with a short flight to Tumlingtar. Then there is a short drive to the trail head to Num through Khandbari District Headquarter of Sangkhuwashabha. The trail passes through Chichila, Num, Makalu Barun National Park and the Buffer Zone area up to Mt. Makalu Base Camp. We walk through the flatlands of the Terai, over high passes and down lush valleys into rugged terrain of snow and rock, dotted with isolated Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung villages.
Until recently this route was only accessible with camping treks. The trek is not as well known as the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna trek so it is a lot less trafficked. Now days there are tea houses along the way.