- Enjoy both the high Himalayan Mountains and the cultural life.
- Outstanding sceneries of lush tropical greens of Arun Valley.
- Enjoy the majestic vista of Kanchenjunga, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang.
Makalu-Barun valley, a glacier valley on the foot of Makalu peak, is one of the least populated regions of Nepal. Makalu Barun National Park (MBNPCA) protects some of the most endangered species of animals. You might be able to catch a glimpse of the Red Panda, snow leopard, Himalayan wolf, Clouded leopard, Barking deer etc.
This trek offers a unique outlook on one of the least visited places of Nepal. It's a rural but fantastic trek!
The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar will take some 50 minutes over the range of snow capped Himalayan peaks. Upon landing at Tumlingtar, a village located along the Arun River, we will head towards our campsite. Our trek crews will be there to welcome us. We can use the later part of the day and the evenings to explore Tumlingtar.
A pleasant walk along the farms of Tumlingtar village starts the day. The trail ascends gradually along subtropical forest as we head to Khadbari. Khadbari is a major town in Makalu region. We then head towards our campsite at Mani Bhanjyang from Khadbari.
We set off early after breakfast along the trails atop the Mani Bhanjyang ridge. It takes some four hours for us along the trails to reach Bhotebas. We will stop there for lunch. The Chichila village is some two hours walk after lunch and the trail passes through some fertile farmland and forests. Chichila is a scantily populated small village that offers tremendous view of Mt. Makalu and the Kumbhakarna range.
Num is a small village with very few houses and a primary school atop a hill plateau. The trail from Chichila to Num takes us through beautiful rhododendron forest. The forest looks mesmerizing during the blooming season. We end our day's walk once we reach our campsite at Num.
The early mornings trail takes us down a steep trail heading towards the Arun River some 800 meters down. The paths can be slippery and we need to walk cautiously. A suspension bridge waits us down to take us across the Arun River. The path ascends upon crossing the River. We walk up to Runruma and stop there for lunch. Further ascending along a steep trail brings us to the Seduwa village. It will serve as our campsite for the night.
Today is going to be a comfortable day in terms of walking. A pleasant walk along the villages and their terraced farm takes us to Tashi Gaun. The only uphill climb for today will be while we approach Tashi Gaun. We will spread our tents at our campsite and use the rest of the evening to explore the village and its surrounding.
Rhododendron and oak forests, summer pastures, and shepherd huts will be the most prominent features of today's walk. We will see plenty of those as we head towards the Kahuma ridge. The uphill climb is pretty demanding. From atop Kahuma Danda, which will serve as our campsite for the night, we can see a wide range of Himalayan Mountains.
We can stay early to witness the morning sun pain the mountain range right in front of us. After enjoying the sunrise with breakfast, we will walk past Thulo Pokhari and later Sano Pokhari. In case it snows, the path ahead can be tricky. Otherwise, we require simple hike downhill to Mambuk.
We hike some of the most beautiful trails of the Barun Valley today. Barun Valley is one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. These unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangerd clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. The walk is pleasant as we reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley. The gradual uphill trail rolls against the run of Barun River along the Bvalley gorge. Our campsite at Nehe Kharka is also used as summer pastures by the people of neighbouring villages like Tashi and Navagaun.
As we continue our trek today, we will notice the change in vegetation. Although the forests still have rhododendron, oak and juniper bushes, we see lesser vegetation. We start by crossing the wooden bridge over the Arun River and pass the prayer wall of Ramara that are painted with Tibetan prayers. As we approach Sherson, the Barun glacier starts to become visible and we start getting view of the majestic Mt. Makalu. Sherson doubles as the lower base camp for Mt. Makalu expedition. We can get proper view of Mt. Makalu's south face and Mt. Baruntse from our campsite at Sherson.
After already having ascended an altitude of more than 4,500 m, we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending. We will use the day to hike around Sherson. For example, if we walk a bit further towards the right side of our camp, we can get a closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and Mt. Everest. Better view of those peaks can be enjoyed upon hiking an hour up onto a large meadow.
The Mt. Makalu Base Camp is some five walks away from Sherson. We start as early so that we can enjoy before the weather starts getting bad. We will return to our campsite at Sherson after spending quality time at the Base Camp of Mt. Makalu.
We start our trek back by heading towards the end of the Barun valley named Yak Kharkha for the overnight stop.
We leave the Barun Valley and climb uphill through alpine forest to reach Mumbuk, our campsite for the night.
We start our day's walk after breakfast along the ridge of Kohuma Danda via Shipton-La and Thulo Pokhari. The campsite for the night offers pictuiresque view of the Mountain range we enjoyed from close just few days back.
Navagaun is a Sherpa village and is a neighbor of Seduwa village. As we pass Tashi Gaun, the trails are cool and the forest provides shade from the sun. As we continue our walk, the terraced fields signal that we are approaching Navagaun.
The day's walk is easy as we walk downhill through the farms for some good couple of hours to reach Seduwa. From there, the journey to Num takes another couple of hours.
The early morning's walk requires us to trek uphill for some three hours until we reach atop a ridge. From there onwards, the trails are downhill until we reach Chichila. We can use the remaining time of the evening to explore Chichila.
The route from Chichila to Khadbari is easy as the trails run through farmlands and small villages. Khadbari is a big village and our campsite is on the edge of the village.
It is the last day of our trek today. We walk downhill from Khadbari on our way to Tumlingtar. We will be on time for lunch. Along with us will be fond memories of the wonderful adventure we had. We will enjoy the evening with all trekking staff and porters at our campsite.
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