High in the heart of the eastern Himalayan, seven valleys radiate from mount. Makalu (the world's thirth highest peak) These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. From the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435 m above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu- 8463 m--within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation.Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area.The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area was established in 1992 as Nepal's eighth national park and the first to include an adjacent inhabited conservation area as a buffer. A new park management approach encourages local people to become actively involved in protecting the forests and natural resources upon which their lives depend, and in conserving their own rich cultural heritage. Traditional resource management systems, such as community controlled grazing and forest guardianship, are being strengthened and low level technologies introduced where appropriate. Working in collaboration with an American NGO, Woodlands Mountain Institute, His Majesty's Government, Nepal is striving to improve local living standards through informative,
educational and income-generating activities.
Covering 2330 sq km, Makalu-Barun is a vital component of the greater Mount Everest ecosystem which includes Nepal's 1148 sq. km Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park to the west and the 35.000sq. km Qomolungma Nature Preserve in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north.
The Makalu-Barun area is little known to most tourists due to its relative inaccessibility. But those few hundred trekkers and mountaineers who visit each year come away with an unforgettable experience.
For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48. Primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan thar and leopard.
Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.
Most trekkers and mountaineers visit the Makalu-Barun area during October-November and March-April when high passes are less likely to be snowed over. Lower elevations are temperate
throughout winter, and hot during April and May. Heavy monsoon rains occur throughout the region from June through September, with occasional showers during April-May. For the hardy
botanist, the monsoon season is bursting with life, including the pasty leech.
- Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.
- Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar-510m.
Trek to Mani Bhanjyang-1180m (5-6 hr)
Trek to Churchila-1910m (6-7 hr)
- Trek to Num-1560m (6-7 hr)
Trek to Nayagaon-2140m (6-7 hr)
- Trek to Tashi Gaon-2250m (5-6 hr)
Rest at Tashi Gaon
- Trek to Kauma-3510m (6-7 hr)
Trek to Mumbuk-3615m (5-6 hr) crossing over Shipton-La-4127m and Tutu La-4075m
- Trek to Nehe Kharka-3620 (5-6 hr)
- Trek to Mera-4500m (4-5 hr)
- Trek to Makalu Base camp- 4880m (4-5 hr)
- Rest at Makalu base camp
- Trek to Sherpani Col. (East Col-6100m) phedi-5800m (4-5 hr)
Trek to West Col base camp-5900m crossing over Sherpani Col-6100m (4-5 hr)
- Trek to West Col phedi-approx.5500m crossing over West Col-6135m (4-5 hr)
Trek to Panch pokhari-5414m (5-6 hr)
- Trek to Amphu Lapcha base camp-5500m (3-4 hr)
- Trek to Amphu Lapcha phedi-4600m (4-5 hr)
- Trek to Dingboche-4300m (6-7 hr)
- Trek to Tyangboche-3867m (4-5 hr)
Trek to Jorsalle-2900m (6-7 hr)
Trek to Lukla-2866m (5-6 hr)
- Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
- Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
|The cost includes the following services:
- Kathmandu airport transfers
- Land Transfer (Chatara-Chitwan-Kathmandu) by bus
- 3-meals per day prepared by our experienced cook during the trekking and rafting period
- Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent)
- All Sherpa staff, guide and porters or pack animals
- Supporting field staff including professional trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters or pack animals as well as their necessary insurance, meals and allowances
- All rafting and safety equipment and staff
- Accommodations and activities at Chitawan national park at Camp in full board basis at Chitwan including national park entry fee.
Cost does not include:
- Domestic airfare (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar)
- Trekking permits
- Makalu area entrance fee
|Cost does not include:
Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.
- Meals and accommodation while in Kathmandu
- The cost of your Nepal visa
- The cost of your international air travel between your home and Kathmandu and other stops in route
- Airport tax
- Personal equipment
- Insurance of any kind and rescue helicopter
- Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, tips and gratuities etc.