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Barun Valley Trek

Barun Valley Trek

Overview And Highlights

TRIP FACTS

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Accommodation Lodge/ Camping
Max Altitude 5000
Best Season Autum/Spring
Trip Duration 20
Trip Grade High Advance

"In the embrace of Barun Valley's wilderness, we find not only the beauty of nature but the beauty within ourselves."

The Barun Valley Trek is a journey through breathtaking landscapes that will leave you in awe. You'll encounter cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, lush greenery, and rocky terrain as you ascend to higher altitudes. This 46km-long valley sits at the base of Mount Makalu, the world's fifth-highest peak.

This entire region falls within the boundaries of the Makalu Barun National Park, a protected area covering 1500 square kilometers in eastern Nepal. It extends from subtropical terrain near the Arun River to the Tibetan plateau. The Barun River, known as Chukchuwa by the indigenous Limbu people, flows through the valley and transforms into a glacier during winter.

Mount Makalu, located 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest in the Mahalangur Himalayas, is a remarkable four-sided pyramid-shaped peak, flanked by equally impressive secondary peaks. This region is split between the SoluKhumbu and Sankhuwasavha districts and is under protection.

Throughout the trek, you'll have clear views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Makalu (8463m), Mount Chamlang (7319m), and Mount Baruntse (7129m). The Makalu Barun area is teeming with unique flora and fauna, including vibrant Rhododendron trees with pink blossoms, wild orchids, and elusive creatures like the snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, yak, and Himalayan Thar. More than 420 bird species, some exclusive to Nepal, also call this area home.

The Barun Valley trek commences at Tumlingtar and winds through various villages along the Barun River Valley. Along the way, you'll traverse high-altitude passes like Shipton La Pass (4220m), Keke La Pass (4150m), and reach the enchanting Kalipokhri Lake. The pinnacle of this trek is Makalu Base Camp at 5000 meters above sea level.

 

Highlights Of Barun Valley Trek

  • It's famous for its stunning natural beauty. Hikers will be surrounded by thick forests, high meadows, and incredible views of the Himalayan mountains.
  • The trek offers unbeatable sights of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest peak globally. Many trekkers find this mountain's grandeur captivating.
  • You'll come across colorful rhododendron and sturdy oak forests, charming villages, and icy glacial landscapes.
  • Makalu Barun National Park is teeming with diverse wildlife, including rare and endangered animals like snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan thars, and various bird species.
  • This trek is in a remote area, unlike the more crowded trails in Nepal, so you can enjoy a quieter and more tranquil hiking experience.
  • During your journey, you can meet and learn about the local cultures and traditions of Sherpas, Rai, and Limbu communities.
  • The Barun Valley Trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure, perfect for explorers seeking unspoiled and untouched natural scenery.

Best Season For Barun Valley Trek

Spring ( April to June)

  • Pros: This is the most popular time for Barun VAlley Trek. The weather is relatively stable, and temperatures, although still cold, are warmer than in the post-monsoon season. The melting snow means fewer obstacles during the climb, and the atmosphere is generally clearer.

Autumn ( September to November )

  • Pros: The post-monsoon period is the second most popular time for Barun Valley Trek. The skies are clear after the rains, offering breathtaking panoramic views. Cooler temperatures mean harder ice, which some climbers prefer.
  • Cons: The days start getting shorter and colder, especially during late October and November. 

Equipments

The next details will provide you with a basic understanding of what you should carry for the trek. It's crucial not to overlook the necessary items, as they will impact your comfort and safety during the hike. It's just as vital not to weigh yourself down with unnecessary gear during the trek.

  • A pair of half-golves
  • A pair of Woolen shocks
  • A wool jacket or pullover, Water and Windproof shell jackets
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Windproof and Waterproof Trousers (warmer), Comfortable trekking pants
  • Water Trekking Boots/  Pair of sandals
  • First Aid kits and MedicineBackpack with rain cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Chapstick
  • Camera & BatteriesPower adapter and chargers
  • Travel Towel
  • Toiletries

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Today, we'll have a journey of approximately three to four hours. We'll begin by taking a flight to Tumlingtar (518m), and from there, we'll continue by road to the Gurung village of Chichira ( 1980), where we'll spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House

We'll kick off the day early because we have a trek ahead that will take six to seven hours. Along the way, we'll pass through charming villages with unique characteristics, enjoying forest and mountain vistas until we reach Num ( 1560m ), which is perched high on a ridge. We'll spend the night there.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
1560

Today, we'll descend, passing through terraced fields and a forest until we reach the Barun River. We'll cross the river a few times before entering the Makalu Barun National Park, where we'll register and get a permit. Our journey will continue until we reach Seduwa ( 1500), where we'll spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
1500

Our trek today will last about four to five hours. We'll start by following the trail as it leads us downhill to the Kasuwa Khola (river). Then, we'll traverse the hills, passing through rice fields, until we reach the picturesque village of Tashi Gaon, where we'll be treated to stunning views of the Himalayas. We'll spend the night here.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
2100

Today's trail starts with an ascent to Chipla Village, which sits atop a ridge. We'll then pass through a forest until we reach Kharka Village at 2900 meters. From there, we'll continue on to Unshisha Village. Afterward, we'll climb stone stairs until we reach Dhara Kharka, a small grazing area at the ridge's summit. Finally, we'll descend to Kahuma Danda Village, where we'll spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
2900

Today is a day of rest. We can take care of laundry, explore the nearby area, and simply soak in the natural beauty of this place. We'll spend the night here.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3500

We will enjoy seeing the Peak of peak 6, Peak 7 and Chamlang .From the ridge's peak, we climb a rocky trail to reach a small lake. After continuing on we reach KIke La Pass ( 4127m). Then, After we move to rhodenderon forest to Mumbuk Village , We will stay night there.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3570

Today's hike, lasting approximately six to seven hours, takes us on a steep descent through a narrow valley. We'll cross the Barun Khola (river) near Tamatan Kharka and continue along the riverbank until we arrive at the summer settlement of Yangri Kharka.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3750

Today, the path leads us over a wooden bridge spanning the Barun River. Afterward, we'll traverse a stony riverbed and pass by a prayer wall before reaching Sherson. Here, we'll have the opportunity to behold the lower Barun glacier and the majestic Mt. Makalu in all its grandeur. Sherson serves as the lower base camp for Mt. Makalu, offering stunning views of Makalu's southern face and Mt. Baruntse (7220m). We'll establish our camp here for the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
4600

Today, we journey toward the loftiest base camp on the planet. We traverse a terrain littered with large rocks before arriving at the base camp located on the western side of the river. From this vantage point, we are treated to breathtaking vistas of Makalu's southern face, Mt. Everest, Baruntse, Peaks 6 & 7, and Lhotse. Undoubtedly, this is a standout moment on our expedition.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
5000

Today, we can savor the sensation of having reached such a lofty elevation and enjoy the scenery near Makalu Base Camp. It's a rugged, dry, and stony landscape with the Barun Glacier situated just above. From this point, we can behold the southern facade of Makalu and a panoramic vista of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. Our overnight stay will be at Makalu Base Camp.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
4870

Today, we retrace our steps along the identical path to Nhe Kharka, where we will spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3000

Navigating through a forest filled with Rhododendron and pine trees, we make our way to Mumbuk. We'll arrive in time to witness the sunset over the mountains, and we'll spend the night here.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3570

After departing from Mumbuk, we hike over the Shipton La Pass and descend to Kauma Village, where we'll spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
3470

Today, we make our way down to Tashi Gaon, reaching there with ample time to relax and recuperate from our time spent at higher elevations.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
2070

Today's path leads us through cultivated fields and eventually reaches the Ipsuwa Khola (river). At this point, we'll traverse a suspension bridge and pause for lunch.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
760

Today's trek is relatively brief. We'll begin by reaching the Rai village of Walung (880m) and then proceed to cross the Apsawa Khola (river). Afterward, we'll ascend to Chhayang Village, another Rai community. From there, we'll make our way to Parangbu Village and continue on to Pukuwa (550m), where we'll set up camp for the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
1520

Today, we journey to the village of Tome and then proceed downstream into the Arun Valley, following the course of the Sankhuwa Khola (river). Our ultimate destination is the Chhetri village of Bumling, where we will spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
370

On our last day of trekking, we track the river's course downstream until it converges with the Arun River. We'll walk along the eastern bank, passing by Chyawabesi Village. Afterward, we ascend the Tumlingtar plateau and make our way to the hotel where we'll spend the night.


 

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House
Elevation
460

Today, we have a picturesque flight back to Kathmandu, affording us one last glimpse of the mountains that have been our home for over two weeks. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, you can choose to unwind at your hotel or explore the bustling streets of Thamel for some last-minute shopping. To commemorate the successful completion of the demanding Barun Valley Trek, Annapurna Encounter PVT

Food
Breakfast+Dinner+Lunch ( Included)
Accomodation
Lodge/ Tea House

What Is Included ?

  • Airport – Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Permits: All necessary paper works, Restricted area permits (RAP)
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the trek.
  • Trekking Map
  • Member transportation: – Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) 
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation twin sharing at Hotel/Lodge/teahouse during the trek.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What Is Excluded?

  • Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.

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