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Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley Trek

Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley Trek

Overview And Highlights

TRIP FACTS

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Accommodation Hotel and lodge
Max Altitude 5,120 m
Best Season Spring/ Autumn
Trip Duration 16 Days
Trip Grade Strenuous

" Join the exciting and ultimate adventure to the base of the world's fifth-highest mountain (8,481m)! "

Mt. Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking, an adventure around Far Eastern Nepal in the shade of Khumbakarna Himalaya range, where world’s fifth highest Mt. Makalu located at the height of 8,463 m
and 27,766 ft high, one of the least trekked and visited destination by few trekkers and adventurer.

Mt. Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking, will be a great walking journey on high ridges covered with mist filled woodland enriched with rare herbs and different species of vegetation which is almost lost in this world, found and discovered around Arun and Barun valley areas only.

Besides its rich forest and vegetation rare animals like snow leopard, Himalayan Black beer, deer, and mountain antelopes are often sighted on walks to Mt. Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trekking, truly an adventure into an isolated region of Himalaya with remote undisturbed villages hardly visited by outside travelers.

a scenic and exciting walks which leads you from low warm sub-tropical of Arun valley towards cooler high hills covered with mist filled forest of rhododendron-oaks-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines.

Starting our magnificent Mt. Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking, taking a scenic flight to land at warm sub-tropical areas of Arun River valley in Tumlingtar town and a village, where our adventure commence heading higher cooler hills with tremendous views of Makalu-Kanchenjunga to Everest peaks.

Slowly altitude gains as walk proceeds from Num village, and the leaving human settlement and villages towards complete wilderness crossing high Kongma-La and Tutu-La pass to enter into scenic Barn Valley towards Makalu base camp at 4,812 m / 15,879 ft high, on the highest spot of our adventure overlooking views of Baruntse, Chamlang and towering Mt. Makalu.

From base camp views of Everest rare east face known as Kangsung Face, only seen from Makalu areas, after a wonderful and enjoyable time around Makalu base camp and scenic Barn valley heading back at Tumlingtar for panoramic flight to Kathmandu.

Our marvelous adventure completes on reaching Kathmandu with fabulous memories of Mt. Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking.

Highlights Of Makalu Base Camp Trekking With Arun & Barun Valley

  • Super panorama of mountains and dramatic landscapes on daily walks
  • Exploring rural farm villages of Rai-Kirat, Sherpa and other eastern hill tribe of great interest
  • Walk into deep forested of rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pines, and fir tree lines
  • On least trekked area within Makalu and Barun valley enriched with world’s rare vegetations
  • From low warm paddy fields to alpine temperatures to arctic areas of ice and glaciers

Best Season For Makalu Base Camp With Arun and Barun Valley

Spring ( April to June)

  • Benefits: Makalu Base Camp is most sought-after during this season. The weather is stable, temperatures are milder than post-monsoon, and melting snow minimizes obstacles, offering clearer skies.
  • Drawbacks: Peak season means more climbers, potentially leading to crowded base camps and bottlenecks on certain mountain sections.

Autum ( September to November)

  • Benefits: The post-monsoon season ranks as the second most popular time for Himalayan expeditions. Clear skies post-rains provide stunning panoramic views, and cooler temperatures result in firmer ice, preferred by some climbers.
  • Drawbacks: Days grow shorter and colder, particularly in late October and November, with an increased risk of early winter storms during this time.

Summer ( June to September)

  • Benefits: Limited opportunities. Some trekkers explore lower regions for monsoon blooms and less crowded trails.
  • Drawbacks: Not suitable for high-altitude expeditions. Slippery, dangerous trails due to monsoon rains. Increased risk of avalanches, landslides, and flash floods. Obscured mountain views and extended periods of confinement due to heavy rain.

Winter ( December to February)

  • Benefits: Winter climbs offer an extreme challenge for mountaineers seeking to test their skills and resilience. The mountains are nearly deserted, providing crystal-clear views.
  • Drawbacks: Harsh cold, shorter days, and a high chance of snowstorms. Mountaineers are at greater risk of frostbite and cold-related illnesses. Only a select few highly skilled climbers attempt Makalu in winter.

Equpments

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 Medicine
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Chapstick
  • Camera & Batteries
  • Power adapter and chargers
  • Travel Towel
  • Toiletries

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Starting Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking with sweeping flight taking 45 mins overlooking range of peaks, to land at Arun valley in Tumlingtar a small town with warmer climate, during flights super views of snow capped peaks with Everest and Makalu, on reaching Tumlingtar join with our other trekking staff and porters for the adventure to high Makalu base camp.

Tumlingtar, a town within farm areas located high above Arun River, from here adventure begins with an interesting drive towards mid hills past farm villages and large town of Khandbari, drive continues on hilly rough dirt road heading higher at Chinchela village.

From here a long descend to Num village, on reaching Num for overnight in local lodge with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1490

First day walk starts with downhill and then up to Seduwa village, a steep descend to a bridge over raging Arun River around semi tropical areas, and then climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and a health post with views of Jalajala rocky peaks.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1540

After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2135

Leaving Tashi Gaon the last village for a week long, morning walk leads on gentle path into thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground.

Afternoon walk with steep climb for few hours to reach Kongma ridge top, as the tall trees gives away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees.

This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in complete wilderness.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3556

From Kaungma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari(small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above 4, 453 meters passes, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3553

Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3760

From Barun valley trek to Shersong towards end of the valley close to Makalu base camp walking on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for overnight stop.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4572

Morning adventure trek heading high trail over moraine and ice trails into rocky areas to reach at Makalu base camp close to its glacial icy pond near Baruntse and towering great South Face of Mt. Makalu, with time to marvel this wild and beautiful surrounding with arrays of high peaks.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4812

Rest and acclimatization day to enjoy views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks with peak IV, morning an optional hike for excellent views of Mt. Everest with rare East Face known as Kangshung face with Mt. Lhotse.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4812

Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangle Kharka enclosed within high rocky cliffs with views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangle-Kharka.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3598

After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp

On the same trail back to Kongma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Kongma hill top for overnight camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp

Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashi Gaon taking a different higher route to Nawa or Narbu gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbu Gaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1310

From Narbu Gaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa village, after a rest here continue descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an

exciting drives on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding

green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching at Khadbari, a major town and

headquarter of Sanka Sabha district of Makalu region.

From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
518

Morning or afternoon as per the flight time to Kathmandu, transfer to Tumlingtar air terminal for scenic flight, after a great experience on Mt. Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trekking.
On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

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
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg 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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