Have you ever dreamed of having the Himalayas in their entire splendor just to yourself? Perhaps you have already done a teahouse trek or two in Nepal, and you want something more challenging and remote for your next adventure. If this is the case, look no further.
This 16 day trek is the Base Camp Trek of world’s fifth highest mountain located in Makalu-Barun National Park. The destination is Makalu Base Camp and the rugged trails bring us to one of the most far off regions in Nepal. Tourism is very limited here, and you will meet very few other trekkers. The trek is strenuous but extremely rewarding.
Max Trekking Altitude
Hours of Walking
Best time to go
Oct - Dec & Mar - May
Makalu Barun National Park
As we continue deeper into the park, we cross the high pass of Shipton La, and enter the upper Barun river valley. Here we get a close look at Makalu and Chamlang Himal and will be walking through the glacier filled Makalu Barun Valley.
Along the way we find settlements of Rai, Sherpa, and Bhote. These ethnic groups are all farmers, and though they are isolated and often economically poor, they preserve a rich cultural heritage.
We camp in selected areas with access to water and enough space for the tents. This is usually a clearing in the forest used by the local herders to graze their cattle, or a meadow outside the village. Here you may enjoy a well-deserved shower, followed by sundowners or some relaxing time with a book. Every day culminates with a delicious three course dinner and tales shared around the campfire.
This is a challenging trek and we recommend it only for experienced trekkers or people with a reasonably good physical condition. Expect to carry your personal pack with what you need while trekking. Our porters will carry everything else.
The first couple of days on the trek is at a relatively low altitude, and will be hot. The forest in the valley provides some much welcomed shade, as we move along the rugged trails through the terraced farmland. We enter the National park on the first day, Makalu-Barun National Park.
From here on the trekking gets tougher as we start climbing towards Shipton La Pass, which we will pass on the fourth day. Climbing up through the forest onto the ridge, we pass numerous small streams and lakes. The trail towards the pass is demanding, but we are rewarded with marvelous views of Chamlang (7321m), Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m).
We now enter the stunning Makalu Barun Valley, as we make the steep descend to the Barun River. The trail alternates between steep ascents and pleasant walks up through the valley. On the eighth day we reach Makalu Base Camp, surrounded by glaciers and snow-capped mountains. It is important to adhere to medical guidelines to avoid altitude sickness here; first and foremost to walk slowly and stay hydrated.
*Note: We recommend allowing for a buffer day on trek for extra acclimatization or bad weather conditions. We also highly recommend that you plan 1-2 buffer days in Kathmandu on either side of the trek in case of domestic flight cancellations and delays.