Max Trekking Altitude
Moderate - Strenous
Hours of Walking
5-7 Hours per day
Makalu Barun Area
Best Time to go
September – November & March – May
This exceptionally beautiful but tough route is especially known for its views of towering Himalayan peaks, biodiversity, and unique and unspoiled cultural heritage.
Our journey starts with a scenic fifty minute flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, a small village in Eastern Nepal. From Tumlingtar a good six hour drive by 4x4 awaits. The roads may be rough, but the scenery is outstanding.
The trek itself starts from the village Num, and follows the Arun River into the National Park. The park is recognized for its remarkable biodiversity and the area contains a multitude of species of rhododendron, orchids, and other rare plants. Vulnerable and endangered species such as snow leopard and red panda are also found here.
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.
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
Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.