Nepal - Makalu & Barun Valley Trek (16 days) Book Now

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The Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth national park in the Himalayas of Nepal and was established in 1992, located in the Barun Valley which is part of a huge international protected area under an agreement between Nepal and China. It is the world's only protected area with an elevation gain of more than 8,000 m enclosing tropical forest as well as snow-capped peaks. The protected area is habitat for a wide diversity of flora and fauna species such as rhododendrons, orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar, and many more.

The journey commences from a scenic flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. The trail takes you from the might Arun river of Barun valley to the Makalu Base camp including thrilling experience of crossing the high passes and some serene glacial lakes in the lap of the Himalayas. Makalu Base Camp also acts as a popular vantage point which offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas including the rare east face of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pick up and drop off for the domestic terminal
  • Accommodation in a local lodge (where available) on room only basis.
  • Accommodation in camp including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Domestic Flight Ticket from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Kathmandu
  • Makalu-Barun National park Permit, TIMS & other necessary permits.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
  • Government Tax charge.
  • All Camping equipment.
  • First aid kit.

Not Included in the Cost

Food and drinks/ Beverage bills not included in the cost
Entrance Fees
Tipping (Tips)
Travel Insurance
International Flights
Extras cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels
donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind

Recommended gear list:

Good wind/rain Jacket
Warm fleece jacket or Jersey
Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots.
Good Sleeping bag (which can be rented or bought in Kathmandu)
Sun hat or scarf
Sunglasses with UV protection
Hiking shorts
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

FAQ

  • Day 1

    Flight to Tumlingtar (460 m), Flight Duration: 40 minutes

  • In the morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to take a flight of an hour to Tumlingtar. The flight to Tumlingtar is scenic as one can see the snow capped peaks all the way from Langtang to Mt. Everest including Makalu and Kanchenjunga. On landing at Tumlingtar airport, you will be transferred to lodge at Tumlingtar, a large town located on a shelf above Arun River. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 2

    Drive from Tumlingtar to Num (1490 m), Driving Duration: 4 hours

  • Enjoying the views of Mt. Manaslu and other mountains in the morning, we head towards Num village. We pass many farmlands and villages as we reach Khandbari. We follow the winding jeep track leading uphill to a village of Chinchilla followed by ups and down to reach Num village. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 3

    Num to Sedua (1460 m), Hiking Duration: 5 hours

  • The morning starts with the easy trekking to Sedua village. Descending down to the Arun River, we cross the suspension bridge over the river and slowly ascend leaving rainforest behind as we pass some old tea shop, corn & buckwheat field leading to the hamlets of Runruma. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, we make a long, steep, rough climb to Sedua. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 4

    Sedua to Tashi Gaon(2070 m), Hiking Duration: 4/5 hours

  • Today is an easy and short walk to Tashi Gaon, last human settlement for a week. We start to walk past the Rasuwa River to Gyang (1770m). In the trail, you see many terraced fields and forest areas to Hindrungma village and reach Tashi Gaon. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 5

    Tashi Gaon to Kohma Danda (3470 m), Hiking Duration: 5 hours

  • Today is a tiring day as the trail is a long ascent. We slowly ascend to a shepherd’s hut called Chipla atop another ridge and then climb past two small streams, switchback up the ridge in forests to a Kharka. Here, the trail combines with the ridge that separates the Iswa and Kasuwa drainages. We then slowly climb stone stairs to Dhara Kharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descent to reach Kauma. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 6

    Kohma Danda to Mumbuk (3470 m), Hiking Duration: 6 hours

  • In the morning, enjoy the panorama view of mountains. The trail starts with a few ups and down passing the glacial ponds. On the way, we can witness the famous twin peaks of Chamlang Peak 6 and Peak 7. Later, we climb the stone staircase and climb gently up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La. We then cross the Tutu la pass at 4075 m and further continue descending down about 150 meters into dense rhododendron forests to a flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 7

    Mumbuk to Nhe Kharka (3750 m), Hiking Duration: 6 hours

  • Continuing our journey, we start following the stream and walk along Barun River to reach Kharka. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendron, we reach Yangle Kharka. After climbing Yangle Kharka, we cross north side of the Barun Khola to reach Nhe Kharka. You can see a small gompa on the south side of the valley that offers great mountain views in all directions. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 8

    Nhe Kharka to Sherson (4615 m), Hiking Duration: 6/7 hours

  • Today is going to be a very laborious journey as we have to ascend almost 1000 m from Nhe Kharka. We start our trail along the northern bank of the Barun Khola. After a short walk, the trail ascends gently as we approach Ripok Kharka through the huge S-shaped curve that Barun Valley and the walls rise almost vertically 1500 to 2000 meters above the river. After ascending, we are welcomed by a majestic view of the Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5. Further walking into an alluvial valley you can see the Fifth highest mountain Makalu is visible just before reaching Sherson. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 9

    Hike to Makalu Base camp (5060 m) & back to Sherson, Hiking Duration: 5 hours

  • In the morning, we start our hike to Makalu Base Camp, our highest point of this journey. After a few hours of hike, we reach Makalu Base Camp surrounded by Makalu and Barun mountains with a small glacial pond nearby. We then climb to the hill top of base camp for the rare view of East face of Mt. Everest, locally known as Khangsung face, and Mt. Lhotse. Later, return to the Sherson and enjoy the surrounding there. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 10

    Sherson to Yak Kharka (3645 m), Hiking Duration: 6 hours

  • Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the sunrise view and golden mountain as the rays hit the mountain. Later, we trek back to the very end of the Barun valley at Yak Kharka following the same trail. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 11

    Yak Kharka to Mumbuk (3470 m), Hiking Duration: 5 hours

  • Leaving behind the Barun valley, we make our way as we pass through the forest of pine and rhododendron and reach Mumbuk in the late afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 12

    Mumbuk to Kohma Ridge, Hiking Duration: 5 hours

  • Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the two passes, Shipton La at around 4040 m and Tutu la pass, and descend to Kohma. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 13

    Kohma ridge to Nawa Gaon (2500 m) via Tashi Gaon, Hiking Duration: 6 hours

  • Today, we retrace our way back to the human settlement after being away for a week. We take it slow as we have to make a long descent back through the dense forest to Tashi Gaon. Afterward, we ascend through the cool shades of the trees as we pass through the farmlands and forest to reach Nawa-Gaon. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 14

    Nawa Gaon to Num via Sedua, Hiking Duration: 6 hours

  • Getting back to the human settlement after a week, we descent down to Sedua, and then follow the downhill path to the suspension bridge over the might Arun river. After crossing the river, we make an hour-long climb to Num village. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 15

    Num to Tumlingtar, Driving Duration: 4 hours

  • With the wonderful morning views of distant snow-capped mountains, we leave Num and head to Tumlingtar. The drive leads uphill for a while till we reach Chinchilla village. From here, the road is downhill to Tumlingtar passing through the town of Khandbari. Overnight in local lodge.

  • Day 16

    Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, Flight Duration: 40 minutes

  • Depending upon the flight time, we reach Tumlingtar airport for our flight to Kathmandu. Sometimes flight may be delayed or canceled due to the poor weather conditions. Enjoy the scenic flight back to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu airport, our office representative will receive you and transfer you to your hotel.

Trip Grade

Moderate

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