Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley Trekking is regarded as one of the most less exposed wilderness trekking trails in Nepal. Firstly, this classical trekking take us to the 5th world highest mountain, Mt. Makalu which is closer to the top of the world, Mt. Everest. Secondly, this trekking also offers an opportunity to step into a mesmerizing Barun Valley which is popular for exhilarating wilderness and solitude. Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley trekking trail protected by Makalu Barun National Park. The exotic species of flora and fauna are another considerable attraction of this trekking. This trail, in fact, is a less crowded and less exposed area trekking in Nepal.
Makalu Base Camp – Barun Valley Trekking commences form Tumlingtar after we have a short and scenic flight from Kathmandu.The trail then follows along legendary Barun River to Makalu Base Camp. Before getting Makalu Base Camp, we will experience some high passes and some serene lakes in the lap of the Himalayas. These high passes will be a thrilling experience to adventure enthusiasts.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a popular vantage point which offers us breathtaking views of Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other trekking peaks too. This trekking is also popular for peak trekking like Mera Peak.
Makalu Barun National Park owns Barun Valley. This valley and Makalu Barun region is an abode to many species of vegetations and wildlife including rhododendrons, orchids, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar,and many more. Moreover, this area is home to more than 420 varieties of bird species. Most significantly, we happen to see the spiny babbler, the bird only found in Nepal. So, even bird watchers find this trekking trail a rewarding.
Thus, Makalu Base Camp and Barun Valley trekking is getting popularity among solitude lovers as well as to experience wild and exotic nature in its undisturbed form. We, Team Himalaya have been successfully operating various trekking trips to Makalu Base Camp Trek and Barun Valley region of Nepal since its establishment. We offer equipped team in order to ensure your safety and luxury during the trip. We are flexible to offer any trip to the trekkers.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trek.
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar 950 m – 45 minutes and camp.
Starting this unique adventure with a sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, on reaching Tumlingtar airport meet our other trekking crews and guide you to the overnight stop in camps or lodge at Tumlingtar, a large town-village located on a shelf above Arun River with views of Mt. Makalu in the distance, around this area is quite tropical and warm.
Day 03: Drive to Num 1, 500m – 04 hours.
After a nice morning views of Mt. Makalu and other range of mountains, our day starts with an interesting drive to Num village in the Himalayan mid hills, drive passes through many farm lands and villages and into a large town at Khadbari, the headquarter and the main town of Sankha Saba district and Makalu area, from here drive continues leading uphill on the winding dirt jeep track reaching at a farm village of Chinchilla, perched high above the surrounding countryside, after a nice break here drive continues on the winding ups and down track till Num village is reached for the overnight stop.
Num a growing village turning slowly into town as the motor able road has come this far since last four years. From here onwards the air will be much cooler.
Day 04: Trek to Sedua 1,493 m – 05 hours.
Morning starts with the first day walk of this wonderful adventure to Sedua village, setting off on the steep downhill slopes and terraced farm lands towards the raging Arun River, a descend of about 800 meters below.
This narrow valley which is densely forested and the trail are quite slippery in some places, on reaching the bottom crossing the suspension bridge over Arun River, then walk leads to climb uphill leaving behind the rain forest, then walking around farm lands and scattered houses and hamlets of Runruma.
After a break here or possible lunch stop, our journey continues with a steep climb up all the way to Sedua, a farm village with a small health post and a primary school.
Day 05: Trek to Tashi- gaon 2,200 m – 04 hours.
Today a short day walk of about four hours to Tashi- gaon, the last village and human settlement for a week, leaving the Sedua village on the gradual winding trail passing several farm area’s and hamlets and into cool forest reaching at Tashi gaon for lunch and overnight top, after lunch and camp being set afternoon free at leisure for short walk, this village is inhabited mostly by Sherpa tribe, unlike Sherpa of Everest, they are bit different in their way of living, being settled in this low warm areas they are farmers tending agriculture fields and terraces and cattle raising.
Day 06: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500 m – 05 hours.
After a nice day in Tashi Gaon and leaving this last village on route to higher Makalu region, morning walk leads through enchanting dense rhododendron, pines and oaks forest, the air is cooler and much refreshing on this nice walk passing several summer pasture and grazing fields and meadows, then a steep climb into alpine forest then leaving the tree line reaching at Kohama ridge, for overnight camp.
From here a spectacular views of landscapes and of snow capped peaks including the third highest Mt. Kanchenjunga range of mountains and looking north at world’s fifth highest Mt. Makaslu.
Day 07: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400 m – 06 hours.
Morning after the great panorama of mountains, journey continues with few ups and down passing the glacial Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). Around this area in snow conditions it’s quite an arduous job to trace the path, after the Sano Pokhari crossing Tutu-la pass at 4,075 meters and from here onwards descending for few hours towards our overnight camp at Mumbuk and into dense vegetation and heavily wooded tree lines, on reaching at Mumbuk with rock small caves, a shelter for the porters camp is set in this dense beautiful forest with views of Khumbakarna range of mountains.
Day 08: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750 m – 06 hours.
After Mumbuk morning walk leads downhill all the way to exotic and beautiful Barun Valley, on this least trekking region, this unique area with awesome landscapes is protected by Makalu-Barun National Park with some 3,000 species of flowering plants, 440 bird species and 75 species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer.
Barun Valley a remarkable bio-diversity and it is considered to be a global significance offering a living laboratory for international botanical and zoological scientific research, then slowly the climate gets mixture of warm and cool air, on reaching the vast Barun Valley the trek is nice and pleasant with gradual climb following Barun River upstream towards Nehe-Kharka for overnight camp, this place is a summer pastures for the local villagers of Tashi and Navagoan.
Day 09: Trek to Sherson 4,600 m – 06 hours.
From this nice camp at Barun Valley enclosed by high sheer rocky cliffs and forests, morning walk leads crossing the Barun River with small wooden bridge support, then walking on the pleasant gradual trial up towards at a small place of Ramara, another Sheppard’s area with a large prayer wall, from here onwards the vegetation and tree lines declines for sparse short alpine bushes of juniper, rhododendrons prickly barberries and cotoneaster persists from here onwards to Sherson, after a nice day walk with amazing scenery of surrounding landscapespped mountains reaching at our destination and the highlight of this trip at Sherson the last camp in the end of Barun valley before heading back.
The campsite here offers tremendous views of Mt. Makalu, Baruntse peaks at 7,220 meters of the hidden peaks and less known the Peak 04.
Around this area there are stone enclosures of the cattle herders’ shelter, as this high area the grazing ground for Yaks and other domestic cattle’s, afternoon just relax and enjoy the superb views.
Day 10: At Sherson rest day for a day hikes.
A rest day here after a weeklong trekking, optional short hike around Sherson and to Makalu Base Camp the highest point of this awesome trip at 5,060 meters, a few hours of walk to reach the Makalu Base camp enclosed with high peak of Makalu and Baruntse and the Barun Pokhari a small glacial pond nearby, then our walk leads to a high climb up the hill top for views of majestic Mt. Makalu with rare East Face of Mt. Everest known as Khangsung Face with the world’s 04th highest Mt. Lhotse which is close to Mt. Everest.
After a nice morning hike return back to camp for lunch and relaxing afternoon at Sherson the last highest camp of this awesome journey.
Day 11: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645 m – 06 hours.
After a great memorable stay with awesome experience in this highest region return trek back towards the very end of Barun valley at Yak Kharka for the overnight stop after a good nice walk on the gradual downhill to this last camp at Barun Valley area.
Day 12: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Morning walk leads with a climb back to tree lines and around dense vegetations after leaving Barun Valley on this great morning walk uphill, the walk with a gradual climb in the first section for an hour then with a steep uphill haul through thick tree lines reaching back at Mumbuk for overnight camp.
Day 13: Trek to Kohma Ridge – 05 hours.
From Mumbuk morning walk leads up to Shipton -la at around 4,040 meters, and crossing Tutu-la pass at 4,075 meters with a gentle up then on the pleasant gradual path passing Thulo and Sano Pokhari, then back to Kohma danda (ridge) for overnight camp.
Day 14: Trek to Nawa Gaon (2,500m) via Tashi Gaon – 06 hours.
Today, our walk leads back to human settlement and villages after being away for a week, with the glorious morning panorama of high mountains and rolling hills, walk descends through dense forest to Tashi Gaon, from here after break continues walk on the upper path towards Nawa-Gaon through cool shade of the forest, then coming towards farm lands and at Nawa-Gaon village, a large scattered Sherpa village, which is bigger than Tashigaon, located just above Sedua village.
Day 15: Trek to Num via Sedua – 06 hours.
After a nice morning with the sound of villagers and domesticated animals, walk leads on the downhill path through farm terraces and to Sedua village, from here continue descending on the steep trail to the bridge over raging Arun River, then from here the last uphill climb of this trip and as well the last walk today, after more than an hour climb reaching at Num village for the last overnight camp in this mid hills villages.
Day 16: Drive to Tumlingtar – 04 hours.
With the wonderful morning and views of surrounding landscapes and distant snow capped mountains, our journey continues with a drive from Num to Tumlingtar, the drive leads uphill for a while with scenic panorama over this super landscapes and villages, then after Chinchilla village on the downhill road all the way to Tumlingtar passing the town of Khandbari, on reaching at Tumlingtar back to best available lodge for overnight stay.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
This morning depending upon the flight time, sometime the flight can be delayed due to bad weather conditions, after the boarding pass to airport terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu which takes less than an hour, with super panorama views during the flight of parallel chain of mountains, on reaching Kathmandu domestic terminal, transfer you back to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18: In Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel
Day 19: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya Makalu Base Camp & Barun Valley Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.