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Nepal - Makalu & Barun Valley Trek (18 Days)

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 the 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 that offers a beautiful view of the Himalayas including the rare east face of Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse.

This itinerary is a guideline only and we will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decide to amend or cancel the itinerary for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety during the treks.

After arriving in Kathmandu, our office representative will pick you up from the airport and will welcome, assist and transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you may rest as you might be having Jet Lag and later on visit the Asian Heritage office to get more insights about your trek. Furthermore, you can stroll around the local streets of Thamel and explore the city.

Accommodation: Overnight at Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

Today is an easy and short walk to TashiGaon, 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 TashiGaon.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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 DharaKharka, a meadow atop the ridge. We then move over a hillock and descend to reach Kauma.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

In the morning, enjoy the panorama view of the mountains. The trail starts with a few ups and downs 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 flat land. A short walk past the dense forest leads to the village of Mumbuk.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

Today is going to be a very laborious journey as we have to ascend almost 1000 m from NheKharka. We start our trail along the northern bank of the BarunKhola. After a short walk, the trail ascends gently as we approach RipokKharka 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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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 hilltop 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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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 TashiGaon. Afterward, we ascend through the cool shades of the trees as we pass through the farmlands and forest to reach Nawa-Gaon.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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 mighty ArunRiver. After crossing the river, we make an hour-long climb to Num village.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

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.

Accommodation:  Overnight will be in a best available local Lodge.

After breakfast, pack your bags and you will be transferred to Tumlingtar airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Make sure to get a seat on the left side in the plane while flying back to Kathmandu, from the left side you will be able to view the majestic mountains standing tall from north to east with the shining snowcaps. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our office representative will come to receive and assist you and they will transfer you to the Hotel. After reaching the hotel, check in and have some rest for a while. Later in the afternoon, you can visit the Asian Heritage office to share your trekking experiences and you can stroll around the streets of Thamel other nearby places.

Accommodation: Overnight at Yatri Suites & Spa or similar in Kathmandu.

Today is your last day in Nepal. Have your breakfast and later on our office representative will come to assist you at the hotel and they will transfer you to the Tribhuwan airport to catch the flight to your onward destination. Our office representative will transfer you according to your flight time.

Have a safe journey onward.

Includes

All land transportation by private vehicle.
Domestic Flight Ticket from Kathmandu -Tumlingtar - Kathmandu.
2-night accommodation in 4*Yatri Suites and Spa or similar at Kathmandu included breakfast.
Accommodation throughout the trek in a local lodge on room only basis  (where available).
Makalu-Barun National park Permit, TIMS & other necessary permits.
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder trekking guide.
All Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, and accommodation.
All government and local taxes.
First aid kit.


Excludes

Food and Drinks / Beverages bills.
Tipping (Tips for guides, drivers and supporters).
Travel Insurance.
International Flights.
Donations.
Emergency Rescue evacuation Insurance of any kind.
What’s not included in Includes.

To enhance your experience in Nepal, we give you the possibility to add one or more extra activities to this travel package. The step of adding these is available in the "Book now" process.

Do not hesitate to check each extra activity. They can be booked also separately.

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