Makalu Base Camp Trek
If you are willing to travel a less trodden path and off the beat, face up the challenges that few have faced before you and do not mind traversing in relatively remote yet tranquil regions that Himalayas of Nepal have to offer, Makalu Base Camp Trek might be just the right one for your daring soul!
Makalu Base Camp Trek falls under restricted region trekking and as such requires special trekking pass. The major part of trail involves trekking in Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area, which was established in 1992. Mt. Makalu is fifth highest mountain in the world (8,481m), yet this region has surprisingly less visitors because of its relative isolation compared to other popular and more frequented routes. Even though, there is an airport (Tumlingtar) which is couple of hours of drive from the commencement point of trek (Chichila) and there are tea houses and lodges aplenty throughout the way.
What is the best time for trekking to Makalu Base Camp Trek?
Makalu Base Camp trek graces you with a distinct allure when you visit this region during April/May. When you travel during spring time, the sight of lush green forests adorned with red, pink and white rhododendron flowers will surely make your hike easier. It’s as if mother nature is compensating you for your strenuous walk, with blooming flowers, serene waterfalls and views of the mountain ranges, that are better in reality than anything human imagination can muster.
Makalu Barun National Park is the eighth largest in Nepal (covering 2,330 sq. km) and is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in Nepal, including the Red Panda. March to May and September to November is considered most ideal season for Makalu Base Camp Trek.
Trekking Through Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp trek is considered one of the most challenging trekking venture, yet one of the most enthralling as well. The trail passes through remote villages, green terraced farmlands, rivers and rivulets, granite cliffs and waterfalls.
As you pass through Arun valley, you will realize that this trek consists of wide variety of altitudes and climates and vegetation sheltering hundreds of different species of plants and animals in Nepal. Makalu base camp at an altitude of (5000m) brings us to the one of the most far off and infrequent regions in Nepal. on the way, Makalu trek provides us a majestic contact in which the high waterfall cascade into deep gorges are seen. Makalu trek is also a place of outstanding herbal splendor.
Most famous Mountains you see while trekking to Makalu Base Camp Trek – 22 days!
You will be able to see the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest from a unique angle, it’s eastern Kangshung face. The uncommon views of number of world’s tallest mountains like; Makalu, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Baruntse,Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Thamserku and others will surely be a prize in itself, yet, there is more to this trek. Not to mention, while traversing through this circuit, one has to cross through three challenging passes at high altitude; Sherpani Col (6110m), West Col (6140m) and Amphu Laptsha (5850m).
To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles and in every walk with a nature one receives far more than he seeks. Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb the damn mountain. As they say, the best view comes after the hardest climb!
Is fitness necessary before this Makalu Base Camp Trek – 22 Days?
This trek is usually recommended for people who have prior experiences or are in good physical stamina, as the route is sure to be bring challenges and test the resolve of travelers, thus making it a bit strenuous. Makalu Base Camp Trek can be completed in 22 days.
As most of the trekking in Makalu region, Makalu Base Camp Trek begins with a short flight usually takes around 35 minutes and the views of the mountains are great if you are lucky enough not to have any cloud! You will then have to take a Jeep to Num which might take approx. 3/4 hours. After we start our trek with our professional trek guide and porters from Trek Venture Nepal from Num to Seuda, Kongma Danda, Yangla Kharkha, Sherson and finally Makalu Base Camp Trek and descend to Tashi gaun, Seuda to Tumlingatar where you will catch a fight back to Kathamandu.
The Makalu Base Camp Trek will be done in 22 days of summary and also be customized according to the time and needs of trekkers.