Makalu region trekking is one of the major sections of the Great Himalayan Trail Nepal between Kanchenjunga and Everest region. Makalu region trek takes you to the less crowded trekking region in Nepal in the eastern part bordering with Tibet. Makalu region is named after the fifth highest peak of the world, Mt. Makalu (8,468m) surrounded by 16 other peaks. Located nearly 22 km southeast of Mt. Everest, Makalu region trekking follows the trekking trail ranging from 850m to 5,100m. Trekking to Makalu region gives you the rarest opportunity to witness geographical variation, diverse ethnic communities including flora and fauna.
Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area, the habitat of many species of animals and plants, circumscribes the Makalu region. Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area is the abode for around 3,000 species of flowering plants including 25 different species of rhododendron. Similarly, nearly 440 species of endemic birds and 75 types of mammals also draw the attention of the trekkers. The beautiful vistas you see while Makalu region trekking is beyond description in any words.
Makalu region trekking leads you along off the beaten path which is very less visited by the foreign travellers in Nepal. The natural assets of Makalu region are the astonishing and phenomenal as they are unspoiled and untouched by the modern technology. The view of the eight-thousanders: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu itself is awesome. Although the trekking trail to Makalu region is rugged and challenging, you will forget the fatigue while seeing the glittering peaks.
Among the snowcapped peaks in magical Makalu region, Mt. Chamlang (7,319m) and Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) always welcome you with smile. Makalu Base Camp trek at an elevation of 4,870m is the most unforgettable and appreciated trekking package to Makalu region. Besides the natural jewels, the mixed communities having their respective organic culture tradition is another appealing factor of Makalu region trek. Ethnic communities like Rai, Sherpa, Bhotia, Limbu, Yakkha, Gurung, Tamang, Magar, Newar, Brahmin and Kshatriya live there in a mutual respect and understanding.
Makalu region is union of two major valleys: Arun and Barun, which have some differences and similarities as well. Arun Valley, one of the world’s largwest valleys is historically important as Arun Valley Civilization was begun in this pristine valley. Arun Valley trek is an optional access to the Khumbu region trekking looking at the glimpse of the Everest region. The silvery mountains of the Everest region including the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest, call you with the most-welcoming smile.
Another worth visiting place during Makalu region trekking is Barun Valley which is situated on the banks of the Barun River. Rich in socio-cultural and natural assets, Barun valley trek guides you through one of the hidden mountainous valleys of Nepal. Though Barun valley has so many things in the bag to offer to the trekkers, it is not much popular. Barun valley trek rewards you with the varieties of flora and fauna including cultural diversity in the Makalu Barun region. Skipping Barun valley trekking, your Makalu region trek remains incomplete as you miss the dazzling views of culture and nature.
You can begin Makalu region trekking from two different locations: one from Tumlingtar and the other from Dhankuta Hile. To start from Tumlingtar, you can take a direct flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu experiencing the mesmerizing in-flight vistas. But to start Makalu region trekking from Dhankuta Hile, you will travel in a private jeep for about 12 hours. Makalu region trekking itinerary is different for starting the journey from each of the two places.
Some of the popular Makalu region trekking packages are Makalu Sherpani & West Col, Arun Valley Trekking, Arun Valley to Everest Trek, Arun to Hungku Valley Trek, Makalu Ama-Lapcha La and Milke Danda Trek. Makalu region trekking cost depends upon the package you book for your vacation. Makalu region trekking packages can be tailored in a mutual consent between you and the trekking agency you book through. For a customized package of Makalu region trekking, you can contact our trekking agency which has organized this trekking flawlessly.
As Makalu region has coverage from tropical land to alpine region, there is a large variation in climate and vegetation. Heavy rainfall in summer and snow deposits in winter are obvious phenomena that create hurdles in trekking in these seasons. Makalu region trekking with high passes are difficult in winter whereas side-trips as high as Makalu Base Camp is accessible whole year. The best time to trek Makalu region are spring and autumn to avoid the possible obstacles on the way. Makalu region trekking in spring is the most amazing lifelong experience when different varieties of rhododendron wrap the region colorfully.