Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley Trek

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Annapurna Encounter fabulous trekking to Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun valley in the Far North East of Nepal Himalayan region, journey to Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley in the world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Makalu 8,463 m, Baruntse 7,160 m, Khumbakarna with rare views of Khangsung the East Face of Everest and continues scenery of snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Makalu Base Camp trekking from scenic Arun to mystic Barun valley. Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley adventure starting with a short scenic flight to Tumlingtar town, the door to Makalu and Kanchenjunga and towards Everest area also, from Tumlingtar heading higher to mid hills Num village. Where this real trekking begins passing several traditional Sherpa and Rai villages with their rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the ridge line lined with rhododendron, oak, pine tall trees and crossing high passes of Khoma danda 3,540 m, Tutu-la at 4,075m and then entering the mystical Barun valley enriched with rare flora and fauna and some hidden area yet to be explored, this unique landscapes within the Makalu-Barun National Park are 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.

The remarkable bio-diversity is considered to be a global significance and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research, after an amazing time, slowly reaching to Makalu base camp with time here for hikes and views enclosed with high towering peaks and glaciers and heading back to Tumlingtar for the flight back to Kathmandu after an awesome time in the high Makalu Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley in the company of Annapurna Encounter excellent guides.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Camping basis
  • Total Trip : 19 - 20 days
  • Higest Point : 5,120 m
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to adventurous
  • Season : All season except July and August (wet seasons)

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 950m and camp.
Day 04: Drive to Num 1,500m - 05 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Sedua 1,493m. - 05 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200m - 04 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500m - 05 hours
Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m - 06 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m - 06 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Sherson 4,600m - 05 hours.
Day 11: At Sherson for a hike to Makalu base camp 5,120 m.
Day 12: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m - 06 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Kohma Ridge - 05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500m via Tashi Gaon -06 hours
Day 16: Trek to Num via Sedua - 06 hours.
Day 17: Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari 3-4 hours.
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: Free day at leisure guided tour on request.
Day 20: Transfer to airport for international departure.

In Kathmandu optional activities and extension to other interesting places:
Para Gliding- Rafting at – Bhote Kosi, Trisuli River - Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking to Makalu t Base Camp with Arun & Barun Valley and more.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Morning on given time for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley at places of interest for half day, Kathmandu is full of World Heritage sites of Temples, Monasteries, Stupas and old Kings palace and court yard, afternoon free preparation for the trip to Makalu.

Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 40 minutes flight.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for the super scenic flight to Tumlingtar to start the adventure to Makalu base camp with awesome panorama views array of snow capped mountains from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal, Gaurishanker, Numbur and Mt. Everest with Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu after this short flight of 40 minutes reaching at Tumlingtar in the warm sub-tropical area, located on a plateau above Arun River, overnight in tents of lodge with time for short walk around this town bazaar with views of Mt. Makalu.

Day 04: Drive to Num 1,500m - 05 hours.
From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchela village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

Day 05: Trek to Sedua 1,493m - 05 hours.
Today a first day walk which is a moderate day but with downs and ups to Sedua village, starting with a steep descend to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Sedua village, a small place with primary school and small health post with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

Day 06: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200m - 04 hours.
After Sedua village, morning walk is quite gentle on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village for many days till we get back after Makalu base camp trek, walking through farm areas with terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.

Day 07: Trek to Kohma Danda 3,500m - 05 hours
Leaving the last village of Tashigaon, morning walk leads to a gradual path into dense forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground.

Afternoon with a steep climb for 2-3 hours to reach the Kohma ridge top, slowly the tall trees give away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees. This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu and adjoining peaks, from here in complete wilderness for week.

Day 08: Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m - 06 hours.
From Kohma danda morning walk leads on the ridge line on a plateau like landscapes follows gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big pond) with Sano Pokhari(small pond) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at over

4, 200 meters passes. Probably a lunch break here in this isolated surronding, and then heading downhill reaching the tree lines of dense forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on finding a level ground in the midst of tall tree lines.

Day 09: Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m - 06 hours.
Today walks leads to unique Barun valley for its rare species of vegetation and plants and for other flora-fauna, starting with a descend for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach the valley floor, the walk is on gentle up slope with views of unnamed peaks on the both side of this valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters and a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery) built out of stones and muds from the soil of this area. After a good walk of 5-6 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp in the middle of Barun valley.

Day 10: Trek to Sherson 4,600m - 05 hours.
From Barun valley walking to reach at Sehrson at the end of the North West valley near Makalu base camp our highlight and goal of this wonderful adventure, the walk is on gentle up slopes through few vegetations of bushes of dwarf rhododendron, juniper and crossing streams with great views ahead of Mt. Makalau and Barntse peaks and after a nice walk of 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camp. Here a pasture land of villages from Novagaon and Tashigaon area.

Day 11: At Sherson for a hike to Makalu base camp 5,120 m.
Here beneath the towering Makalu and Baruntse peaks at 7,220 meters with peak 4. Today a hike in the morning leaving the camp at Sherson for few hours to reach our destination to Makalu base camp with closer view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and the view of the rare face of Everest the Kanshung face with Lhotse nearby, an hour of steep up brings you to the large meadow where you can walk further up to have a greater view of the peaks of this area and beyond. After an enjoyable moment with picturesque scenery of mountains that encircles this spot and returning back to camp at Sherson.

Day 12: Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m - 06 hours.
Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangre Kharka enclosed with high mountain cliffs and views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangrekharka.

Day 13: Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
After a wonderful time at Barun valley, today walks leaving the last of this valley with a climb to reach back to dense forest and to Mumbuk for overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek to Kohma Ridge - 05 hours.
On the same trail back to Kohma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Kohma ridge for overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500m via Tashi Gaon -06 hours.
Morning walk heading downhill and back to thick forest and tree lines reaching back to villages and farm fields, from Tashigaon taking different higher route to Nawa gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Nawagaon for overnight stop, with time in the afternoon to visit this nice traditional farm village.

Day 16: Trek to Num via Sedua - 06 hours.
From Nawagaon morning walk leads to descent reaching at Sedua gaon after a rest here continue downhill on steep slope to Arun river here crossing the bridge a steep climb for few hours brings to Num for last overnight camp in the mid hills of Makalu area.

Day 17: Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari 3-4 hours.
After a wonderful time in the high hills and mountains and in rural villages, from here with a drive on rough jeep road, but interesting going through many farm villages and with beautiful scenery of surrounding green landscapes and snow capped peaks in the distance, after few hours of drive reaching at a large town of Khadbari the major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district in Makalu region. From here an hour of descend brings back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of nice simple lodge.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu rest of the day free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Tumlingtar airport terminal in the morning, on boarding the plane 40 minutes of sweeping flight with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Tumlingtar.

Day 19: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay due to bad weather as the Himalayan weather are unpredictable sometimes if all goes well as per the planned itinerary, on request morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 20: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu base camp with beautiful Arun / Barun valley
visiting Makalu area Rais & Sherpa’s village old tradition and culture
pristine forest of rhododendron, pines, firs and birch trees with flora & fauna
climb of high passes with super views of world’s highest mountains
rich Buddhist culture, religion in the shadow of towering Mt. Makalu