Makalu Barun (Chukchuwa) Valley A place called Nghe within Barun Valley. Nghe in local Sherpa language means a 'Sacred place'.Makalu Barun Valley is a Himalayan valley situated at the base of Mt. Makalu in the Sankhuwasabha district Nepal. This valley lies entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park.
9 Fact about Trekking in Mt. Makalu Region
Makalu Base Camp Trek takes up deep into the eastern Himalayas, providing some of Nepal’s most unseen and amazing scenery. It will be a trek to the base camp of world’s fifth highest mountain, Mount Makalu (8462m). Makalu is a close neighbor of Mount Everest, lying in the northeast region of Nepal. Besides, the Makalu Barun National Park in the region offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayas. This region is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture.
1. Standing apart from the rest, a mountain named after God
The name “Makalu” is derived from the Sanskrit Maha Kala, a name for the Hindu god Shiva that translates “Big Black.” It is in Nepal’s Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.
2. Test yourself! It is not an easy feat
Makalu is one of the harder eight-thousanders and is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock or ice climbing.
3. The first summiteers and the pioneers of the present route
The first attempt on Mt. Makalu was made by an American team led by William Siri in the spring of 1954. The French team that did the first ascent in 1955 climbed the north face and northeast ridge, today’s standard route, and placed nine climbers, including one Sherpa, on the summit.
4. Off the beaten trail, truly untouched beauty
Due to its isolation and lack of tea houses this area still receives few trekkers. This is one of the most remote and unfrequented trekking areas of Nepal. It is also known as off beaten area by the trekkers because of the geographical remoteness as well as adverse climatic condition, which normally caused hazardous mountain sickness.
5. The fusion of race, culture and heritage
Gurung, Rai and Sherpa are the main habitants in this region. Settlements of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) are farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area.
6. Makalu-Barun valley, sanctuary of the exotic wildlife
Makalu-Barun Valley is a Himalayan glacier valley situated at the base of Mt. Makalu in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. This valley lies entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park. The park of 2330sqkm is bordered by the Arun River in the east and the Sagarmatha National Park in the west. Barun Valley is a sanctuary for wild animals such as wolves, lynx, fox and the elusive snow leopard.
7. Undisturbed beauty, rare glimpses of the unique flora
Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind.
8. A border to two beautiful Himalayan regions
Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse (Makalu II 7,678 m) lies about 3 km north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau and connected to Kangchungtse is Chomo Lonzo (7,804 m). The summit ridge is the border between Nepal and Tibet.
9. Makalu Region a true destination for the wild at heart
Makalu region, rich for natural paradise, includes beautiful mountains. The grand vistas include views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Chamlang (7,319m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129m), Mera Peak (6,654m) and other Nepal known peaks. The area contains 25 species of rhododendron, 47 types of orchids, and 56 rare plants. Snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, and wild boar are among the wildlife found here.
Although In Makalu base camp region you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and leave a strong impression on many trekkers due to its unforgettable memorizing trip into the Himalayas. Skylark Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd, can custom design the packages according to your requirements, offering suitable discounts and guaranteed on customer satisfaction. The Makalu base camp trek can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many more details according to your demand, availability, and timing.
Day 01: Pick up from International Airpot in Kathmandu 1360m.
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing around Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then reach Num 1490m.
Day 04: Trek uphill to Seduwa and stay overnight at Seduwa1450m.
Day 05: Trek uphill via rough way towards Tashigaon 2135m.
Day 06: Trek about five hours to reach Kungma 3556m.
Day 07: Rest and Acclamation day at Kumgma.
Day 08: Trek via Shipton La high pass 4217m To reach Mambuk 3553.
Day 09: Trek the route about six hours to reach Nghe Kharka 3760m.
Day 10: The journey of about 6hours to reach Langmale 4407m.
Day 11: Trek up the route with view of mountain to Shershop 4572m.
Day 12: Short trek the route takes to the Malaku Base Camp4812m.
Day 13: A day hike towards Hilary Base Camp 4950m and stay overnight there.
Day 14: We descend down the route about six hours to Yangle Kharka 3598m.
Day 15: Trek the trail towards Mambuk 3590m.
Day 16: Today we trek the trail via Shipton La Pass towards Kumgma 3443m.
Day 17: Trek from the rocky hills to reach Seduwa1540m.
Day 18: Trek about six hours towards Num and stay overnight at camp.
Day 19: About four hours of drive we reach Tumlingtar.
Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Final departure
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We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.
- Hand sanitizing lotion
- Reading/writing material
- Camera & Binoculars
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
- Money: Travelers Cheque/Cash/Credit card
- Spare Boot Laces
- Sleeping Bag
- Light weight Towel
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
- Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Littre
- Gloves - wool or fleeced
- Sewing Kit
- Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
- Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals for evening
- Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight /jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Shirts 2 or 3 - Long Sleeved
- Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit
- Extra warm clothing/ thermals
- Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
If you don't have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.
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