About Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp is located in eastern part of Nepal. Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain of the world towering 8,481m from sea level. Mount Everest is close neighbor of Mount Makalu. Both the mountains are enveloped by Mahalangur Range.
Makalu Barun National Park protects the entire Barun Valley of which Makalu is the part. Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992. It covers 1500 square kilometer area including Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts.
The destination is popular for its bio diversity. Wide variety of flora and fauna including some endangered species of animals and plants are found and sighted here. The governments of both the countries—Nepal and China—are working in coordination for the protection of Makalu Barun National Park. More than 3000 species of plants including rhododendrons of around 23 species and orchids of more than 40 species are found here. Similarly, the destination is habitat for more than 70 species of mammals including red panda, endangered species. Moreover, snow leopard, musk deer, wild boar, wild yak, and Himalayan thar are also sighted here. The park also inhabits more than 400 species of birds.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is popular for its breath taking scenery. The rewarding trek to Makalu Base Camp gives an opportunity to witness Mount Everest, Mt. Lotse and Baruntse. The sight of two winding rivers—Arun and Barun—make your trip more ecstatic. The granite cliffs, glaciers, greenery and waterfalls on the course to the base camp leave trekkers speechless. The Makalu Base Camp is so beautiful that trekkers forget their tiredness and get immerse on its beauty.
Makalu Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,870m in Makalu Barun National Park. The trek to Makalu Base Camp begins from Tumlingtar. It (Tumlingtar) is an hour flight from Kathmandu. Chichila is a real starting point of the trek and it (Chichila) is around three hour drive from Tumlingtar.
Trekkers follow the course of Barun river valley. They cross few high passes like Shipton La, Keke La and go through crossing few lakes namely Kalopokhari. The literal meaning of Kalopokhari is Black Pond. While on the way trekkers get stunning view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan mountains along with Makalu.
The local inhabitants of Makalu are also equally fascinating for trekkers. Their cultures, traditions and social values are unique for trekkers of the world. Sherpa, Limbu and Rai are native of this area. The destination gives real picture of Nepal and the hardship of peoples’ lives. Makalu Region trekking is a camping trek, can only be organized by camping because of the remoteness of Makalu Region & absence of the tea houses & lodges. Regulus Nepal arranges you to sleep in tents, manages a bathroom tent as well as a dining tent with tables and camp tools & a best cook during the entire trek to the Makalu Base camp.