Makalu Barun Trek

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Easy Trek


5000 m

Max altitude

Flight and private vehicle


Hotel/Mountain lodge


Mid Feb to May, Mid Sept to Mid Dec

Best season

All meals during trek


Trip Overview

Makalu Barun Trek in Nepal is splendid off the beaten trekking trail. The route is within the periphery of the world’s 5th tallest mountain Mt. Makalu. Mountain is accompanied by the iconic Mt. Everest as well. The National Park is spread over 1500 square kilometers in Eastern Nepal. The valley is extended from Sagarmatha National park towards east. Moreover, it is through the Tibetan and Sub Tropical gorge of the Arun River. The trail is within the Nepal – China agreements area. Therefore, a special permit is required for the trekking journey of these regions. The park established in 1992 stretches over two districts of Nepal the Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha. 

The locale is for the Mera Peak Climbing in Nepal as well. The magnificent views of the mountains like Chamlang, Baruntse, etc. are other sights to behold on this trail. Makalu Barun Trek in Nepal has contrasting things as you will find the cascading waterfalls and high gorges. Corroded rocks and green lush forests, as well as the grassy meadows and flower beds just below the Snow Mountains, are its amazing scenes.

Apart from the mountain wilderness, the trail is known for the wildlife and vegetation as well. Orchids, rhododendrons and green bushes are its rich vegetation. Red Panda, Musk Deer, Yak, Thar, Snow Leopard, and Boar are regular wildlife of the area. There are numerous endangered birds in the area too. Among many species of the birds found in the area, Spiny Babbler is the only bird that is available in Nepal only. Altogether there are 420 species of birds in the area. Therefore, Makalu Barun Trek in Nepal is beyond mountain trekking. It is the surreal and pristine excursion of Mother Nature at its best. 

The journey starts from Tumlingtar after the flight from Kathmandu. Trekkers trek through places like Chichila, Num, Tashi Gaon, Kuma, Mumbuk, The Kharka, and Sherson. The Barun River Valley section of the trekking is very mesmerizing. Trekkers have to cross the high passes like Kek La Pass, Shipton La Pass and have to walk through picturesque lakes namely the Kalopokhari. 


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m)

Our representative of the company staff will pick up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to the standard hotel in Thamel. Enjoy your overnight in the hotel. our guide will brief you with all the information about your trip.

Day 2 Fly to Tumlingtar (518m) and Trek to Khadbari (1,025 m)

This is the beginning of our journey. In the morning, you will be going to the domestic airport, flying to Tumlingtar with observing a beautiful range of snow-capped mountain peaks from Ganesh Himal to Mt. Everest, Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga. After approximately 40 minutes, you will arrive at Tumlingtar. After that, you will start your adventure journey with our crew heading through upward the Kumal village to the Khadbari which lies in the middle of the subtropical forest of the Sal Tree (Sorea-Robusta). Along the route, as you will come to the town of Khadbari, which is the major town of the Makalu region and from Khadbari, with a walk up and down to the Mani Bhanjyang camp also explore the local town and village. Stay overnight at lodges.

Day 3 Trek from Khadbari to Chichila (1,800 m)

After breakfast, we start our adventure with a few flats, then climb to the ridge on a wide and well-used path, reaching our lunch stop at Bhotebas. After that, the trail goes through the fertile land and the forested route brings you to the top of the small mountain at  Chichila village. There are few local houses with the stunning scenic mountains of Mt. Makalu and Kumbakarna which you can see and feel peaceful views of mountain.

Day 4 Trek from Chichile to Num (1,500 m)

Today your trip brings you through the cool and calm and peaceful forest which is covered with rhododendron bloom, oaks, pines, and hemlocks which is most attractive and we climb to the top of the mountain. Then it's almost two hours downhill to Num- which is called a small village with around fifteen houses and a primary school on a large flat ground, where we have a good view of our journey from the next days of our campsite. 

Day 5 Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,493 m)

At first, you have an incredibly steep head down and a terraced slope towards the Arun River, almost 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this small valley are densely forested and the trails are quite slippy and after reaching the bottom, we cross the suspension bridge across the heavy rainfall in Arun River. Instead, you climb back out of the rainforest, reach our place to eat, and a steep climb takes us up to Seduwa which is a  village with a small health post and a primary school. stay overnight at lodges.

Day 6 Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,200 m)

After breakfast, we have a nice short walk, around 3-4 hours, taking you to farm villages in the countryside. And again it's a gradual walk and an hour-long climb through the millet and rice fields brings you to the Tashi Gaun. For the rest of the time, you will explore the village and natural beauty. stay overnight at lodges.

Day 7 Trek for Tashi Gaun to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m)

Today you will leave the human settlement for your next destination. After visiting a Tashi Gaun, You will move through feeling refreshing air with beautiful shade which is covered with Rhododendron and Oak Forest and then you will leave the forested area for summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here on to the Kahuna ridge, there is a strenuous uphill climb, where the tree line also declines for the rhododendron and juniper bushes. Also, view the amazing view of mountain range during sunrise and sunset. Stay overnight at lodges.

Day 8 Trek from Kahuma Danda to Mumbuk (3,400 m)

This is an outstanding view of the snow-capped mountain peaks and their surrounding landscapes. your trekking trail follows with a few ups and downs, passing through Thulo Pokhari (big pond) and Sano Pokhari (small pond). During heavy snowfall, the route from here can be very confusing and it will be difficult to find the trail at some stage. We walk further across the Keke La Pass (4230 m) Tutu-la (4,200 m) where there is a chorten. Then you will go all downhill back to the vegetation, a small clearing place for camping in the middle of the pine woods, the hemlock, the birch, and the rhododendrons to reach Mumbuk for the night. stay overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 9 Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (3,750 m)

Your day begins with a sharp descent down a narrow wooded valley and continues to cross the Barun Khola just beyond Tamatan Kharka for almost around 6-7 hours.your trial is not clear on most of the route. It can also be slippery with a lot of rock falls, so you have to walk very carefully. After this, you can walk behind the Barn Khola along its northern bank Trial goes through the seasonal settlement of Yangri Kharka and a little further ahead is the Nehe Kharka. Stay overnight at Nehe Kharka.

Day 10 Trek from Nehe Kharka to Sherson (4,600 m)

Today, your trek begins to cross the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk across the boulders, where a large prayer wall can be seen from there. Within 2-3 hours of hiking, the vegetation gets thin, although the rhododendron, the barberries, the cotoneaster which is awesome and juniper bushes have been going on for some time and also with an exciting walk brings us closer to Sherson, where we can see the lower Barun Glacier and the magnificent towering Mt. Makalu. There are a lot of stone enclosures on this high grassland with an excellent view of the host of mountain hills, including the upper part of Makalu which is on the south side, and Mt. Baruntse (7,220 m). stay overnight at Sherson.

Day 11 Accumulation for day at Sherson

This is a relaxing and rest day; you have a full day for relaxation at the lodge or if you want to trip some interesting places around that place to hikes and views to explore the beauty of the mountain. The most enjoyable walk would be a hike and trekking with a closer and attractive view of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari and a view of the rare face of Everest, the Kanshung with Lhotse. You can walk further up to get a perfect view of the mentioned peaks and more of the other peaks of this area and beyond. After exploring an amazing view of mountain scenery which is unforgettable, you have to come back to lodge where you stay.

Day 12 Trek for Sherson to Yangri Kharka (3,645 m)

After a fantastic adventure in the local surrounding area, we travel back to the end of the Barun valley, called Yak Kharka, for around 6 or 7 hours in the overnight lodge.

Day 13 Trek from Yangri Kharka to Mumbuk (3,400 m)

After breakfast, we continue our trek back to Mumbuk for approximate 5-6 hours. After leaving the Barun Valley it's all uphill to the overnight and fell the beauty of   Mumbuk Alpine Forest and enjoy a day of hiking.

Day 14 Trek from Mumbuk to Kahuma Danda (3,500 m)

We retrace the journey back to Kahuma Danda (ridge) for approximate 5-6 hours via Shipton-la and Thulo Pokhari for the rest in the evening in the lodge.

Day 15 Trek from Kahuma Danda to Navagaun via Tashi Gaun (2,500 m)

In this day you will be going back to Tashi Gaun and continue walking towards Navagaun on the upper trail for approximate 2 or 3 hours through the cool shade of the forest after leaving the forest area to the farm terraces. And finally, you will go to the village of Navagaun, another Sherpa village which is larger than Tashi Gaun, located just above the village of Seduwa.

Day 16 Trek from Navagaun to Num via Seduwa

After breakfast, you travel downhill through the countryside from an hour or two to the village of Seduwa. From Seduwa go back to Num  approximate2-3 hours downhill, and it take again around  2/3 hours after the bridge take you back to Num for the night lodge. Enjoy a walk movement on the journey back to the Num village.

Day 17 Trek from Num to Chichile (1,800 m)

In this day you will be going back to Chichile, the first approximate two or 3 hours is all uphill to reach the top of the mountain range, from here on it's almost downhill to Chichile's overnight in lodge. Enjoy the exploration of the village with attractive cultural and natural heritage.

Day 18 Trek from Chichile to Khadbari

This is a beautiful hike through this route back to Khadbari for about approximate 5 -6 hours, moving through the beautiful forest farmland and small local villages and walking on a gradual route, taking you to the large village town of Khadbari, where you will spend the night in your lodges.

Day 19 Trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar (400 m)

This is our last day's hike leading to a simple approximate 3 or 4 hour downhill walk that brings you back to Tumlingtar for lunch and the last night lodge of this great and memorable adventure trip, and this will be your last night with trekking teams and porters. stay overnight at lodges by thinking a most beautiful and attractive places and mountain peaks that you have visited whish is full of peace.

Day 20 Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu via Biratnagar or direct flight, depending on flight schedule and climate. After coming to Kathmandu and we will to transfer to the hotel and just relax and chill and take rest in the hotel.

Day 21 final departure

Today is the last day for you if you want to buy some memorable and valuable things for yourself or your family then you can buy. After that, A Company delegate will drop you off at the air terminal roughly 3 hours before our booked flight. On our approach to home, you will have a lot of time to design your next experience in the magnificent nation of Nepal.


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