High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, seven valleys radiate from Mt Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak. This trek follows the Barun which contains some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. From the bottom of the Arun Valley, near the start of the trek, the Himalaya rise from just 435m above sea level to the snow capped peak of Makalu at 8463m within a distance of only 40km. The trek thus passes through a great diversity of ecosystems and cultures. Communities of Rai farmers give way to Sherpa and Bhotia villages as altitude is gained.These peoples live in isolated villages much as they have for centuries. Their livelihoods depend upon forest resources for animal fodder, fuel, food, housing materials, fertilisers and medicine.
The Makalu - Barun National Park and Conservation Area was established in 1992 as Nepal's eighth national park. Covering 2,330 sq km, Makalu - Barun is a remote wilderness, with just two small settlements and seasonal herding in high pastures. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility and a journey to base camp is an unforgettable experience. In the forests there are many varieties of orchids and more than 3,000 species of flowering plants. The area protects an abundant wildlife including the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan tahr and leopard. There are more than 400 bird species, some of which are extremely rare.
Then of course there are the mountains, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Chhamlang that form a stunning backdrop at the head of the Barun Valley. This is an extremely rewarding trek and one for the connoisseur of wild places that remains largely untouched by tourism. Our itinerary has been carefully planned to allow for acclimatisation to the altitude and to maximise our time in the vicinity of base camp for further exploration of this outstanding area. There are some long days of 7 to 8 hours walking, some rough trail sections and the effects of altitude will be present.
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