Makalu Base Camp
Makalu basecamp is Himalayan glacier valley is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal, 19 km south-east of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. At an elevation 8,463 m (27,766 ft) Mt makalu is 5th highest mountain of the world.
Makalu basecamp lies inside Makalu Barun National Park. To reach Makalu Barun National Park, there is flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or Phaplu and another flight option is to take domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lamidanda, Bhojpur or Tumlingtar and after getting there by air there is multiple options to get to the basecamp of Makalu. One can go either by trekking or helicopter or can take jeep to certain section and start camping trekking.
The peak was first ascent on May 15, 1955 by a French expedition however an American expedition team attempted in the spring of 1954 from southeast ridge. Makalu is an isolated eight thousander mountain seen even in the Everest base camp trekking whose shape is a four-sided pyramid and sighted in distance and because of the shape it does not have enough of white snow which make it look like black rock standing tall in similar shape as the Egyptian pyramid of Giza.
Best part of Makalu basecamp trek is Makalu-Barun Valley – A glacier valley starting from the foot of the Makalu which is decorated with many glacial lakes scattered in huge area. Valley provides beautiful contrasts of waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, rocks rising in beautiful shape that you would love to climb bu there are not any proper rock climbing sites, infinite green forests which elongates as far as you can see, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. Makalu barun conservation area conserves unique landscape and has pristine mountain ecosystems on Earth. Rare species of wildlife is yet to be discovered in the conservation area.
Trekking is one of the major activities among many things to do in Nepal. Apart from hiking tours, there are many other sightseeing tour options in Nepal. However walking tour is a world admired as hiking to Everest or Annapurna region of Nepal Himalaya are famous around the world.
When someone talks about their holidays in Nepal, all imagine they are going to the mountains and it is all about trekking in the Nepal. Believe it, Everest base camp trek is one of the famous bucket list item.
However our trekking tour category has diversity of trekking trips in Nepal. New destination trek to hiking route finding trips in Nepal, are listed under the tour tag of trekking.
Again, as Nepal is a small country with tallest peak of the world Everest, she is famous among hike lovers & nature hikers. Mountainous terrain of Nepal makes lots of ups and down and hiking here is great adventure. Hike in Nepal starts from the altitude of 1100 meter or 1968 feet to 6500 meters or 21320 feet.
Nepal Hiking Altitude profile in general
Lowest altitude for the hiking is from Besisahar which is the gateway of Annapurna Region treks to Annapurna circuit or manalsu circuit hiking and highest altitude that takes you to the height of 6500 meter or 21320 feet to the famous trekking peak called Mera peak. Mera peak starts in Everest region but the peak is on the other side of Everest Base Camp hiking that is in Makalu Barun conservation area. Very few people go for this trekking peak in the Makalu Barun National park.
Trekking in Nepal is under the bucket list of all most the entire traveler around the world. Nepal is famous for trekking activity. But trip extension like Peak climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Para Hawking, Kayaking, day tours are famous. Nepal has four seasons. All of them are suitable for any of the activity. But each activity needs to design the itinerary as per the season. For example hiking during monsoon in Nepal needs to be short and starts early for the day, like start early stop early. We have lots of hiking package in numerous trekking region of Nepal for all level of fitness. Hiking in Nepal can be short as 3 days and more than a month long.
Nepal conserves huge area of forest and helps in controlling global warming by cutting carbon production. Greenery in Nepal is conserved in the form of national parks, conservation area, wildlife reserves, community forest, hunting reserves and wetland areas. Trekking in those protected forest is a part of jungle trekking we do in packages of Nepalgram.
Apart from those conserved area there are other auto protected region which can be discovered along the trekking route of remote Himalayas in Nepal. While trekking in the remote trekking destinations of Nepal there are many villages with barren lands and those lands are private but after not farming there for years, these lands are now forest.
Trekking has always been through the jungle, in Nepal. If you want to trek all the time inside the jungle you can choose trekking like Mard himal trek or other new trekking routes. If you want to trek in the dense forest then you have to choose something similar to Jattapokhari camping trek or similar camping treks.
Either you trek to famous Annapurna base camp or Everest region trail – forest trekking is partially available in all the regions. The concern among most of the travelers coming to Nepal is either they will want to be in the jungle for most of time or they just want to experience the jungle trekking partially.
Trekking in Nepal has always been into the nature. And jungle has always been inseparable part of trekking activity. But in few cases, there are some trekking destinations like upper mustang and Upper Dolpo where all you see is deserted landscape. Those trekking trails are rain shadow zone and are not for jungle trekking.
In Nepal, Jungle trekking is not possible when you get above the altitude of 4000 meters. From this height no tree zone starts and all you see is bushes and the towering mountains.