BARUN VALLEY TREK

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destination Makalu
duration 23 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Makalu
max altitude 5,000m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Lodge + Camping
season Autumn/Spring

BARUN VALLEY TREK

Spectacular scenery and diverse landscapes will leave you breathless. Cascading waterfalls, deep gorges, lush vegetation and arid rocky moonscape type terrain at higher altitudes are waiting for you. The 46km long Barun Valley is a picturesque remote location at the base of Mt. Makalu (8481m) – the world's fifth-highest peak. 

It is entirely within the boundary of the Makalu Barun National Park, a 1500 sq.km sanctuary in the eastern region of Nepal. It extends all the way to Sagarmatha National Park (Mt Everest National Park). Its lower reaches are in a sub-tropical terrain in the Arun River extending all the way to the Tibetan plateau. The Barun River, a tributary of the Arun River, flows through the valley and in winter becomes a glacier. The indigenous Limbu people refer to the Barun River as Chukchuwa.

Mt.Makalu is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas region and lies19 km southeast of Mount Everest. Its unique four-sided pyramid shape, once seen will never be forgotten. On either side are two secondary and equally impressive peaks. The entire area falls within two regions, SoluKhumbu and Sankhuwasavha and is a protected region. The snow-capped peaks of Mt. Makalu (8463m), Mt. Chamlang (7319m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m) are clearly visible throughout the trek. 

The Makalu Barun area is abundant with unique flora and fauna, such as the colorful Rhododendron trees with their pink flowers and wild orchids. If you are lucky you may also glimpse the elusive snow leopard, red panda, wild pigs, musk deer, yak, and the Himalayan Thar. The area is also home to more than 420 species of birds, some only found in Nepal.

The Barun Valley trek begins at Tumlingtar and passes through numerous villages along the Barun River Valley and crosses some high altitude passes like Shipton La Pass (4220m), Keke La Pass I(4150m) and to the dark blue Kalipokhri Lake. The highest elevation on this trek is to Makalu Base Camp (5000m). 

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking has been established for more than 40 years and has an excellent reputation. Our goal is to continue to make it better!

ITINERARY

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On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a representative from Sherpa Expedition & Trekking who will take you to your 3-star hotels. You can rest at your hotel or stroll around Thamel and do some last-minute shopping and take in the sights. Tonight’s welcome dinner will be accompanied by a Nepalese cultural dance.
Today your guide will take you to a number of historical and holy places in Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the World Heritage-listed Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist temple of Bouddhanath. We will also today go over the itinerary and meet with our trek leader. We will stay overnight in a hotel.
Today we will spend about three to four hours travelling, starting out by flying to Tumlingtar followed by a road trip to the Gurung settlement of Chichira where we will stay the night
We will start relatively early as we have a six to seven-hour trek ahead of us. The trail takes us through some quaint and distinctly different villages with views over forests and mountains until we reach Num situated high on a ridge. We will stay here overnight.
Today we descend and pass by the terraced fields and through the forest until we reach the Barun River. After crossing and re-crossing the river we will enter the Makalu Barun National Park where we have to register and obtain a permit. We then continue until we reach Seduwa where we will stay the night.
Our four to five hour trek begins by following the trail down to Kasuwa Khola (river) and then across the hills passing through rice fields until we reach the eye-catching village of Tashi Gaon and great views of the Himalayas. We will stay here overnight.
The trail today begins with a climb to Chipla Village perched on top of the ridge. We then head through the forest until we reach Kharka Village (2900m) and further on to the village of Unshisha. We then climb stone stairs until we reach Dhara Kharka, a small grazing land at the top of the ridge. We then descend to Kauma Village where we stay the night.
Today we have a rest day where we can catch up on laundry and explore the surrounding area and absorb the natural beauty of the place. We stay here overnight.
On the trail today we get to see the twin peaks of Chamlang, Peak 6, and Peak 7. From the top of the ridge, we ascend a stone path arriving at a small lake. Continuing on we reach Kike La Pass (4127m). After the pass, we head down through a rhododendron forest to Mumbuk Village where we stay the night.
The trail and trek today of about six to seven hours leads down a steep descent through a narrow valley and then crosses the Barun Khola (river) near Tamatan Kharka. We follow the river bank until we reach the summer settlement of Yangri Kharka.
Today the trail takes us across a wooden bridge over the Barun River and then trek across a rocky river bed and past a prayer wall until we arrive at Sherson where we can see the lower Barun glacier and the soaring splendid Mt. Makalu. This is the lower base camp of Mt. Makalu. There are some amazing views from here of Makalu’s south face and Mt. Baruntse (7220m). We will set up camp for the night at Sherson.
Today we head to the highest base camp in the world. We cross an area strewn with boulders before reaching the base camp situated on the west bank of the river. From here we have awesome views of Makalu’s south face, Mt Everest, Baruntse, Peaks 6 & 7 and Lhotse. This is surely a highlight of the journey.
Today we can soak up the feeling of having journeyed to such a high altitude and take in the sights around Makalu Base Camp. It is a harsh arid rocky terrain with Barun Glacier just above it. From here we can see the south face of Makalu and a panorama view of Mt.Everest and Mt. Lhotse. We will stay the night at Makalu Base Camp.
Today we return on the same trail back to Nhe Kharka where we will stay the night.
Heading through Rhododendron and pine forest we head to Mumbuk ,arriving in time to see the sunset over the mountains. We will stay here overnight.
Leaving Mumbuk, we trek across the Shipton La Pass and descend to Kauma Village where we stay the night.
Today we descend to Tashi Gaon arriving in plenty of time that will allow us to relax and unwind from being at higher altitudes.
The trail today heads through cultivated fields and then reaches the Ipsuwa Khola (river). Here we cross a suspension bridge and break for lunch.
We have a short trek today, firstly arriving at the Rai village of Walung (880m) and then cross the Apsawa Khola (river) and climb up to Chhayang Village, another Rai settlement. From here we head to Parangbu Village and on to Pukuwa (550m) where we will camp the night.
Today we head to the village of Tome and then further down into the Arun Valley along the banks of the Sankhuwa Khola (river) and finally to the Chhetri village of Bumling where we stay the night.
On our final day trekking, we follow the river downstream to where it meets the Arun River and walk along its east bank past Chyawabesi Village and then climb back up the Tumlingtar plateau and head to the hotel where we will stay overnight.
Today we have a scenic flight back to Kathmandu and can look back at the mountains that have been home for over two weeks. After we arrive at Kathmandu we can either relax at our hotel or wander around Thamel to do some final shopping. Tonight Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will provide a farewell dinner to celebrate the completion of this exhausting trip to Makalu Base Camp. We will take you back to your hotels after dinner.
Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to reminisce and plan your next adventure and opportunity to explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost Included

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a guesthouse in Biratnagar including breakfast (1 night only)
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team
  • Tented camp accommodation for 24 days/23 nights (We will provide full water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.)
  • Local Sherpa Expedition and Trekking licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff
  • All special trekking permits & fees
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking (which need to be returned after the trek)
  • Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Kathmandu airfare and Biratnagar-Suketar-Biratnagar airfare including airport departure tax
  • Free Sherpa Expedition and Trekking duffel/kit bag and a sun hat (yours to keep)
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses

Cost Excluded

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa:
  • All cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Personal shopping and laundry, phone, internet bill, etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Tumlingtar and back to  Kathmandu.

Physical fitness

Barun Valley Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 3,500
2 Pax USD 3,400
3 Pax USD 3,200
4 - 6 Pax USD 2,900
7 - 12 Pax USD 2,700
13 - 18 Pax USD 2,600
19 - 24 Pax USD 2,500
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