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!
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.
(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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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