Situated towards the north-east domain of Nepal and only 14 miles east of Mt. Everest, Makalu region bestows a consolidation of immense natural beauty, rich cultural experiences, and noteworthy geographical diversity. This pristine vicinity is encircled by Mt. Everest (8848m) in the west, Tibet border in the north, Arun River in the east, and Sabha River in the south.
Established in 1992, Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area are dominated by the world’s fifth highest peak Mt. Makalu (8463m) including other 16 magnificent mountain peaks offering stunning sceneries. The park covers the area of 830 sq. km. dwelling lush forest enriched with exotic flora and fauna, alluring springs, and profound gorges. It preserves more than 3,000 floras and about 67 species of herbs and aromatic plants. The park is inhabited by more than 50 species of animals including red panda, musk deer, wild boar, Himalayan Thar, and so on. Makalu Barun National Park is also an ideal spot for bird watching as it inhabits more than 400 species of birds. The upper vicinity is inhabited by Sherpa people who follow Buddhist traditions. The lower domain of Makalu is inhabited by people belonging to other ethnic communities including Tamang, Magar, Gurung, Newar, and Brahmins. Trekking to Makalu region is all about relishing the unique consolidation of pristine geographical diversity and cultural heritage.
The trekking trail encompasses you through swamps of Tumlingtar alongside Arun River to the isolated Makalu Base Camp (5000m). The major features of Makalu region are spectacular views of 16 soaring mountain peaks including Mt. Makalu (8463m), insight to various cultures, alluring landscapes, exploration of wildlife, and off the beaten trekking trails accompanied by beautiful springs and deep gorges. Anyone with moderate physical fitness can relish the experience of trekking in this amazing trekking region of Nepal. Although the trek can be operated throughout the year, March to May and September to early December are considered to be an ideal time to trek in the Makalu region.