Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is a remote and less-crowded trekking destination in Nepal that takes hikers to the base camp of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world. The trek typically takes 12-18 days to complete, depending on the pace of the group and the itinerary. The trek starts and ends in the town of Tumlingtar, and the route passes through the Makalu Barun National Park.

The trek takes hikers through a diverse range of landscapes, including subtropical forests, high-altitude deserts, and glacial valleys. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to experience the local culture and way of life of the Rai and Sherpa people. The trek passes through many small villages and stops at local teahouses for accommodation and meals.

As the trek progresses, the altitude increases, making it challenging due to lack of oxygen and the rugged terrain, but the views of the Makalu mountain range and the surrounding peaks becomes increasingly spectacular. The final destination is the base camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,870 meters and offers panoramic views of Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, and other peaks.

It is important to have a proper physical and acclimatization preparation before the trek, also hiring a guide or a porter and checking the weather conditions are highly recommended to make the trek safe and enjoyable. Additionally, permits are required to enter the Makalu Barun National Park and can be obtained in Kathmandu or Tumlingtar.

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