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Trekking in Nepal > Makalu Base Camp

One of the last true adventures into a rarely visited wilderness area of Nepal. The trek to the base camp used by Makalu expeditions will be a trip to remember.

Located to the east of Everest, Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain, dominates the north eastern skyline of Nepal with its massive conical bulk. There are only two ways to reach the base of the mountain, neither are an easy undertaking requiring many days of high altitude trekking far from signs of civilisation.

The route that will be taken starts in the valley of the Arun Valley, one of the great rivers of Nepal, that has its source high up on the Tibetan plateau.

Entering the Arun from the west are several major river valleys which, to this day, are virtually unexplored, their thickly vegetated and steep sides being a barrier to all but the most determined adventurer.

Initially travelling through fertile farming lands and picturesque villages, the trail eventually winds its way up the Arun until all signs of human development are left behind.

Crossing a series of high ridges the trail finally arrives at the desolate, but spectacularly beautiful, site of Makalu base camp.

From base camp the standard return route is the reverse of the approach trek. For a truly challenging alternative it is possible to cross three high passes and return via the Everest region.

Trek Facts

Duration of trekking : 26 days

Grade : Moderate / Hard

Type of Trek : Camping

Recommended season : Spring / Autumn / Winter

Trekking starting point : Kathmandu

Trekking ending point : Kathmandu

Maximum height : 5000 m.

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