Trekking to Makalu Base Camp.



A view from Chichi La.

Experienced guide sirdar Bagh Bir Tamang and cook Laku Bir Rai led the group of six Danish citizens to Makalu Base Camp this spring.  Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain. Peter, Kurt, Henry, Charlotte, Gertrud and Ingrid arrived to Nepal on October 26. The very next day the lineup flew to Tumlingtar. Their itinerary was planned to allocate enough time for the abundant acclimatization to the altitude and to take advantage of maximum time around Makalu Base Camp.


A closer view from Tashigaon.

The trail took them from the moist lowlands near Tumlingtar on the Arun River through one of the rarely visited areas of Nepal to Makalu Base Camp. The trek passes along the hugely diverse ecosystem and the culture; lower regions comprise of Rai villages and the higher with Sherpa villages. After, enjoying the rejoicing moments at culturally diversified villages like Chichi La, Tashigaon and Neh Kharka, on November 7 the team was at Makalu Base Camp.


Through Shipton La Valley.

But, before the team made to the Makalu Base Camp the team also witnesses the distant yet gorgeous Barun River Valley, Shipton La 4216m. The trail to the Makalu Base Camp provided the Danish team with extra-ordinary views of Makalu south, Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga. The Danish trekkers took the time to visit Makalu National Park.


Camps at Neh Kharka.

The national park is the extended form of Sagarmatha National Park. Mt. Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang and Mera are included in Makalu National Park. The Park is regarded as the last remaining of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. It is also the habitat of 315 species of butterflies, 43 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians, 78 species of fish, 440 species of birds and 88 species of mammals.


Everest and  Makalu view.

After, spending the most wonderful 4 weeks in the rarely visited region of Nepal, the Danish team arrived back to Kathmandu on November 21.


Mt. Makalu 8481m.

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