Makalu Region Trekking

Makalu Region Trekking

The Makalu region is an absolutly amazing still very untouched area in the northwestern corner of the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. To the west, it is bordered by the Everest region, to the north by Tibet, to the east by the Arun river and to the south by the Sabha river. It just so happens that this very pristine area was dedicated into a national park and conservation area in the early 1990's. The park is still at its beginning stages. Though struggling to make its mark, it has done fairly well. Unlike the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the Makalu Barun Conservation Project (MBCP) is set up a little differently. It is definitely heading down its own unique path. The region is very close to the Everest region, but drastically different in many ways. Most of the people in this area live in the lower hills with the highest concentrations in the most southern third of the area. A blanket statement could be made that most people live fairly close to the Arun river. The major castes in this area include Gurung, Rai, Tamang, Chetri, Brahmin, Limbu, and Sherpa (Bota), almost numerically in that order.


There are many ways into the Makalu region but the primary route is to fly into Tumlingtar (the only airport in Sankhuwasabha) and hike the trail from Khandbari to Num, then cross over the Arun River into the conservation area. The traditional way is to hike in from the roadhead (Hile), but the bus from Kathmandu takes close to 18 hours and the walk to Tumlingtar takes at least two full days. There is also the Salpa Pass route between Tumlingtar and the Everest region hitting the trail there about a day from Lukla. This "backdoor" to Everest from Tumlingtar to Lukla takes at least seven days. From Tumlingtar, the trail mounts another ridge and continues on to Khandbari (3600), Chichila (6500), and Num (6000).

Makalu Region Most Popular Trekking Packages

Makalu Trekking

Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Duration: 24 Days | Grade: Adventurious

This is an adventure and famous wildest trek enter the lowest valley in the world to begin your journey high...

Arun Valley Trekking

Arun Valley Trekking

Duration: Days | Grade: Adventurious

In the Makalu Region, Arun Valley Trekking is one of the unexplored trekking region in Nepal and it is renowned...