Makalu region is one of the most remote & non-touristy areas in the northeastern corner 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. Within this pristine region there lies Mt. Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak at 8,463m and 16 other popular peaks.
There also exists Makalu Barun Conservation Area Project that preserves a series of vegetation starting with topical Sal forest to subtropical birch, rhododendron forests to alpine pastures. In the Conservation Area, we find the endangered animals such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Wild Boar, Musk Deer, Barking deer, Wild Yak, Himalayan Thar and more than 420 varieties of bird species etc. This region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of over 20 ethnic communities such as Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Chhetri & Brahmin with their own distinctive culture, dialects & religion.
Trekking and climbing route to the Makalu region begins with a flight into Tumlingtar (the only airport in the region) and the trail from Khandbari to Num keep going, then cross over the Arun River until we reach the conservation area. The traditional way is to drive from Kathmandu to the road head (Hile), which is 20 hours drive and & then walk up to Tumlingtar. There is also another Salpa Pass route between Tumlingtar and the Everest region connecting the same trail in the region. The remarkable variations in elevation in this region give an insight into spectacular bio-diversity, changeable climatic conditions, and an experience that amazes every trekker and climber.
The panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain, different high passes, mountain lakes & campsite are the major highlights of the Makalu region. The panoramic views that we can observe in the region include Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Makalu & many more other peaks.