After a flight to Tumlingtar(400m), we walk through the Brahman and Chettri habitats and move upwards to Rai, Limbu, and Gurung habitation. The trail crosses Arun valley at Num and moves up the KasuwaKhola to Makalu Base Camp, which is 4,870m. The gradual climb is strenuous, yet scenic backdrops make the trail enjoyable—views of Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, and other peaks from a spectacular massif. After the last Sherpa village at Tashigaon, we carry on with adequate supplies and camp for shelter. Crossing three high passes, the trail takes a maximum altitude of 5,150m. Mountain views at the passes and other viewpoints are beyond imagination, and parts of Arun and Barun's river valleys fall under conserved watershed areas.
Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a journey to the core of the Himalayas, a rewarding challenge meant for experienced trekkers. Awe-inspiring scenery awaits, views of Everest through Kanchenjunga and north into Tibet, the river valleys Arun and Barun, glaciers, and enchanting waterfalls add up to a trip beyond imagination. This rugged territory is less explored with the trail talking days of the uninhabited part that adds toughness and simultaneously blesses with an exploration of the preserved beauty. Makalu is the fifth highest peak globally and stands 8,468m tall.