Makalu Region Trekking
The Makalu region is an absolutely amazing but still very untouched area in the northwestern corner of the Sankhuwasabha district. 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. In the early 1990’s this very pristine area was considered as a national park and conservation area. The park is still at its beginning stages. Though struggling to make its mark, it has done fairly well till now. 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.
MBCP is trying to develop the area at a rate which is not degrading to any of the systems going on within the park. Tourism seems to be very low on its agenda. The Park hopes to put off that burden as long as possible knowing that it will affect the area drastically if promoted without proper mediation and direction. But the district of Sankhuwasabha is huge and the park makes up about only one-third of the total area. The region is very close to the Everest region but drastically different in many ways. Most of the people in this district live in the lower hills with the highest concentrations in the southern region (almost about the one-third of the whole district). 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, Chhetri, Brahmin, Limbu, and Sherpa.
There are many ways reach 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 road head (Hile), but the bus from Kathmandu takes about 18 hours and the walk to Tumlingtar takes at least two full days.
Makalu Region Trekking Packages
Makalu Base Camp Trekking
Arun Valley Trekking
Milke Danda Trek