Located towards the eastern rwgion and far eastern region of Nepal, Makalu and Kanchenjunga region follows some of the most spectacular trails in the entire Himalayas making it one of the most difficult regions for trekking. Both Makalu and Kanchenjunga trekking are perfect for those who love the culture, unsurpassed beauty, biological diversity and look to avoid the crowds of foreigners. The beautiful trails that you don’t share with crowds, jaw dropping mountain scenery, a chance to spot rare wild life species, spending quality time in super friendly teahouses during the trip is what makes this trip more beautiful and amazing than other trips.
The third highest peak in the world Mt. Kanchenjunga and the fifth highest peak Mt. Makalu, all combine to make this a paradise for trekking of the beaten path. An outgoing mix of Sherpas and Rai communities reside in the valleys of Makalu region. Not only Sherpas and Rai but the charming forests of oak, pine, and rhododendron are set to welcome you to the Makalu and Kanchenjunga region. Featuring incredible range of landscapes-mountain and glacial terrain the trek follows the sparkling, mica flecked Tamur River for first trekking days.
Kanchenjunga Trek Route Options:
The Kanchenjunga region is split into three distinctive trekking regions:
Getting to Kanchenjunga
Most trekkers arrive to Kanchenjunga Region (Taplejung) by road (via Ilam). However if you are trekking to Phalut, on the border with India, your trek will begin from the jeep road head at Chyangthapu (Phunlading).
Getting to Makalu
Most trekkers love to begin their adventure from Tumlingtar and then drive along a ridge top dirt road to Num before crossing Arun River. The next few days are tiring as you climb up and over the Khongma Danda, but the views and the forests decorated with orchids is worth every penny you spent. You then join the sparsely populated Barun Nadi valley to Makalu Base Camp.
For those who don’t prefer high altitude passes, there are multiple trails from Tmulingtar and Khadbari that connects to Chyamtang, Lukla, and Taplejung passing through the Makalu Buffer Zone, comprising of cultural based village to village homestays and remote wilderness route option, almost certainly without meeting the crowd of trekkers.
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