Trekking in Eastern Nepal

If you're looking for adventure eastern Nepal is the place to find it. It's a remote area that is difficult to get in and out of and without the comfortable amenities that are common in the more popular trekking regions. If you are going make sure to plan in advance and be prepared for a self sufficient camping style trek. Get ready to be amazed by some of the world's tallest peaks as you hike through ancient villages and see firsthand the cultures of the Sherpas, Rais, Walungs and Limbus. The trekker has two primary options the base camp of either Makalu (8463m) the world's fifth highest peak or that of Kanchenjunga (8586m) the world's third tallest peak.

Makalu (8463m) was first climbed in 1955 by a French expedition after Edmund Hillary failed to climb it two times. The 18 day route to Makalu (8463m) starts at the tiny airstrip of Tumlingtar where it's possible to find decent rooms and make phone calls from the Hotel Arun before setting out. It's a camping trek that starts just under 500m at Tumlingtar and reaches 5000m at the base camp of Makalu. The wide range of elevation makes it challenging as you need to be prepared for the hot weather in the low land valleys and the much colder conditions above. The actual base camp is much like that of Everest in that its strewn out on the Barun Glacier. The base camp and the view of Makalu is often referenced as the "throne of the gods" other peaks visible include Chhamlang (7319m), Jalijale Himal (7319m), Lhotse Sar, Everest, Lhotse, and Hongku Chuli.

Kanchenjunga at 8586 meters is the world's third highest peak (only Everest and K2 are higher). It was first climbed in 1955 by a British expedition. The mountain straddles the Indian and Nepal border making it impossible to do a complete circuit but for the most adventurous a 4 week trek combing the North and South Base Camps is possible. The trek to the North base camp (Pang Pema (5140m)) brings you to the north face of Kanchenjunga. The trek to the south base camp is a tough one as over 15000m of vertical elevation are climbed in a space of just 14 days as one goes up and down a series of ridges. The views on both treks are amazing and the trekker is rewarded with solitude and a sense of how the Everest region must have felt 50 years ago.

Image From Flickr: Sebastian Werner, Jeff Ashton, Great Himalaya Trail, Vishnu V, Joachim Meyer, Frank Kehren, Davide Zanchettin, Aris Gionis

Top Treks

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
A 14 day trek to the south base camp at the foot of the Yalung Glacier. The trail cuts straight across a series of ridges resulting in a net climb of 15000m of vertical elevation!
Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek
An arduous 20 day trek starting from Basantpur to the base camp known as Pang Pema (5140m). It can be shortened by 3 or 4 days by flying to Suketar and joining the trail at Chirwa.
Kanchenjunga Base Camps North and South Loop
A four week trek that combines both base camps by crossing either of the passes Mirgin La (4663m) or the Lapsang La (5160m). The routes over these passes so very little traffic from other visitors so trekking parties must be completely self sufficient.An 18 day trek from Tumlingtar to the Makalu Base Camp. An epic adventure in a little visited part of Nepal through amazing terrain to the base of the worlds fifth tallest peak. What are you waiting for?
Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek
This 9 day trek is used as an alternate approach into the Everest Region. The trek also make it possible to combine Everest Base Camp and Makalu Base Camp.

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Eastern Nepal Facts

Cities:
Biratnagar, Dharan, Damak
Best Time:
March to October
Must See:
Namche Bazaar
Peaks:
Makalu, Lhotse, Chhamlang

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