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Makalu Base Camp Trek

The region of Makalu has remained relatively little-known and was closed off to the outside world until the 1950s, when Eric Shipton carried out an expedition here. Still, relatively little-visited, Makalu Barun National Park is recognised for its outstanding natural beauty and pristine wilderness, and offers a rugged trekking challenge with breathtaking scenery on par with anywhere in the Himalaya.

Previously, the remote trek to Makalu Base Camp 4,800m has only been possible as a camping trip. However, earlier this year, Operations manager, Niki visited Nepal to see how the journey would work staying exclusively in tea houses. Everything went smoothly both on trek and in the tea houses. Niki described it as quite simply one of the most spectacular and rewarding experiences in the world. Knowing she was coming back to a warm cup of tea and a bed at the end of a strenuous day trekking made the adventure even more enjoyable.

The entire trek was a fulfilling experience but Niki’s personal highlight was the day when they crossed four high passes, including the mighty Shipton La at 4,200m, a huge mountaineering challenge with fantastic scenic rewards. Reaching the base camp was another unforgettable moment as she recalls the immense sense of achievement of standing directly in front of the spectacular view of Makalu. From a viewpoint just above the base camp, she also enjoyed an epic panorama of some of the Himalaya’s highest peaks including Everest, 8,848m, Lhotse, 8,516m, Chamlang, 7,319m, and Baruntse, 7,129m.

Reflecting on her time in Nepal, Niki recommends this trip to keen, adventurous trekkers who are looking for a tough but rewarding trek.

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