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Makalu – Himalayas, Nepal

A place made by the nature with a kind of beauty that will let you speechless, where you can hear some avalanches or thunders in the distance, where you can breath the purest air and appreciate the stunning scenery of this holy mountain that seems to change in shape, color, and mood as the light and clouds change through the day. Makalu is situated high in the Himalayas between huge peaks that are encrusted with glaciers and it’s set in the Makalu Barun National Park.

Its name comes from the Sanskrit word “Mahakala”, which is the embodiment of death and rebirth; therefore, it represents the power of the Lord Buddha’s protection, and it’s believed to be the kingdom of Mahakala.

How can you get there

The journey to Makalu starts from the airstrip at Tumlingtar, then what is next is a nine-day trek to the mountain. It’s important for you to know that the best times to do this are April and May, and late September until October.    

It takes time and effort to visit the gorgeous and remote Makalu because the trek is not easy as it’s done at altitude, that means, that it will debilitate you until you get accustomed to the place. This trek will take you over many passes, through grassy farmland, which is close to the base camp, and along these routes, you will find a number of tea shops where you can enjoy of a cup of chai, and meet and talk with the locals. 

What else can you do?

If you still have the energy you should try to walk to the Everest base camp which is situated to the west of Makalu. In that way, you will kill two birds with one stone, and you will live the experience of being in both mountains. Then, if you want to go back avoid taking the same paths and follow a much more well-trodden route, what you have to do is follow the standard Everest trek to Lukla and then catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

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