Barun National Park
park and conservation area is situated in the
Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu districts, bordered
by the Arun River on the east, Sagarmatha (Mt.
Everest) National Park on the west, the Nepal-Tibet
border on the north and Saune Danda (ridge) to
the south. The Park covers 2,330 sq. kms.
This is the only
protected area in Nepal with designation of a
Strict Nature Reserve. It has some of the richest
and most unique pockets of plants and animals
in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation.
Stepping up the slopes are a series of vegetation
zones starting with tropical sal forest below
1,000 m. elevation subtropical schima-castanopsis
forest at 1,000-2000 m. fir, birch, rhododendron
forests in the sub-alpine(3,000-4,000 m); and
herbs, grasses and rhododendron/juniper shrubs
in the alpine pas trues (4,000-5,000 m). There
are 47 varieties of orchids, 67 species of bamboos,
15 oaks including Arkhoulo, 86 species of fodder
trees and 48 species of primrose. Over 400 species
of birds have been sighted in the Makalu-Barun
area, including two species never before seen
in Nepal the spotted wrenbabbler and the olive
ground warbler. Wildlife includes the endangered
red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, clouded
leopard and possibly snow leopard, in addition
to more substantial populations of ghoral, thar,
wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan marmot and
weasel, common langur monkey and the serow. The
Arun river system contains 84 varieties of fish.
Due to its unique altitudinal gradient, the skyline
is panorama of rugged Himalayan peaks, including
Mt. Makalu(8463m) the fifth highest mountain in
the world and the fourth highest, Mt. Chamlang(7319m),
Mt. Baruntse(7129m) and Mera Peak(6654m).
Makalu-Barun area falls in the eastern Himalayan
climatic regime where monsoon starts early (June)
and stays longer than in west Nepal (until late
September). The climate is generally described
as monsoon type, where more than 70% of the precipitation
occurs between June and September. Pre- monsoon
rain is common during the month of April and May,
an important factor in biomes production. No reliable
records of climatic data represent the entire
area. Great variations in temperature and precipitation
can be expected due to extreme difference in altitude,
slope and aspect within the area.
Recognized for its tremendous diversity of plants,
animals and people, the area contains 25 species
of rhododendron, 47 types of orchids, and 56 rare
or endangered plants. Snow leopards, red panda,
musk deer, wild boar, are among the wildlife found
Most trails are quite rocky, and become slippery
after rain or overnight freezes. Until April or
May, winter snows generally stay on the passes
and on high altitude trails approaching shershong.
One particular hazardous area is the trail between
Mumbuk and Yangle Kharka, an area of unstable
and dangerous Rock fall. Trekkers in this area
should move quickly and watch for falling rocks.
Mountain sickness can also be a serious risk if
elevation gains are rapid without proper acclimatisation.
HOW TO GET
There are daily flights to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu
and Biratnagar to Tumlingtar could also be reached
from Biratnagar/Dharan. It is a 6/7hrs drive to
Hile and 3 day trek to Tumlingtar from there.
You can also reach Inkhu valley of Makalu Barun
from Lukla and Phaplu. There is regular flight
from Kathmandu to lukla/phaplu.
Campsites have been designated along the trek
route. The purpose of this designation of campsite
is to regulate the impact on vegetation, aesthetic,
landscapes damage and waste management etc. Seven
campsites have been designated in ( Khongma 3500
m, Dobato 3500m, Yangle 3570m, Neghe 3700m, Langmale
4100m, Shershong 4600m) and dragmaru. Tourist.
The Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone
headquarter is located at Murmidanda. Seduwa.
A kerosene depot at Makalu Tourism Association
as well as private lodgers in Tashingaou sells
kerosene to all trekking groups including the
porters. Makalu Tourism Association rent kerosene
stoves and blankets for porters. The trekking
group has to provide the facilities to the porters.
There are four shelters built for the use of porters
while they are inside the Park. Neither the staff
nor the porters should make fire inside the shelter
as it is only for sleeping purpose.