Terry Towne will share his recent trek in Nepal in a talk and slide show presentation at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Thursday, May 10 at 5:30pm.
The trek to Makalu Base Camp, at 16, 400', takes one from the humid lowlands at Tumlingtar on the Arun River at 1000', across Shipton La at 13, 832', to the Barun Kola Valley and on to base camp. Once thought to be the best access to Everest, it is through one of the least frequented areas of Nepal and passes a large diversity of ecosystems and cultures. On the lower sections of the trek there are Rai villages and at higher altitudes Sherpa villages. Along the trail there are superb views of the south face of Makalu as well as Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang and Kanchenjunga.
The Makalu Barun National Park was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park covering 2,330 sq km. This area is a remote wilderness containing some of the last remaining areas of pristine forests and alpine meadows in Nepal. The area receives few foreign trekkers due to its relative inaccessibility.