We have carefully selected the Arun River valley and Makalu-Barun National Park as the focus for our specialised botanical treks and expeditions.
Walking north up the Arun River to Sedua and Num we get to the upper Barun Khola valley for a close view of Mt Makalu (8,463m). The valley is renewed for it’s magnificent examples of Himalayan orchids and other wildflowers including many valuable medicinal plants. The Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone, covering 1500 + 830 sq, km is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000m. The skyline is panorama of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8,463m), fifth highest mountain in the world and fourth highest in Nepal, Mt. Chamlang (7,319m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129m) and Mera Peak (6,654m).
The Makalu-Barun National Park is the only strictly protected nature reserve in Nepal. There are 75 varieties of orchid, 67 species of valuable aromatic plants, 25 out of the 30 varieties of rhododendron found in Nepal, 19 species of bamboo, 15 types of oaks including Arkhoulo, 86 species of fodder trees and 48 species of primrose. Over 400 species of bird have also been observed in the park. No doubt there are still as-yet undescribed species of plants hidden away in the diversity of ecosystems covered by the park and adjacent areas.