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Mount Makalu Expedition


Makalu (8,463) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It lies in the north east region offend is a close Neighbour to Mount Everest. Despite it being the fifth tallest among the eight thousanders, the mountain is still virtually 'new. It is an isolated peak, located just 14 miles east of Mount Everest. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular.

Makalu (8,463) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It lies in the north east region offend is a close Neighbour to Mount Everest. Despite it being the fifth tallest among the eight thousanders, the mountain is still virtually ‘new. It is an isolated peak, located just 14 miles east of Mount Everest. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular.

Trip Highlights


The Makalu Expedition is a challenging adventure that offers several highlights, including:

  1. Scaling the fifth highest peak in the world: The summit of Makalu is located at an altitude of 8,485 meters, making it the fifth highest peak in the world. Climbing to the summit requires technical skills and physical fitness, and the feeling of standing on the top of such a majestic mountain is unparalleled.
  2. Trekking through remote and stunning landscapes: The trek to the Makalu Base Camp takes around 7-8 days and passes through beautiful forests, remote villages, and stunning alpine landscapes. The trek offers a chance to experience the local culture and hospitality and witness the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan region.
  3. Challenging and technical climb: The climb to the summit of Makalu requires technical climbing skills, including ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel. The route to the summit involves crossing several crevasses and steep sections of ice and snow, making it a challenging and thrilling adventure for experienced mountaineers.
  4. Breathtaking views: The Makalu Expedition offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Kanchenjunga. The panoramic views from the summit and the high camps are unforgettable and make the entire expedition worthwhile.
  5. Cultural experience: The region around Makalu is home to several ethnic groups, including the Sherpas, Rais, and Limbus. The expedition offers a chance to experience the local culture and hospitality, learn about their customs and traditions, and witness their way of life in the remote mountain villages.

Itinerary Expand All


Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to obtain the Entry Visa (if you have not obtained it from your country). At the arrivals gate, one of our representatives shall be waiting to receive you. Then, s/he will drive you to the hotel for you to rest and relax.

Altitude: 1400 m

Meals: N/A

Accommodation: 3-5 Star Hotel

 

The next day, we will complete all the necessary procedures like obtaining permits and other documentation. We will also prepare for our expedition. A short briefing will be conducted to inform you about the technical aspects of the Expedition. You may go sightseeing and shopping in the evening.

After the early morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport and take a short flight to Tumlingtar, the deepest valley in Nepal. Tumlingtar, in Sankhuwasabha district is the gateway to Makalu Barun National Park. From there, we will meet our crew members and take a 4-5 hour drive to Num, a small village in the Koshi region of Nepal. There we will stay overnight in a tented camp.

Accommodation: Camping

After a night’s stay in Num, we set our feet on the trail towards  Sheduwa. First, we descend steeply for 2 and a half hours to reach the Neguwa River with a suspension bridge, crossing which leads us to ascend the dense forests and small settlements. We get to witness the picturesque crop plantation in terraced fields. Later, we reach a check post of Makalu Conservation Area where we will need to take some entry passes.

Accommodation: Camping

The trail from Sheduwa to Tashi gaon is easy as we need to walk through flat surfaces through the bushes and occasional ascents. After walking for almost 4 hours, we reach Tashigaon, a huge Sherpa village, decorated with prayer flags. We will set up our camp to rest overnight.

Accommodation: Camping

The trail from Tashi Gaon to Khongma is an uphill climb through the forests of Rhododendron and pine trees. Kongma La is a ridge with a single tea house. So, we set up a tented camp and rest overnight. Enjoy the meals prepared by our chefs and cooks.

Accommodation: Camping

From Khongma, we head towards Mumbuk on a trail that ascends initially until we reach a beautiful lake, “Kalo Pokhari” meaning “a black lake” at 4004 m, and then descends to reach Mumbuk.

Accommodation: Camping

The trek gets a bit difficult as well as adventurous from Mumbuk as the trail passes through a section prone to landslides. The latter parts of the trails ascend through the grasslands and forests. The majestic views of Mt Tutse, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m), and many other peaks. The Kharka is pasture land and an exceptional spot for Camping.

Accommodation: Camping

From Nehe Kharka, we ascend towards the Lower Base Camp of Mt. Makalu. The views of Mt. Makalu (8481 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m) are spellbinding from the Base camp. We will spend two more days in the lower base camp for acclimatization and expedition preparation.

Accommodation: Camping

After acclimatizing at the lower base camp, we hike up to the higher base camp at around 5600 m.

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

We will then start our expedition to the legendary Mt. Makalu. We will conduct multiple rotations around the higher camps before the Summit Push. Our team of Sherpas will set up the fixed ropes throughout the route. We will set up higher camps and rotate back and forth to consecutive camps for training as well as acclimatization. Eventually, when the weather is favorable and everyone is good to go, we head for the Summit Push. On Summit Day, we start early so that we reach the top at Dawn to witness the glorious Sunrise. After spending some quality time at the Summit, we then descend to the lower camps and finally to the Base Camp by the end of Day 42.

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

Nepal Challenge Trek strictly follows eco-travel and responsible tourism. So, before we return we make sure we clean up all the trash and garbage that we produced during our stay at the Camp and higher camps. After cleaning up the Base Camp, we prepare to return to Yangle Kharka.

Accommodation: Full Board Camp Service

We retrace our path back to Yangle Kharka through the adventurous trail. We will then rest overnight in a tented camp in Yangle Kharka.

Accommodation: Camping

From Yangle Kharka, we retrace the path with the landscapes of landslides.  After 4-5 hours we finally reach Khongma to camp overnight.

Accommodation: Camping

During our return, we cover more distance as we descend on major parts. So, we trek to Sheduwa through Tashigaon upon our return.

Accommodation: Camping

 

The trail from Sheduwa to Num descends steeply at the start and later ascends to reach Num. After passing a small forest of bamboo and small villages, we finally reach Num. from Num, we will meet our crew and drive to Khandbari and rest overnight in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge

After a night’s stay in Khandbari, we have our breakfast and drive to Tumlingtar airport. Then, we will fly back to Kathmandu and rest at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3-5 Star Hotel

In Kathmandu, you can relax in Thamel, a popular street for tourists where you can get anything you want. You may do some shopping, eat in a nice restaurant, get some spa, do some laundry and many other things. There are also many different attractions in Kathmandu including but not limited to Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Patan, and so on. You may go sightseeing around these areas with one of our city guides. We will join for the farewell dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: 3-5 Star Hotel

If you have not signed up for any other Add-ons Adventure packages, it’s time to bid you farewell. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.

Accommodation: N/A

What's Included


  • Airport transfer costs
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (4 nights)
  • Domestic Flights: Kathmandu-Tumlingtar
  • All land transportation for all members, climbers, staff, porters, guides, Liaison Officer
  • Makalu Expedition Permit, National Park Entry Fees
  • Garbage Management and Shipment fees
  • Lodging and food (3-time full course meals ) during the overall trek
  • Base Camp Food, Tents for Dining, Sleeping, Toilet, and Shower, Tables, Sleeping mattresses, pillows, quilts, and all essentials
  • Wages and allowances for porters, guides, Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, and helpers
  • Fees for Liaison Officer
  • Luggage carriage fee (up to 60 kg per member)
  • Insurance for all Nepali staff and members
  • Solar panels for light and charging at the base camp
  • Heater service in the Dining Tent
  • 3 Oxygen cylinders per member and 1 cylinder for high altitude Sherpa
  • Permits for satellite phones
  • 1 walkie talkie per member for communication
  • High Camp Service: Cooking Gas, utensils, gears, and equipment in Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, and Camp 4
  • All taxes imposed by the Government of Nepal
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit
  • Makalu Climbing Certificate issued by MoCTCA (After the successful ascent of Mt. Makalu)

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses incurred due to extended stay in Kathmandu
  • Travel and Medical Insurance for the climbing member
  • Expenses of personal nature like alcoholic beverages, telephone, Internet bills, Laundry, etc.
  • Bonus and tips for climbing Sherpa ($1000) and staff ($200)
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation (Recommended to purchase an insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Cost Inclusions section

Trip Information


Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world, located in the Mahalangur Himalayas of eastern Nepal. Makalu Expedition is a challenging climbing adventure that requires technical skills and mountaineering experience.

The expedition starts with a flight to Tumlingtar and a trek to the Makalu Base Camp. The trek to the base camp takes around 16-18 days and passes through beautiful forests, remote villages, and stunning alpine landscapes. The base camp is located at an altitude of 4,870 meters and is the starting point for the climb.

The climb to the summit of Makalu requires technical climbing skills, including ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier travel. The route to the summit follows the southeast ridge and involves crossing several crevasses and steep sections of ice and snow.

The climb to the summit can take around 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather conditions and the physical fitness of the climbers. The summit of Makalu is located at an altitude of 8,485 meters and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Makalu Expedition requires a permit, which can be obtained from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. It is also mandatory to hire a licensed guide and a team of porters and climbers for the expedition. The climbers need to have prior mountaineering experience and be in excellent physical condition to undertake the expedition.

Overall, the Makalu Expedition is a challenging and rewarding adventure for experienced mountaineers seeking to test their limits and explore the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Preparation of Makalu Expedition

As mentioned above, Mt. Makalu is highly technical, in fact, one of the most difficult climbs in the world. So, if you are planning to head towards Makalu for Expedition, make sure you have enough experience of high altitude mountaineering and have climbed several 7000 m and lower 8000 m peaks. Also, train your body for physical strength and your mind for endurance and determination. Nepal Challenge Trek offers a 1:1 climber to Sherpa to provide you the best experience of climbing.

Best season for Makalu Expedition

The best seasons for the Makalu Expedition are Autumn and Spring that fall in the months of September to November and March to May when the weather is clear and more predictable. The trekking trail is amazingly attractive with blossoms of flowers, blooming of Rhododendron, mild heat, and cold temperatures. However, you may plan your trip for any time of the year. Nepal Challenge Trek will craft the perfect travel plan for you in any season that favors you.

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Trip Facts


Duration 58 Day(s)
Activities Mountaineering
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Very Hard
Max Altitude 8463M
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