Makalu Expedition

Makalu Expedition 26 Days

$ 32500 Per Person

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Facts About Trip

Maximum Altitude:

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Group Size:

2-14 Peoples'

Transportation:

flight & private transport

Accommodation:

Local Teahouse/Tent

Best season:

Spring

Meals:

Breakfast/lunch/dinner

Tour type:

Expedition

Grade:

Challenge/Adventure

Trekking Region

Barun Makalu Region

Trip Highlights

  • Makalu Expedition (8,481m): 5th highest mountain, technical ascent via the North Ridge.
  • Climbing Route: Begins at Tumglingtar, trekking through Nghe Kharka, crossing Barun Khola, and setting up four camps.
  • Camp Locations: Camps I to IV were progressively established on the glacier plateau, Makalu Pass, and North Ridge.
  • Technical Challenge: Considered more technical than climbing Everest, with steep slopes and the Messner Headwall.
  • Remote Adventure: Located in the Northnortheastepal, Makalu Expedition offers a remote and challenging experience in the realm of glaciers and towering mountains.

Overview

Our route does transverse first climbing all the way to Nghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. Normally, we set up four camps in the approach excluding ABC at 5,700m. Camp IV will be set up on the North Ridge at 7,850m and finally leap for the summit at 8,462m.

We fly from Kathmandu to Tumglingtar in the East and then we have about a three-and-a-half-hour rickety drive to the start of the trekking expedition. Following the lateral moraine and hiking onto the glacier, we plan to set up camp I at a glacial plateau at 6,150m further proceeding in the direction of the glacier plateau towards Makalu Pass, climbing stretches of steep slopes, and arriving at the base of the Makalu Pass to set up the camp II at 7,000m.

Mt. Makalu is 8481 meters and it is the 5th highest mountain in the world Specifically, it’s a very technical peak; it’s more technical than climbing Mt. Makalu Trek Expedition and is hence considered quite technical. Everest.

We climb the Messner Headwall towards the northwest Ridge at Makalu La and the site of Camp III at 7,300m. The Makalu Expedition is not a huge mountaineering challenge, it’s in the North East of Nepal. remote and challenging.

This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world’s mightiest mountains; and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself. The route to Makalu Base Camp (4823m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8481m) to the north.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrival Kathmandu and Transfor to Hotel.

Today we will first-day meeting at the international airport. Unique sherpa trek & expedition staff is standing out ground which welcomes you with company banner and some Malas by prepared. After all, meet over there introduce each other, hug, and together go to the hotel in the city by car, any used vehicle. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Preparation your importaint equipments for Makalu Expedition.

Organize permits and important documents for the expedition. On the day visit the market shop for expedition things. have you leisure visit some pilgrimage place near the city. and at evening attend the expedition briefing by your professional climbing guide. Enjoy the welcome dinner with a live Nepali cultural show in the evening.

Day 3 : Fly to Tumlingtar (1,010)meters from Kathmandu.

Fly to Tumlingtar which is an hour flight. Here your trekking crew will meet you and a bit of briefing about the trail, then start walking up to Khadbari (1,040 m). Have lunch break in the shade of Kabra Trees. We walk north towards Khandbari, then begin walking on a plateau for around 45 minutes after the trails climb gradually to Khandbari. We camp above the village.

Day 4 : Trek to Khadbari via Chichila(1,230)m. from Tumlingtar.

After breakfast walk through many small picturesque villages most of the time the walk is uphill and you will be walking through bamboo groves and a rhododendron forest. Our camp is at Chichela a small settlement of Gurungs at 1830m.

Day 5 : Trek to Num(1,490)m. from Chichila.

Today we start walking with views of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Fantastic views of Makalu and its surrounding peak. Walk on a straight path, with little ups and downs, through the forest to have lunch at about 2 hrs and then start descending to reach Num. Camp.

Day 6 : Trek to Sedua(1,460)m. From Num.

The trail today descends steeply from Num through the Cornfield of Lumbang. The country is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, then we have a tough steep climb to Sedua. Camp

Day 7 : Sedua to Tashi Gaun (2,060)m.

The trail crosses meadows and several streams then climbs to the Sherpa village of TashiGaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley. Camp

Day 8 : Tshi Gaun to Kauma(3,470)m.

A very hard day of the trek as the trail goes up real steep. We walk through the sparse forests along the ridge over a hillock and descend a bit to Kauma at 3470 m. Camp

Day 9 : Acclimatization and Rest day in Kauma.

Today is a rest day as well as acclimatization day.

Day 10 : Kauma to Mumbuk(3,570)m.

We again start today with a steep climb then through less steeply rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. You will have superb views of Chamlang (7,290 m) Peak 6 (6739 m) and Peak 7 (6105 m). Then we will have a final descent through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk. Camp

Day 11 : Mumbuk to Neh-Kharka(3,710)m.

Today the trail descends a steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill-defined, rocky, and sloppy mud in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good view of Peak 6. NheKharka is located on a large open grassy plain at an elevation of 3000 m. from here you will have great mountain views. Camp

Day 12 : Neh-Kharka to Sherson(4,610)m.

The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for the alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168 m), Peak 4 (6720 m), etc. Sherson is at 4615 m a bit dangerous day as the altitude gains more than 1500 m but we don't have a choice because we do not have any suitable camp between NheKharka

Day 13 : Sherson to Makalu Base Camp(5,010)m.

Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass of about 100 m. From here you will have a magnificent south face view of Makalu also you will be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Camp

Day 14 : Explore Makalu Base Camp.

The trek to Makalu Base Camp is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal, as it involves steep ascents and descents, rugged terrain, and crossing high passes. The trek starts in Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River through dense forests, alpine meadows, and remote villages before reaching the base camp.

The journey to Makalu Base Camp takes around three weeks and offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, and Chamlang. Along the way, trekkers can observe the local culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu communities who inhabit the region.

Makalu Base Camp is a remote and secluded destination that offers a unique trekking experience for adventure enthusiasts who seek to challenge themselves and explore the unspoiled natural beauty of Nepal.

Day 15 : Rest day at Makalu Base Bamp.

Rest Day At Makalu Base Camp for The Necessary Acclimatization & Arrangements For The High Camp.

Day 16-45 : Expedition period(8,463)m on top.

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Day 46 : After summit back to Base Camp.

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Day 47 : Neh-Kharka to Numbuk.

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Day 48 : Numbuk to Kauma.

๐๐š๐ฆ๐›๐ฎ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐Š๐š๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š.

Day 49 : Kauma to Tashi-Gaun.

๐Š๐š๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š ๐ญ๐จ ๐“๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ข ๐ ๐š๐ฎ๐ง.

Day 50 : Tashi-Gaun to Pakuwa.

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Day 51 : Pakuwa to Bumlung.

๐๐š๐ค๐ฎ๐ฐ๐š ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ .

Day 52 : Bumlung to Tumlingtar.

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Day 53 : Fly back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar.

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Day 54 : Farewell dinner at Kathmandu.

๐€๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ข๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐๐ฎ / ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ.

Day 55 : Finally departure.

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What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and Transportation.
  • 3-Night Hotel at Kathmandu (5 Start) Hotel.
  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Bhadrapur – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes.
  • (100% Waterproof) Duffle bag to keep your personal belongings and things to be carried by the porter.
  • 3 Time Meals with Tea/Coffee During Expedition.
  • Professional Climbing Guide, Personal Guide, and Potters (Size of the Groups) During the Trek.
  • Climbing Permit, "TIMS", National Parks Entry Fee.
  • All wages and medical, Insurance, for the Guide and potters.
  • First-aid Medical Kits for the Group and Staff.
  • Kitchen tents, Sleeping Tents, dining tents, and Toilet Tents.
  • All Kinds of Food During Climbing Duration.
  • Unique Sherpa Trek & Expedition Appreciation Certificate after the successful Expedition.
  • Fare-Well dinner in Kathmandu Before Departure

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra baggage check-in during the flight (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, extra, can be paid directly to the airline.
  • Any kind of meal During Your Stay in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the Expedition.
  • Rescue, Medicine, Medical Test, Repatriation, Hospitalization Expenses for Climbs.
  • Any Internet, Hot shower, Drinking Water, Alcohol, cold Drinks, Laundry.
  • Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth.
  • Insurance for Clients
  • International flight Tickets.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal, Medical Kits, and Personal Climbing gear.
  • Climbing Summit Bonus.
  • Normally 15% Tips for all Staff.
  • any other items, not Included in the Above (Cost Included) Section.

 

NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. It is not will be refundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

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FAQs

The Mount Makalu Expedition refers to the ascent of Mount Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world, standing at an elevation of 8,485 meters (27,838 feet). Located in the Himalayas of Nepal, the Mount Makalu Expedition offers a challenging and rewarding climbing experience for seasoned mountaineers.

The duration of the Mount Makalu Expedition typically ranges from 45 to 60 days, depending on the chosen itinerary, acclimatization schedule, and weather conditions. This includes trekking to base camp, establishing higher camps, acclimatization rotations, summit push, and descent back to the trailhead.

The best time to climb Mount Makalu is during the post-monsoon season from late September to November and the pre-monsoon season from late April to May. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and favorable climbing conditions, maximizing the chances of a successful summit bid.

The Mount Makalu Expedition is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world, suitable only for highly experienced mountaineers with extensive high-altitude climbing experience. The ascent involves technical climbing on steep snow and ice slopes, traversing crevassed terrain, and navigating avalanche-prone areas, requiring advanced mountaineering skills and physical fitness.

Climbers need to obtain a climbing permit for Mount Makalu from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) before attempting the climb. Additionally, trekkers must obtain the Makalu Barun National Park Entry Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit for trekking through the Makalu-Barun and Everest regions.

Yes, extensive previous climbing experience at high altitudes is essential for the Mount Makalu Expedition. Climbers should have a proven track record of successful climbs on other high peaks and be proficient in technical mountaineering skills, including glacier travel, ice climbing, rope management, and high-altitude camping.

The standard route for climbing Mount Makalu typically starts from the village of Tumlingtar in the Makalu-Barun region. Climbers trek through remote and rugged landscapes, including dense forests, alpine meadows, and glaciated terrain, to reach base camp. The ascent involves establishing high camps, fixing ropes, and navigating technical sections before reaching the summit.

Challenges of the Mount Makalu Expedition include extreme altitude, severe weather conditions, technical climbing sections, and potential altitude-related illnesses such as altitude sickness and frostbite. Climbers must be prepared to face these risks and make informed decisions regarding safety and summit attempts.

Yes, climbers can hire experienced climbing guides, Sherpas, and support staff through reputable trekking agencies in Nepal. These professionals provide valuable assistance with route finding, logistics, equipment transportation, and ensuring safety throughout the climbing expedition.

 

To prepare for the Mount Makalu Expedition, climbers should focus on comprehensive physical conditioning, endurance training, and technical climbing skills development. This includes cardiovascular exercises, strength training, altitude acclimatization, and practice with climbing equipment. Proper gear selection, including clothing, footwear, and climbing gear, is also essential for a successful climb.

Additional Information

High-Altitude Climbing Tactics: Mount Makalu presents unique challenges due to its extreme altitude and technical terrain. Climbers should be familiar with high-altitude climbing tactics such as proper pacing, hydration, nutrition, and rest breaks to conserve energy and minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Oxygen Support and Supplemental Gear: Given the extreme altitude of Mount Makalu, some climbers may opt to use supplemental oxygen to aid in the ascent. Portable oxygen systems, along with masks and regulators, can provide vital support at high altitudes. Additionally, carrying essential supplemental gear such as high-altitude tents, sleeping bags, and stoves is crucial for surviving the harsh conditions.

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Training: Climbers should undergo thorough training in glacier travel techniques and crevasse rescue procedures before attempting the Mount Makalu Expedition. This includes practicing rope management, self-arrest techniques, and building snow anchors to prevent falls and rescue team members in the event of a crevasse fall.

Communication and Satellite Technology: Establishing reliable communication systems is essential for the safety and coordination of the Mount Makalu Expedition. Climbers should carry satellite phones, radios, or GPS devices to maintain contact with base camp and other team members. These devices can also facilitate coordination with rescue services in case of emergencies.

Emergency Evacuation and Helicopter Support: Mount Makalu's remote location and extreme conditions necessitate careful planning for emergency evacuation and helicopter support. Climbers should be aware of available helicopter rescue services and evacuation routes in the event of accidents, injuries, or life-threatening medical conditions requiring immediate evacuation.

Expedition Leadership and Decision-Making: Strong expedition leadership and effective decision-making are crucial for the success and safety of the Mount Makalu Expedition. Expedition leaders should possess extensive mountaineering experience, excellent judgment, and the ability to make tough decisions regarding weather, route conditions, and team dynamics.

Environmental Impact and Conservation: Climbers should strive to minimize their environmental impact during the Mount Makalu Expedition by adhering to Leave No Trace principles and practicing responsible mountaineering. This includes proper waste disposal, avoiding unnecessary disturbance of flora and fauna, and respecting local customs and cultural heritage sites.

Mental Resilience and Psychological Preparedness: Climbing Mount Makalu requires not only physical strength but also mental resilience and psychological preparedness. Climbers should be prepared to face adversity, uncertainty, and discomfort during the expedition and develop coping strategies to overcome challenges and maintain a positive mindset.

Expedition Cost and Financial Planning: The Mount Makalu Expedition involves significant costs associated with permits, equipment, logistics, support staff, and travel expenses. Climbers should carefully budget and plan their finances to ensure they have adequate resources to cover all aspects of the expedition and handle unforeseen expenses.

Post-Expedition Reflection and Legacy: After completing the Mount Makalu Expedition, climbers should reflect on their experience, celebrate their achievements, and consider the legacy they leave behind. This may include sharing their story, supporting conservation efforts in the region, and inspiring future generations of mountaineers to pursue their dreams.

Equipments

Expedition is every night 9-10 hours walk on the snow till to summit and return to Base camp. When we are out of our home we will need many types of equipment. So here are some types of equipment which are very important for those who are going to climb the mountain. The following is the list of the equipment we will suggest for your climbing on the Himalayas.

 

Headwears,
Warm synthetic/wool hat
Headlamp with 5-6 spare bulbs and pairs of batteries
Baseball cap/sun hat.
Ski Goggles
Glacier glasses
Balaclava. (One heavyweight and another lightweight)
Bandanas (Two – to protect your neck)
Neoprene face mask (Optional)
Medical mask ( A packet, in case of COVID and other cases)
 
Body Wears,
Expedition down jacket and pants
Waterproof shell jacket and pants
Base Camp down jacket
Softshell climbing pants
Lightweight fleece top and pants
Trekking/glacier shirt
Base layer tops x 3 and leggings x 2
Midweight insulated jacket
Underwear x 5-6 pairs
Trekking clothes (3-4 pairs)
Casual wear
Lightweight insulated pants (Optional)
Windshirt (Optional)
 
Handwears,
Liner gloves (Two pairs)
Fleece gloves (Two pairs)
Mountaineering gloves with removable liners (2 pairs)
Expedition mitts
Hand warmers and Toe Warmers (3 sets of each)
 
Footwears,
High-Altitude All-in-One Boot
Light hiking boots or trekking shoes.
Insulated boot for Base Camp
Trekking Socks (three pairs)
Wool or Synthetic Socks (four pairs)
Liner Socks (four pairs)
Lightweight shoes/sandals
Camp Boots
 
Climbing Equipments,
Ice axe
Crampons
Climbing harness
Climbing helmet
Belay/rappel device
Locking carabiners (three)
Mechanical ascenders (plus one)
Non-locking carabiners (three)
4m of 8mm cord or 16mm tape for jumar rigging
Long prusik x 1 (6mm prusik cord)
 
Technical Clothings,
Lightweight Long Underwear (two to three pairs (tops & bottoms))
Heavyweight Long Underwear (one pair)
Lightweight Nylon Pants (two pairs)
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (two pairs)
Insulated Synthetic Pants and jacket
Down Pants
Insulated Synthetic Jacket
Expedition Down Parka
Hard Shell Pants and jacket/hood
 
Personal Equipment,
Expedition Backpack (90-120 liter)
Sleeping Bag (Expedition quality rated to at least -40°F)
Sleeping Bag for Base camp (Expedition quality rated to at least -20°F)
Self Inflating pads (two or full-length pads)
Closed-cell foam pad
Toiletry bag (Include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, small towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
Sunscreen (SPF 40 or better)
Lip screen (SPF 20 or better, at least 2 sticks)
Pee Bottle (One Liter having a large mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use in a tent)
Thermos (Having a liter capacity)
Camera gear (Optional)
Compression stuff Sacks (especially for sleeping bags and clothing)
Trekking Backpack (Fifty to 60 Liter (Optional)
 
Medications,
Medicines suggested by your doctor
First Aid box
Small personal first-aid kit
 
Geology Field Equipment,
Hand-held radio for on-mountain communication
Geologic compass (0-360o, not quadrant)
Hand lens (Bausch & Lomb Hastings Triplet, 7x and 10x) with neck lanyard
Rock sample bags (zip-lock heavy-duty freezer bags)
Plenty of water or hot tea in an insulated bottle; energy snacks
Headlamp
Binoculars
Cell phone
Climbing gear, trekking poles, etc.
Sun-screen, sunglasses/goggles
 
Mountain Kitchen Equipments,
Cook set
Fuel
Dishs / bowls
Backpacking stove
Eating utensils
Insulate mug/cup
Small quick dry towel
Biodegradable soap
Collapsible water container
 
Food & Water,
Water bottle
Meals
Hot drinks mix
Water filter/ purifier
Energy food and drink (bar, gel, chews, drink mix, trail mix)
 
Tools & Repair Items,
Knife or multi-tools
Repairs kit for mattress & stove
Duct tape strips

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