Makalu Expedition

Duration: 55
Difficulty: Extreme
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: 6-7 hours of trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Tent, Camp
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Trip Overview

Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak in the world rising to 27,765 feet (8,463 meters). This beautiful and impressive massive is situated just 14 miles east of Everest in the Khumbu region. Its size alone is impressive, but its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.) It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North.

The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is a by-name of Shiva – one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect – Kumba karna, which means The Giant.

Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. Prior to its first ascent in 1955, it was admired and studied by several Everest expeditions, but like a lot of other giants in the Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest was first ascended in 1954.

Makalu is situated in the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area which was established in 1992 as Nepal’s eighth national park and the first to include an adjacent inhabited conservation area as a buffer. Covering 2,330 sq km, Makalu-Barun is a vital component of the greater Mount Everest ecosystem which includes Nepal’s 1,148 sq km Sagarmatha National Park to the west and the 35,000 sq km Qomolangma Nature Reserve in Occupied Tibet to the north. Most of the Makalu-Barun National Park is a remote wilderness, with just two small settlements and seasonal herding in high pastures. The incredibly steep topography and abundant monsoon rains (1000 to 4000 nm per year) of the eastern Himalaya support unusually diverse bioclimatic zones and a rich store house of medicinal and useful plants. Alpine pastures above 4000m contian the religiously important dwarf rhododendron and juniper, aromatic herbs and delicate wildflowers. Sub-alpine forests of fir, birch, and rhododendron, and temperate stands of oak, maple and magnolia thrive between 2-4000m. Luxuriant orchids drape the chestnut and pine forests of the subtropical zone (1-2000m), and sal forests reach their northernmost limit within Nepal along the banks of the Arun (below 1000m).

Details Itinerary

Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.

We will take early breakfast and reach Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. We will then fly to Pokhara as we need to get Ghandruk on this day, driving is not feasible way to travel. We will drive to Ghandruk and probably reach there on evening. Ghandruk is situated at an altitude of 1940m. We will stay overnight at Ghandruk.

We will reach Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal for an early flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar we will be greeted by crew and we will discuss briefly about our travel. We will start trekking towards Manebhanjyang (1100m),which takes about five hours. Overnight in tent.

After breakfast we will initiate uphill ascend towards Kuwapani from Manebhanjyang. The trail is along villages and and light forests which we will enjoy much. The tril will lead us to Kuwapani after four hours of normal trek. Lunch will be served along the way. Overnight in the camp.

On this day will travel further up to a gurung village which will be our resting point. Lunch will be served along the way at local tea house. This trek will be of about six hours until we reach Num. Overnight in camp.

After breakfast we will start our usual trek. This trek will consume five hours for a normal trekker and our destination will be Sheduwa. We will stop at certain viewpoints to rest and have lunch as well as enjoy the scenery around. We will cross a waterfall on the way and also cross many rivers. The trail is quite narrow but is fairly easy. Overnight in the camp.

This day’s trek will be a short one from Sheduwa to Tashigaon. Tashigaun is a Gurung and Ghale settlement community. We will surely enjoy local village and experience traditional culture. At evening, there will be welcome ceremony and cultural program. Overnight in the camp

After early local breakfast we will set out towards Khongma. It will be a long trek of about 6 hours until we reach Khongma. It is situated at an elevation of 3760m and we ensure proper safety measures to keep members healthy. Overnight in the camp

This day’s trip will be of about 4 hours giving every member a plenty of time to rest along the way. We will encounter rivers, waterfalls, landslides, landscapes, mountains and hilly vegetation along the route. Our destination will be sanapokhari. Nepali meaning of sanopokhari is small pond which we will see at Sanopokhari village during our evening walk. Overnight camp

After breakfast, we will cross a river and start our uphill trek towards Mumbuk from Sanopokhari. It will take about 5 hours of walking via narrow trail which will lead us to sal forest along the way. We are sure to encounter some rare birds as well. Overnight in camp

On this day, we will start our trek from Mumbuk towards Yangle Kharka. As we climb up we will feel low pressure and we must drink plenty of water and avoid fast climb to stay on health. Team guide will stop for timely foods and rest along the way. This trek will be of 4 hours until we reach Yangle Kharka. Yangle Kharka is a grazing slop where Yaks and Mules graze. The greenery all around will spread fresh aroma of beautiful smelling flowers and fruits. Rhododendron forest can be seen if the season is perfect for the flower to blossom. We will stay overnight at camp.

After early breakfast we will start our trek towards Hillary basecamp which will be the second highest elevation for us before we climb the summit. Hillary base camp is situated at an altitude of 4800m and some members might feel altitude sickness. We will rest and eat as much as possible on the way. The trek is about 6 hours long. Overnight in the camp.

Makalu base camp will be our ultimate target on this day. Makalu base camp is situated at the height of 4870m which is quite a height for inexperienced trekkers. Makalu base camp is the highest place we will stay overnight until we reach for the summit. Overnight in the camp.

These days will be our climbing periods. We will establish camps and tents where necessary. Our team guide and staffs will choose route and location depending upon safety and accessibility. We will take every measure to protect each and every member. The weather condition for summit will be the cornerstone that inclines every other details about climbing. Team guide will assign an experienced Sherpa for every member so that every single climber can take up his/her time to climb accordingly. Use of proper gears and equipment is mandatory and everyone must follow orders from team guide. We will consume chocolates, nuts, dairy products as much as possible to cope up with cold conditions and extreme weather.

All team members will return to Makalu Base Camp. We will prepare our gears and loads and celebrate casually. We, being humble climbers, must clean and dispose garbage at assigned place.

We will start our reverse trek from Base camp to Num via the same route we came up hill. Descending will be quite easier than climbing so these 4 days will suffice our necessity. Overnight stay will be at camps and tents. Lunch will be served along the way and breakfast as well as dinner will be served at teahouse or camp.

We will start our reverse trek from Base camp to Num via the same route we came up hill. Descending will be quite easier than climbing so these 4 days will suffice our necessity. Overnight stay will be at camps and tents. Lunch will be served along the way and breakfast as well as dinner will be served at teahouse or camp.

We will begin our trek after early breakfast. Our destination will be Chichira which is gradual descend from Num. We will experience increase in pressure and air being denser than previous places. This downhill treak will continue about 5 hours until we reach Chichira. Overnight in camp
This day we wil travel to Tumlingtar via Khadbari. Tumlingtar is a business hub of the district with many hotels, lodges and shops to entertain tourists. One can do souvenir shopping at Tumlingtar bazaar. Trek from Chichira to Tumlingtar via Khandbari will take about six hours and we will stay overnight in a lodge.

We will fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

This a leisure day for you to rest and do some shopping around Kathmandu area. We will also guide you for a short sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. We will host a farewell dinner at evening at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.

Included in the Cost
  • All transfer from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport.
  • Accommodation 4-night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3-star hotel)
  • Domestic Flight / Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Back to Kathmandu
  • Makalu Expedition Climbing Permit.
  • Garbage Deposit
  • Government Liaison Officer.
  • Guesthouse, accommodation during trekking
  • Makalu Conservation Fee.
  • Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide
  • Climbing Sherpa (Assistant)
  • Cook and Kitchen Staff for the Base Camp
  • Required Number of Porter.
  • Group Climbing Equipment’s (Fixed rope, Main rope, Ice hammer, Snow Bar, Ice screw)
  • Walkie-talkie radios set.
  • Tents for Base Camp- High Camp-Camp 1 & Camp 2
  • Kitchen Tents, Dinning Tents and Toilet Tents in Base Camp.
  • Insurance for all of the team staffs (Nepali)
  • Emergency medical kits
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu