Mt Makalu Expedition 8463m
- Trekking Days:59
- Trip Grade:Challenging
- Max. Altitude:8463m
- Min. Altitude:360m
- Walking per day:4-6 hours
- Accomodation :Hotel / Camping
- Trek Nature:Expedition
- Best Season:Autumn / Spring
- Group Size:2+
Mt Makalu Expedition is an award winning endeavor to climb the world’s fifth highest mountain and world’s most difficult mountain to climb standing proud with the altitude of 8,485 meters above sea level. This Himalaya is a famous for its steep arena and knife like pointed ridged and need professional expertise of technical rock-ice climbing. This mountain region is situation in the Mahalangur Himalaya Range living 19kilometer southeast of Mount Everest on the borders of Nepal and China. It is an remote and lonely peak shaped as four-sided pyramid. Mount Makalu is accompanied by two additional peaks named as Makalu II or Kangchungtse of 7678 meters which is 3 kilometers away the main summit and next is Chomo Lonzo of 7804 meters which is connected to Makalu II by a narrow saddle of 7200 meters.
The initial ascending to Mount Makalu was done on 15 May 1955 by French expeditors named as Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy from the northern face and northeast ridge through the saddle between Kangchungtse and Makalu establishing as the standard route to climb Mount Makalu. The Makalu massif stand at the height of 2326 meter is surrounded by most remote valleys of Arun River and Barun River. The remote Barun Valley is a hidden valley of dense forest full of most richest and diverse flora and fauna of high altitude region. The human settlements are resided in the lower parts of the Barun Valley occupied by the traditional community of Shingsawa, Sherpa, Rai and other Bhotia ethnicity. They are living in most remote place of the world unspoiled and untouched by the civilization. They had a rich cultural heritage of ancient and traditional ways of living which is not touched by modern day’s technology and global influences.
Mt Makalu Expedition is considered as a daring course to ascend from its west face which was ascended in 1997. Mt Makalu Expedition starts from the base camp of mount Makalu on the west face at the height of 5800 meters above sea level towards the hanging ice wall at 6100 meters towards the right part of the ice wall. Then the climbers rise from the plateau over the ice wall in 45 degree elevation till 6500 meter high above sea level. The climber then attempt for rocky ice wall of 55 degree steep extending to 7400 meters altitude and after crossing this wall of ice, they ascend a rock pillar of 75 degree towards the west ridge at 8000 meters altitude till to the summit. The ropes are used during climbing which are fixed from the height of 5800 meters to 6100 meters along with 6500 meters to 7500 meters. The Russian expedition leaded by Sergey Efimov had climbed Mount Makalu through the most difficult route and his team has been honored by “Gold Ice-axe” award by international society.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative from Himalayan Alpine Adventure will receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
Days 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu
You will have a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. You will visit the major places of cultural and religious importance some of which are also listed UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath (the holiest temple of Lord Shiva), Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple, one of the largest Buddhist Stupa), Boudhanath (one of the largest and oldest Buddhist Stupa, also known as little Tibet), and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square among others. The next day will be for expedition preparation, including equipment. In the afternoon, you will be given a briefing about expedition conditions, safety and other matters at the Ministry of Tourism. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1850m)
Today we catch our morning flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. A 50 minute scenic flight from Kathmandu will land on a bumpy grass airstrip. We drive to Chichila from Tumlingtar. It takes about 3 hours to reach Chichila where we stay at our first camp.
Day 05: Trek from Chichila to Num (1505m)
Today is going to be a moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests. We are going to witness a ridge line with great views on both sides and perched on the end of it, Num. We stay overnight at Num.
Day 06: Num to Seduwa (1530m)
Today, we descend steeply down through the forests and terraced plots of land that take us to Arun Khola. Makalu National Park starts and we register our permits. We stay at the camp right at the top of Seduwa Village.
Day 07: Seduwa to Tashi Gaon (2065m)
Today we ascend the ridge bounded by the IpsuwaKhola on the west and KasuwaKhola to the east. We then cross the hillside through quiet villages and pass by the small paddy fields. We finally reach the village of Tashi Gaon.
Day 08: Tashi Gaon to Khongma (3562m)
Today we trek upwards towards Khongma. Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. We can witness the green forests,which are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains. We stay at Khongma overnight.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Khongma (4200m)
Today will be the rest and acclimatization day that allows our bodies to catch up with us before gaining more height. We cross the Shipton La the following day.
Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and Descent to Mumbuk (4200m)
We today climb towards the summit of Shipton La which it takes a few hours to reach. Then, after the lake KaloPokhari, we pass over the Keke La at an altitude of 4152m. We then take an easy descent towards Mumbuk. We can witness the marvellous views of Chamlang (7319m), Peak 7 (6758m) and Peak 6 (6524m). Today, climbing high and sleeping low gives the opportunity for acclimatization.
Day 11: Mumbuk to YangriKharka (3610m)
We descend further down towards the Mumbuk through rhododendron forests that lead to the BaruniRiver and the upper reaches of the valley. We will enjoy the pleasant walk and gainaltitude slowly until we arrive at YangriKharka which is situated at the base of the valley.
Day 12: Yangri Kharka to Shershong (4650m)
Today, our trail climbs up the valley through yak pastures and boulder fields. We stay at the campsite at Shershong overnight.
Day 13: Shershong to Makalu South-east Base Camp
We trek onwards and gain height. We continue until reaching the Makalu South-east ridge Base Camp with Makalu on the left and Chamlang on the right.
Day 14: South-east Base Camp to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4800m)
Definitely, crossing the Barun Glacier poses a challenge. We cross the lateral moraines and gain a slight path that cuts through the rock and ice to the opposite side of the valley. We will be enjoying the great view of the top of the valley and ahead of the beautiful Baruntse. We branch off to the right and head towards base camp.
Days 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp
We spend a few days at Base Camp which helps us immensely in acclimatizing. Our team of porters carries loads to the Advance Base Camp.
Days 18-50:Makalu North-east Ridge Climbing Period
This is the Makalu North-east Ridge Climbing Period. And during this period, we will make a successful climb over the summit of Makalu and then return back to the Base Camp.
Day 51:Pack up Base Camp and Ready for Departure
Now, it’s time to get the gear organized and the porter loaded up ready for departure the following day.
Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka
Today, we descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yak Kharka.
Day 53: Yak Kharka to Mumbuk
We continue with our descent and we eventually reach Mumbuk. The greeneries below provide a welcome relief from the snowy landscape on the mountain.
Day 54: Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon
Today we return back across the Shipton La and then cut across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of TashiGaon. We stay overnight at Tashi Gaon.
Day 55: Tashi Gaon to Num
Today we follow our footsteps all the way back down to the river. We climb back up the opposite side of the valley to Num.
Day 56: Num to Chichila
Today will be the pleasant and easy walk back to Chichila. We stay overnight at Chichila.
Day 57: Chichila to Tumlingtar
Today will mark the end of our trek.
We get ready for early departure to Kathmandu the following day.
Day 58: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Today we catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar.On reaching Kathmandu, you can have time for last-minute shopping or you can also explore Kathmandu city. At a farewell dinner in Kathmandu we celebrate with guides and company members.
Day 59: Final Departure
Today you are going to leave Nepal. Our representative will transfer you to the airport and you will catch your return flight home.
- All arrival and departure transfer services to and from airports, both Domestic and International, with other necessary surface transport (by A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
- Assistance at the International Airport by K2 Trek representatives while arriving and departing.
- Five nights’ accommodation at 5 star Kathmandu on B/B basis.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea and coffee, along with available accommodation at hotel/ teahouse / tent for members and staff during the trek and climbing, on a twin sharing basis.
- One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square).
- Local English speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- All necessary staff including experienced guide and porters during the trekking and climbing.
- Flights Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu for all climbing members and staff.
- All trekking and camping equipment such as camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tent, guest tents, etc.
- Per person 60kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carried by porters or yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from base camp after climbing Mt Makalu.
- Trekking permit and Makalu Barun National Park entry fee.
- Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt Makalu.
- One experienced, trained, Government licensed, and 1 timeMt Makalu summiteer Climbing /Expedition Guide (Sherpa).
- All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurance for all staff involved in the trek and expedition.
- First aid medical kits for the group and staff.
- Satellite phone carried by Guide / Sherpa for communication and available for climbing members with the cost of US$.3 per unit call.
- Appropriate foods for high altitudes and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
- Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of climber with appropriate charge.
- Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
- Solar panel for light and battery charger.
- All tents for camps 1, 2, 3, 4 and necessary cooking equipment to cook above base camp.
- 2 Oxygen bottles (4l) with mask and regulator (if requested by client).
- Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
- Company service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
- Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
- Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant
Mt Makalu Expedition Cost Excluded:
- International air ticket and airport tax.
- Nepal Visa charge.
- Personal climbing equipment.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Items of personal nature, Laundry expenses, Tips.
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
- Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobile, or satellite phone and internet expenses.
- Any extra expenses arising out of various /unforeseen situations such as natural calamities, landslide, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulation etc.
- Transportation is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicine, Medical test and hospitalization.
- Emergency evacuation and Helicopter rescue.
- Any extra services or products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Down jacket.
- Down Trouser.
- Glove for summit 2 pair.
- Normal gloves 3 pairs.
- Socks woolen 7-8 pairs.
- Climbing Boot.
- Trekking Boot.
- Ice Ax.
- Harness (Safety Belt)
- Jumar (Ascending Device)
- Eight Ring ( Descending device)
- Carabineer both screw gate or none screw gate.
- Snow gaiter.
- Wind proof suit.
- Sun Glass.
- Sun Cream.
- water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Down suite for climbing.
- Head lamp with extra battery.
- Tooth brush and tooth paste.
- 100 liter duffel bag to put all the climbing equipment inside.
To climb high elevation peak good health condition and physical fitness is paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulties. To climb Mt Makalu you should have previous climbing experience on 7000m mountain in Himalaya with basic climbing skills and techniques.
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