Mt Makalu Expedition 8463m

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 59 days
  • Trip Grade: More challenging
  • Max Altitude: 8463m
  • Min Altitude: 360m
  • Walking per day: 4-6 hours
  • Accomodation: Hotel / Camping
  • Best Season: Autumn / Spring
  • Group Size: 2+

Trip Overview

Mt Makalu Expedition – 8,463 m – with Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek & Expedition.
The Mount Makalu Expedition in Nepal is one of our most popular expedition packages. Mount Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8463m. Located in eastern Nepal, Makalu borders with China and is about 20km east of the highest peak in the world, Everest. The popularity of the Makalu Expedition has increased in recent years. Due to its dark brooding appearance, the mountain is called Makalu which means the Great Black One. A French team in 1955 first scaled Mount Makalu while the first attempt had been made in 1954 by an American Team. Mount Makalu has two important subsidiary peaks.
Makalu was formerly a restricted area in eastern Nepal with five ecological zones. The main summit route of Mount Makalu is the South-east Face. Makalu is an isolated peak and it has proved to be a challenging climb as only five of its sixteen attempts have been successful. We start our Makalu Expedition with a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. We then ascend through wonderful Sherpa villages and cultivated fields with views of the Chamlang Range in the distance and walk up the lush and beautiful Arun Valley.

The Climbing Day:
Our climbing itinerary may vary according to the climbers’ personal experience; the climbing day involves a steady climb for three to four hours in the morning. There is then a climb for about two to three hours after taking a lunch rest. However, flexibility in the climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at their own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing.

The Climb:
Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) (5700m)
We ascend from Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC), which takes about seven hours. We head up the Barun Glacier passing the West Face of Makalu. Then we reach the place where the West Pillar Route of Makalu descends onto the glacier. We then turn northwards and continue on the glacier moraine up to the Advance Base Camp. ABC will be the main station for the next few weeks of the expedition.
Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (6347m)
We walk up the mountain towards Chago Glacier after a prayer for safe passage. We establish a crampon point where we can leave our mountaineering boots and climbing equipment. After proper acclimatization, we head for the first visit to Camp 1. From the Crampon point, our route passes through some crevassed terrain on a glacier to a steep wall.
Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6670m)
To reach Camp 2 from Camp 1 takes about three hours and from ABC it takes six hours. But, before proceeding further, it is essential to properly acclimatize. The route involves some easy-angled, climbing glacier terrain. We wind around the huge crevasses. The fixed ropes will be put in situ across crevasses and snow bridges. On reaching Camp 2, we appreciate the awesome views of Lhotse and Baruntse.
Camp 2 to Camp 3 (7400m)
We properly acclimatize at Camp 2. We climb the easy-angled glacier and cross the snowfield. Further above the route is interspersed with sections of blue ice and rocks. We will explore the route up to Camp 3 onto one of the most technical sections of the mountain called Makalu La. After climbing Makalu La, we cross the glacier for a further 200m. Finally we arrive at Camp 3.
Camp 3 to Camp 4 (7600m)
We reach Camp 4 from Makalu La traversing a large and flat glacier with many hidden crevasses. Our route heads towards the gigantic North Face of Makalu. Camp 4 serves as the launch pad for the summit bid. However, the tent space and time at this altitude are limited.
Camp 4 to Makalu Summit (8463 m)
From Camp 4 our route passes through a steep ice band. We cross a huge snow ramp that leads to a heavily crevassed plateau. We have to cross the plateau to reach the bottom of the French Couloir. We climb the couloir to the height of 8350m where the summit ridge is revealed. Summit day is a long and demanding climb with the summit climb and then the return to Camp 4 or Camp 3.

Himalayan Alpine Adventure offers mountaineering trips in the Himalayan region. We have designed this flexible itinerary with enough time to acclimatize for the Mount Makalu Expedition. The expedition cost depends on the group size and trip types. Please feel free to contact us if you want to join the adventurous Mount Makalu Expedition with Himalayan Alpine Adventure.
Note: This expedition price will vary depending on the group size, duration and services required.Please contact us with your detail to obtain a quote.

Detail Itinerary

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.

Cost Included

  • 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.

Equipment List

  • Down jacket.
  • Down Trouser.
  • Glove for summit 2 pair.
  • Normal gloves 3 pairs.
  • Socks woolen 7-8 pairs.
  • Climbing Boot.
  • Trekking Boot.
  • Carmpons.
  • Rucksack.
  • Ice Ax.
  • Harness (Safety Belt)
  • Jumar (Ascending Device)
  • Eight Ring ( Descending device)
  • Carabineer both screw gate or none screw gate.
  • Hamlet.
  • Snow gaiter.
  • Wind proof suit.
  • Sun Glass.
  • Sun Cream.
  • water bottle.
  • Knife.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Mattress.
  • Down suite for climbing.
  • Head lamp with extra battery.
  • Sandal.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste.
  • 100 liter duffel bag to put all the climbing equipment inside.

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