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Makalu Expedition

Makalu is 8485m tall, which makes it the fifth highest mountain in the world. Located in the Mahalangur Himalayan ranges, the same range to which Mt. Everest belong, Makalu has two sister summits, Makalu II (7678m) and Chomo Lonzo (7804m).

There were three attempts made in 1954, two in Spring and one in Autumn, to reach the summit of Makalu but all of them failed. It was only in 1955 by a French team led by Lionel Terray, Jean Couzy and Sardar Gyaltsen Norbu Sherpa that successfully summited Makalu. Ever since, climbers from all over the world have flocked with a desire to climb the mountain.

Climbing Makalu requires a high level of commitment and skills on the part of every member of the team. It is a very difficult mountain to climb, possibly one of the hardest. The standard route follows the north east ridge via the saddle between Makalu and Kangchungtse though west face is also approachable. The pyramid shape of the top of the mountain offers a tricky challenge for many of the climbers. Climbers are required to have perfect skills in rock and ice climbing especially while tackling steep itches and sharp ridges.

The mountain has been climbed without supplemental oxygen and even during winter. Our experienced Sherpa climbers who have already climbed Makalu many times will ensure that you have the best shot at climbing Makalu. All the logistics support and expertise will be available from Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition for climbing Makalu.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Equipment Required

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu airport, meet our airport representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Preparation day for climbing.

Day 03: Briefing at Ministry of Tourism.

Day 04: After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal.

Day 05: This day, you begin your trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and half hours.

Day 06: Trek from Mane Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m.) which takes about five hours.

Day 07: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m.) which takes about four and half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m.) which takes about four and half hours.

Day 09: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m.) takes about four hours.

Day 10: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 11: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m.) takes about six and half hours.

Day 12: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m.) takes about four and half hours.

Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812 m.) takes about four hours.

Day 15: Trek to Makalu BC. Stay overnight camp.

Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Advance Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp.

 Day 17 to 44: Climbing period. Stay overnight at camp for all nights.

Day 45: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600 m.) takes about four and a half hours.

Day 46: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and a half hours.

Day 47: Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon (2070 m.) which takes about six hours.

Day 48: Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490 m.) which takes about five hours.

Day 49: Trek from Num to Mane Bhanjyang (1158 m.) which takes about five hours.

Day 50: Trek from Mane Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar which takes about five and half hours.

Day 51: Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

Day 52: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

Day 53: Free Day in Kathmandu for shopping and recreation.

Day 54: Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu airport, meet our airport representative and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Preparation day for climbing. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Briefing at Ministry of Tourism. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the domestic airport terminal. Receive your boarding pass and fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510m.) takes about 45 minutes. Then you will have free time for preparation of the trek. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 05: This day, you begin your trek from Tumlingtar to Maney Bhanjyang which takes about five and half hours. The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees. En route, you pass through a few villages. Mane Bhanjyang is a ridge inhabited by some people. It is surrounded by forest and this is grazing field for local people. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 06: Trek from Mane Bhanjyang to Chilchile (1830m.) which takes about five hours. The trail ascends through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees for about three hours and you will ultimately walk over a flat trail and you approach Chilchile. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek from Chilchile to Num (1500 m.) which takes about four and half hours. The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends to follow the route of a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is an idyllic village with many tea shops and telephone booths. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 08: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1510 m.) which takes about four and half hours. The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours up to the river Neguwa Khola. The trail passes through the suspension bridge and then ascends through forest and a few hamlets. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 09: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 m.) takes about four hours. The trail slightly ascends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big Sherpa village. You find prayer flags fluttering in the sky in and around village. The camping spot in this village is an ideal choice. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 10: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma la (3560 m.) takes about six hours. The trail ascends throughout the day and you will walk through forest of rhododendrons and Sal trees until you reach destination. Kongma la is a ridge and there is only one tea house here. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek from Khongma la to Mumbuk (3550 m.) takes about six and half hours. The trail ascends and then follows a trail until you reach a beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Thereafter you trek downhill to reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests. Stay overnight at lodge/local house.

Day 12: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600 m.) takes about four and half hours. The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m.). Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Yak Kharka (4810 m.) takes about five and half hours. The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. You can enjoy the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field and you camp overnight here. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4812 m.) takes about four hours. The trail passes through a flat trail and will descend to a perennial river. As you reach Makalu Base Camp, you will be mesmerized by the views of Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Kali Himal (6985 m), Chamlang (7390 m), Makalu II (7640 m), etc. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Makalu BC. Stay overnight camp.

Day 16: Makalu Base Camp to Advance Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp.

 Day 17 to 44: Climbing period. Stay overnight at camp for all nights.

Day 45: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600 m.) takes about four and a half hours. After ascending for a few hours, the trail moves along flat level path and at the end it descends to reach Yangle Kharka. En route, you walk through rocky forest path with views of green hills and huge stones at some distance. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 46: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Dobato takes about four and a half hours. The trail ascends for almost three hours through the same landscape of landslide. Then, you have to trek uphill passing through jungle all the way to Dobato. This is not a village but a camping place. You camp for the night.

Day 47: Trek from Dobato to Tashigaon (2070 m.) which takes about six hours. The trail descends steeply up to Khongma la via Kali Pokhari through jungle. You again walk along downhill all the way to Tashigaon. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 48: Trek from Tashigaon to Num (1490 m.) which takes about five hours. The trail steeply descends in the beginning and will pass through a steep ascend later on to reach Num. You pass through a small forest of bamboo and small villages. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 49: Trek from Num to Mane Bhanjyang (1158 m.) which takes about five hours. The trail ascends in the starting through the forest and will gently descend in the second half of the day. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 50: Trek from Mane Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar which takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 51: Fly out from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 52: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 53: Free Day in Kathmandu for shopping and recreation. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 54: Transfer to the airport for final departure.

Option 01:  For full board service arrangements

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off (domestic and international) services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 6 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 5 Star standards hotel
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square) including entrance fees
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower  etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at Lodges/ Tea Houses during the trek and climbing
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Everest.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Makalu
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 8000 m. Summiteers Climbing / expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipment's for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipment's, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$4 per minute call
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crews at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • 4 bottle Oxygen for each member & 2 bottles for each Sherpa
  • One set of mask and regulator for all climbers and Sherpa
  • Individual tent available for members in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater for dining tent at the base camp and other necessary camp
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • High altitude food for members and Sherpa including drinks and cooking crews
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff Tips & Sherpa summit bonus
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Video Fees & Filming permit (for special camera)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, political disturbances, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Walkies-talkies Personal climbing gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Garbage Disposal fee (US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip). The fund will be withheld if the members fail to carry the waste back to Base Camp and Kathmandu

Option 02: For Base Camp service arrangements

Base Camp service Includes

  • All airport pick-up and drop-off (domestic and international) services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 6 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 5 Star standards hotel
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square) including entrance fees
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower  etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at lodges/tents up to the Base Camp
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Everest.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Makalu
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipment's for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipment's, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite phone for communication available for members with the cost of US$4 per minute call
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater for dining tents in the Base camp and other necessary tents
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

Base Camp Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Sherpa summit bonus
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone and internet expenses
  • Video Fees  & Filming permit (for special camera)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, political disturbances, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Walkies-talkies
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Meals above Base camp
  • Oxygen, mask & regulator
  • Garbage Disposal fee (US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip). The fund will be withheld if the members fail to carry the waste back to Base Camp and Kathmandu

Personal Gear:

Backpack, Day pack, Two Sleeping bags, Compression stuff sacks, Sleeping pad, Foam pad, Water bottles, Lightweight steel thermal bottle, Pee bottle, Pee Funnel for Women, Pack towel, Trekking poles, Swiss army knife/multitool, Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon etc.

Climbing Items:

Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Carabiners, Webbing, Perlon cord, Ascenders, Rappel device, etc.

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