Mount Makalu

  • Trip duration 53 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate + Hard
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Overview:

Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at (8,485m/27,838 ft). It is located at Solukhambu district in the Mahalangur Himalayas region 19 km southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid. Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678 m) lies about 3 km north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau, and connected to Kangchungtse by a narrow, 7,200 m saddle, is Chomo Lonzo (7,804 m).

The first climb on Makalu was made by an American team led by Riley Keegan in the spring of 1954. The expedition was composed of Sierra Club members including Allen Stack, and was called the California Himalayan Expedition to Makalu. They attempted the southeast ridge but were turned back at (7,100 m/23,300 ft) by a constant barrage of storms. A New Zealand team including Sir Edmund Hillary was also active in the spring, but did not get very high due to injury and illness. In the fall of 1954, a French reconnaissance expedition made the first ascents of the subsidiary summits Kangchungtse (October 22: Jean Franco, Lionel Terray, Sardar Gyaltsen Norbu and Pa Norbu) and Chomo Lonzo (October 30) Jean Couzy and Terray).

Makalu was first summated on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition led by Jean Franco. Franco, G. Magnone and Sardar Gyaltsen Norbu summitted the next day, followed by Bouvier, S. Coupe, Leroux and A. Vialatte on the 17th. This was an amazing achievement at the time to have the vast majority of expedition member’s summit, especially on such a difficult peak. Prior to this time, summits were reached by 1–2 people at most with the rest of teams providing logistical support before turning around and heading home. The French team climbed Makalu by the north face and northeast ridge, via the saddle between Makalu and Kangchungtse (the Makalu-La), establishing the standard route.

Makalu area contains some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna of Nepal. Diverse ethnic Group of  Rai, Sherpa, and others many community have inhibited the lower parts of these valleys. Due to isolation these communities are economically poor however they represent rich cultural heritage untouched by technology and world cultural influences. They are the custodians of Makalu unique biological and cultural treasures. Due to its relative inaccessibility, the area is little known to majority of the visitors, however, those who have visited, return home with unforgettable memories of the area and its people.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (5,18 M/1,699ft) and trek to Khadbari (1,040 M/3,412ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 02: Trek from Tumlingtar to Bhotebas (1,730 M/5,675ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 03: Trek from Bhotebas to Chichila (1,850 M/6,069ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 04: Trek from Chichiara to Num (1,505 M/4,937ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 05: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,530 M/5,019ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 06: Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Goan (2,065 M/6,774ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 07: Trek from Tashi Goan to Kauma (3,562 M/11,686ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 08: Trek from Kauma Mumbuk (1,550 M/5,085ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 09: Trek from Dobato to Nehe Kharka (3,765 M/12,352ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 10: Trek from Nebe Kharka to Shershong (4,650 M/15,255ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 11: Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 M/15,977ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 12: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to High Camp (6,123 M/20,088ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 13: Climbing period of Mount Makalu (8,463 M/27,765ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 46: Cleaning day at Base Camp (6,123 M/20,088ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 47: Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,120 M/13,517ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 48: Trek from Yak Kharka to Mumbuk (3,550 M/11,646ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 49: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashi Goan (2,065 M/6,774ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 50: Trek from Tashi Goan to Num (1,505 M/4,937ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 51: Trek from Num to Chichila (1,850 M/6,069ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 52: Trek from Chichira to Khandbari (1,440 M/4,724ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 53: Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,350 M/4,429ft), (Lodge + B).

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival & Departure Airport transfers,
  • Kathmandu Hotel (3* or 4* or 5*) accommodation,
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu,
  • Expedition Cargo from Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu,
  • Makalu Expedition permit,
  • Makalu National Park entry permit,
  • TIMS permit (Trekkers Information Management System),
  • Garbage deposit fees,
  • Three meals a day up to Base Camp: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for member staffs,
  • One Government Liaison officer,
  • One Base Camp manager,
  • One High Altitude Climbing Sherpa each member,
  • One Base Camp cook & Base Camp kitchen helpers,
  • Twelve porters each member going up to Base Camp,
  • Five porters each member return back from Base Camp,
  • Above mentioned porters to carry members bags and food equipments,
  • All Nepali staffs’ insurance, wages, transportation & equipment allowance,
  • Meals & Teahouse accommodations to Base Camp regarding the program,
  • 70 KG per member for personal equipments,
  • Foam Mattresses, Dinning / Kitchen / Toilet / Store / Hot Shower Tents,
  • All necessary cooking gears, tables-chairs, one gas heater,
  • One solar panel for light, battery charge at Base Camp,
  • Three High Altitude tents for members Sherpa,
  • One Base Camp Tent (each members),
  • High Altitude food for member staffs,
  • Fifteen Epi gas / High Altitude cooking pot stove,
  • Six bottle oxygen with one set mask regulator (each member),
  • Two bottle oxygen with one set mask regulator (each Sherpa),
  • All necessary climbing route equipments,
  • International Air Cargo clearance,
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali cultural restaurant,
  • All kind of rescue arrangements,
  • All kind of local and government TAX/VAT etc.

Cost Excludes:

  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) whilst in Kathmandu,
  • Insurance for Travel/Accident/Medical /Emergency evacuation,
  • International airfare,
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected),
  • Sherpa summit & climbing bonus,
  • All kind of alcoholic,
  • Personal shopping, laundry, trekking & expedition equipments,
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee,
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control,
  • Any others expanses which are not mentioned “Trip Includes” section.

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01 Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (5,18 M/1,699ft) and trek to Khadbari (1,040 M/3,412ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 02Trek from Tumlingtar to Bhotebas (1,730 M/5,675ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 03 Trek from Bhotebas to Chichila (1,850 M/6,069ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 04Trek from Chichiara to Num (1,505 M/4,937ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 05Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,530 M/5,019ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 06 Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Goan (2,065 M/6,774ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 07 Trek from Tashi Goan to Kauma (3,562 M/11,686ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 08Trek from Kauma Mumbuk (1,550 M/5,085ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 09Trek from Dobato to Nehe Kharka (3,765 M/12,352ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 10Trek from Nebe Kharka to Shershong (4,650 M/15,255ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 11Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp (4,870 M/15,977ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 12Trek from Makalu Base Camp to High Camp (6,123 M/20,088ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 13 Climbing period of Mount Makalu (8,463 M/27,765ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 46 Cleaning day at Base Camp (6,123 M/20,088ft), (Camp + B-L-D),
  • Day 47 Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4,120 M/13,517ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 48Trek from Yak Kharka to Mumbuk (3,550 M/11,646ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 49Trek from Mumbuk to Tashi Goan (2,065 M/6,774ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 50Trek from Tashi Goan to Num (1,505 M/4,937ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 51Trek from Num to Chichila (1,850 M/6,069ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 52Trek from Chichira to Khandbari (1,440 M/4,724ft), (Lodge + B-L-D),
  • Day 53 Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,350 M/4,429ft), (Lodge + B).

Trip Note

The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, festivals, natural changes of walking track, road slides, avalanches, public strikes etc.

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