Mt. Makalu Expedition 2019/20

  • Trip duration 55 Days
  • Trip GradeTechnical
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Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at (8,485m/27,838 ft). It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, 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 (2 mi) north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km (3.1 mi) 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 climbing itself is appropriate for both the experienced climber and the novice climber making their first 8,000 meter peak ascent. The climbing consists of easy glaciers low on the mountain, steep ice and snow climbing to the Makalu La and above Camp IV a final rock ridge to the summit. Makalu is a steep and consistent climb, and in the spring season has excellent snow coverage and low hazards like icefalls, rock falling and avalanche.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (30min) transfer to request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in B&B Plan.
  • Day 02: Transfer to the airport for final departure
  • Day 05: Arrival at Kathmandu. After landing at international airport in Kathmandu, High spirit's company representative will pick you and drop at request category hotel. Overnight at Hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • Day 06: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. 50min. Drive to Num (1980m/6,496ft)6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 07: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 08: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaoun(2100m/6,890ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 09: Trek from Tashigaoun to Khongma Danda(3500m/11483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 10: Exploration and Acclimatization day at Khongma(3500m/11,483ft) 06-07hrs.Lodge accommodation.
  • Day 11: Trek from Khongma to Dobsto (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 12: Trek from Dobute to Yangle Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 13: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14469ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 14: Exploration and Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka(4410m/14,469ft) Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 15: Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5018m/16,464ft) 6hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 16: Rest and acclimatization at Hillary base camp (5018m/16,464ft)
  • Day 17: Trek from Hillary base camp to Advance base Camp (5600m/18,373ft) 5hrs.
  • Day 18: Climbing period for Makalu (8485M/27,838ft)
  • Day 26: Trek from Advance Base Camp to Yangli Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 27: Trek from Yangli Kharka to Dobato (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 28: Trek from Dobute to Khongma (3500m/11,483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 29: Trek from Khongma to Seduwa(1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 30: Trek from Seduwa to Num (1980m/6,496ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 31: Drive from Num to Tumlingtar. 4hrs. Lodge accommodation.

Cost Includes:

  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment such as: kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance base camp and camp II.
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc)
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at base camp.
  • 3 meals a day: Breakfasts, lunch and Dinner with tea/coffee available at the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking.
  • 3 fresh meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the advanced base camp.
  • All food and fuel for base camp and the higher camps during expedition for both members and crew.
  • 50kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking period, this will be carried by porters.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Trekking Permit (Makalu Barun National Park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Makalu (8485M).
  • Nepalese Government Royalty and fees.
  • One experienced, trained, government licensed, and 3x Everest summiteer climbing/expedition guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpa, chefs, kitchen assistants.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carrying by guide for communication and available for members.
  • Appropriate amount of food for high altitude and at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask and regulator provided upon request of the client with appropriate charge.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charging.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2, 3 and 4 for members and staff.
  • Ice fall charges by SPCC
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).
  • 5 Bottles (28L) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided each members (we use Poisk brands of the Oxygen).
  • Latest model of Summit or Top out system mask and regulators.
  • Sherpas tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff.
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, chef and staff.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp II.
  • Trekking and Climbing map of the Mount Makalu.
  • EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided in camp one, three and south col for cooking food, boiling water.
  • Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.
  • Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation
  • visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Extra transportation then what is displayed in itinerary program.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Filming permit (special camera).
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phone and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gear
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition equipment.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa guides as per mountaineering association rules. Minimum $1000.00USD per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (30min) transfer to request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in B&B Plan.
  • Day 02Transfer to the airport for final departure
  • Day 05Arrival at Kathmandu. After landing at international airport in Kathmandu, High spirit's company representative will pick you and drop at request category hotel. Overnight at Hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • Day 06Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. 50min. Drive to Num (1980m/6,496ft)6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 07Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 08Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaoun(2100m/6,890ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 09Trek from Tashigaoun to Khongma Danda(3500m/11483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 10Exploration and Acclimatization day at Khongma(3500m/11,483ft) 06-07hrs.Lodge accommodation.
  • Day 11Trek from Khongma to Dobsto (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 12Trek from Dobute to Yangle Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 13Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14469ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 14Exploration and Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka(4410m/14,469ft) Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 15Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5018m/16,464ft) 6hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 16Rest and acclimatization at Hillary base camp (5018m/16,464ft)
  • Day 17Trek from Hillary base camp to Advance base Camp (5600m/18,373ft) 5hrs.
  • Day 18Climbing period for Makalu (8485M/27,838ft)
  • Day 26Trek from Advance Base Camp to Yangli Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 27Trek from Yangli Kharka to Dobato (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 28Trek from Dobute to Khongma (3500m/11,483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation
  • Day 29Trek from Khongma to Seduwa(1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 30Trek from Seduwa to Num (1980m/6,496ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
  • Day 31Drive from Num to Tumlingtar. 4hrs. Lodge accommodation.

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