Makalu Expedition

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 51 days
Max. Altitude: 8463m at Makalu Summit
Grade: Challenging
Accommodation: Tea House and Camping
Meals: BB Plan in City and Full Board During Trekking and Climbing
Transportation: Private Vehicle and Flight
Minimum Pax: 2 pax
Best season: Spring and Autumn
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Overview

Mount Makalu 8,463 meters is the fifth highest mountain in the world. The stunning mountain is a four sided pyramid that is situated in the Mahalangur region, about 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest. Considered as one of the most difficult mountain to climb, the climb of Mt Makalu includes tackling and overcoming several technical sections comprising of steep pitches and knife-edged ridges. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves high level of technical rock climbing. Hence, previous experience of peak climbing and good physical condition is an absolute requirement for Makalu Expedition.

The successful ascent of Mt Makalu was made on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French Expedition Team led by Jean Franco. The views from the summit of Makalu offers an unforgettable experience, from Kanchenjunga in the East to Shishapangma in the West with countless snow capped peaks in between. Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is an excellent opportunity for those seeking unlimited climbing challenges and to conquer the summit of the fifth highest mountain of the world.

Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu towards Tumlingtar’s grass airstrip. After landing at Tumlingtar, we will take two hours drive to reach Khadbari – the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from here following the trail that passes through terraced farmlands and dense forest filled with Rhododendron trees. With mostly uphill trekking our trail leads us to Makalu Base Camp. Our Sherpa crew will quickly set up the camp and make necessary checks on our health conditions and climbing gears before heading further to higher camps.

Following the instructions of our experienced climbing experts, we will overcome numerous technical sections and head towards the summit of Mt Makalu. Our tiring climb to the summit is rewarded with panoramic views of snow capped high mountains. After spending quality time at the summit, we will descend retracing our steps back to the base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Mount Makalu, we will follow the same trail that passes through Mumbuk, Tashigaon, Num, Khadbari and head back towards Tumlingtar. Our incredible and memorable Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a sweeping flight from Tumlingtar back to Kathmandu.

    Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.

    Day 02: Sightseeing and Climbing Preparation at Kathmandu

    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar [ [45 min flight] & Drive to Khadbari [1030m/3378ft] [2 hrs Drive]

    Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichira [1830m/6002ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 05: Trek from Chichira to Num [1490m/4878ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 06: Trek from Num to Seduwa [1460m/4788ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 07: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon [2070m/6789ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 08: Trek from Tashigaon to Kauma Danda [3470m/11381ft] [6-7 hrs trek]

    Day 09: Trek from Kauma Danda to Mumbuk [3570m/11709ft] via Kauma La [3603m/11817ft], Tutu-La [4125m/13530ft] and Keke La [4170m/13677ft] [7-8 hrs trek]

    Day 10:  Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka [3700m/12136ft] [4-5 hrs trek]

    Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Shersong [4615m/15137ft] [6-7 hrs trek]

    Day 12: Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp [4800m/15744ft] [4-5 hrs trek]

    Day 12-43: Climbing Mt. Makalu [8463m/27758ft] and back to Base Camp.

    Day 44: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Day 45: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashigaon [6-7 hrs Trek]

    Day 46: Trek from Tashigaon to Num [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 47: Trek from Num to Khadbari [5-6 hrs Trek]

    Day 48: Drive from Khadbari to Tumlingtar [2 hrs Drive]

    Day 49: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

    Day 50: Leisure day in Kathmandu.

    Day 51: Transfer to International Airport for departure.

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
    Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be greeted and then transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: 
    BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

    Day 02: Sightseeing and Climbing Preparation at Kathmandu
    We will spend our day sightseeing around some of the attractive world heritage sites within Kathmandu valley. Also, today we will complete all the necessary paper works and other preparations required for Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
    Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: BB Plan

    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar [ [45 min flight] & Drive to Khadbari [1030m/3378ft] [2 hrs Drive]
    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to the grassy airstrip of Tumlingtar. After landing at Tumlingtar we take a drive of about two hours to reach the village of Khadbari. The village is largely inhabited by Newari and Rai ethnic tribe communities of Nepal. Khadbari is the main administrative centre of Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area. We must register at the park office check-post before continuing our trek.
    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichira [1830m/6002ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
    After breakfast we start our trek by following the trail that passes through picturesque villages to Mane bhanjyang. Our trek continues over to a small ridge and then to a minor pass at Bhotebas at 1,740 meters. From the top we will have great views of Makalu. Our trek heads further along dense forest area to reach Chichira for our overnight camping.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 05: Trek from Chichira to Num [1490m/4878ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
    From Chichira we will follow the trail that heads towards the village of Kuwapani. After some time of trekking, our trail heads for the crossing of another minor pass – Daju La Pass at 2,100 meters. From the top of the pass, our trail descends steeply through dense forest to arrive at the village of Num. We will camp at the good camping grounds of Num village to end the day’s trekking.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 06: Trek from Num to Seduwa [1460m/4788ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
    After breakfast we will leave our campsite at Num village and follow the trail that descends down to the suspension bridge over Arun Nadi. We will cross the bridge and begin a steep uphill trekking through dense forest area towards Seduwa. Seduwa is large trading village of with National Park check-post office. We must register at the check-post before continuing further into high altitudes.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 07: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon [2070m/6789ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
    All set to go, we leave our campsite and follow an easy trail that passes through Murmidanda where we can spot local students going to school. Our trail from there is an uphill trekking towards Narbugaon. Then, we continue to trek through dense forests and cultivated fields towards Tashigaon. Since Tashigaon is the last village on the trail, it is a good idea to buy the necessary items here.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 08: Trek from Tashigaon to Kauma Danda [3470m/11381ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
    After breakfast we leave Tashigaon and follow the trail that climbs steeply through the beautiful cloud forest. Our trek continues as we climb towards Unshisa where there is a campsite and a tea shop which is open only in the main trekking season. We continue our uphill trekking until we arrive at the good camping grounds of Kauma Danda for the overnight camping.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 09: Trek from Kauma Danda to Mumbuk [3570m/11709ft] via Kauma La [3603m/11817ft], Tutu-La [4125m/13530ft] and Keke La [4170m/13677ft] [7-8 hrs trek]
    Today is one of the toughest day on the trek as we continue on our trail crossing Kauma La Pass  with magnificent views of Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Kanchenjunga and Jannu. From there we climb further up for the crossing of Tutu-La Pass before descending to a large lake – Kalo Pokhari. Kalo Pokhari literally means ‘Black Lake’ in Nepali language. Our trail from there is further ascend trekking towards Keke La Pass, from where we can get good views of Chamlang range and Tibet to the north. A steep and rocky descend from the top of the pass leads us to the campsite of Mumbuk.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 10:  Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka [3700m/12136ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
    Today we will have our breakfast and continue to trek on the trail that descends downhill to the river bed of Barun (Nadi) River. From the riverbed we climb up the steep hillside which is often affected by the landslides. Our trail from there goes along the loose ground, we should be very careful while trekking along the loose landslide trails. After few hours of trekking, we arrive at Nehe Kharka.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Shersong [4615m/15137ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
    Leaving Nehe Kharka, we continue to trek over the loose trails before crossing the Barun (Nadi) River and head to the grassy fields of Yangri Kharka. From there we our trail passes through dense rhododendron, pine and fir filled forest towards Langmale Kharka. Hereon we will trek over an ancient lateral moraine through which Barun Nadi flows. To the left is the large glacial lake that fills the valley, an easy trail from here leads us to Shersong for our overnight camping.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 12: Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp [4800m/15744ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
    After breakfast we leave Shersong and follow the trail that turns right and heads up for the climbing of more moraine. Once reaching the top we start to descend gradually to the crossing of a small bridge and continue trekking towards the stone huts of Makalu Base Camp. Makalu Base Camp offers one of the best mountain viewpoints in Nepal. Our Sherpa crew will set up the camps and start making checks on our health conditions and climbing gears.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 12-43: Climbing Mt. Makalu [8463m/27758ft] and back to Base Camp.
    We will spend several days doing climbing training practices with adequate days for proper acclimatization. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works of setting up additional camps at higher altitudes. Fully equipped with all the climbing equipments and with proper acclimatization we will follow the guidance and instructions of experienced climbing experts. We will tackle several technical climbing sections and taking weather conditions into consideration we head towards the summit of Mount Makalu – the 5th highest peak of the world. Once at the summit, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of world’s towering mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Baruntse, and several other high peaks in Mahalangur region. We will spend short quality at the summit and descend following the same route back to Base Camp.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 44: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk [6-7 hrs Trek]
    Having achieved our target – summit of Mt Makalu, we prepare for our return journey. All set to go, we leave Makalu Base Camp and begin to retrace our steps on the trail that passes through Shersong and Nehe Kharka. From Nehe Kharka a rather easy trail will lead us back to Mumbuk for our overnight camping. We will celebrate the evening with folksongs and dances around the campsite.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 45: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashigaon [6-7 hrs Trek]
    After breakfast, we pack our gears and leave Mumbuk. We continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that heads back through the crossing of minor passes before reaching Kauma Danda. From there we trek for some time and arrive at Tashigaon for the overnight camping.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 46: Trek from Tashigaon to Num [5-6 hrs Trek]
    From Tashigaon our trail goes through hillside forests and cultivated fields towards Narbugoan. From there a rather steep descent and then easy trail will lead us back to the trading village of Seduwa. From Seduwa our trail heads for the crossing of Arun (Nadi) River and then climb gently to reach Num for our overnight camping stay.
    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 47: Trek from Num to Khadbari [5-6 hrs Trek]
    After breakfast, we leave Num and trek through a steep section of the forest to reach a minor pass Daju La at 2,100 meters. Our trail heads further to the village of Kuwapani. With great views of Makalu our trek continues towards Chichira and from there we trek tthrough the picturesque villages of Mane Bhanjyang to finally arrive at Khadbari where our trek ends technically.
    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 48: Drive from Khadbari to Tumlingtar [2 hrs Drive]
    We will make a relaxed start today. After breakfast we will take a drive from Khadbari and drive back to Tumlingtar or optionally we can trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar which takes about 4-5 hours trekking. However, a relaxing drive journey after a long expedition of Mt Makalu would be a perfect way to end the trek. During the drive we can see local villagers performing daily activities for survival.
    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
    Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Day 49: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
    After an early morning breakfast, we take a scenic flight from Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu. The flight takes approximately about 45 minutes. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or pay a visit to attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip. Walking around the busy streets of Kathmandu can be worth spending good time around Kathmandu city.
    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: BB Plan

    Day 50: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
    You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping streets of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Makalu Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
    Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

    Day 51: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
    Our Airport Representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Cost Included

    • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
    • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
    • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
    • Climbing permit for Mt. Makalu Expedition
    • Required Trekking permits and National Park fees
    • Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu flight
    • Tea House and Camping accommodation during Trekking and Climbing
    • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
    • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide
    • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
    • All essential camping equipment – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
    • Liaison officer
    • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
    • All essential climbing gears
    • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
    • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
    • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
    • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

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