Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain standing with an altitude of 27,765ft/ 8463m lies just 16 km east of Everest and 80km west of Kanchenjunga. Among the other eight thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak with the perfect pyramid structure of four sharp edges which makes this mountain more impressive and aesthetically stunning. Literally, Makalu means the Great Black one, so called due to its dark brooding appearance.
The first attempt on Makalu was made by an American team in 1954, but it was first climbed by a French team in 1955. Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks and the subsidiary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650ft). It is worthy of note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the north.
The name of this mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is name by Shiva-one of the most important gods of Hinduism. The mountain has other name in the local dialect- Kumba Karna, which means The Giant.
Makalu is relatively less attempted mountain in Nepal in the comparison of other thousand meter mountains. Hence, if you wish to endeavour Makalu, you need to have a lot of mountaineering experience embracing one attempt on 8,000 meter mountain. Our trek follows one of the most remote and infrequent areas of Nepal, starting at Tumlingtar plateau just above the Arun River. The views from Makalu Base camp of Makalu South Face, peaks 6 and 7, Baruntse, Everest and Lhoste are astounding and mesmerizing.
The trek to this unspotted remote region of geographical contrast with rich biological diversity and enthralling culture will be unforgettable experience offering a rare opportunity to experience nature in unadulterated form. The true culture, stunning mountain views, the moment & the feelings of your’s in the top of Makalu will etched in your mind everlastingly.
- Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 15 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.
- Altitude: up to 6,500m.
- Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.
- Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.
- Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city. Of course it is very likely conditions will vary year to year but our trip gradings should give you an idea of what to expect. It is important everyone booked onto our trips should be open to new situations and ready to be flexible for any changes often involved with adventure travel. Please contact us if you have any question about our trip grades or if you need any help selecting the right trip for you.
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