Makalu Expedition

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.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. Overnight at Hotel.

Meals: B

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 3
Office formalities and preparation day in Kathmandu.
Day 4
Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1,840m) - 2 to 3 hours driving.
Day 5
Trek to Num (1,500m) - 5 hours walking.
Day 6
Trek to Sedua (1,540m) - 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 7
Trek to Tashigaon (2,070m) - 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 8
Trek to Khongma (3,560m) - 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 9
Rest & acclimatisation day at Khongma (3,560m).
Day 10
Trek to Mumbuk (3550m) via Shipton La (4,125m)
Day 11
Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,557m)
Day 12
Trek to Shershong. (4500m)
Day 13
Trek to Makalu South Base camp.
Day 14 - 16
Acclimatization at Base camp.
Day 17 - 50
Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge.
Day 51
Pack up Base camp, Ready for Departure.
Day 52
Descend down the valley to Yak Kharka.
Day 53
Trek to Mumbuk.
Day 54
Trek to Tashi Goan.
Day 55
Trek to Num.
Day 56
Trek to Chichila.
Day 57
Trek to Tumlingtar.
Day 58
Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Day 59
Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 60
Fly back home.

Essential Info

Price Includes
All ground transportation
All Domestic Flights
All Govt. Permits
Guide & Porters
All Meals During Trek ( B.L.D )
Twin Sharing / 3 Star Cotegory Hotel (B.B Plan)
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Insurance for Nepalese Guide & Porters
Basic Trekking Equipment: Climbing Ropes, Radio Phone, Hyper Bar Bag, Yak Expedition Duffel Bags (If required)
Trekking Map, Medical Kit
Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Kitchen & Dining Tents, 2 Men Tents, Tents for Nepalese Team Members
Kitchen Equipment, Toiletries
Cargo Flights
We also provide Ice Axe, Harnes, Crumb Punch, Walking Sticks and Helmets (if requested)
Price Excludes
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, Equipments
Personal Insurance
Personal Expenses and Tips
All Alcoholic / Non Alcoholic Beverages
Emergency Rescue Evacuation
Battery Charge for Electronic Devices

60 Days

USD 0000
Suitability: a good choice for regular, long distance hill walkers. A very high level of fitness would be required for our toughest treks and expeditions. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferable although not mandatory given sufficient experience, preparation and training. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.
  1. 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.
  2. Altitude: up to 6,500m.
  3. 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.
  4. Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.
  5. 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.
Max. altitude:
8,485 m.
Group size:
3 - 10 PAX GROUP

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Fixed Departure

Starts Dates
End Dates
Group Size
Trip Enquiry
Sept 5, 2018
Sept 15, 2018
3 - 10
Oct 9, 2018
Oct 15, 2018
3 - 10
Nov 6, 2018
Nov 15, 2018
3 - 10

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