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.
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.
This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
A full expedition briefing will be given in the morning then in the afternoon you can purchase last minute items in Kathmandu, pack your bags etc. Overnight at Hotel.
The flight to Tumlingtar takes about 45 minutes, on arrival we will have lunch at a local lodge then we take jeeps along a rough road to the busy market town of Khandbari then we continue driving along the increasingly rough road passing terraced fields and then further up through forest to the village of Chichila located at the top of a ridge. Overnight camping
If the weather is clear in the morning there is a superb view of the Himalayas including Makalu from Chichila. After breakfast we start walking through a forest of rhododendron and bamboo followed by oak further along the ridge. For the rest of the day we follow the ridge where on a clear day there are further fine views of Makalu and Chamlang. After lunch we reach the small Sherpa village of Mure and then descend to the village of Num. Num is set on a promontory above the Arun river with good views over the valley towards Sedua village. Overnight camping.
From Num we descend steeply through terraced fields and jungle to the Arun river at an altitude of 650m. We cross the suspension bridge over the fast flowing Arun river and then have a steep climb up to the village of Sedua. The entry checkpoint for Makalu-Barun National Park is in this village. Overnight camping.
We continue climbing out of the valley through rhododendron and bamboo then start traversing through terraced rice fields to Manigaon village. From here the trail contours through forest and farmland to reach the school at the entrance to Tashigaon village. Our camp is in the higher part of the village next to several teahouse lodges. Tashigaon is the last village until we get to Chhukung in the Everest as there are no permanent settlements in Barun valley. Overnight camping.
From Tashigaon there is a steady climb through forest, and after a while, it starts to open out with more rhododendrons until we reach a few huts at Chipla. We camp further along the ridge to Khongma where there is a teahouse lodge with tent terraces. Overnight camping.
After a rapid ascent of 1,400m yesterday it is essential to take a rest day to help your acclimatisation before crossing Shipton La (4,216m) tomorrow. We will organise an optional morning walk along Khongma Danda (ridge) towards Shipton La, this is useful to help the acclimatisation process by “climbing high and sleeping low”. There is a superb view from Khongma looking eastwards towards Kanchenjunga. Overnight camping.
Today we will first climb on steep switchbacks to a ridge at 3840 m, from where there is a very nice view of Chhamlang, Peak 6 (6739m) and Peak 7 (6105m). We will follow the ridge through a rhododendron forest for a while and then go up to the first of three passes we must cross today, which is Ghungru La (4050m). Descend to a small turquoise lake after which we will ascend again through Shipton Pass. We then have to pass Keke La (4150m) after which we will enter a valley filled with rhododendron forest and continue on to our campstite at Mumbuk (7 hrs).
Trekking through dense rhododendron forests, we trek towards Yangri Kharka. On our way, we may come across yaks grazing in the field. The yaks are the chief transportation means in these regions. Overnight camping.
we continue our trek walking on moraines and pass small Himalayan villages to reach Langmale Kharka. Climbing on a steep trail alongside Barun Nadi, we walk through icy glaciers and ridges to reach Shershong. South east ridge of Mount Makalu emerges when we reach Shersong. Overnight camping.
We relish the beauty of Mt. Makalu (8481m) on our way to the base camp. We trek for an hour or two to finally reach Makalu Base Camp. The panorama of the Himalayas from the base camp is jaw-dropping. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. Overnight camping.
Today, we explore the Makalu Base Camp vicinity with a superb panorama of Makalu from the south face, Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), and the other Himalayas in eastern Nepal. We relish the beauty of the surrounding glaciers and glacial lakes. We can also hike a little up to Barun Glacier and make a side trip to the tranquil Barun Pokhari. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.
Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge.
Organize gears and porters to load and get ready for departure.
Descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yak Kharka.
Descend down to green valley through rock fall.
Take a long and steep walk down to Tashigaon.
Descend down to Arun Khola, Sedua and then hike through forest to reach Num.
Mostly easy walking to Chinchila.
Today is the last day of our trek. We relish the joy of trekking along steep trials with the beautiful panorama of Mt. Makalu (8481m) for the last time before reaching Tumlingtar.
After a successful trek, we fly back to the capital enjoying the beautiful aerial view of the mountains. Feel free to spend your leisure time as you please.
Overnight at Hotel.
The rest of the day you are free to relax in Kathmandu or to go shopping, normally groups will meet up in the evening for a farewell meal.
Overnight at Hotel
Transfer from hotel to Kathmandu airport for your flight back home.
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
We also provide Ice Axe, Harnes, Crumb Punch, Walking Sticks and Helmets (if requested)
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, Equipments
Personal Expenses and Tips
All Alcoholic / Non Alcoholic Beverages
Emergency Rescue Evacuation
Battery Charge for Electronic Devices
- 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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