Trip Grade Extreme
Duration: 52 Nights/53 Days
Max. Altitude: 8463M
Destination: Nepal
Region: 8000m Peaks
Activity: Climbing & Expedition
Theme: Peak Climbing & Expedition

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Makalu (8463m) Expedition

Mount Makalu (8463m) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. Mount Makalu is located in Makalu Barun National Park; lies 19 kilometers southeast of the Mahalangur Himalayas of Mount Everest. Located in between Nepal and Tibet border, Mount Makalu is Nepal’s fourth highest mountain which is one of isolated peak whose shape is four-sided pyramid. Mount Makalu can be climbed from South East Ridge and the Northwest Ridge. Mount Makalu is considered as one of easy 8000-meter mountain to climb in terms of technicality. Trekking Experts offers this Makalu Expedition to bring you to the top of world’s fifth highest mountain.

 

Makalu Expedition with Trekking Experts begins with scenic flight to Tumlingtar and trek through Makalu Barun national park. Trekking in breathtaking Makalu Barun National park to reach base camp of Mount Makalu offers you beautiful forests, villages, landscapes and breathtaking views of snowy mountains. Trekking in the national park following Num (1800m), Sheduwa (1510m), Tashi Gaon (2070m),Khongma(3760m), Mumbuk (3550m), Yangri Kharka (3600m), Sherson (4800m) and finally Makalu base camp (4870m) is one the perfect stages for acclimatization. The approach to Makalu is beautiful and elegant, the Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind. With seven valleys radiating from Mt. Makalu and it’s almost symmetrical four ridges it presents an incredible symmetrical elegance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna of Nepal. Diverse ethnic communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa have inhibited the lower parts of country. From the top of Mount Makalu, you’ll have panoramic views of giant 8000-meter mountain including Mount Everest and other surrounding mountains.

Trip Highlights

Climb the fifth highest mountain in the world Mount Makalu (8463m)

Off-the-beaten trekking trail and local tea houses

Takes you deep into the high Himalaya

Giant mountains Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse are all in view

Stunning Arun and Varun river valley

Encounter with indigenous groups of Rai, Limbu, Sherpa and Lhomi

Various flora and fauna with the colorful forest of rhododendron

Can be seen endangered animals like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Wild Boar and more 420 varieties of birds

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • N/A
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today you’ll visit around Kathmandu at the same time Trekking Experts will be preparing for climbing. One of you who will randomly picked as the Team Leader in the group needs to visit Department of Tourism for permit formalities. It will be just for about an hour only. And you can continue your tour around Kathmandu. There are several world heritage sites in Kathmandu and you can visit three among them. Most probably you’ll visit Boudanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to airport before 1.5 hours of your flight time. And then will fly to Tumlingtar which takes about 45 minutes. The flight leads you overlooking range of snowcapped peaks of Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga. Then you’ll meet your trekking crew (Guide, Sherpa, and Porters) at Tumlingtar airport and will pack up your baggage then drive to Num (1505m) which takes about 5 hours drive in a bumpy road takes to by local vehicle. The first day drive trail leads you the cool and serene forest of rhododendron, oaks and hemlocks as we climb to the top of the ridge, from the top it is almost downhill for two hours to the overnight camp at Num, which is a small village with about fifteen houses and a primary school on the large flat ground, from where we have good view of our route for the next couple of days. Then will check-in local lodge there.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1505 meter

After breakfast, you’ll descend incredibly steep and terraced slopes towards the Arun River, nearly 800 meters below. The lower slopes of this narrow valley are densely forested and the paths are quite slippery, after reaching the bottom, cross the suspension bridge across the torrential Arun River, and climb back out of the rain forest, reaching our lunch place at Runruma. Further walk steep climb takes you up to Seduwa a village with a small health post and a primary school. On the way Makalu National Park starts and we register our permits.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5 Hours Walk
  • 1530 meter

After breakfast, today you have easy and pleasant short walk to Tashi Gaon with the elevation of 2065m from sea level which takes you to rural farm villages, on the gradual trail through the farm fields and terraces, as you come near to Tashi Gaon, it's an uphill climb for an hour through the millet and rice fields. And it takes about 4/5 hrs to reach TashiGaoin, check-in in local lodge and free time to explore the village around.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2065 meter

After breakfast, you’ll we start your walking to reach our today’s destination point. The trail leads you towards the Khongma La, it is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. You’ll walk through the beautiful shade of the rhododendron and oaks forest, after leaving the dense forest coming to a summer pastures with traces of temporary made shepherd huts. From here onwards to Kahuma ridge is strenuous uphill climb, as the tree lines declines for the bushes of rhododendron and juniper. You'll stay here and can be seen scenic mountain ranges. Check-in at local basic lodge there and refresh with the scenic views of mountains.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3562 meter

After breakfast, you’ll gradually climb uphill towards the Shipton La (4220m) which takes few hours. After that you’ll reach KaloPokhari pass over the Keke Lake at 4152m.Then you’ll descent through the beautiful valley of Dobate (Dobato). During the trail you’ll also cross the pass (Shipton La), see the lake KaloPokhari and will see the vegetations, woods of pines, hemlock, birch and rhododendrons etc.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3520 meter

After breakfast, you’ll start with gentle walking towards rhododendron forest which leads you to the Barun valley, one of the least explored areas in the eastern Himalayan region of Nepal. This unique landscapes of the MakaluBarun National Park with many species of flowering plants, bird species and species of mammals, including the endangers clouded leopard, red panda and musk deer. As you reach the lush alpine area of Barun Valley the walk is very pleasant with gradual uphill slopes, following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards YangleKharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3610 meter

After having morning breakfast, you’ll trek following the Barun River upstream on the valley gorge towards Nehe-Kharka, one of the summer pastures for the local folks of Tashi and Navagaun. Onwards crossing the wooden bridge on the Barun River and walk on the boulders, where is a large prayer wall at Ramara, after 2-3 hours walk the vegetation gets sparse, although the rhododendron, barberries, cotoneaster and juniper bushes persist for some time.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4200 meter

After breakfast, you’ll trek towards Sherson (4650m) which is known as lower base camp of Makalu. There are number of stone enclosures at this high grazing ground with outstanding view of host of peaks, including the upper part of Makalu south face, and Mt. Baruntse 7,220m and at Sherson. From Shersonyou’ll continue your walking to Makalu Base camp, which takes about ¾ hrs. You’ll reach Barun glacier, near the glacier we see a glacial pond which is known as BarunPokhari. After a climb on the moraine ridge, for more spectacular views of Mt.Makalu, and of the usual hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which looms above the Barun glacier to the North West.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4870 meter

Today you have full free to rest and acclimatize.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 4870 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll ascend further to Advance Base Camp which will be base camp for this expedition. Upon arrival at Advance base camp, your crew will set up base camp there. Advanced base camp is located on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Himalaya.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6 Hours Walk
  • 5600 meter

  • From today you have approximately 30 days for Mount Makalu climbing. During these days you’ll do rotations to higher camps, practice climbing, set up higher camps and supply necessary food and gears to higher camps. In the mean time, your climbing Sherpas will also fix the ropes in higher camps for climbing. Depending on the weather and other conditions you’ll make summit Makalu (8463m) and back to Base camp.
 
  • On first day in Advance Base Camp, your crew will organize a Pooja (praying) ceremony for successful summit. After spending 2/3 nights at advance base camp (the base camp for this expedition), your guide will review your mountaineering skills and provide you some knowledge about mountaineering. During these days you’ll practice climbing, acclimatize, climb to higher camps and summit too. In the mean time your climbing team will be supplying necessary climbing gears, high altitude foods, oxygen etc to higher mountain and also set up camps in camp I, Camp II, Camp III and Camp IV if necessary. After spending some days in Advance Base Camp, you’ll climb to Camp I (6400m). From Advance Base Camp, the first section of glacier you will encounter grassy slopes, rock slabs and moraine. Once on the glacier you will encounter mixed terrain including a few crevasses and 200m of blue ice. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about an hour after that you reach the crampon point at the mouth of the glacier; the glacier portion takes about 2 hours. For average climbers it takes about 3-4 hours. You’ll also spend some night at Camp I. And will move further to Camp II (6800m). The climbing from camp I to camp II is considered the moderate technical. During this section you’ll encounter the heart of ice and snow. The first section is slogging over snow for about an hour, and then you encounter several steep sections of ice; there are small sections of ice fall that do not require ladder. These sections can be crossed with the support of fixed ropes, a few big steps and some steep snow climbing. For most people this is the crux of the route. Camp II is situated above the snowy terrace. After reaching camp II, you’ll return to Advance Base Camp again to adjust high altitude and to gain some energy.
 
  • After spending some days in Advance base camp, you’ll again climb up to Camp I, Camp II and Camp III (7450m). The distance from camp II to camp III is the longest section of the route, it extends 600m. It does not require any ladder crossings, but there are a few crevasses that are roughly a half meter long that need to be jumped. The main ropes are fixed by a climbing Sherpa team. This section for most climbers feels easier, but still it is not to be taken lightly. The climbing is on sustained slopes and there is exposure to cold and wind. Although in spring there have been reports of direct sun hitting this section making it feel very warm. Some climbers attempt summit from Camp III without setting up Camp IV. Depending on weather report and other conditions you’ll push your summit of Mount Makalu. If necessary, Camp IV will be set up at 7900 meters from sea level. Camp III to Camp IV will be short distance. In this section you have to climb for 3 hours on steep snow that is on a 50º-55º slope. This section is little dangerous in the autumn season because the snow slope is covering a layer of ice which make the section avalanche prone. Camp IV will be used just for take short rest before summit push. From Camp IV, you’ll start your summit attempt at around 11-12 PM. If all goes well you’ll reach the summit between 7-10am. Below the main summit is a false summit, the main summit is reached via an exposed ridge. It takes about 5 hours to return to Camp 4 from the summit and another 2 hours to get to camp three for overnight stay. The climbing is not technical in the early part as you ascend through several basins with short snow headwalls. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit for a spectacular view of the mighty Himalaya. Your climbing Sherpas will fix ropes, break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the fifth highest mountain in the world. After spending sometime at the top, you’ll descend to lower camps and to base camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Today, you’ll take rest after successful summit in the mean time your crew will clean up the base camp, pack up all the materials for descend to Yangle Kharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 5600 meter

After breakfast, you’ll trek down to Ramche over the Yalung glacier by retracing your steps.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3610 meter

After breakfast you’ll trek down to Dobato today by following your own steps.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3520 meter

After breakfast you’ll trek down to Khongma La today by following the same trail that you’d already trekked.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3562 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll trek to Seduwa.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1530 meter

After breakfast, today you’ll trek to Num.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1505 meter

After breakfast you’ll catch your local jeep/bus and drive to Tumlingtar.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1700 meter

Depending on your flight to Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to airport and say good bye to your entire crew. You’ll take an hour flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you’ll receive by Trekking Experts representative and drop you to hotel. And then you’ll have free time to relax at hotel.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today is your last day in Nepal so prepare for departure, packing and returning gear. A massage is highly recommended to relax your tired muscles before your long haul flight home. Tour leader of the trip visits Department of Tourism for some Government formalities after the trip as De-Briefing. In the evening you’ll have farewell dinner at local Nepalese restaurant with typical cultured dances.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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What’s Included

4 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast 48 nights at Everest Base Camp in tented camps on single tent with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Tumlingtar and Tumlingtar -Kathmandu flight with airport taxes 60 kg baggage per person for trek

Makalu National Park Fee Makalu Expedition Permit Fee Makalu Special Trekking Permit Fee Rope Fixing Charge Insurance for guide in order to obtain permit 1 Government Laison Officer with his/her insurance, food allowance and flights

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 expedition cooks and required kitchen helpers at base camp 2 porters for every member to carry personal baggage All required porters to carry camping equipment, food, fuel and climbing gears for Tumlingtar-base camp and base camp to Tumlingtar

1 professional high altitude climbing Sherpa for every two members (2:1 ratio) with his daily wages, climbing equipment and carry bonus charges

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner Support for tented camp, food and porters’ services for Base Camp All required insurance for entire trekking and climbing crew Support for transfer of cargos

1 sleeping tent for every member 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Store Tents Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only 2 pairs of walki-talkies 1 Satellite Phone (rental) Comprehensive First Aid Kit 1 Gamov Bag

2-men high altitude sleeping tent for sharing basis Required Coffel Set and Gas burner/Epi Stoves High Altitude food for both Sherpas and members Climbing Gear in the mountains such as fixed rope, main rope, snow bars, snow shovel, carabiners etc. Cooking set in the mountain such as Epi gases, gas burner, cooking pots etc for members and sherpas 2 Oxygen Bottle for every member (4 ltr) 1 Oxygen Bottle for every HA Sherpa (4 ltr) 1 set mask & Regulator for every member 1 set mask & Regulator for every HA Sherpa

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Additional High-Altitude Sherpa if required (2:1 HA Sherpa is included) Summit Bonus and Non-summit bonus for all HA Sherpas Additional Oxygen if required Cost for second attempt if first is failed Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking/climbing crew

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