Makalu Expedition
Makalu Expedition

Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain is one of the most challenging expeditions for the mountaineers. It is a unique and a bit different from other mountains due to its pyramid shape with four sharp ridges. This beautiful and impressive mountain is located approximately 19 km south east of Mt. Everest on the border between Nepal and China. The name Makalu was derived from the Sanskrit word "Mahakala" which stands as the aggressive form of Lord Shiva. The trip commences from Tumlingtar after 45 minutes of scenic flight. The way goes through the lovely countryside with the dramatic views of snow-capped mountains, the life style of ethnic groups of the remote area along with different sorts of flora and fauna. It takes nine days of continuous walk from Tumlingtar to approach Makalu base camp. All the management regarding camp will be already fixed there by our base camp crew. After some days of acclimatization and pre climbing training at base camp, you will be pushed up for advanced base camp for further altitude training. We descend down base camp again and rest for few days. During these days, the climbing Sherpa will fix camp one, camp two, camp three and camp four along with rope fixing then we will set out for summit push when the weather goes okay. During summit push we will ascend up and climb down for the acclimatization at camp one, camp two and camp three. If the weather is favorable and everything goes fine with you, we will head up camp four for the ultimate summit.

 

Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 02: Rest day and briefing for Makalu Expedition

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num (1560m) 45 minutes flight, 3-4 hours drive

Day 04: Num to Siduwa (1,500m) 6-7 hours

Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m) 4-5 hours

 Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m) 6-7 hours

Day 07: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Day 08: Dobate to Yangle Kharka (3,557m) 4-5 hours

Day 9: Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka or Sersung: (4,410m) 4-5 hours

Day 10: Rest day

Day 11: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

Day 12- 15: Rest day and training for further climbing

Day 16-39: Climbing Period from base camp – summit- base camp

Day 40: Preparation at base camp for returning

Day 41: Trek back to Yangle Kharka 5-6 hours

Day 42: Trek back to Mumbuk: 4-5 hours

Day 43: Trek back to Tashi gaun 5-6 hours

Day 44: Trek back to Num: 6-7 hour

Day 45: Drive back to Tumlingtar (4-5 hours)

Day 46: Fly back to Kathmandu 50 minutes

Day 47: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 48: Final departure

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will be welcomed with a great hospitality by the representative of United Brothers Trek and Expedition and assist to the hotel. By the evening, you will be invited for welcome dinner.

Day 02: Rest day and briefing for Makalu Expedition

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Num (1560m) 50 minutes flight, 3-4 hours drive

We drive to Kathmandu domestic airport early in the morning to fly Tumlingtar. It takes approximately 45 minutes and you can see the beautiful scenery of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal along with green countryside. After 45 minutes of scenic flight we will land at Tumlingtar airport, meet with our crew and catch a jeep then drive to Num. We stay overnight at normal lodge.

Day 04: Num to Siduwa (1,500m) 6-7 hours

Num is the main turning point for Makalu and Hatiya from where the ways depart separately. On the next day, we trek to Seduwa. The way descends down to Bagar through small village with rice terraces then starts slightly uphill to Seduwa. Today, you can observe the typical Nepalese culture of hilly region along with green valley of the countryside. It takes approximately 6-7 hours. We spend a night there at normal lodge.

Day 05: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2,100m) 4-5 hours

 Seduwa is one of the beautiful villages of Makalu base camp trek where a secondary school is located. From here, the trail is flat and uphill till Tashigaon. The main occupation of the local people is cultivation. Today, you can visit a monastery as well on the way to Tashigaon. After 4-5 hour of walking, we will arrive at another lovely village called Tashigaon where we spend a night at normal lodge.

Day 06: Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3,500m) 6-7 hours

Tashigaon is one of the huge Sherpa villages of this trek from where we trek to Khongma danda. The entire way is uphill and the way goes through dense forest. We have to take packed lunch for the day because there is no any good lodge on way. We continue our journey to Khongma Danda which may take at least 6-7 hours where we stay overnight at normal tea house.

Day 07: Khongma Danda to Dobate: 6-7 hours

Khongma danda is normal yak and cows pasture. From here, the way gently ascends and after 1 hours of walking you will see a small black lake. It is believed that no one is allowed to make a noise around it. If someone ignores the rules and regulation of this area, they have to face with difficulty or bad luck during their trip. We continue our journey to Dobate and you will meet again another bigger black lake. From here, the way descends through dense forest and finally gets to Dobate. It takes at least 6-7 hours.

Day 08: Dobate to Yangle Kharka (3,557m) 4-5 hours

Dobate is located in the middle of dense forest. The route descends and crosses a river flowing from Mt. Makalu. This area is taken the most dangerous route due to landslide hence we have to be careful while passing the trail. The entire way goes through the bank of Makalu rive and finally gets to Yangle Kharka. It is a huge lawn where only few lodges are available for accommodation. It takes at least 4-5 hours.

Day 9: Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka or Sersung: (4,410m) 4-5 hours

After having spent a night at Yangle Kharka Today, trail is a bit uphill, goes through tiny trees along with yak pasture to Langmale Kharka or Sersung. On the way, you can see the picturesque view of South face of Mt. Makalu if the weather is crystal. It takes almost 4-5 hours and we sleep overnight there.

Day 10: Rest day

You have full day rest for acclimatization. You can wash your clothes and relax the leisure period.

Day 11: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)

We trek to Makalu Base Camp with the picturesque views of Mt. Makalu 1st, Makalu 2nd, Lhotse, Lhotse Syar, Everest, Barunche and Chamyang. We have to take packed lunch, chocolate and water for the day. We have to go through glacier while heading up to Makalu Base Camp.

Day 12- 15: Rest day and training for further climbing

During this days, we will do training, preparation, hiking to advance base camp and ritual activities (Puja) for Makalu Expedition

Day 16-39: Climbing Period from base camp – summit- base camp

We will go to advance base camp, camp 1, camp 2, camp3 and camp 4 then summit and return back to base camp. During these days we will do a lot of acclimatization for summit. If you are physically, mentally fit and the weather condition is good then we will push up for summit and return back to base camp.

Day 40: Preparation at base camp for returning

Today, we will rest and packing up the thing for returning back to Kathmandu.

Day 41: Trek back to Yangle Kharka 5-6 hours

We will return back to Yangle Kharka through the same route

Day 42: Trek back to Mumbuk: 4-5 hours

As usual we start our journey after breakfast. We carry on our trip back to Mumbuk from the same way.

Day 43: Trek back to Tashi gaun 5-6 hours

Mumbuk is a beautiful village and from here we return back to Tashi gaun which may take approximately 5-6 hours.

Day 44: Trek back to Num: 6-7 hour

On the next day, we come down to Num and stay overnight.

Day 45: Drive back to Tumlingtar (4-5 hours)

We catch a jeep and head to Tumlingtar which takes about 4-5 hours.

Day 46: Fly back to Kathmandu

Tumlingtar is the last point of our trek from where we fly back to Kathmandu which may take 50 minutes.

Day 47: Free day in Kathmandu

You have whole day leisure today and you can do shopping and explore around the city. By the evening we invite you for farewell dinner.

Day 48: Final departure

We will drop you to the airport for final departure.

What is Included in the Cost

  • Arrival and departure transportation by private vehicle

  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • welcome and farewell dinner

  • Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu flight tickets

  • Flight tickets up and down for staffs and Liaison officer

  • Bonus for Liaison officer

  • Tumlingtar/Num/Tumlingtar transportation

  • Permit fees for Makalu Expedition

  • Makalu Barun National Park fees

  • Welcome and farewell dinner

  • Foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea and coffee during the trekking and expedition period

  • Summit rope fixing charge

  • Garbage deposit for expedition

  • All the paper work and government taxes

  • Government Liaison Officer

  • An English speaking and government license holder trekking guide

  • Experienced and well-trained base camp cook and kitchen helpers

  • Porters up to Base Camp and return from base camp to Tumlingtar

  • Wages, equipment, food, accommodation and insurance for all involved staffs during expedition period

  • Tents (dining, kitchen, toilet, hot shower, communication), mattress, pillow, table, chair and other necessary equipment at base camp

  • Generator and solar panel for light and charging any electronic devices

  • We will provide heater at the base camp for member and staff

  • Walkie-talkie per member and climbing staff as required

  • Satellite phone available during your expedition (chargeable as per use)

  • First aid medical kit for the group

  • EPI gas and gas burner, dynamic climbing rope, ice screws, snow shovel, snow bars

  • Oxygen bottles and mask regulator for clients and climbing Sherpa above base camp during the expedition period

  • Tents for members at Base Camp and above base camp during the expedition period 

What is Excluded in the Cost

  • International flight tickets

  • Visa fees in Nepal

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Personal expenditure (bar bills and laundry)

  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu

  • Tips for guide and porters

  • Special filming, camera and drone permit fees

  • Travel insurance and high-altitude insurance (accident, medical and helicopter rescue)

  • Phone calls and internet

  • Summit bonus for personal climbing Sherpa

Trip dates trip price trip status
04 Apr, 2021 - 22 May, 2021 0.00 Available

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tirp fact

  • Duration : 48 days
  • Trip Grade : Difficult
  • Trip Area : Makalu
  • Type of Trek : Expedition
  • Group Size : 2-14
  • Maximum Height : 8,485m
  • Best season : April and May
  • Starting Point : Tumlingtar
  • Ending Point : Tumlingtar

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