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Characterized by a pyramid shaped summit, Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is located along the Nepal-China border just 20km southeast of Everest.
Mt Makalu was first climbed by a French expedition team on May 15, 1955. The expedition was led by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy and Sirdar Gyaltsen Norbu Sherpa. The team reached the summit via the north face and northeast ridge, which involved overcoming the bridge between Makalu and Kangchungtse. Other routes are the North western ridge route and the west route, the latter being the most dangerous option.
Makalu is one of the technically challenging mountains to climb. Climbers will face steep climbs, wind exposed ridges and rock climbing challenges. The journey will involve navigating through moraines, glaciers and steep slopes of ice and snow. A total of four camps after base camp will be required to finally reach the summit. The base camp is set up roughly at the altitude of 5,600m and the fourth camp at 7800m.
As part of the expedition program you will trek through Barun Valley and Makalu Barun National Park which is home to great ethnic and biodiversity.
● Climb the fifth highest mountain on earth Mt. Makalu
● Enjoy magical views of Kanchenjunga and other tallest peaks from the summit
● Trek through the pristine Makalu Barun National Park
● Trek up to Nepal-Tibet border
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Five nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accomodation in a tea house during the trekking trails.
● Full board meals during trek & climbing period– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa climbing guide (Expedition Leader), porters and supporting staff.
● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.
● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Makalu Expedition.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Makalu expedition.
● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Makalu climbing expedition.
● Insurance for all staff
● All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent, etc
● Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Makalu expedition
● Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on the Makalu expedition.
● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.
● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Personal Climbing Gears.
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Rescue and evacuation
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles
5. Climbing Gears
● Ice Axe
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover
● Water Bottles
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter
8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment
All accommodations for the Makalu expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trekking and expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay five nights at a 3-Star Hotel (could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trekking trail you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail as well as climbing period too.
For the Makalu expedition there will be a license holder, professional climbing sherpa guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this expedition for groups of any size.
Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 10 people.
Our staff will be there to receive you upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport. From there you will be dropped to your hotel where you can relax and rest. Later visit our office where you will attend a short briefing about your trip by your trek/tour guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you will visit the Department of Tourism where the official representative will offer you a briefing about do’s and don’ts of mountaineering. Rest of the afternoon your mountaineering guide will make final logistic preparation. Overnight in hotel.
Catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar which lasts about 35 minutes. Daily flights operate from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Then take a 3 hrs drive from Tumlingtar on a fairly dusty and ungravelled road to Num via Khandbari. Num is situated right above Arun river giving a good view of the valley. Stay overnight in Num.
After breakfast start your trekking from Num. The trail passes through terraced fields descending to Lumbang and then crosses Arun river. From here climb up a steep trail towards Seduwa. The trek takes almost 4-5 hrs. Overnight in lodge.
Today you will begin to experience rural Nepal. The trail gradually ascends to Manigaon with beautiful views of farming terraces. The section ahead till Tashigaon is as romantic as the previous one. Overnight in lodge.
Prepare yourself for some challenging walks. Leaving Tashigaon the trail climbs up steeply through a rhododendron and magnolia forest and on to a ridge flanked by meadows. Cross the settlement of Chipla and continue to climb a rocky trail to Khongma. This is a good viewpoint to catch Kanchenjunga peak. Stay overnight in lodge.
This is a full day rest in order to acclimatize with the weather. You can hike up to Khongma hill to appreciate the beauty around and snowy peaks on the horizon. Stay overnight in Khognma Danda.
The trail moves higher as you will cross a high pass called Shipton La. Within 2 hrs, you will have the pass on a rocky path. This section up to Shipton La offers great views of Mt. Chamalang and other peaks. Ahead you will again have to encounter another pass called Keke La from where it is just 1 hr walk up to Dobato. Stay overnight in Dobato.
Also called Yangle or Yangri Kharka, our destination for today. Have a warm breakfast and then follow the trail passing through forests and small streams. In no time you will enter Barun Valley featuring alpine woodland and kharkas. Stay overnight at Yangri Kharka.
This is a high alpine zone with no settlements anywhere. The trail leaving Yangri goes past several other herders. The cool breeze from the icy summits nearby will give you an authentic mountain experience. Keep climbing continuously to reach Langmale Kharka which is another vantage point to see snow capped peaks.
You will spend this day exploring the surrounding areas. In the afternoon rest and relax.
This is a special day of your trekking. Get ready to hike up to Makalu Base Camp from Langmale Kharka, a journey of about 4-5 hrs. Follow the trail that is barren except for glacier moraines in some sections. As you approach Shersong, a highland pasture, you will have already caught the first glimpse of towering Mt. Makalu. Stay overnight near Makalu Base Camp.
Today you will explore Hillary Base Camp and acclimatize with the weather. Your Sherpa and mountaineering leader will conduct mountaineering training and impart required skills for climbing. Overnight camping.
Wake up early and partake in a warm breakfast. Afterwards, you will begin your way towards Advance Base Camp. The base camp offers magnificent views of the north face of Mt. Makalu.
This day marks your return journey. Descend the same trail you used to come up. It should take you less than 4 hrs to reach Yangri Kharka. Stay overnight in Yangri Kharka.
The trek from Yangri to Dobato is straightforward and easy. You will follow the forested path occasionally crossing over streams. Overnight inlodge.
The trail gradually drops from the alpine zone as the vegetation becomes much greener and perennial. Initially path follows a stone staircase. In no time you make your way back down to Khongma Danda. Cross over Keke La, Shipton La and Ghungru La passes. Enjoy the views of Chamalang, Peak 6 and Peak 7 from Khongma ridge. Stay overnight in Khongma Danda.
After morning breakfast, get back on the forested trail. Cross streams, pass meadows and make a long descend of almost 1400m to Tashigaon. Further make your way through rhododendron and maple forests winding through meadows and farms. Once you reach Chyaksadanda, the trail descends to Manigaon and then on to Seduwa village. Stay overnight in Seduwa.
As you return from Seduwa, you will cross the national park checkpoint. All of a sudden, further down on the trail you will be greeted by colorful farms of rice, maize and barley. On the way back to Num you will pass one more village of Lumbang. Stay overnight in Num.
After breakfast prepare yourself to drive back to Tumlingtar. The road is rough and takes about 3 hrs to arrive in Tumlingtar. Explore Tumlingtar bazaar in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Tumlingtar.
Catch an early flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu. This scenic flight will be about 35 minutes. In Kathmandu you will be taken to your pre-booked hotel. In the evening enjoy a stroll through Thamel streets. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Enjoy a leisure and rest day in Kathmandu. You visit nearby sites or just stroll around Thamel to buy gift and souvenir items. Overnight in a hotel.
Time to bid you farewell. Our staff will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch international flights for your onward journey.