Makalu Expedition - 50 days


    ● Adventurous and wild trail.

    ● See superb scenery throughout the trail.

    ● Explore beautiful villages.

    ● Experience rich culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the locals.

    ● Reach Makalu Base Camp.

    ● Stay overnight in different camps before reaching summit.

    ● Reach the summit of the world's fifth highest mountains, Mt. Makalu.

    ● Witness panoramic views of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Peak 7, Peak 6, Chamlang, and several other mountains.

In the spring of 1954, an American team led by William Siri first reached the summit of Mt. Makalu (8,485 m). known as the fifth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Makalu is situated 19 km southeast of Mt. Everest in Mahalangur Himalayas at the border of Nepal and China. The beautiful four-sided pyramid shape of the mountain has attracted mountaineers after the first ascent. The southeast ridge and the northwest ridge are the main climbing routes to the top of the mountains.
Mt. Makalu Expedition will present you with a tempting view of Barun Valley along with stunning contrasts of lush green forests, high waterfalls, deep gorges, craggy rocks, snow-capped mountains, and colorful flowers. The expedition will present you with varied climate zones and vegetation. Along with numerous species of flora and fauna, you will see the culture and lifestyle of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa people.

With Peak Explorer, you will have the safest journey to the top of the peak. We are cautious of all the problems that can arise during climbing and are well prepared for it. Our guides are highly experienced who have scaled this mountain before.

Himalayan Penchant

Makalu Expedition is a lifetime journey that will take you to the top of the world's fifth highest mountain. From lush forests to the shrubs of the subalpine zone, you will get to see a wide range of vegetation. Likewise, the distinct culture and tradition of the villages will add zest of religious value. The stunning landscape and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains are one more thing to look after. You can see snow-capped mountains like Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Peak 7 (6,758 m), Peak 6 (6,524 m), Chamlang (7,321 m), and several other mountains.

Makalu Expedition landmark

Reaching the top of Mt. Makalu is the main landmark of this journey. You will pass by Makalu Base Camp from where you will see a superb view of the mountains. Likewise, Makalu Barun National Park is another landmark of the trek. Most of the trail goes through the national park home to unspoiled flora & fauna. And, how can we forget about the fine villages where you will come across a completely different lifestyle, yet more fulfilling than us.

Culture & Ethnic Diversity

During the expedition, you will see ethnic groups like Newar, Limbu, Rai, etc. along the way. The people of this region are either Hindus or Buddhists. They have been practicing and protecting their culture and tradition given by their ancestors. In the higher elevation, you will see the influence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Natural Aptitude

Makalu Expedition trail goes along the Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area established in 1992. The entire area is extremely rich in flora and fauna. You will be in the heaven of herbal plants. As the elevation increases, the national park will present you range of climate and vegetation. Forests of birch, rhododendron, fir can be seen in the lower elevation, whereas as herbs, grasses, and juniper shrubs will be seen in the higher altitude.

There is a large variety of orchid, aromatic plants, oak, primrose, and 19 species of bamboo. Likewise, the national park is home to many endangered animals like musk dees, ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, red pandas, leopards, etc. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.

Makalu Expedition difficulty

Climbing Mt. Makalu is very difficult. You have to walk on glacial and snowy paths crossing several moraines, crevasses, and snow walls. Plus, the thin air and high altitude will make the journey even more difficult. Previous trekking experience along with strong physical fitness and high endurance is needed to go on this expedition. At, Peak Explorer, you will get the most professional team that will help you to scale Mt. Makalu successfully.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

Not to mention the Makalu Expedition does include chances of altitude sickness. Also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), it is a common illness that can happen to anyone regardless of their age and fitness. Even though it is a common thing during high altitude journey, but can be life-threatening. Therefore, it is very important to acclimatize the body properly.

Following are the things you can do to reduce the chances of getting AMS:

● Drink plenty of water.

● Avoid alcoholic drinks.

● Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary.

● Carry general medication of AMS.

● Drop down to lower elevation if you find yourself getting AMS.

● Inform your guide immediately.

● Don't push yourself to complete the journey if your symptoms did not get in control.

Transportation and Bag Pack

Makalu Expedition begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, and from here, you will drive to Num. Num is the starting point of the expedition and gradually ascends to the top of Mt. Makalu.

Food and Accommodation during Makalu Expedition

During the Makalu Expedition, you will be staying overnight in the teahouse at the lowest elevation. The rooms in teahouses are generally small with a common washroom. You will get a bed and a few other furniture in the room. However, the dining area is usually cozy, and you can spend time in there. In the base camp and high camp, you will stay overnight in camp.

The foods will be served as the menu of the teahouse. You can expect to get dishes like curries, rice, bread, momo, noodles, tea, coffee, eggs, etc. As the elevation gets higher the cost of food will get higher and the menu also gets limited to a few items. During your stay in camps, the food will be cooked by porters.

Best Season to go on Makalu Expedition

Spring and Autumn is the best time to go on Mt. Makalu Expedition. The stable weather and clear sky make climbing a little easy. Likewise, the views are also prominent. Months from March to May fall under Spring, whereas months from October to November fall under Autumn.

Makalu Expedition cost

Makalu Expedition cost depends on the itinerary and facilities you are willing to have during the climbing. The more facilities you will add, the more cost will get higher. Remember, you will be trekking in a completely isolated part of the world with no human trace. Therefore, lots of preparation and amenities needed to be carried to the base camp and high camp. All of this drastically increases the price. However, the experience you will get and the view you will see is more than the worth you will pay to summit Mount Makalu.

Essential Document

Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:

● Passport & Visa.

● Travel Insurance.

● Extra Photos.

● Permits.

● Cash (as per need).

What is done in Base camp?

At the base camp, your guide will teach you basic uses of climbing gear. He will teach you how to properly use gears like harness, rope, ice-ax, etc. Likewise, he will brief you about the route and the issues you might have to face. You will go on a short hike or climb nearby small peaks to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level.

Training and Climbing Strategy (Makalu South East Ridge)

Makalu Advanced Base Camp (5,600 m/18,372 ft):

Located on a rocky moraine, Makalu Advance Base Camp is the place where you will spend most of the time for preparation before climbing. The tents will be set with a walking distance between the groups. With us, you will get a personal tent, shower tent, toilet tent, and dining tent. Everything will be arranged for you before your arrival. At the base camp, you will meet with your other crew member along with climbing Sherpa.

Makalu Camp 1 (6,400 m/21,000 ft); 3-4hrs:

You will moved towards Camp I at 6,400 meters. Walking on grassy slopes, rock slabs, and moraine, you will reach the first glacier section. From here, you will cross a few crevasses and 200 m blue ice. After an hour climb on the morine, you reach the mouth of the glacier. Another couple hours of walk and you will pass the glacier portin. Camp I is divided into two sections, Lower Camp I and Upper Camp I. The distance between the two is 100 m/328f t. So, Camp 1 is fixed between 6,400 m to 6,500 m.

Makalu Camp II (6,800 m/22,310 ft); 2½hrs:

The route to Camp II is known as moderate technical. You will come across the heart of ice and snow. After an hour long walk on snow, you will face several step sections of ice. There is also a small ice fall that do no require ladder to cross. You can cross these ice fall with the support of fixed rope, some steep snow climbing, and a few big steps. This part of the climb can be tough for some people. Just above the snowy terrace, you will see tents.

Makalu Camp III (7,450 m/24,445 ft); 4hrs:

Distance from Camp II to Camp III is the longest part of the route. It extends upto 600m/1,968ft. You will not need any ladder crossings, however you will come across small crevasses that can be cross with jump. Sherp guide will fix the main rope. The route may seem easy to you but do not feel at ease because you will be exposed to harsh cold and wind. This is the camp that 40% of climbers plan to do their summit push from. As per the situation, this will be your last camp before summit or there will be one more camp.

Makalu Camp IV (7,900 m/25,918f t):

Camp IV is nearby the Camp III, however you are now close to the death zone. The oxygen level is very low at this altitude so any effort might feel arduous. You will climb for around three hours on a steep snow that is on a 50º-55º slope. This part can be dangerous during the autumn season. You will cross Seignior Wall. Camp IV will be set up just above Makalu La.

Makalu Summit (8,485 m/27,838 ft); 16-17 hrs:

You will begin climbing around 11:00 pm to 12:00 am, so that you can reach summit between 7 to 10 am. Below the main summit is a false summit, the main summit is reached via an exposed ridge. After the summit, you will walk for around five hours to walk back to Camp IV and another couple hours walk will take you to Camp III. The climbing is not technical. You will ascend through several basins with short snow headwalls. Our Sherpa guides will put every effort to take you to the top of the world's fifth highest mountain and bring you back safely.

Extra Personal Expenditure

The package cost does not include your expenditure. It can be anything from taking a hot shower to having some food. As the elevation will get higher you have to pay for little basic services as well as to charge your appliances. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATM machines available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.

Safety & Precaution in Expedition

Expedition is not something to be taken lightly. It is a journey, where your life's on the risk if anything goes wrong. There are so many things that need to be taken care of before and during the expedition. From preparing of the gears to setting the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.

Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:

● Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations.

● Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey.

● Follow the lead of your guide.

● Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely.

● In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively.

● Collect enough information on the weather and temperature.

● Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.

● Take plenty of rest and acclimate your body on the trail.

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu & transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Upon your arrival at the airport, one of our team members will pick you and take you to the hotel. He will brief you about the day program and leave you to rest. Later, in the evening, you will have a welcome dinner organized by the company.

Day 2: Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition briefing and Preparing

This is a free day in Kathmandu. You can go on a guided sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the day time, you will meet with your guide, and he will brief you about the expedition. You and your guide will arrange all the equipment and get ready for the trip.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)

After breakfast, you will fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingta. From here, you will drive to Num where you will stop for the night.

Day 4: Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,510m)

The trail descends steeply through lush forests and terraced farms and takes you to the Barun River. Crossing the river, you will ascend steeply to reach the other side. From here onwards, Makalu Barun National Park begins. You will register your entry permits here and move to Seduwa.

Day 5: Trek from Sheduwa to TashiGaun (2,070m)

You will ascend along with enjoying the view of Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khol on the east. The trail then crosses hillside through fine villages and paddy fields to take you to lovely Tashi Gaon. These villages are surrounded by wonderful views of the Himalayan mountains.

Day 6: Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (rest day)

This is your rest day at Tashi Gaon. You will spend the day exploring around the village and interacting with locals. It is a very good chance to look into the daily lifestyle and culture of the locals residing here.

Day 7: Trek from TashiGaun to Khongma Danda (3,760m)

Today, the trail will be little challenging as most part includes steep paths. After breakfast, you will ascend through a forest to a stream, and then onto a ridge. Further, you will trek slowly and pass Kharka and follow a series of rough stone stairs to reach the top of the ridge. You will then descend and reach Khongma Danda for a night stay.

Day 8: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3,520m)

You will ascend towards Shipton La Pass and pass through Kalo Pokhari. The trail then takes you to Keke La Pass and descend to Mumbuk. You will get to see wonderful views of Peak 6, Peak 7, Chamlang, and other mountains from this place.

Day 9: Trek from Mumbuk to NeheKharka (4,320m)

The day will begin with amazing views of Khumbakarna. You will descend to the Barun Valley and ascend towards the pasture, Tashi & Navagaun at Nehe Kharka.

Day 10: Trek from NeheKharka to Makalu Lower Base Camp (4,870m)

After having breakfast, you will move towards Makalu Base Camp. The trail will be mostly rugged and barren. On the way, you will get to see superb views of the Himalayan mountains.

Day 11-12: Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp

Today, you will explore the base camp. Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren palace with huge Barun Glacier. You will get to see a panoramic view of the south face of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, and Mt. Lhotse. In surroundings, there are several lakes and glaciers that you can walk to witness. Likewise, you will also go on a short excursion to view more beautiful views.

Day 13: Hike from Lower Base Camp to Higher Base Camp

After having breakfast, you will begin climbing towards Higher Base Camp. The path will be tough and snowy, therefore move slowly and safely. make sure to follow the guidelines of your leader carefully for safety.

Day 14-42: Climbing Period Base Camp to Makalu Summit (8,163m)

From this day to 42nd day is the climbing period during which, you will reach the summit of Mt. Makalu. You will be setting up four different camps at different elevation before reaching the summit. After your successful summit, you will gradually return to the base camp.

Day 43: Preparation to Return (Base Camp Cleaning)

Today, you will pack all your stuff and collect all the waste before leaving the base camp. If the wastes are decomposable then you will decompose it or take it back with yourself.

Day 44: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangla Kharka

The trail descends through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, and Merek. On the way, you will enjoy the last view of Mt. Makalu. From Merek, the trail descends and takes you to Yangla Kharka for a night stay.

Day 45: Yangla Kharka to Khongma Danda (3,500 m); 5/6 hrs

Following the same route back, you will descend through rock falls, green forests, and valley to reach Dobato. You will also walk along the Barun river bank. The trail heads towards Mumbuk with a steep ascend. From here, you will trek through a lush forest of rhododendron and fir. Crossing Keke La, Tutu La, and Kauma La, you will descend to Khongma Danda.

Day 46: Trek from Khongma Danda to Seduwa

Today, you will descend on a long steep trail that goes through the hillside. Further, trekking through dense forests, you will reach back to Sherpa village, Tashi Gaon. From here, you will retrace the same path as before and pass by Makalu Barun National Park. The trail descends to the Barun River and crosses hillside. Trekking through numerous villages, you will move down to Seduwa.

Day 47: Trek from Seduwa to Num and drive to Khadbari or Tumlingtar

Leaving Seduwa behind, you will walk by lush forests. The trial involves many ascends & descends through forests and small villages. Further, walking on the same path, you will reach Chichila. From here, you will move towards Tumlingtar where you will be spending the night.

Day 48: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (1,380 m); 50 min

After a quick breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will move to the hotel and relax for the day. Later, in the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by the company.

Day 49: Leisure day in Kathmandu

This is a free day for you in Kathmandu. You can explore around and have a relaxing day. You can explore the market and buy souvenirs to take back with yourself. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

Day 50: Transfer to international airport for departure

After breakfast, you will pack for your departure. One of our team members will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home, and bid you our last goodbye

What is Include ?

 All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.

 Assistance at the International airport by Peak Explorer’s representative while arriving and departing.

 Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.

 All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.

 Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.

 Permit for expedition crew.

 Expedition Permit to climb Everest.

 All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).

 Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.

 Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.

 Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.

 Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.

 Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.

 Each expedition member will have an twin sharing tent available in the Makalu.

 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.( in group).

 We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance .  High altitude food for Sherpa and member.

 All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,

 Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.

 Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing.

 All wages, Equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.

 First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

 Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.

 Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.

 Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.

 All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.

 Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).

 Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.

 Our service Charges.

What is Exclude ?

 Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).

 Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol,

cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.

 Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.

 Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite

phones And Internet expenses.

 Sleeping Bag, Climbing Plastic Boots, Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.

 Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.

 Any additional staff other than specified.

 Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.

 Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

 Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.

 Ice falls charges · All tent for camp 1, 2, 3 ,4,5.

 Airfare of international flights.

 Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and reentry visa fee.

 Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.

 Wake talkies & Filming permit.

 Personal climbing gears.

 Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.

 Emergency/Rescue.

 Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

 Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.

● T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear).

● Thermal Wears.

● Breathable Underwears.

● Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks.

● Insulating Jacket.

● Rain jacket .

● Warm woolen Gloves.

● Sun hat, knit cap, and buff.

● Ski goggles, face mask and nose guard.

● -40 down sleeping bag, inflatable sleeping pad, foam pad.

● Trekking Poll

● Ice Axe.

● Ascender.

● Climbing helmet.

● Crampons.

● Alpine climbing harnes.

● Carabiner system.

● Rope.

● Belay device.

● Sunscreen.

● Headlamp.

● Water purification kit

● Running shoes, high-altitude boots, hiking boots, insulated booties

● First aid kit.

● 32 to 40-lite, 55-liter backpack, two duffel bags, and toiletries bag

● Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc).

● Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc). Ice axes

● Appropriate clothing for 60-day mountaineering trip with temperatures ranging from 30 °C to -30 °C

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