Makalu Expedition

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 57 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 55 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 8465m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs
  • Starting point of trek: Tumlingtar
  • Finishing point of trek: Tumlingtar
  • Meals and Drinks: Hotel, lodge/Camping

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Nepal is a Himalaya country that contains 8 mountains which are above 8000m from the sea level, including the Mt Everest 8848m.

The Makalu Mountain ranks the fifth highest mountain stands at 8485m in the world. It lies in the Mahalangur Himalayas in Shankhuwashava district of Nepal. The Makalu falls in Makalu Barun National park. The Mt Makalu climbing point starts from a glacier point of the Makalu which has 4 sided pyramid proffers rocky and icy routes to summit it, so it is considered one of the most difficult climbing mountains. To be on the top of the mountain the climbing route past dangerous steep horror and sharp point ridges.

The first time, Makalu was attempted by an American team, which was led by Riley Keegan in the spring of 1954. The team chose southeast face to summit the Mt Makalu but they could succeed only at 7100m. An expert French mountaineer team, Lionel Terray, Jean Franco and Jean Cuzy were the first human being successfully summited the Makalu on 15 May 1955. Since the time to time the expedition teams continue to top of the Makalu. Kitty Calhoun was the first lady to summit the Makalu in 1990 and another winter climber Simone Moro summited on 15 February 2009. Four best camps are set up at different altitude for climbing success of the Makalu.

Trekking route elevation starts from Chichira(900m) (Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar by domestic flight then drive to Chichira from where the trekking begins day to day walking 5-6 hours trails on passing through villages of ethnic Gurung, Tamang, and high level of villages are the settlement of Sherpa. The Barun Valley exhibits stunning craggy rocks, waterfalls and lush green forests and different colorful flowers. While on trekking, it exposes mix culture, society, and religion. This trekking route is considered as best exploring for wilderness, the biodiversity of rhododendron, dwarf rhododendron, alpine, junipers, and aromatic plants.

Walking on ridges, forests, rivers, screen, and glaciers. From Chichira with an experienced guide, Sherpa, cook, and strong porters assuming trek, 8 days continue walking to the north reach at Makalu Base Camp (4870m) where our tents are set up well in a comfortable place for the whole period of the expedition. Four best camps are set up at different altitude for climbing success of the Makalu. Annapurna Discovery Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd is always ready with qualified, professional, skillful techniques, long experienced climbing, mountain Sherpas for who are interested and loving to summit the Makalu (8485m) in Spring and Autumn season.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (955m) 3-4hrs
  • Day 04 Chichira to Num (1560m) (7hrs)
  • Day 05 Num to Seduwa (1535m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 06 Seduwa to Tashigaon(2085m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 07 Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3500m) (5-6hrs)
  • Day 08 Acclimatization day
  • Day 09 Khongma Danda to Dobate (3655m)(6-7hrs)
  • Day 10 Dobate to Yangle kharka (3600m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 11 Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka(4400m)(4hrs)
  • Day 12 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)(max. 5hrs)
  • Day 13 Explore Makalu Base Camp
  • Day 14 Rest day
  • Day 15-48 Makalu climbing period
  • Day 49 Base Camp Cleaning
  • Day 50 Base Camp to Yak Kharka
  • Day 51 Yak Kharka to Mubuk
  • Day 52 Mubuk to Tashigaon
  • Day 53 Tashigaon to Num
  • Day 54 Num to Tumlingtar
  • Day 55 fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • Day 56 Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 57 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then drive to Chichira (955m) 3-4hrs

We fly by domestic plane about 45 minute to Tumlingtar where our crew members will join with us for the trek. After normal introduction with the crew members, then drive to Chichira,is our first day of destination is a small village of Gurung. There are some tea shops run by local people.

Day 04 Chichira to Num (1560m) (7hrs)

Today is the first day of trekking proceeds following on ridge past villages of Baiske and Kuwapani and Mure then a gentle walking down to Num. we follow the path passing through charming villages, forests and some small streams reaches at Num village which is situated in nice view point.

Day 05 Num to Seduwa (1535m)(5-6hrs)

Heading north direction then follow the ridge trail to descend steeply to Barun River(620m) on which a suspension bridge is crossed. We climb uphill courses farm terraces with all grains rice, wheat, mize, barley and vegetables. By exhausting eventually at Seduwa. It is a nice place for camping and some basic tea houses are found there. Makalu National Park permit and Trekking permit are registered in Seduwa.

Day 06 Seduwa to Tashigaon(2085m)(4-5hrs)

The trail to Tashigaoin offers less up and down cossing streams and bridges. Starting the path with gentle walk arrives at Manigaon from here again gradual walk to Kasuwa Khola. Above the Khola a gentle walk past mani walls, opened meadows and forest to Tashigaon which is big village with many lodges. Houses are built with stone and wood.

Day 07 Tashigaon to Khongma Danda (3500m) (5-6hrs)

Day 07 is a tough day till now. As we have to walk on a steep trail in higher elevation. Follow ascent trail through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From this stage the level of trail gets even steeper and passes a grazing land to follows a series of paved stone stairs ascending to the top ridge. Passing small lakes regular climb to the top of the ridge. From here the path splits we take short way down to Khongma Danda.

Day 08 Acclimatization day

Till today is four day trekking continue so it is ideal to have a rest at 3500m which helps further high trek from altitude problem and also body needs altitude adoption. On this day, few hundred meters hiking and descending

Day 09 Khongma Danda to Dobate (3655m)(6-7hrs)

Climbing to up and down trail past three passes among them first Ghungru La (4050m) the second Shipton La (4216m) and Keke La (4150m). This day offers close views of Peak 6 (6739m) Peak 7 (6105m) and huge Chamlang Peak (7319m). Kalo Pokhar (Black Lake) and forest of rhododendron make the trek enjoyable.

Day 10 Dobate to Yangle kharka (3600m)(4-5hrs)

From Dobate the trail drops down to the Barun River between this sections walking on scree- sliding. As we arrive at the river then heading up following the preferable trail to Yangle Kharka.

Day 11 Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka(4400m)(4hrs)

Today’s destination is to Langmale Kharka to reach there a series of herds huts are passing through meadows. Heading towards Langmale towering rocks, landscape and shape of following rivers attract the mind while on walking. The first stage of the herd is Nghe Khara (3760m) and the second and third Riphuk Kharka (3945), Jhak Kharka (4200m) and finally at Langmale Kharka.

Day 12 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)(max. 5hrs)

Beyond Langmale Kharka the trail to Makalu Base Camp climbs steeply on barren zone to Shershong (4655m) is pasture valley. From this section flat scree and glaciers path to the base camp. We are very happy to be here at destination.

Day 13 Explore Makalu Base Camp

Maklau Base Camp has many day trips to explore glaciers, lakes and beyond is Hillar and French sit Base camp. A long descending glacier opposite up there stand great view of Everest, Lhotse and Baruntse. The south face of Mt.Maklu direct facing down to the base camp.

Day 14 Rest day

Day 15-48 Makalu climbing period

Day 49 Base Camp Cleaning

Day 50 Base Camp to Yak Kharka

Day 51 Yak Kharka to Mubuk

Day 52 Mubuk to Tashigaon

Day 53 Tashigaon to Num

Day 54 Num to Tumlingtar

Day 55 fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Day 56 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 57 Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Professional trekking cook
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Tent and Kitchen tent
  • Porters to carry a bag pack
  • Good Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) included coffee & tea.
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • Liaison officer’s salary and equipment
  • Mountain guide sherpa’s salary and equipment
  • Insurance for all Nepali staffs

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Tips and gratuities for field staff
  • Rescue travel insurance
  • Trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency service
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage
  • Electronic device charges
  • Internet service
  • Summit bonus for climber Sherpa
  • Our company offers only Base Camp services
  • Soap, toothpaste, tissue paper
  • Sate line phone permit

Equipments & Gears

Climbing Gears (personal)

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/ Jumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Ice crew
  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer

Head clothes

  • Light balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Neck cover
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

Hiking shorts

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
  • Down vest/jacket     

Feet clothes

  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters

Hands clothes

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  •  Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated -30 degrees (extra sleeping bag rated -15-20 for base camp)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Large plastic to keep clothes dry
  • Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg
  • Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 water bottle contains more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water
  • Toilet papers
  • Earplugs
  • Electronic charging devices

Medical

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pills Anti-headache
  • Pills anti-diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Diamox
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • First-aid tape
  • Sunscreen

Free time (your choice)

  • Binocular, camera
  • Pen and notebook
  • Reading books
  • Indoor games

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Jean Clause,
USA
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