Mt. Makalu Expedition |41 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent Mountain View
  • Variations in Habitants
  • Specially Mixed Life
  • Famous Blue Sheep
  • Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is considered to be one of the most challenging mountains to summit.

Trip Overview

Standing at a height of 8,463m, Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain – an isolated peak situated 19km south-east of Mt Everest in the eastern part of Nepal, a region rich in natural and cultural diversity.

Shaped as a four-sided pyramid, Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678m), lies about 3km north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau and connected to Kangchungtse by a narrow, 7,200m saddle is Chomo Lonzo (7,804m).

As with many of the Khumbu’s tallest mountains, the towering mass of Makalu was admired and studied by many Everest parties but it was only once Everest was conquered that attention turned to summitting other peaks. The first successful ascent of Makalu was made by Frenchmen Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray on 15 May 1955, via the north face and northeast ridge, establishing the standard route.

Makalu is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb, notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock/ice climbing. Only five of the first sixteen attempts made on the mountain were successful. To date, the total number of Makalu summiteers stands at fewer than 300.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02 Preparation day
Day 03 Preparation day
Day 04 Fly to Tumlingtar & drive to Num (1,524m)
Day 05 Trek to Sedua (1,493m)
Day 06 Trek to Tashigaon (2,100m)
Day 07 Rest day at Tashigaon for acclimatisation
Day 08 Trek to Kauma (3,760 m)
Day 09 Trek to Dobato (3,700m)
Day 10 Trek to Yangle.
Day 11 Trek to Jag Khara.
Day 12 Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5,000m)
Days 13-30 Climbing period
Day 31 Base Camp clean-up
Day 32 Trek to Yangle.
Day 33 Trek to Dobato.
Day 34 Trek back to Tashigaon.
Day 35 Trek back to Num.
Day 36 Trek back to Chichira.
Day 37 Trek to Khandbari.
Day 38 Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 39 Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 40 Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 41 Departure from Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft).
Day2-3:Preparation and briefings at the Departments of Tourism. Last minute shopping.
Day 04:Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. 50min.Drive to Num (1980m/6,496ft)6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 05:Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 06:Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaoun(2100m/6,890ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 07:Trek from Tashigaoun to Khongma Danda(3500m/11483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 08:Exploration and Acclimatization day at Khongma(3500m/11,483ft) 06-07hrs.Lodge accommodation.
Day 09:Trek from Khongma to Dobsto (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 10:Trek from Dobute to Yangle Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 11:Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14469ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 12:Exploration and Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka(4410m/14,469ft) Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 13:Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5018m/16,464ft) 6hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 14:Rest and acclimatization at Hillary base camp (5018m/16,464ft)
Day 15:Trek from Hillary base camp to Advance base Camp (5600m/18,373ft) 5hrs.
Day 16-53:Climbing period for Makalu (8485M/27,838ft)
Day 54:Trek from Advance Base Camp to Yangli Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 55:Trek from Yangli Kharka to Dobato (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 56:Trek from Dobute to Khongma (3500m/11,483ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 57:Trek from Khongma to Seduwa(1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 58:Trek from Seduwa to Num (1980m/6,496ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
Day 59:Drive from Num to Tumlingtar. 4hrs.Lodge accommodation.
Day 60:Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (30min) transfer to request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in B&B Plan.
Day 61:Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu; Fair well-Celebration dinner with culture program in the Evening.
Day 62:Transfer to the airport for final departure

Equipment List

Cost Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle
  • B&B accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3 star hotel on a twin-share basis
  • Complete camping equipment for trekking
  • Accommodation & meals while trekking
  • Food & camping at Base Camp for members & staff
  • Expedition permit (shared basis) & national park fee (wherever applicable)
  • 1 tent per climber at Base Camp
  • 2 Base Camp staff (1 cook & 1 kitchen boy)
  • 1 liaison officer plus daily wages, equipment & insurance
  • Staff wages, equipment allowance & insurance
  • Required number of porters (porters to carry up to 30kgs each) including food & equipment
  • Domestic airfare (strictly as per itinerary) for members & staff
  • Cargo fees (strictly as per itinerary)
  • Cargo clearance & duty fees
  • All surface transfers as per the itinerary
  • Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program

Cost not Include

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • High-altitude Climbing Sherpa
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones and Internet expenses
  • 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.
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Filming permit (if special camera)
  • Cargo Customs clearance duty fees
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not included in “Full Board Service Cost Includes” section

Customer Review

2  Reviews on Mt. Makalu Expedition

Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

There are no words that can adequately describe the experience we had on our trip. The word “Awesome” falls considerably short in describing our experience.

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  • Trip Duration: 41 Days
  • Trip Grading: More challenging
  • Max Altitude: 8,463m
  • Best Time: April and May & October and November
  • Trip Mode: Expedition
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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