8, Difficult ( technical 3 + altitudinal 5 ) | 17 Days in Nepal

Makalu Trek

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Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak in the world rising to 27,765 feet (8,463 meters). This beautiful and impressive massive is situated just 14 miles east of Everest in the Khumbu region. Its size alone is impressive, but it’s perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.) It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North.

The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is a by-name of Shiva - one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect - Kumba karna, which means The Giant.

Prior to its first ascent in 1955, it was admired and studied by several Everest expeditions, but like a lot of other giants in the Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest was first ascended in 1954.
  • Activities

    Trekking

  • Altitude

    8,463 m
  • Group size

    7-12 pax
  • Trip Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends

    Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Num.
Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Num.
Day 3 Trek Num to Seduwa.
Trek Num to Seduwa.
Day 4 Trek Seduwa to Tashigaon.
Trek Seduwa to Tashigaon.
Day 5 Rest day in Tashigaon.
Rest day in Tashigaon.
Day 6 Trek Tashigaon to Khongma.
Trek Tashigaon to Khongma.
Day 7 Trek Khongma to Dobato.
Trek Khongma to Dobato.
Day 8 Trek Dobato to Yangle Kharka.
Trek Dobato to Yangle Kharka.
Day 9 Trek Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka.
Trek Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka.
Day 10 Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp.
Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp.
Day 11 Rest Day in Makalu Base Camp.
Rest Day in Makalu Base Camp.
Day 12 Trek back to Yangle Kharka.
Trek back to Yangle Kharka.
Day 13 Trek back to Dobato.
Trek back to Dobato.
Day 14 Trek back to Tashigaon.
Trek back to Tashigaon.
Day 15 Trek back to Num.
Trek back to Num.
Day 16 Drive Num to Tumlingtar, Fly Back to Kathmandu.
Drive Num to Tumlingtar, Fly Back to Kathmandu.
Day 17 Fly to Final Destination.
Fly to Final Destination.

Fitness Level and Technical Ability

Climbers wishing to join this expedition must already be experienced with rock and ice climbing and have successfully completed previous climbs at high altitude, over 4500m (15,000ft).

This expedition requires excellent levels of fitness to endure the extreme conditions of summiting big peaks. To prepare for this, climbers should undergo a regular and strenuous exercise regime for at least 6 months to build their strength, stamina and endurance.

Trip Map

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers - Pick up and drop.
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu–Tumlingtar–Kathmandu).
  • Transportation from (Tumlingtar–Num–Tumlingtar).
  • 1 Nepalese English Speaking Trekking Guide for the group.
  • 2 Nights on 3*** Hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight accommodation in Hotel/Lodges along the trail.
  • Makalu National Park.
  • TIMS Permit

Price Does not Include

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Food during the trek.
  • Personal Porters on the trek.
  • Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hotel after 2 nights stay in Kathmandu.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ***** on Bed & Breakfast Basis for 3 nights at the beginning and 2 nights at the end of the expedition, in double rooms.
  • All lodges on the trek.
  • In BC and ABC - 1 tent for 1 member.
  • High camps – 1 tent for 2 members.

Staff

  • Nepalese liaison officer
  • Cooks from Nepal
  • Kitchen boy from Nepal
  • High-altitude Sherpas – 1 for 2 member
(All our high-altitude Sherpas have Makalu experience.They bring all shared equipment and oxygen cylinders to high-altitude camps and accompany team members all the way form BC to the summit.)

Booking procedure

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Weather

Weather on Makalu is very changeable. Every day we will look for forecasts in Internet and adjust to them our planning of acclimatization and ascent.

Personal gear

Technical Equipment for the ascent

  • Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12)
  • Rucksack 70-80 liters
  • Rucksack 35-40 liters
  • Harness
  • Prussiks
  • Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items
  • Jumar (ascender)
  • Telescope ski poles
  • Thermos
  • Rappel device
  • Ice Axe
  • Head lamp
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera and assessors
  • Accumulators
  • Personal crockery for high camps

Equipment for body and feet

  • Trekking shoes
  • Boots of "Everest" Millet type
  • Gore-tex jacket with wide hood
  • Gore-tex trousers (better semi-overalls)
  • Windblock jacket
  • Windblock trousers
  • Jacket "Polartec - 100" - 2 items
  • Warm underwear - 2 sets
  • Personal underwear
  • Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
  • Thinsulate gloves
  • Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
  • Warm woolen socks - 4-5 pairs
  • Balaclava
  • Warm hat
  • Windblock face mask
  • UV glasses
  • Ski goggles (preferably)
  • Gaiters

Meet your experts

Mingma Gelu Sherpa

Mingma Gelu Sherpa is a mountaineer and entrepreneur. He has summited Mt. Everest 8 times. He is also the first Nepali to summit Mt. Elbrus in Russia. He has been on the mountains since his youth, coming from the Makalu region, and working on mountain expeditions since the age of 14.

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