1 Day 01: Arrival in KTM, Transfer to Hotel& Briefing
After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other climbers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
2 Day 02: Half Day sightseeing and afternoon equipment checking and fitting
In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, equipment checking and getting ready for the trip.
3 Day 03: Final preparation and packing
This is the preparation day. Expedition is a long and challenging activity. We need to get well prepared and equip ourselves with all necessary equipment and accessories for successful and enjoyable expedition.
4 Day 04: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight(50min), Trek to Khadbari (1,040m) 5hrs
It takes 50minutes of flight to reach Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. The air route is scenic with aerial views of mountains like Ganesh Mountain, Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. We will reach Tumlingtar Airport that is perched atop the hill. Descending from airport, we will reach to the right edge ofShawaKhola. ChamlangMountain can be seen at distance. Walking along the river, we will proceed towards Khadbariwhich is a mountainous town with banking and other facilities. Stay overnight in Khadbari.
5 Day 05: Trek to Num (1,560m) 6-7hrs
We will head north and climb uphill to reach Mane Bhanjyang village. The trail continues through terraced field and local houses of Pangma to Bhotebas. This pretty village offers spectacular mountain views towards north. Walking past tiny local settlements, we will traverse rhododendron forest and reach Sakurate. We will continue to follow the path through rhododendron forest to Num where we will stay overnight.
6 Day 06: Trek to Sedua (1,980m) 5hrs
We will follow the descending path fromNumand walk through forest to Lumbang. From there, the trail drops down toArun River. Moving through the slippery path, we will reach a suspension bridge from where we will climb uphill to Sedua. Entry point to Makalu Barun National Park exists in Sedua. Stay overnight in Sedua.
7 Day 07: Trek to TashiGaon (2,100m) 3-4hrs
From Sedua, the trail continues through farmland and mani walls. Climbing to the top of hill located aboveIpsuwa and Kasuwa rivers, we will pass through Sherpa village of Navagaon to reach KharsingKharka. Moving further, we will reach Tashigaon which is the last significant village that we encounter on our expedition.
8 Day 08: Trek to Khongma (3,200m)5-6hrs
Leaving Tashigaon early in the morning, we will walk through rhododendron and oak forest. The trail takes us through meadow area where we can see local herd grazing lazily over lush green vegetation. The trail contours up through stone steps to Khongma which is located atop the hill. Stay overnight in Khongma.
9 Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3,520m) 6hrs
From Khongma, we will traverse the colourful forest and reach to the ridge with mani walls and prayer flags. Enjoy the panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and crossKeke La pass (4,230m) and Tutu La pass (4,200m) before lowering down through rhododendron forest to Mumbuk. Stay overnight at Mumbuk.
10 Day 10: Trek to YangleKharka (4,200m) 7hrs
Trek after Mumbuk is bit challenging. We will walk through landslide prone area for about 3 hours. Barun River can be seen from most of the point. We can also enjoy the panoramic views of Peak 6 (6,739m) and Peak 7 (6,185m). Stay overnight in YangleKharka.
11 Day 11: Rest & Acclimatization day
YangleKharka is one of the best place to take rest. The view of mountains from YangleKharka is unbeatable. Explore around YangleKharka for proper acclimatization and prepare yourself for the challenging climb to Makalu summit. Stay overnight at YangleKharka.
12 Day 12: Trek to Langmale/Shershon (4,630m)8hrs
Walking upstream, we will reach NgleKharka. Enjoying mountain views from NgleKharka, we will reach the alpine meadow of RupakKharka from where we will walk towards another shepherd area of JhakKharka. Walking past waterfall, we will reach summer grazing land of Yak Kharka from where we will head west and walk through gravel area with breath-taking view of Lower Barun glacier to Sherson from where we will stay overnight.
13 Day 13: Trek to Makalu lower base camp (4,870m) 6hrs
Walking along eastern side of valley that allows scenic view of Makalu mountain, we will take slow descend to small pass. Climbing that pass, we will lower down to river and walk through boulders to reach Makalu Base Camp that is located on the western edge of river. Enjoy the breath-taking view of south face of Makalu from base camp and stay overnight.
14 Day 14: Rest, Acclimatization & Preparations day
This is the rest day which helps us for proper acclimatization to the increasing altitude before climbing Makalu. To the right side of our camp exists many interesting view points from where we can get closer look at Makalu Mountain, BarunPokhari, Lhotse and Everest. We can take short hile to the meadow and return to Base Camp for overnight stay.
15 Day 15: Trek to Advance Makalu base camp (5,600m) 3-4hrs
Walking through the desolate area from lower Makalu Base Camp,we will reach to Advance Makalu Base Camp that exists at the snout of Barun glacier. We will place our camp nearby the glacial pond. We can climb a little higher than our camp for better view of Makalu. Return to Advanced Camp.
16 Day 16 to 17: Acclimatization and preparations for climbing to higher camps
We will spend the first couple of days at Advanced Base Camp. The guide will share Makalu Climbing strategy with us. We will climb to High Camp I and lower down to Base Camp. Rotation of camps help us in acclimatization.
17 Day 18 to 50: Acclimatization, load ferries, route opening, summit attempt of the Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and descend to the base camp
Days from 18 to 50 are dedicated in climbing Makalu. We will choose the normal route that progresses through southeast ridge.We will place 3High Camps.
High Camp I and High Camp II
High Camp I is located at 6500m and High Camp II exists at 7300m. These two Camps are founded at the base of southeast ridge. We will cross glacier and pass through snow field and hanging ice fall. Basic Alpine climbing technique is enough to reach up to Camp II. We need to climb 35 to 45 degree slope.
High Camp III
High Camp III is located at the beginning of southeast ridge at 7900m.We need to climb 50 to 55 degree slope till we reach High Camp III.
Climb to Makalu Summit and Descend to Base Camp
Expect to climb 70 to 75degree slopes to reach to the summit. We will need help of fixed ropes. After enjoying spectacular views of mountains and surrounding from summit, we will return to base camp where we will celebrate successful climbing of Makalu.
18 Day 51: Trek YangleKharka8-9hrs
Return trip begins on this day. We will clean Makalu Base Camp and return to YangleKharka via Sherson.The path is scenic with panoramic views of several mountains. Stay overnight at YangleKharka.
19 Day 52: Trek to Mumbuk6hrs
Return trail from YangleKharka to Mumbuk is easier as we will be following descending trail for most of the day. We will walk past rock fall and then the trail takes us through rock gully all the way to Mumbuk. Returning to Mumbuk, we will be greeted with green sceneries. Stay overnight at Mumbuk.
20 Day 53: Trek to TashiGaon 8hrs
Leaving Mumbuk early in the morning, we will walkthrough rhododendron and fir forest. We need to cross Keke La, Shipton La Pass and Ghurung La Pass so that we can reach Khongma. The trail takes sharp descend from Khongma to TashiGaon where we will stay overnight.
21 Day 54: Trek to Num 5hrs
From TashiGaon, we will lower down to Arun River and retrace the route to Seduwa. Walking through forest, we will lower down once again to river and climb through the opposite side of valley to reach Num where we will stay overnight.
22 Day 55: Trek to Tumlingtar 8hrs
After early morning tea, we will return to Chichila and continue our journey through Mane Bhanjyang to Tumlingtar. Stay overnight at Tumlingtar.
23 Day 56: Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel
We will take flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Once we reach domestic airport in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. Take rest. Stay overnight at hotel.
24 Day 57: Free Day for Shopping & Evening celebration time
This is a free day. You can go for shopping in freak street of Thamel. Return to hotel. We will celebrate the successful adventure.
25 Day 58: Final departure
You will be transferred to the Airport as per your flight schedule. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
Photos of the Trip
Image Not Found
Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,463m. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east ofMount Everest between Everest and Kanchenjunga, on the Nepali-Tibetan border. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular. It has proved to be not only a beautiful peak but also challenging. Previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties and it was first climbed by the French in 1955