Mount Makalu Expedition

Mount Makalu Expedition

Between Everest and Kanchenjunga, along the Nepal-Tibetan border lies the pyramid shaped Mt. Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest mountain. Having seen less than 300 successful summits, Makalu is a mountain to be respected, as its technical challenges and remoteness have proven to discourage all but the most seasoned climbers. Beginning in Tumlingtar, our trail will pass through a remote section of the Makalu Barun National Park, gradually ascending through pristine rhododendron forests into boulder fields and glacial moraine. We will attempt the summit via the North Western ridge, establishing our base camp at the foot of the Chago glacier and ascending along snow slopes and challenging technical sections. We will use five additional camps while attempting the summit, the final camp being at 7600 meters.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Trip preparations

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar. Drive to Chichila. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Trek to Num. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek to Seduwa. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Trek to Tashi Gaon. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 7: Trek to Khongma. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Rest day at Khongma.

Day 9: Trek to Mumbuk. Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek to Yangri Kharka. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Trek to Shershong. Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp. Overnight in tents.

Days 13 -14: Acclimatization at base camp.

Days 15 - 49: Climbing period.

Day 50: Trek to Yak Kharka. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 51: Trek to Mumbuk. Overnight in tents.

Day 52: Trek to Tashi Gaon. Overnight in tents.

Day 53: Trek to Num. Overnight in tents.

Day 54: Trek to Chichila. Overnight in tents.

Day 55: Trek to Tumlingtar. Overnight in tents.

Day 56: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.

Days 57 - 58: Leisure time in Kathmandu

Day 59: Depart Kathmandu 

Cost Includes

  • Equipment allowance, daily allowance & insurance for base camp staff (sirdar, cook, kitchen boy and liaison officer).
  • Food and fuel at the base camp.
  • All camping equipment at the base camp such as tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables.
  • Trek support for climbing members from road head – base camp - road head.
  • Porters to carry loads from road head – base camp - road head.
  • Royalty and peak permit
  • Kathmandu – road head – Kathmandu land transportation
  • Airport arrival and departure pickup
  • Shared accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotels in Kathmandu before and after the expedition on bed and Breakfast plan

Cost Excludes

  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Climbing equipment, tents and personal equipment above base camp (though available at extra cost).
  • Personal accident insurance and emergency rescue operation.
  • Tips for expedition staff and porters after the trip.