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Mt. Makalu Expedition - 59 days/58 nights

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  • NPR 1,400,000.00


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Mount Makalu Expedition in Nepal is the other of our popular expedition packages. Actually, Mount Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world with the altitude of 8463m. Located at the eastern Nepal, Makalu borders with China. Makalu is about 20 kilometers east of the highest peak of the world Everest. The popularity of Makalu expedition is increasing in recent years. Due to its dark brooding appearance, the mountain is called Makalu which means the Great Black One. French Team in 1955 first scaled Mount Makalu while the first attempt was made in 1954 by an American Team. Mount Makalu has two important subsidiary peaks. In fact, Makalu Expedition was formerly a restricted area in the eastern Nepal with five ecological zones. The main summit route of Mount Makalu is South East Face. Makalu is an isolated peak and it has proved to be a challenging climb as only five of its sixteen attempts were successful. We start our Makalu Expedition with a flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. We then ascend through and wonderful Sherpa villages and cultivated fields with the views of Chamlang Range in the distance and walk up the lush and beautiful Arun Valley. The Climbing Day Our climbing itinerary may vary according to the climbers’ personal experience and the climbing day involves a steady climbing for three to four hours in the morning. There is a climb for about two to three hours after taking lunch rest and relax. However, the flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as the people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. The Climb Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) (5700m) We ascend from Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC). It takes about seven hours to reach ABC from Base Camp. We head up the Barun Glacier passing the West Face of Makalu. Then, we reach where the West Pillar Route of Makalu descends onto the glacier. We then turn northwards and continue on Glacier moraine up to the Advance Base Camp and ABC will be the main station for the next few weeks of expedition. Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (6347m) We walk up the mountain towards Chago Glacier after the prayer for safe passage. We establish a crampon point where we can leave our mountaineering boots and climbing equipment. After proper acclimatization, we head for the first visit to Camp 1. And from Crampon point, our route passes through some crevassed terrain on a glacier to a steep wall. Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6670m) To reach Camp 2 from Camp 1, it takes about three hours. And from ABC, it takes six hours. But, before proceeding further, it is essential to properly acclimatize. The route involves some easy angled climbing glacier terrain. We wind around the huge crevasses. The fixed ropes will be put in situ across crevasses and snow bridges. On reaching Camp 2, we can witness the awesome views of Lhotse and Baruntse. Camp 2 to Camp 3 (7400m) We properly acclimatize at Camp 2. We climb easy angled glacier and cross the snowfield. The route is interspersed with sections of blue ice and rocks further above. We will explore the route up to Camp 3 onto one of the most technical sections of the mountain called Makalu La. After climbing Makalu La, we cross the glacier for further 200m. Finally we arrive at Camp 3. Camp 3 to Camp 4 (7600m) We reach Camp 4 from Makalu La traversing a large and flat glacier with many hidden crevasses. Our route heads towards the gigantic North Face of Makalu. Camp 4 serves as the lunch pas for the summit bid. However, the tent space and time at this altitude are limited. Camp 4 to Makalu Summit (8463m) Our route passes through steep ice band from Camp 4. We pass through a huge snow ramp that leads to a heavily crevassed plateau. We have to cross the plateau to reach the bottom of French Couloir. We climb the couloir to the height of 8350m revealing the summit ridge. Summit day is a long and demanding climb with summit climb and return to Camp 4 or Camp 3. Himalayan Alpine Adventure offers mountaineering trip in Himalayan region. We have designed the flexible itinerary with enough acclimatization for the Mount Makalu Expedition. The expedition cost depends on the group size and trip types. Please feel free to contact us if you want to join adventurous Mount Makalu Expedition with Himalayan Alpine Adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, the representative from Himalayan Alpine Adventure will receive you and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu You will have a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu today. You will visit the major places of cultural and religious importance some of which are also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Pashupatinath (the holiest temple of Lord Shiva), Swayambhunath (the Monkey temple, one of the largest Buddhist Stupa), Bauddhanath (one of the largest and oldest Buddhist Stupa, also known as little Tibet), and Kathmandu Durbar Square among others. Next day will be for Expedition Preparation. We will prepare for the infrastructures including equipment and all in Kathmandu. And in the afternoon, you will be given briefing about Expedition conditions, safety and other terms in Ministry of Tourism. We stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila (1850m) We today catch our morning flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. A 50 minute scenic flight from Kathmandu will land on a bumpy grass airstrip at Tumlingtar. We drive to Chichila from Tumlingtar. It takes about 3 hours to reach Chichila where we stay at our first camp.

Day 05: Trek from Chichila to Num (1505m) Today is going to be a moderately paced walk through the picturesque villages and lush mountain forests. We are going to witness a ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end it Num. We stay overnight at Num.

Day 06: Num to Seduwa (1530m) Today, we descend steeply down through the forests and terraced plots of land that takes to Arun Khola. Makalu National Park starts and we register our permits. We stay at the camp right at the top of Seduwa Village.

Day 07: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2065m) Today, we ascend the ridge bounded by the IpsuwaKhola on the west and KasuwaKhola to the east. We then cross the hillside through quiet villages and pass by the small paddy fields. We finally reach the village of Tashigaon.

Day 08: Tashigaon to Khongma (3562m) Today, we trek upwards towards Khongma. Well, Khongma is the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley. We can witness the green forests that are replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cover the lower reaches of the mountains. We stay at Khongma overnight.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Khongma (4200m) Today will be the rest and acclimatization day that allows our bodies to catch up with us before gaining more height. We cross the Shipton La the following day.

Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and Desced to Mumbuk (4200m) We today, climb towards the summit of Shipton La which takes few hours to reach. Then, after the lake KaloPokhari, we pass over the Keke La at the altitude of 4152m. We then take an easy descent towards Mumbuk. We can witness the marvelous views of Chamlang at the altitude of 7319m, Peak 7 (6758m) and Peak 6 (6524m). Today, climbing high and sleeping low gives the opportunity for acclimatization.

Day 11: Mumbuk to YangriKharka (3610m) We further descend down towards the Mumbuk through Rhododendron forests that leads to the BaruniRiver and the upper reaches the valley. We will enjoy the pleasant walk and gaining altitude slowly until we arrive at YangriKharka which is situated at the base of valley.

Day 12: YangriKharka to Shershong (4650m) Today, our trail climbs up the valley through yak pastures and boulder fields. We stay at the campsite at Shershong overnight.

Day 13: Shershong to Makalu South East Base Camp We trek onwards and gain height. We continue until reaching the Makalu South East ridge base camp with Makalu on the left and Chamlang on the right.

Day 14: South East Base Camp to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4800m) Definitely, crossing the Barun Glacier possess a challenge. We cross the lateral moraines and gain a slight path that cuts through the rock and ice to the opposite side of the valley. We will be enjoying the great view of the top of the valley and ahead the beautiful Baruntse. We branch off to the right and head towards base camp.

Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp We spend few days in Base Camp and that immensely helps for proper acclimatization. Our team of porters carries loads to the Advance Base Camp.

Day 18-50:Makalu North East Ridge Climbing Period This is the Makalu North East Ridge Climbing Period. And during this period, we will make successful climb over the summit of Makalu and then return back to the Base Camp.

Day 51:Pack up Base Camp and ready for Departure Now, it’s time to get the gear organized and the porter loaded up ready for departure the following day.

Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka Today, we descend back down the valley and take our last glimpse of Makalu before turning the corner and eventually reaching Yak Kharka.

Day 53: Yak Kharka to Mumbuk We continue with our descent and we eventually reach Mumbuk. The greeneries below provide a welcome relief from the snowy landscape on the mountain.

Day 54: Mumbuk to Tashigaon Today, we return back across the Shipton La and then cut across the hillside to eventually reach the Sherpa town of Tashigaon. We stay overnight at Tashigaon.

Day 55: Tashigaon to Num Today, we follow our footsteps all the way back down to the river. We climb back up the opposite side of the valley to Num.

Day 56: Num to Chichila Today will be the pleasant and easy walk back to Chichila. We stay overnight at Chichila.

Day 57: Chichila to Tumlingtar Well, today will mark the end of our trek. We get ready for early departure to Kathmandu the following day.

Day 58: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu Today, we catch the morning flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar.On reaching the Kathmandu, we can explore the city or go for the last minute shopping in the remaining time. We will celebrate the farewell dinner with our team and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 59: Final Departure Today, you are going to leave Nepal. So, our representative will transfer you to the airport and you will catch your returning flight to your home.

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