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Trip Duration 40 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Mountaineering
Activity Expedition
Max. Altitude 8,463m. - (27,766 ft)
Accomodation Lodge + Camping
Transportation By Air
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Recommended Season: Spring & Autumn
Minimum Pax 4
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Mount Makalu is one of the harder, fifth tallest among the eight thousand mountain and is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world for the climb. The mountain is 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 climbing. Makalu is the only Nepalese (8,000m.) peak which has yet to be climbed in true winter conditions.

Mt. Makalu was first climbed on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition led by Jean Franco. Franco, G. Magnone and Sirdar Gyaltsen Norbu summited the next day successfully, followed by Bouvier, S. Coupe, Leroux and A. Vialatteon the 17th. The French team climbed Makalu by the north face and northeast ridge, via the saddle between Makalu and Kangchungtse (the Makalu-La), establishing the standard route.

Climbing Route: Mt. Makalu has fixed five routes by every expedition team and four variations along with other interesting opportunities like the West Face, the Northeast from Nepal and North Flanks from Tibet. Our trek follows one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. Starting fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila or Num from where we start to walk towards Arun River, we walk through the snow, rain and cloud prone Kauma. Base Camp is just south of the snout of the Barun Glacier at an elevation of (4,823m.) Finally, after the climbing of Mt. Makalu expedition, our trip will finish at Tumlingtar plateau where we take plane to fly in to Kathmandu directly.

  1. If you have your own private group or team, please e-mail us to know the price and details of expedition.
  2. If you are alone and looking for a group to join then visit our fix-departure expedition information.

Itinerary:

    03 April Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
    04 April Day 02: Preparation for Expedition.
    05 April Day 03: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
    06 April Day 04: Fly to Tumlinglar (460m.) and drive to Chichila (1,980m.) 3/4 hrs.
    07 April Day 05: Local Jeep drive Num. (1,490m.) 6/7 hrs.
    08 April Day 06: Num - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
    09 April Day 07: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon. (Village - 2,070m.) 4/5 hrs.
    10 April Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Khongma Danda. (3500m.) 6/7 hrs.
    11 April Day 09: Acclimatization day (3,500m.) 5 hrs.
    12 April Day 10: Khongma Danda - Dobato. (3,500m). 6/7 hrs.
    13 April Day 11: Dobato - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
    14 April Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka. (4,410m.) 5/6 hrs.
    15 April Day 13: Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.) 6-7 hrs.
    16 April Day 14: Set up camp at Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.)
    17 April - 01 May Day 15 - 30: Climbing period of Mt. Makalu (8,463m.)
    02 May Day 31: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
    03 May Day 32: Yangle Kharka - Dobato. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
    04 May Day 33: Dobato - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 5/6 hrs.
    05 May Day 34: Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon. (2,100m.) 4/5 hrs.
    06 May Day 35: Tashi Gaon - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 4/5 hrs.
    07 May Day 36: Seduwa - Num. (1,490m.) 4/5 hrs.
    08 May Day 37: Num - Tumlingtar via Chichila by drive (1,980m.) 6/7 hrs.
    09 May Day 38: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by flight. 50 min, O/N at Hotel.
    10 May Day 39: Kathmandu free for D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening.
    11 May Day 40: Last minute, transfers to airport for your onward journey.

Detail Itinerary

Departure Detail

Kathmandu Arrival Date:
April 03, 2020 (Spring)
September 02, 2020 (Autumn)

  • We will provide you the expedition cost as per your size of group or, as per your requirement for the expedition service. We request you to e-mail us or, use "Book Expedition" form for send us your message.
  • Above given cost does not include the climbing Sherpa’s food and fuel, tents, climbing gears and summit bonus above advance base camp.
  • Hiring a high altitude Sherpa does cost USD 2,600. This cost includes equipment allowances, daily wages, food and fuel up to base camp, insurance, flight to and from Kathmandu, sleeping tents at BC etc.

Summit Bonus: Camp 8000m.= USD 500 and over 8000m. to summit = USD 500 = 1000 USD extra payable for per climbing Sherpa on the spot.

Note: We suggest you to hire Heli Copter Charter flight for transport the whole gears needed for expedition from Kathmandu/Low Base Camp/Kathmandu due to the caravan route start from Tumlingtar or Hile.

Start Date End Date Price Season Status Booking
04 April, 2020 09 May, 2020 US$ 8,100 ( Upto Basecamp )
US$ 16,100 ( Upto Summit )
Spring Available Book Now
05 September, 2020 09 October, 2020 US$ 8,200 ( Upto Basecamp )
US$ 16,100 ( Upto Summit )
Autumn Available Book Now

Service Includes up to Base Camp:

  • All land transportation by Car, Van, Toyota Hiace, Local Jeep or, Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 5 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan (before and after expedition).
  • Schedule flight: Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu for member, Liaison officer and Expedition staffs.
  • Transport of food supply and expedition equipments to Base Camp and back.
  • Full board in lodges during trekking to base camp and back.
  • Base Camp single sleeping tent and Mattress for each member, BC staffs and Liaison officer.
  • All kitchen tent, store tent, dining tents, toilet tent, table, chairs and cooking utensils for Base Camp.
  • Food and fuel at Base Camp.
  • Service of Government Liaison officer.
  • Service of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp.
  • Equipments allowance, daily wages of cook, kitchen boys and Liaison officer.
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters.
  • Peak Permit fee of Mt. Makalu.
  • Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area entrance fee.
  • Per Person 50 KG. Expedition equipment’s luggage or, barrels allowed for expedition till Base Camp.
  • Per Person 40 KG. Expedition equipment’s luggage or, barrels is allowed for returned to Kathmandu.
  • 2 Expedition duffel bag or Barrel for each member.
  • Generator or Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging.
  • Sat Phone available at Base Camp, but nominal charge for use.
  • Emergency medical Oxygen at Base Camp.
  • Visa extension fee.
  • Garbage deposit fees.
  • Official tax and agency service charge.

Service does not include:

  • International airfare from/to your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel after 5 night stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above Base Camp.
  • High Tents above Base Camp.
  • High altitude food and fuel above Base Camp.
  • Oxygen and Mask and regulator (will be provided as per request).
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, Walkie Talkies communication equipment and commercial filming.
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
  • Tips and summit bonus.

Expedition service up to Summit:

  • All land transportation by Car, Van, Toyota Hiace, Local Jeep or, Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • 5 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel on Bed & Breakfast plan (before and after expedition).
  • Schedule flight: Kathmandu/Tumlingtar/Kathmandu for member, Liaison officer and Expedition staffs.
  • Transport of food supply and expedition equipments to Base Camp and back.
  • Full board in lodges during trekking to base camp and back.
  • All kitchen tent, store tent, dining tents, toilet tent, table, chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp.
  • Base Camp single sleeping tent and Mattress for each member, BC staffs and Liaison officer.
  • Food and fuel at Base Camp.
  • Service of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp.
  • Service of Government Liaison officer.
  • Equipments allowance, wages of cook, kitchen boys and Liaison officer.
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison officer and porters.
  • Peak Permit fee of Mt. Makalu.
  • Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area entrance fee.
  • One high altitude Sherpa per climber to carry all food and gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempt.
  • Common climbing equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc.
  • High altitude food.
  • High altitude fuel.
  • High altitude tents.
  • Per Person 50 KG. Expedition equipment’s luggage or, barrels allowed for expedition till Base Camp.
  • Per Person 40 KG. Expedition equipment’s luggage or, barrels is allowed for returned to Kathmandu.
  • 2 Expedition duffel bag or Barrel for each member.
  • Generator or, Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging.
  • Sat Phone available at Base Camp, but nominal charge for use.
  • Emergency medical Oxygen at Base Camp.
  • Visa extension fee.
  • Garbage deposit fees.
  • Official tax and agency service charge.

Service does not include:

  • International airfare from/to your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel after 5 night stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above Base Camp.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, Walkie Talkies, communication equipment and commercial filming.
  • Oxygen and Mask and regulator (will be provided as per request).
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
  • Tips and summit bonus.

Spring Itinerary

Expedition Itinerary: A
Hotel/Lodges/Camping
40 Days Trek/Climbing

Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu
Accommodation: 5 Nights Kathmandu, 34 Nights Tea-houseLodge/Camping
Recommended Season: Spring & Autumn

03 April Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
04 April Day 02: Preparation for Expedition.
05 April Day 03: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
06 April Day 04: Fly to Tumlinglar (460m.) and drive to Chichila (1,980m.) 3/4 hrs.
07 April Day 05: Local Jeep drive Num. (1,490m.) 6/7 hrs.
08 April Day 06: Num - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
09 April Day 07: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon. (Village - 2,070m.) 4/5 hrs.
10 April Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Khongma Danda. (3500m.) 6/7 hrs.
11 April Day 09: Acclimatization day (3,500m.) 5 hrs.
12 April Day 10: Khongma Danda - Dobato. (3,500m). 6/7 hrs.
13 April Day 11: Dobato - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
14 April Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka. (4,410m.) 5/6 hrs.
15 April Day 13: Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.) 6-7 hrs.
16 April Day 14: Set up camp at Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.)
17 April - 01 May Day 15 - 30: Climbing period of Mt. Makalu (8,463m.)
02 May Day 31: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
03 May Day 32: Yangle Kharka - Dobato. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
04 May Day 33: Dobato - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 5/6 hrs.
05 May Day 34: Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon. (2,100m.) 4/5 hrs.
06 May Day 35: Tashi Gaon - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 4/5 hrs.
07 May Day 36: Seduwa - Num. (1,490m.) 4/5 hrs.
08 May Day 37: Num - Tumlingtar via Chichila by drive (1,980m.) 6/7 hrs.
09 May Day 38: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by flight. 50 min, O/N at Hotel.
10 May Day 39: Kathmandu free for D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening.
11 May Day 40: Last minute, transfers to airport for your onward journey.

Optional – Expedition Itinerary: B
Hotel/Lodges/Camping
55 Days Trek/Climbing

Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu
Accommodation: 5 Nights Kathmandu, 44 Nights Tea-house/Camping
Recommended Season: Spring & Autumn

03 April Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
04 April Day 02: Preparation for Expedition.
05 April Day 03: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
06 April Day 04: Fly to Tumlinglar (460m.) and drive to Chichila (1,980m.) 3/4 hrs.
07 April Day 05: Chichila - Num by local Jeep drive. (1,490m.) 6/7 hrs.
08 April Day 06: Num - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
09 April Day 07: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon. (Village - 2,070m.) 4/5 hrs.
10 April Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
11 April Day 09: Acclimatization day (3,500m.) 5 hrs.
12 April Day 10: Khongma Danda - Dobato. (3,500m). 6/7 hrs.
13 April Day 11: Dobato - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
14 April Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka. (4,410m.) 5/6 hrs.
15 April Day 13: Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.) 6-7 hrs.
16 April Day 14: Set up camp at Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.)
17 April - 12 May Day 15 - 40: Climbing period of Mt. Makalu (8,463m.)
13 May Day 41: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka. (3557m.) 6/7 hrs.
14 May Day 42: Yangle Kharka - Dobato. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
15 May Day 43: Dobato - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 5/6 hrs.
16 May Day 44: Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon. (2,100m.) 4/5 hrs.
17 May Day 45: Tashi Gaon - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 4/5 hrs.
18 May Day 46: Seduwa - Num. (1,490m.) 4/5 hrs.
19 May Day 47: Num - Tumlingtar via Chichila by drive (1,980m.) 6/7 hrs.
20 May Day 48: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by flight. 50 min, O/N at Hotel.
21 May Day 49: Kathmandu free for D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening.
22 May Day 50: Last minute, transfers to airport for your onward journey.

Autumn Itinerary

Makalu Expedition Itinerary: A
Hotel/Lodges/Camping
40 Days Trek/Climbing
Food:
Included except main meals in Kathmandu
Accommodation: 5 Nights Kathmandu, 34 Nights in Tea-house Lodge/Camping
Recommended Season: Spring & Autumn

02 September Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
03 September Day 02: Preparation for Expedition.
04 September Day 03: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
05 September Day 04: Fly to Tumlinglar (460m.) and drive to Chichila (1,980m.) 3/4 hrs.
06 September Day 05: Local Jeep drive to Num. (1,490m.) 6/7 hrs.
07 September Day 06: Num - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
08 September Day 07: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon. (Village - 2,070m.) 4/5 hrs.
09 September Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Khongma Danda. (3500m.) 6/7 hrs.
10 September Day 09: Acclimatization day (3,500m.) 5 hrs.
11 September Day 10: Khongma Danda - Dobato. (3,500m). 6/7 hrs.
12 September Day 11: Dobato - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
13 September Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka. (4,410m.) 5/6 hrs.
14 September Day 13: Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.) 6-7 hrs.
15 September Day 14: Set up camp at Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.)
16 Sept. - 01 Oct. Day 15 - 30: Climbing period for Mt. Makalu (8,463m.)
02 October Day 31: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
03 October Day 32: Yangle Kharka - Dobato. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
04 October Day 33: Dobato - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 5/6 hrs.
05 October Day 34: Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon. (2,100m.) 4/5 hrs.
06 October Day 35: Tashi Gaon - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 4/5 hrs.
07 October Day 36: Seduwa - Num. (1,490m.) 4/5 hrs.
08 October Day 37: Num - Tumlingtar via Chichila by drive (1,980m.) 6/7 hrs.
09 October Day 38: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by flight. 50 min, O/N at Hotel.
11 October Day 39: Kathmandu free for D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening.
12 October Day 40: Last minute, transfers to airport for your onward journey.

Optional – Expedition Itinerary: B
Hotel/Lodges/Camping
55 Days Trek/Climbing

Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu
Accommodation: 5 Nights Kathmandu, 44 Nights in Tea-house/Camping
Recommended Season: Spring & Autumn

02 September Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff, then transfer to Hotel.
03 September Day 02: Preparation for Expedition.
04 September Day 03: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
05 September Day 04: Fly to Tumlinglar (460m.) and drive to Chichila (1,980m.) 3/4 hrs.
06 September Day 05: Chichila - Num by local Jeep drive. (1,490m.) 6/7 hrs.
07 September Day 06: Num - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
08 September Day 07: Seduwa - Tashi Gaon. (Village - 2,070m.) 4/5 hrs.
09 September Day 08: Tashi Gaon - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
10 September Day 09: Acclimatization day (3,500m.) 5 hrs.
11 September Day 10: Khongma Danda - Dobato. (3,500m). 6/7 hrs.
12 September Day 11: Dobato - Yangle Kharka. (3,557m.) 6/7 hrs.
13 September Day 12: Yangle Kharka - Langmale Kharka. (4,410m.) 5/6 hrs.
14 September Day 13: Langmale Kharka - Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.) 6-7 hrs.
15 September Day 14: Set up camp at Makalu Base Camp. (4,870m.)
16 Sept. - 11 Oct. Day 15 - 40: Climbing period of Mt. Makalu (8,463m.)
12 October Day 41: Makalu Base Camp - Yangle Kharka. (3557m.) 6/7 hrs.
13 October Day 42: Yangle Kharka - Dobato. (3,500m.) 6/7 hrs.
14 October Day 43: Dobato - Khongma Danda. (3,500m.) 5/6 hrs.
15 October Day 44: Khongma Danda - Tashi Gaon. (2,100m.) 4/5 hrs.
16 October Day 45: Tashi Gaon - Seduwa. (1,500m.) 4/5 hrs.
17 October Day 46: Seduwa - Num. (1,490m.) 4/5 hrs.
18 October Day 47: Num - Tumlingtar via Chichila by drive (1,980m.) 6/7 hrs.
19 October Day 48: Tumlingtar - Kathmandu by flight. 50 min, O/N at Hotel.
20 October Day 49: Kathmandu free for D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening.
21 October Day 50: Last minute, transfers to airport for your onward journey.

Mountain Info

    Location: Asia, Nepal (Khumbu/Tibet, China)
    Himalayan Range: Mahalangur Himal
    Height: 8,463m. - (27,766 ft)
    Latitude: 27º 53’ 21” N
    Longitude: 87º 05’ 19” E
    Trip Duration: 40, 50 Days
    First Ascent: May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy
    Normal Ascent Route: West Face, North Face
    Easiest Route: Snow/Ice climb
    Grade: Mountaineering
    Caravan Route: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Chichila - Num - Yak Kharka - Makalu Base Camp - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu

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