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Mt. Makalu Expedition - 54 days

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Trip Information

Makalu was first mapped and photographed from the Tibetan side by the 1921 British Everest reconnaissance. Sir Edmund Hillary and Eric Shipton also photographed the peak during a side trip on the 1951 Everest reconnaissance. Hillary and others approached the peak a year later after the failure of their Cho Oyu expedition. The first attempt on the mountain was made in 1954 by a US team, mostly Californians, who trekked all the way from the Indian border near Biratnagar. At the same time a British team approached the mountain, but this expedition was abandoned when Hillary became seriously ill and had to be evacuated. In the autumn of 1954 a French team attempted the peak, but did not reach the top. In the following spring (1955), successfully ascents were made by three teams of French climbers on successive days.

In 1960 a large scientific and mountaineering expedition wintered at the foot of Ama Dablam. In May 1961, the expedition trekked across the Mingbo La and other high passes to reach the foot of Makalu, from where they planned to climb the French route. But sickness stopped the expedition, which became a heroic struggle for survival.

Makalu has now had many ascents, several different routes having been made to the summit.

Trip Facts

54 Days
Trip Start From
flight from Kathmandu toTumlingtar & Drive to Num
Trip End To
Drive from Nu to Tumlingtar & Flight to Kathmandu.
Best Season
Normal Route

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Departure from Home. 
Day 02: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu, free day, hotel
Day 04: Kathmandu - Official formalities, hotel
Day 05 :Flight to Tumlingtar & Drive to Num (1600m) overnight in Camp.
Day 06 : Num to Seduwa (1560m) 7 hrs overnight in Camp. 
Day 07 : Seduwa to Tashi Gaun 4 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 08 : Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight in Camp.
Day 09 : Tashi Gaun to khongba-La (3760m) 6 to 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 10 : Khongba-La to Dobato (3700m) 6 to 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 11 : Dobato to Nebe Kharka (4320m) 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 12 : Nebe Kharka to Sherson (4630m) 7 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 13 : Sherson to Makalu base camp 6 to 7 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 14 : Makalu base camp to higher camp 2 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 15-45 : Climbing Period Mt. Makalu (8463m).
Day 46 : Cleaning up Base Camp overnight Camp.
Day 47 : higher camp to Yak Kharka overnight Camp.
Day 48 : Yak Kharka to Mumbuk overnight Camp.
Day 49 : Mumbuk.to Tashi Goan overnight Camp. 
Day 50 : Tashi Goan to Num overnight Camp. 
Day 51 : Drive to Khadbari over night in Lodge. . 
Day 52 : Drive to Tumlingtar & flight back to Kathmandu over night in Hotel.
Day 53 : Rest day in Kathmandu and farewell Diner.
Day 54 : Transfer to International Airport and fly home.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival in International Airport and Departure.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Royalty of Makalu and Conservation fee.
  • Full board accommodation at Adventure Tented Camp and a day long hike with a guide and Sherpa.
  • Full board accommodation at Himalayan Resort (Tea House).
  • All-inclusive full board tented camp trek with food, foam mattresses, leeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent.
  • Services of a Guide, cook, Sherpa, Kitchen staff and porters on trek.
  • Local taxes and insurance for climbing staffs.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu.
  • Domestic airport departure taxes.
  • Equipment allowance of climbing guide, Liaisons officer, equipment and clothing for camp staff and porters for climbing peak.

Cost Excludes

  • Personal equipment for Climbing.
  • Personal travel Insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Personal expenses/Bar bills.
  • Tipping for Expeditions staff.
  • Alcoholic beverages and canned or bottled cold drinks.
  • Cargo or Extra baggage charge over 20 kg Nepal.

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