Duration : 45 Days

Best Seasons: Autumn, Spring

Accomodations: Hotel, Lodge, Camp

Grade: Challenging

Max Altitude: 8,463m


Mt. Makalu is the world’s 5th highest mountain at the elevation of 8,463 meters (27,820ft). It is located in the MahalangurHimal 19 km north-east between Everest and Kanchenjunga on the Nepal-Tibet border. It is an isolated peak, looks like a perfect pyramid with sharp ridges on four sides and it makes the mountain more beautiful. It is considered one of the most challenging mountains in the world for climbing expedition. We begin Mount Makalu Climbing expedition with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (45 min). You will enjoy the incredible views and mountain scenery from the flight. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar airport, we begin our walk above the ARUN River valley past Sherpa settlements and forests enjoying views of Mount Chamlang Himalaya in the distance until we step on the base of the West Face at 5,800m. From the base of the West Face, we gently climb to the hanging ice-fall at 6,100m to the right part of the ice-fall. The second section of the route stretches from the plateau above the icefall along 35 to 45-degree elevation’s rock up to 6,500m high. The next higher section is an ice-rock steep wall with 50 to 55 degrees inclination & extends up to 7,400 meters in elevation. The final section begins from 70 to 75-degree elevation’s rock pillar, leading to the west ridge at 8,000m. Though there are many routes on the mountain but we choose less-trodden, isolated route which leads to the beautiful Barun valley. As we reach nearer to Makalu Base Camp at 4,800m, here we will find the terrain rocky with loose scree. At the base camp, we halt for two nights to acclimatize and make a side excursion around beautiful high grazing areas at the top of the Barun Glacier. From the base camp, we enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest (8,850m), Mount Lhotse (8,516m), Mount Makalu (8,463m), Mount Chamlang (7,319m) and Mount Baruntse (7,220m). After base camp, we walk up for almost seven hours over the moraine and boulder fields of the Barun Glacier until we reach Advanced Base Camp at 5,700m (ABC). Here we spend most of our time. From Advanced Base Camp we ascend a steep ice-snow wall with fixed lines to reach Camp I. At Camp I, we spend 2 nights to make an acclimatization trip across the easy glacier to Camp II, 6,600m which is a small, flat sheltered area nearby some ice walls. BeyondCamp II, the climb is a technical part with open snow slope, which can be deep and prone to avalanches. There is also one more mixed section of rock and blue ice which leads up to the Makalu La at 7,450m. Before we reachCamp III at 7,400m, we have to walk 200 meters on flat terrain covered with ice. From Camp III, it takes us only 3 hours to reach Camp IV at 7,600m and this is the last spot for fixing a camp below the summit. On summit day, we climb over moderate glacial slopes up to the base of the French Couloir, a shallow 300m high gully of mixed rock bands and snow that leads to the summit. From the summit, we truly enjoy the panoramic view starting from Mount Kanchenjunga in the east to uncountable peaks including Mount Shishapangma of Tibet in the west.

Arrival Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel
Official formalities
Fly to Tumlingtar and Drive to Num
Commence trek to Sheduwa
Trek to TashiGaun
Rest day and Acclimatization
Trek to Khongma
Trek to Dobato
Trek to YangleKharka
DAY 10
Trek to Makalu Base Camp
DAY11 14
Ceremony and Training at Base Camp
DAY15 35
Climbing Period of Makalu
DAY 36
Cleaning up Base Camp
DAY 37
Trek Back to lower Base Camp
DAY 38
Trek Back to YangleKharka
DAY 39
Trek Back to Khongma
DAY 40
Trek Back to Seduwa
DAY 41
Trek Back to Num
DAY 42
Trek Back to Khadbari
DAY 43
Fly back to Kathmandu
DAY 44
Final Departure

International & Domestic Airport pick up and drop off

4-nights Hotel in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast plan

A welcome dinner with Office Staff in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

Domestic flight: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu with airport tax

Land and Air domestic transportation and cargo for our overall expeditions

Necessary permit fees to climb Makalu

Summit route fixing charge

Garbage Management and Garbage disposal fee

Government Liaison officer with his daily wages, equipment, food, insurance

Freshly cooked meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner): Continental, Nepali, Indian and Chinese with hot drinks, Tea and Coffee

1 Professional Sherpa with his equipment allowance, daily wages and carrying bonus

Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook and Kitchen helpers

Necessary Porters to the Base Camp and their return from the Base Camp

Maximum 45kg per Member as a personal baggage

High Altitude, Medical & Helicopter rescue insurance for involved Nepalese staffs

Each Member will be provided an individual Tent, Mattress and Pillow at Base Camp

Satellite phone available for emergency communication (chargeable as per use)

Walkie-talkie per Member and climbing staff as required

Availability of the daily weather forecast during the entire expedition

Medical Kit provides by Climbing Sherpa in case of emergency

Garbage management and disposal fee

Farewell dinner with expedition staff in a Nepali typical restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu

Makalu summit certificate after the successful summit of the peak

    International flight tickets.

    Nepal Entry Visa fee (To be applied for 90 days).

    Drone & Special filming permit.

    Bank/wire transfer fees (if applicable)

    Lunch & Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

    Personal Travel, Medical, and Emergency Rescue Insurances.

    Personal Trekking and Climbing Gears

    Phone calls, internet, battery recharge, laundry, alcoholic beverages, bottled and canned beverages, specialty coffee or espresso drinks, etc.

    Summit Bonus for Climbing Sherpa US $ 1500.00.

    Tips for Cook and Kitchen helpers.

    Any other service cost which are not included in the Cost Includes.