Mount Makalu is the fifth-highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,485 meters (27,838 feet) above sea level. It is located in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and China. Mount Makalu is known for its isolated location and its distinctive pyramid-shaped peak, which makes it a visually striking mountain. At the base of Mt. Makalu, there lies a natural wonder: The Barun Valley. This valley facilitates stunning elevated waterfalls falling inside the deep gorges, diverse species of flora and fauna with rich cultures of ethnic communities like Sherpa and Kirat. Although this area is somewhat isolated, it is for sure that, every visitor whose every step here will take a memorable reminiscence with them for their lifetime.
Mt. Makalu was first summited on 15 May 1955, by a French team including Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy led by Jean Franco. The team climbed the mountain via the Northeast Ridge, which is the most commonly used route to the summit. Since the first climb to the top, several successful attempts had been made to the top of the peak. South East and the North West Ridges are the most prominent compared to other. Among these two, the North Western ridge route is used by most mountaineers to reach the top of the peak. Mt. Makalu Expedition in Nepal is full of adventures as well as dangers too. The Russian team scaled the western route, which is considered the most dangerous route, in 1997. They reach the top on 21st May 1997 following the most challenging route.
Climbing Makalu is a significant challenge, and it requires a high level of physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and mental fortitude. The mountain is known for its steep and challenging Northeast Ridge route, and the thin air and extreme altitude make it a demanding climb. However, for those who are able and willing to undertake the challenge, the experience of standing on the summit of Mt. Makalu can be extremely rewarding.
The Seven Summit Treks, Makalu Expedition will begin in the second week of April starting in Kathmandu. You will have a couple of days for the preparation of goods and equipment and paper works. Afterward, you will take a flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Num. From here your treks begin to Makalu basecamp. This trip suits those who have previous experiences with a few 7000m peaks or even more. We will do a frequent rotation to each camp for the best acclimatization. The advance basecamp is normally set at (5,600m/18,372ft), Camp I at (6,100m/20,013ft), Camp II at (6,500m/21,325ft), Camp III at (7,400m/24,278ft), Camp IV (7,800m/25,590ft) and Summit (8,485m/27,838ft).
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WHY CLIMB MT. Makalu WITH SEVEN SUMMIT TREKS?
- Highly qualified, professional, friendly, and experienced climbing Sherpa guide, Kitchen staff, and Basecamp Manager.
- Well-equipped with climbing equipment and logistic support for base camp and higher camps.
- Safety is a top priority for us, and we take every step to minimize risks and ensure the well-being of our clients.
- We offer a variety of itineraries to suit different abilities and interests, so you can choose the option that best meets your needs.
- Hi-tech in weather forecast and communication
- Easy Helicopter charter service when needed (extra charge to be applied)
- 1 climbing Sherpa to each member
A scenic flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Num and further trek to the basecamp of Mt. Makalu (4870m) with great views of the Makalu Himalayan range where you will be awaited by our best Sherpa team. Seven Summit has the best setup basecamp. You will be spending about a month at base camp. Each member will get a separate member tent and dining, kitchen, shower, Communication, and toilet tents. Before we climb the mountain, we make a big puja ceromancy at base camp for good luck and safe climbing. Seven summits have frequent helicopter charters to ABC and every single charter brings lots of fresh vegetables, fresh meat, beverages sometimes bread items.
Camp I (6,100m/20,013ft)
Once you reached ABC, your personal climbing Sherpa or team leader will review the base and advance training at the base camp. You will climb to Camp I. For the best acclimatization, once fix rope is fixed by the Sherpa team you will climb to camp I which lies at an altitude of 6100m. In this section of climbing, you will encounter mixed terrain with few crevasses and ice on the section of the glacier. This will take you about 4-5 hours of climbing. We will have frequent rotations on camp I and back to base camp.
Camp II (6,500m/21,325ft)
The climbing from camp I to camp II is an intermediate ice section with a few mixed climbing sections. In this section of the climb, some rock parts and a glacier, and the middle of the glacier are a bit technical but there will be fixed rope throughout this section. This will take about 4 to 5 hrs.
Camp III (7,400m/24,278.215ft)
Climbing from camp II to camp III is a bit long distance to climb. It will take only 5 to 6 hours to climb. It's a long section of climbing through easier. The climbing Sherpa and fixed rope will be there for safe climbing.
Camp IV (7,800m/ 25,590ft)
Climbing to camp IV is a short distance but there are crevasses too so need to be careful while climbing up to camp IV because of the altitude the oxygen levels are low.
The most important day is summit day. It is the main goal for all climbers. It's a day that climbers dream about. So, most of the climbers begin their summit push at late night and will walk to the summit for about 7 to 8 hours and will reach the summit about 8-10 am (morning). The Summit of Mt. Makalu is stunning. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful view of different 8000m peaks. On the same day after taking some pictures, you will walk down to camp III or camp II, which will take about 5 to 6 hours. descending from the summit is also a difficult part of this expedition so safety descent is also an important part of summit day. Seven Summit Treks will have one climbing Sherpa with one member from camp IV to summit day and till back to basecamp. The SST guide will carry an oxygen cylinder for Members and himself. For the safe summit of Mt. Makalu SST will always have guidelines for the best weather forecast, communication, and back support from the basecamp leader. Rope fixing up to the summit is the major duty of our climbing Sherpa so we highly admire our Sherpa to fix ropes, breaking trails, and making all the effort to get the group reaches to the summit of Mt. Makalu.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the HotelHotel
Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and PreparationB/DHotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,510m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,070m)B/L/DLodge
Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (Rest Day)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3,760m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Khongma to Dobato (4,010m): CampingB/L/DLodge
Trek from Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3,640m): CampingB/L/DLodge
Trek from Yangle Kharke to Langmale Kharka (4,450m)B/L/DLodge
Trek from Langmale Kharke to Makalu Lower Basecamp (4,850m) Acclimatization in Lower Base CampB/L/DTent
Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest day)B/L/DTent
Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest day)B/L/DTent
Hike from Lower Base camp to Higher (Main) Base Camp (5,600m)B/L/DTent
Rotation: [Basecamp – Rotation (Camp I, Camp II and Camp III) – Basecamp]Full BoardHigh Camp
Climbing Period [Base Camp – Makalu Summit (8,485m)– Base Camp]Full BoardHigh Camp
Cleaning Up Base CampB/L/DTent
Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle KharkaB/L/DLodge
Trek from Yangle Kharka to KhongmaB/L/DLodge
Trek from Khongma to SeduwaB/L/DLodge
Trek from Seduwa to Num and drive to KhadbariB/L/DLodge
Drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar - Fly to Kathmandu & Transfer to the HotelBreakfastHotel
Leisure day in KathmanduBreakfastHotel
Transfer to International Airport for final departureBreakfast
- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
- HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) - single room on bed and breakfast plan.
- WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office Staff.
- CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
- PERMIT : Expedition Royalty and permit fee of Nepal Government to climb Mt. MAKALU, MAKALU BARUN National Park entry permit and fee.
- LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
- GARBAGE MANAGEMENT : Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
- INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
- MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
- DUFFLE BAG : One Seven Summit Treks’ Duffle Bag.
- MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : (Domestic Flight) Fly from Kathmandu – TUMLINGTAR and drive to Num: while returning drive from Num to Tumlingtar and fly from Tumlingtar - Kathmandu, as per itinerary, as per itinerary.
- EXPEDITION STUFFS TRANSPORTATION : All necessary expedition equipment transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (by air cargo / Truck) and Base camp (by Porters) – While returning: Base camp to Tumlingtar (by porters) and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (by air cargo / Truck). Based on the condition, different transportation variants may be adopted.
- MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
- FOOD AND LODGING : 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/TENT during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, fresh meat, fruits, soft drinks, and juice will be served during the entire expedition using helicopter flights. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
- CAMPING : All necessary logistic arrangements for camping during the trek.
- PORTER : Porters per member up to the basecamp and from the basecamp (both ways).
- BASE CAMP STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
- STAFF SALARY AND ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
- BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have an individual box tent in Base Camp.
- BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : Single Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tent, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
- HEATER : Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
- SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, FOR battery charges, laptop, and other electronic devices.
- TRAINING : Oxygen, Mask Regulator, Ice wall, and Ladder training at basecamp by UIAGM Gide.
- HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back, and on each rotation.
- ASSISTANCE : Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
- CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen cylinder: 4 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 2 oxygen bottles for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
- OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks & regulators for each member and high-altitude Sherpa. **
- BACK-UP OXYGEN : BACK UP Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
- HIGH CAMP SERVICE (INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS) : High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) (C3) and (C4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- HIGH ALTITUDE TENT : Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
- ROPE FIXING TEAM : The team of experienced Sherpas (including personal Sherpa) will fix the route in MAKALU (no extra charge will be applied to members).
- SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members WITH APPROPRIATE CHARGE.
- WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
- PERMITS : Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility will be available at the Base Camp (SUBJECT TO A CHARGE).
- WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report regularly from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
- MEDICAL KIT : COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL KIT FOR MEMBERS AND STAFF.
- CERTIFICATE : MAKALU climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. MAKALU successfully).
- AIR FARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEE : Nepalese Visa fee is $125 USD for 90 Days.
- LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- INSURANCE POLICY : Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
- PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
- PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
- TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- INTERNET SERVICE : NOT INCLUDED DURING THE TREK.
- SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
- TIPS : Calculate some tips for basecamp and high camp staff – Minimum 350 USD.
- EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and not listed in the “COST INCLUDES” section.
Highlight Of Trip
Highlight Of Trip
- 10 April 2023 - 29 May 2023
- 5th Highest Mountain in the World
- 1 Climber: 1 Sherpa Guide
- 4 Bottles of Oxygen
- Full Board / Basecamp Service
- Challenging & Technical Mountain
- Stunning views from the Summit
- Experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas
- Experience the unique culture of the region
- Explore the diverse Flora & Fauna