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MT. MAKALU EXPEDITION (8485M)

Makalu, an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid, is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485m (27,838ft).

50 Days
5 Excellent

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  • Max. Elevation:
    8,485m / 27,838ft
  • Walking Per Day:
    5 - 6 Hours
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel + Lodge + Tent
  • Best Season:
    Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size:
    2 - 15 PAX

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Country

Nepal

Peak Name

Mt. Makalu

Duration

50 Days

Route

NW Ridge

Rank

5

Weather Reports

Report

Range

Kumbhakarna Range

Trip Overview

Among the eight mountains in Nepal above 8000m, Mt. Makalu is the fourth tallest in Nepal and the fifth-highest Peak on the Earth with its height of 8,463m. Mt. Makalu resides in the eastern Himalayas range just 19Km southeast of the giant Mt. Everest on the border of Nepal and China. 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 who every step here will take a memorable reminiscence with them for their lifetime.

It was in 1955 when the expedition led by the French team reached the top of Mt. Makalu for the first time. Only five of the first sixteen attempts were successful. Sir Edmund Hilary took the photograph of Mt. Makalu in 1951 while he was on a route survey of Mt. Everest. Since the first climb to the top, several successful attempts had been made to the top of the peak. Makalu bears a pyramid shape. South East and the North West Ridges being 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 west 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 the test of the sheer endurance of a climber.

The base camp is normally set at around 5,600m, and then four camps follow before reaching the top. The first camp is at 6,100m, camp 2 is at 6500m, the third camp is at 7400m and the last camp is at 7800m.

Every year Seven Summit Treks organize a large number of Mt. Makalu expedition.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
    Hotel

  • Day 2
    Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and Preparation
    B/D
    Hotel

  • Day 3
    Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1,560m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 4
    Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,510m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 5
    Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,070m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 6
    Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (Rest Day)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 7
    Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3,760m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 8
    Trek from Khongma to Dobato (4,010m): Camping
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 9
    Trek from Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3,640m): Camping
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 10
    Trek from Yangle Kharke to Langmale Kharka (4,450m)
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 11
    Trek from Langmale Kharke to Makalu Lower Basecamp (4,850m) Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 12
    Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest day)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 13
    Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest day)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 14
    Hike from Lower Base camp to Higher (Main) Base Camp (5,600m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 15-30
    Rotation: [Basecamp – Rotation (Camp I, Camp II and Camp III) – Basecamp]
    Full Board
    High Camp

  • Day 31-42
    Climbing Period [Base Camp – Makalu Summit (8,485m)– Base Camp]
    Full Board
    High Camp

  • Day 43
    Cleaning Up Base Camp
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 44
    Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 45
    Trek from Yangle Kharka to Khongma
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 46
    Trek from Khongma to Seduwa
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 47
    Trek from Seduwa to Num and drive to Khadbari
    B/L/D
    Lodge

  • Day 48
    Drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar - Fly to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 49
    Leisure day in Kathmandu
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 50
    Transfer to International Airport for final departure
    Breakfast

Route Map

Cost Includes

  • 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).

Cost Excludes

  • 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.

Fixed Dates

Date Status Group Size Action
50 Days
Start Date- 2023-04-10
End Date-2023-05-29
Booking Open Group Size 15 PAX Inquire Now Book Now
50 Days
Start Date- 2023-04-10
End Date-2023-05-29
Booking Open Group Size 10 PAX Inquire Now Book Now

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    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Expeditions

    1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
    2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
    3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
    5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Trekking

    1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
    2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
    3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.

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    Great Britain

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    USA

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    UK/Bahrain

    Simply the best in the business.

    We climbed Lobuche East, Manaslu, and Everest with SST. The quality of guidance, Sherpa support, training, and service was second to none.

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    Both Lobuche and Manaslu were a huge success, the basecamp and higher camp setup were fantastic, the staff was amazing throughout and it made us look forward to Everest.

    Everest was even better, the training, trek, and climbing were fully supported, we didn’t have to ask for anything, SST fixed the ropes to the summit and planned our climb perfectly, and we were the first team to the summit on the first day of the first weather window… couldn’t have planned it any better. We felt fully supported and safe throughout!

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