Makalu Expedition

Trip Overview Makalu Expedition

Mount Makalu is the fifth tallest mountain in the world situated close to the tallest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest. Literally, Makalu signifies the greatness and black one as it contains dark brooding appearances. Being the fifth tallest mountain in the world, people do not attempt to climb it in comparison to other tall mountains. It is for sure that if you are planning to climb the Makalu, Makalu Expedition requires a lot of mountaineering experiences. Otherwise, you may not overcome it which is known from the people who have attempted it before. It was first climbed by a French Team in 1955. Makalu Mountain has mainly two important supplementary Peaks.

Makalu is one of the most difficult Mountains to climb in the whole world. It is an inspiring Peak with the mass of the red stonework made up of four sided pyramid shape. Due to its peculiar structure and features, Makalu is termed as a peculiar Mountain. Makalu (8,463m) is a highly challenge Mountain, which is located 14 miles away from the east of Mount Everest. Its minimum altitude is 3900 meter and 8,463meter is its maximum altitude. The most appropriate season for the Makalu Expedition is spring and autumn.


Outline of Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 04: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila (1850m)
Day 05: Trek to Num (1,505m)
Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)
Day07: Trek to Gaon (2,065m)
Day 08: Khongma (3,562m)
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khongma (4,200m)
Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and descends to Mumbuk (4,200m)
Day 11: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m)
Day 12: Trek to Shershong (4,650m)
Day 13: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp
Day 14: Makalu North Ridge BC (4,800m)
Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp
Day 18 -50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge
Day 51: Return to Base Camp
Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka
Day 53: Trek to Mumbuk
Day 54: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Day 55: Trek to Num
Day 56: Trek to Chichila
Day 57: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 58: Back to Kathmandu
Day 59: Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 60: Departure
 

Day 01: Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,350m)

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives at the Airport. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel and will discuss about the further plans over there. Overnight stay in a hotel.

 

Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

For the next couple of days, you will be exploring the Kathmandu Valley visiting Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Durbar Squares and other cultural as well as traditional sites. You will also prepare for the expedition during the time, acquiring permission for the expedition from the government agency. Overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 04: Flight to Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila (1850m)

Tumlingtar is a village which is situated at the height of 400 meter above from the sea level. Tumlingtar is an initial place from where our trekking starts. We will take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we will drive to Chichila (1850m) and we will be exploring the remaining days. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 05: Trek to Num (1,505m)

Chichila to Num covers about 1,505 meter. So, on this day we will wake up early in the morning and start our trekking. After having breakfast we will take a walk and will enjoy the trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)

This is our 6th day of trekking and expedition trip. After having a breakfast early in the morning we will start our trekking to Seduwa (1,530m). Seduwa is actually an interesting place where you are going to enjoy the natural beauties of that area.

 

Day 07: Trek to Gaon (2,065m)

On the 7th day of trekking, we will move to Gaon (2,065m). Particularly on that day we have to walk a long distance from Seduwa to Gaon (2,065m). Overnight stay at a local guesthouse.

 

Day 08: Khongma (3,562m)

 

 On the 8th day, we will be moving to Khongma (3,562m) from Gaon. We start early for the day as we cover almost 1500 meters on the day. It is going to be a long day’s trek needing almost 7-8 hours of trek. The trek will, however, be adventurous as the trail takes us to several amazing landscapes. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 09:  Acclimatization day at Khongma

The ninth day of the itinerary is for acclimatization. We will be spending the day at Khongma, resting and acclimatizing to the conditions and the altitude. We can travel around the Khongma village and interact with the villagers and learn about their culture. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

  

Day 10:  Climb over the Shipton La and descend to Mumbuk (4,200m)

From Khongma we will climb Shipton La and from there we will descend to Mumbak (4,200m). In Mumbuk, we will take a walk which is considered as a tricky area to cross Shipton La. As we reach at Khongma we will take our breakfast. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

 Day 11:  Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m)

For the trek to Yak Kharka (3,6100m), we have to move early in the morning which takes 6 hours. Before the sunrise you have to cross Dhampu Pass. The view of the entire Annapurna Range being touched by the sun with the valley resting below in the darkness gives amazing views. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

 

Day 12:  Trek to Shershong (4,650m)

For the trek to Shershong (4,650m), we will move early in the morning taking a breakfast in Yangri Kharka which takes 5 to 6 hours walking from Yangri Kharka. After the few minutes walking an expert will discuss about the further plans.

 

Day 13: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp

On the 13th day, we will move for the trek to Makalu South East Base Camp according to the planning. Trekking in Makalu South East Base Camp is difficult in nature yet you will enjoy this trekking. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

 

Day 14: Makalu North Ridge BC (4,800m)

Day 14th is an essential day as we are going to see Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4,800m) which is one of the focal point of our trip. The trekking to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp is considered to be unusual than the other trekking as trekkers to this area will be appreciated more than the others. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

 

Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp.

 

After the trekking to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4,800m), day 15th to 17th are allocated for the acclimation at the Base Camp. This is very important part of the itinerary as the couple of day’s acclimatization will help us to get used to the conditions and prepare ourselves for the expedition that lies ahead. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

 

Day 18 -50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge

The next 30 days, we will be ascending along the trail along with our expedition members who will guide you through the path. You will not have any problem as they are seasoned trekking and mountaineering guides and will provide you every trick that is needed for scaling the mighty mountain. During this time period, you will be staying at the tented camp. Upon reaching the top, you will have great views of the tall mountains and the amazing vicinity.

   

Day 51: Return to Base Camp

On day 51, after completing the ascent to the top of the Mount Makalu, you will return back to the Base Camp. You will be tired from the month long expedition and will be staying at the tented camp and get ready for the return trek that follows from the next day.

 

Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka

The next day we start our return trip from the Base Camp after having breakfast in the morning. We will trek for few hours along the impressive trail and reach Yak Kharka in around 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 53: Trek to Mumbuk

The destination for the 53rd day is Mumbuk, a small village in the region of Makalu. It will take five hours of trekking from Yak Kharka to reach there. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 54: Trek to Tashi Gaon

After taking breakfast we will explore Tashi Gaon by taking a short walk throughout the country side where you are provided an opportunity to view the fields of rice and millet. Tashi Gaon is suitable for talking a walk. Overnight stay at guest house.

 

Day 55: To Num

The day when we are done with exploring Tashi Gaon we will return to Num. As you have already seen Num, we can go thoroughly but in case if you have time and willing to explore more, definitely there is a high chance for the explorations. Overnight stay at a guest house.

 

Day 56: To Chichila

Trek from Num to Chichila is quite smooth and easy as the trail is now comfortable and downhill. We will enjoy the trail even though we are tired from the long trek and expedition. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 57: To Tumlingtar

The next day, we will reach Tumlingtar which is another beautiful town in the eastern region of Nepal. After reaching Tumlingtar, we will spend the rest of the night in a hotel.

 

Day 58: Back to Kathmandu

At last we are done with our Makalu expedition, and we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 59: Rest in Kathmandu

It is worth to take a rest in Kathmandu for one more day so that the day when you depart from Kathmandu you do not feel dizziness and tiredness. In an evening time you can explore the remaining places of Kathmandu which will count as a plus point. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

 

Day 60: Departure from Kathmandu, Farewell!!

The trip ends in Kathmandu on 60th day of the trekking package. At last you will be boarding a flight back to your country via the Tribhuvan International Airport.