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Mt. Makalu Expedition

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57 days

Max. Elevation


Group size

Min 4 pax.

All ground transportation and Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Flight as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the expedition
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
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Trip Route
Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Num-Khongma-Makalu B.C.-Summit-Makalu B.C.-Yangle Kharka-Seduwa-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu


Makalu is the most difficult Himalayan peak to climb. Among the Eight-Thousanders in Nepal, Makalu at 8,643 meters ranks as the fourth-highest mountain. Take on the PD+ (Scottish Grade III/IV) peak with many technical ascents such as steep pitches, knife-edge ridges, and rock/ice climb. Catch the majestic panorama some of the highest mountains on Earth Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Kanchenjunga.

Although an isolated peak, Makalu has two notable subsidiary summits, Kangchungtse or Makalu II (7678m) and Chomo Lonzo (7804m). You will climb the main mountain that was first summited on1955 by a French Expedition. The standard climb route follows the Northeast ridge that goes between the main summit and Kangchungtse peak. The 31-day window offers enough days for acclimatization, training, and ascent.

Mt. Makalu Expedition begins with a beautiful sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. Prepare your documents and embark on a scenic flight to Tumlingtar City in Eastern Nepal. Indulge in an adventurous trek through the village of Mane Bhanjyang, Chichila, and Numa and enter Makalu Barun National Park. Witness the unique Himalayan flora and fauns inside the Park as you make your way towards Makalu Base Camp (4870m).

The high-altitude settlements of Tashigaon, Yangle Kharka, and Langmale Kharka comprise of the indigenous Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) people. Spend a few days acclimatizing at the base camp. Your Sherpa guide will conduct intensive climbing training for days before actually embarking on the climb.

The first leg of the climb begins with an easy ascent to Camp I (6,100m). The trail leading from Camp I to Camp II (6600m) encounters many technical ascents. Camp III (7200m) to Camp IV (7600m) may need the use of ice-ax and Carabiner to walk through rock and ice. The approach for the summit begins at Camp IV using a fixed rope. Standing at 8,643 meters, you can catch the panoramic view of some of the highest peaks on Earth, Everest (8848m), and Lhotse (8516m) in the west and Kanchenjunga (8586m) in the east. Retrace your path and descend to Makalu Base Camp. After clearing the base camp, you’ll begin falling towards Tumlingtar and then head back to Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary



On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport received by our staff and guide for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. At the hotel check into your room, after getting refreshed join with other member of the group for briefing, provided by our guide and leader information of all important things that one should know to make your stay enjoyable. Includes information regarding the trek, climb, local cultures do's and don’ts. 

Evening a group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with folk culture program while you enjoy the dinner.



A day in Kathmandu, options for guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest. As the city is steeped with old monuments listed in World Heritage Sites, rest of the day preparation for the trek and climb to Phari Lapcha peak.  



Today, you buy/rent the necessary items needed for the expedition at Thamel. If you want, we can arrange a short session where you can meet professional mountaineers, so that you know what to do.



Today we will fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. This flight takes about 25 minutes. You will enjoy the scenic aerial views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Everst, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar Airport, we will descend towards Shawa Khola (a small river) from where you will view Chamolang Mountain at a distance while driving towards Mane Bhanjyang climbing uphill you will pass through terraced fields and local villages of Pangma and reach Bhotebas. This pretty village offers spectacular mountain views towards the north. Driving throug tiny local settlements and the rhododendron forest, we will reach Sakurate, where we will spend the night in a teahouse.



Another exciting trek begins today. We will trek downhill from Num and walk through a forest enjoying the birds chirping and finally we reach Lumbang. Further, we descend down to Arun River. Walking along the slippery path, we go across a suspension bridge and start climbing uphill and trek until we reach Sedua. For your kind information, Sedua is an entry point to Makalu Barun National park. Overnight in Sedua.



Today, we will continue our journey through the farmlands and mani walls. We will climb again the uphill above Ipsuwa and Kasuwa Rivers passing through Sherpa village of Navagaon and finally we will arrive in Kharsing Kharka. Today’s trek ends when we reach Tashi gaon. Overnight in Tashigaon.



Our trek begins early in the morning today. Leaving Tashigaon, we will walk through rhododendron and oak forest. The trail takes us through different pastures and lush green vegetation where we can see local animals grazing. The zigzag trail passes through stone steps and finally we reach Khongma, located atop the hill. Overnight in Khongma.



Leaving Khongma, we will pass through colourful forest and reach to the ridge with mani walls and prayer flags. You will be thrilled with the panoramic views of Kanchenjunga. We will trek past the Keke La pass (4,230m) and Tutu La pass (4,200m) before descending down through rhododendron forest to Mumbuk. Overnight at Mumbuk.



Today’s trek remains a bit challenging as we have to walk through the landslide prone area for about 3 hours after we leave Mumbuk. You will oversee Barun river from most of the points of this trek. Nevertheless, the panoramic views of mountains such as peak 6 (6,739m) and peak 7 (6,185m) will enthral you and you will not realize that you are trekking through the difficult trails. We continue walking until we reach Yanglekharka. Overnight in Yanglekharka.



Today, there is no trek. We need to acclimatize and prepare for the upcoming treks. YangleKharka is one of the best places to take rest. The view of mountains from YangleKharka is unbeatable. Explore around YangleKharka for proper acclimatization and prepare yourself for the challenging climb to Makalu summit. Overnight at YangleKharka.



Another exciting trek begins today. We walk upstream until we reach Nglekharka. You will be captivated by the views from NgleKharka. Further trek, leads you to the alpine meadow of RupakKharka and JhakKharka. Walking past waterfall, we will reach summer grazing land of Yak Kharka from where we will head west and walk through gravel area with breath-taking view of Lower Barun glacier and finally arrive in Sherson. Overnight at Sherson.



Walking along the eastern side of the valley today, we will enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Makalu. We will further descend to a small pass and further down to Makalu Base Camp walking through boulders. You will really feel blessed by the breathtaking view of the south face of Makalu Base Camp. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp.



The hardest part of our journey is about to begin and therefore, you will have to rest and acclimatize today. There are many view points to the right of our camp from where you will have a closer look of Mt. Makalu, Barun Pokhari, Lhotse and Everest. Those who still want to hike, can take a short hike to the green vegetation around and return to the Base Camp. Overnight in Makalu Base Camp.



Walking through the desolate area from lower Makalu Base Camp, we will reach to Advance Makalu Base Camp that exists at the snout of Barun glacier. We will place our camp nearby the glacial pond. We can climb a little higher than our camp for better view of Makalu. Return to Advanced Camp to spend the night. 



We will spend the first couple of days at Advanced Base Camp. The guide will share Makalu Climbing strategy with us.  We will climb to High Camp I and lower down to Base Camp. Rotation of camps help us in acclimatization.



through day 50 are dedicated in climbing Mt. Makalu. We will choose the normal route that progresses through southeast ridge. We will place 3 High Camps.

High Camp I and High Camp II

 High Camp I is located at 6500m and High Camp II exists at 7300m. These two Camps are founded at the base of southeast ridge. We will cross glacier and pass through snow field and hanging ice fall. Basic Alpine climbing technique is enough to reach up to Camp II. We need to climb 35 to 45 degree slope.    

High Camp III

High Camp III is located at the beginning of southeast ridge at 7900m.We need to climb 50 to 55 degree slope till we reach High Camp III.

Climb to Makalu Summit and Descend to Base Camp

Expect to climb 70 to 75degree slopes to reach to the summit. We will need help of fixed ropes. After enjoying spectacular views of mountains and surrounding from summit, we will return to base camp where we will celebrate successful climbing of Makalu. 



Return trip begins today. We will clean Makalu Base Camp and return to YangleKharka via Sherson. The path is scenic with panoramic views of several mountains. Overnight at YangleKharka.



Return trail from YangleKharka to Mumbuk is easier as we will be following descending trail for most of the day. We will walk past rock fall and then the trail takes us through rock gully all the way to Mumbuk. Returning to Mumbuk, we will be greeted with green sceneries. Overnight at Mumbuk.



From TashiGaon, we will lower down to Arun River and retrace the route to Seduwa. Walking through forest, we will lower down once again to river and climb through the opposite side of valley to reach Num where we will stay overnight.



Leaving Mumbuk early in the morning, we will walk through rhododendron and fir forest. We need to cross Keke La, Shipton La Pass and Ghurung La Pass so that we can reach Khongma. The trail takes sharp descend from Khongma to TashiGaon where we will stay overnight.



After early morning tea, we will drive back to Tumlingtar through Mane Bhanjyang and stay there a overnight.



We will take flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Once we reach domestic airport in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. Take rest. Stay overnight at your hotel.



A free and reserve day in Kathmandu as a contingency in case of flight delay and cancellation due to unfavorable bad weather conditions for flight to operate.

Which happens quite often even at the best time of the year, as Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, if all goes well according to our itinerary days enjoy the free day at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join for an interesting tour of Patan and Bhaktapur cities well worth a visit. 



Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as per your international flight schedule our staff transfer you to the airport for final departure homeward bound, after a wonderful adventure and great experience on Makalu Expedition



  • 5 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan in 3 Star category
  • 1:1 Experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during trek and climb.
  • 1 Legion Officer from the Government and his insurance, Equipment, salary, food, and accommodation
  • Flight tickets for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu to the climbing member and his guide.
  • All camping equipment like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest, shower and toilet tents in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during the trek, freshly cooked 3 meals, tea or coffee by the Himalayan professional cook in Base Camp.
  • Baggage allowance for trekking up and down is 60kg: 40kg ratio per person.
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Mt. Makalu
  • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs
  • Required base camp and high altitude food for climbing member and all involved staffs
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator upon the requirement of guest with reliable charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent in the MBC.
  • If Needed.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger in Base Camp.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2, 3 and 4; Icefall charges First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)


  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa and cargo clearance
  • Extra porter if needs
  • Alcoholic products during trekking product
  • Emergency rescue services cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Items of personal nature and laundry expensesExpenses of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phone, and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue for a climber.
  • Summit bonus for the Sherpa after approaching the summit. (Minimum US$ 1000.00)
  • Special Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if a special camera
  • All personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not mentioned in the above cost includes


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