Mount Makalu Expedition is one of the challenging mountaineering adventure to climb the world’s firth highest mountain peak. Makalu lies in the eastern part of Nepal standing with the elevation of 8463 meters from the sea level. Due to the very sharp edges and steep pitches, climbing over the Makalu is quite tough.
Mount Makalu has many climbing routes leading to the summit via west ridge, west face, south face, southwest face and northwest buttress. The Manaslu peak is teachnical mountain expedition in Nepal. The normal commercial climbing route is past the Southeast Peak and along the Southeast ridge. The climb is straightforward but moderately technical with exposure on the SE Ridge; it requires some fixed rope set-up.
Traditionally there are 3 camps, high camp C1 (6,500m), C2 (7,300m) at the bottom of the Southeast Peak ridge and C3 (7,900 m) at the beginning of the SE ridge. With very low Base Camp the ABC is set-up at 5500m. The terrain encountered on the ascents varies from glacier crossings to steep snow fields and requires a good understanding of basic alpine climbing techniques. Makalu has been climbed Alpine style but traditionally all commercial operators practice expedition style to improve the chances of summit success for the clients.
Life Dream Adventure offers full board and base camp service for Mt Makalu expedition. Spring season is the best time to climb Makalu. Our professional climbing Sherpas will assist you to reach at the top of the world’s fifth highest peak.
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel(1350m)
Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(920m) and then trek to Manebhanjyang(1100m),which takes about five hours and overnight in tent.
Trek from Manebhanjyang to Kuwapani(1420m),which takes about four and half hours overnight in the camp
Trek from Kuwapani to Num (1800m) which takes about six hours and overnight in camp
Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1510m), which takes about five hours overnight in the camp
Trek from Sheduwa to Tashigaon (2070m),which takes four hours overnight in the camp
Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (3760m),which takes about six hours overnight in the camp
Trek from Khongma to Sanopokhari (1710m)which takes about four hours overnight camp
Trek from sanopokhari to Mumbuk (3550m) which takes about five hours overnight in camp
Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m),which takes about four hours overnight in camp
Trek from Yangle Kharka to Hillary Base Camp(4800m), which takes about six hours and overnight in the camp.
Trek From Hilarry Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp (4870m) overnight in the camp
Climbing Period(summit makalu 8463m)
Preparation to returning (Cleaning up Base Camp)
Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka(3600m),which takes about five hours and overnight in the camp
Trek from Yak Kharka to Mumbuk(3550m), which takes about five hours and overnight in camp.
Trek from Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon(3420m)which takes about five hours and overnight in camp.
Trek from Tashi Gaon to Num(1800m), which takes about five hours and overnight in camp.
Trek from Num to Chichira(1615m)which takes about five hours and overnight in camp
Trek from Chichira to Tumlingtar via Khandbari (920m),which takes about six hours and overnight in a lodge
Early in the morning fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu(1350m) and transfer to hotel
Full day sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu, farewell dinner party in the evening and overnight in the hotel
Final departure ,or alternative Join other activities
Autumn (Sept to Dec) and spring (March – May) is the best time for Mount Makalu Expedition. The climbing ratio is high in autumn in compare to spring for Makalu expeditions.
You need to have extensive mountaineering experiences to join Makalu Expedition. Stable health with daily 6-7 hours walking ability is also essential for the trip. One should be mentally and physically fit to accomplish this trip easily and happily. Trekking experience in high altitudes will make this trip easier.
Yes only a person with good mental and physical condition with stable health can go for this trip.
If you have any health problem we recommend you to consult your doctor before going on this trip to make your trip successful easily and happily.
You will have enough options of staying in local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses. In the busy season you might adjust in kitchen rooms. In the high altitudes we will stay in camps or tents.
You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Because of the well-developed trekking route, this area offers continental and local Nepalese food available. While camping, our cook will prepare food for whole team.
Yes climbing permit is required to climb any peak over 5000m. Climbing without a permit is illegal.
It depends on the area you are trekking. Most of the area in trekking route has VHF phones. Some area also gets mobile coverage but in remote communication is not available or very limited so only option would be satellite phone.
Yes, you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness makes you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.
The answer is No! You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu.
Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.
No, we have porters who carry your heavy gear but you have to carry light day-pack containing water bottle, camera, sunglasses, extra layer of clothing, rain coat or wind breaker and snacks.
Don’t worry, we provide only experienced and reliable guides and porters. We guarantee that your guides and porters won’t disappear throughout your trip. In case they did, we will immediately send you new guide or porter to help you.
Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world, located in the Mahalangur range in the Himalayas. The mountain stands at 8,485 meters (27,838 feet) tall and is known for its steep, rugged terrain and difficult climbing routes.
There are several routes to climb Mt. Makalu, including the southeast ridge, northwest ridge, and west face. The southeast ridge is the most popular route and was first climbed in 1955 by a French team.
Mt. Makalu is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world. It has a steep and technical terrain, including knife-edge ridges and icy slopes, which require advanced mountaineering skills.
The best time to climb Mt. Makalu is during the spring season, from April to May, and during the autumn season, from September to October. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and low precipitation.
Climbing Mt. Makalu requires a climbing permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association, which costs around $11,000 per person. In addition, climbers need to obtain trekking permits and other necessary documents before embarking on the expedition.
There are several base camps along the climbing routes, where climbers can set up tents and rest. However, the accommodations are basic, and climbers need to bring their own food and equipment.
Climbing Mt. Makalu is a physically and mentally demanding activity that poses several health risks, including altitude sickness, frostbite, and hypothermia. Climbers need to be in excellent physical shape and have proper training and acclimatization before attempting the expedition.
Mt. Makalu is located in a fragile ecosystem, and climbers need to follow strict environmental guidelines to minimize their impact on the environment. This includes carrying out all waste and leaving no trace of their presence.