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Makalu Expedition (8481 M)

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Mt. Makalu is the 5th highest mountain in the world with soaring height of 8418 M above sea level. It lies in the Mahalangur Himalayan Range of Nepal just 19 Km south east of Mt. Everest (8848 M). This is an isolated pyramid peak also lies on the border between Nepal and China. Its four sided sharp ridges have made this mountain very beautiful in fact it is a double peak. Makalu Expedition was first successfully climbed in 1955 by a French Team. It has Makalu Barun Valley at the base of it and this valley is entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park.

Makalu Expedition is a challenging task as this seems very beautiful but extremely challenging, and potentially dangerous mountain. So it needs plenty of time, strategy, leadership and technical abilities. It must need lots of mountaineering experience including any attempt of above 8000 M high peaks. You start our expedition from Tumlingtar, just above the Arun River to Makalu Base Camp at approximately 5200 meters. Our trail to Makalu Base Camp (4823m) is a steep slope with magnificent views of Makalu (8481m) to the north. Climbing it is really a challenging attempt and from a base camp which sits at the foot of the Chago Glacier, you will use 4 camps on the mountain, including camp 3 on the Makalu La at 7,400m and a high camp on the North Face at approximately 7,800m. 

Outline Itinerary of Makalu Expedition

Day 1: Kahmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing 

Day 3: Preparation Day

Day 4: Kathmandu to Fly to Tumlingtar & Trek to Chichila

Day 5: Chichila to Seduwa

Day 6: Seduwa to Tashigaon

Day 7: Tashigaon to Khongma

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Day 9: Khongma to Mumbuk

Day 10: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Shersong

Day 12: Shersong to Makalu Base Camp

Day 13-14: Preparation Day

Day 15-45: Makalu Expedition Day

Day 46: Return to Makalu Base Camp

Day 47-54: Makalu Base Camp to Tumlingtar

Day 55: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu 

Day 56: Acclimatization Day 

Day 57: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1360 M)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel. 

Day 3: Preparation Day

With your usual routine today will be your trek preparation day. You will do shopping’s on your requirements and gather with your team and leaders and discuss on your itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Kathmandu to fly to Tumlingtar & headed Chichila (1980 M)

Today morning you headed to airport to catch your flight for Tumlingtar . After landing at Tumlingtar you take short drive to Chichila. Stay overnight at Chichila.

Day 5: Chichila to Seduwa (1540 M)

Today you have a long trekking day ahead so you start early. Passing through the village of Num, lush mountain forests, then down to Arun Khola and finally to Seduwa which lies in Makalu National Park. Stay overnight at Seduwa.

Day 6: Seduwa to Tashigaon (2070 M)

Today you headed to Tashigaon passing through the ridges, Ipsuwa River and Kasuwa River and small villages. Stay overnight at Tashigaon.

Day 7: Tashigaon to Khongma

Today is your a bit hard trekking day but you will enjoy the great natural vistas along the way as you pass by Shipton La, Barun Valley, green and red rhododendron forest and scenic mountain views. Stay overnight at Khongma.

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Today is rest day as you have gained enormous height but rather sitting idle you can explore this area. Stay overnight at Khongma.

Day 9: Khongma to Mumbuk

Today is another great adventurous day. You gear up and descend for Mumbuk crossing the Shipton La enjoying the scenery and magical sunlight. Stay overnight at Mumbuk.

Day 10: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka (3610 M)

Today you pack your things and march for Yangri Kharka crossing through the great Barun river Valley and descending down while enjoying great panoramic visas of Rhododendron forest and beautiful nature we arrive at Yangri Kharka. Stay overnight at Yanrgri Kharka.

Day 11: Yangri Kharka to Shershong via Merek (4650 M)

Today is your hard day of trek to Shershong. You carefully ascend to Shershong due to increase of altitude. You arrive at Shershong passing through valley, yak pastures, beautiful Himalayas via Merek. Stay overnight at Merek.

Day 12: Shershong to Makalu Base Camp

Finally you are headed to Makalu Base Camp from where you  can enjoy the great panoramic vistas of Himalayas and landscapes. After you reach here you set up camps, tents. Stay overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 13/14: Preparation Day

These days will be for your acclimatization, trainings on using equipments, gears and other necessary elements for mountaineering. You will make strategic planning and build your team work and communications skills good. Most important is that being confident and giving minor care to each aspects remaining safety. Stay overnight at Makalu Base Camp.

Day 15-45: Makalu Expedition Day

Day 46: Return to Makalu Base Camp

Day 47-54: Makalu Base Camp to Tumlingtar

Day 55: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Today you will attend Tumlingtar Kathmandu Flight at morning and take good rest all afternoon.

Day 56: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Kathmandu you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu like sports games, shopping’s, movies, restaurants and Bars and get your beloved and close one a memory of Nepal.  Enjoy free dinner with your crew and team member with great Nepali cuisines and Music’s. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 57: Farewell

">Today your Makalu Expedition comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.so that you can make your travel to Nepal memorable.



Services include:

Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle

 Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.

 Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide. 

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

 Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House/Tent while on treks. 

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

 Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

 Insurance of our field staff.

 Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s 

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Climbing Permit, Climbing Guide & Camping Equipment

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee 

 International / any air fare. 

 Travelers insurance 

 Alcohol, hot and cold drinks) 

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

 All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.


 Climbing Gears

1 Alpine climbing harness.

1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)

1 Mountaineering axe with leash

1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots

1 Pair of Steel crampons

1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners

2 D-Shaped locking carabineers 

2 Non-locking carabineers

Climbing helmet (optional)

Neck gaiter

Ski goggles (optional) 


Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)

Two T-shirts

Light expedition thermal tops.

Fleece jacket or pullover.

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.

Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,

2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.

Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.


 Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, 

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

 Trip Name: Makalu Expedition

Trip Duration:  57 Days

Trip Area: Everest Region

Maximum Altitude:  8463 M

Minimum Altitude: 1310 M

Trip Type: Expedition             

Trip Grade: Hard

Price: On Request

Suitable For:  Professionals

Best Season: Aug - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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