Makalu Expedition (8,482m)

Mt. Makalu is 8481 meters and it is the 5th highest mountain in the world and specific and it’s a very technical peak; it’s more technical than climbing Mt. Everest. Makalu Expedition is not a huge mountaineering challenge, it’s in the North East of Nepal. We fly from Kathmandu to Tumglingtar in the East and then we have got about a three and half hour rickety drive to the start of the trekking expedition. Makalu Trek Expedition is hence considered as quite technical. remote and challenging. Our route does transverse first climbing all the way to Neghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. The route to Makalu Base Camp (4823m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8481m) to the north. This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world’s mightiest mountains; and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself.


Normally, we set up four camps in the approach excluding ABC at 5,700m. Following the lateral moraine and hiking onto the glacier, we plan to set up camp I at a glacial plateau at 6,150m further proceeding the direction of the glacier plateau towards Makalu Pass, climbing stretches of steep slopes and arriving at the base of the Makalu Pass to set up the camp II at 7,000m. We climb the Messner Headwall towards the northwest Ridge at Makalu La and the site of Camp III at 7,300m. Camp IV will be set up on the North Ridge at 7,850m and finally leap for the summit at 8,462m.


Maximum Altitude:8,482 meters
Best Season:Spring, Autumn & Autumn
Trip Grade:Extreme Hard
Group Size:1 – 15 people
Duration:42 Days


  • Airport/Hotel/airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with breakfast and all taxes
  • Fly from Kathmandu – tumblingtar – Kathmandu and all your luggage to Makalu high camp Base Camp and back to Kathmandu
  • Expedition Government Royalty
  • All camping facilities and meals during the expedition including a tent (one member = one tent) at Base camp.
  • Kitchen and Dining equipment, Eating utensils, Shower Tents, Toilet Tent, Store Tent, etc
  • All porter wages costs from Kathmandu to Makalu high camp and back to Kathmandu
  • All costs for support staff (guide, cook, kitchen helpers, and porters)
  • Liaison officer, his fee, daily wages, equipment, clothing, accommodation, flight, meals, and insurance
  • All our base camp staffs, porters, Climbing Sherpas, insurance, and their daily wages, and their equipment allowance.
  • All breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Coffee from during the trekking and Base Camp and till back to Kathmandu.
  • Generator and Solar Panel at Base Camp
  • National park fee. Makalu Village Development Fee.
  • Trekking Guide and Base Camp Manager, his daily wages, insurance, equipment allowance, meals, accommodation etc
  • Climbing Rope Fixing fee for Expedition operators Association of Nepal
  • Satellite phone for Emergency use
  • Necessary oxyzen and mask regulator
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Coffee, Hot water for shower at Makalu base camp
  • Three time meal and tea, coffee during the trekking


  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Successful Climbing Bonus for the Sherpa – (USD 1500 recommended)


Itenary to Makalu Expedition as follows:


Day 01 : arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1300m.)


Day 02 : preparation for expedition (1300m.)


Day 03 : flight from Kathmandu to tumlingtar (410m.) and drive to num (1560m.)


Day 04 : trek num to sinuwa (1500m.)


Day 05 : trek sinuwa to tashigaun (2100m.)


Day 06 : trek tashigaun to kongmala pass (3500m.)


Day 07 : trek kongmala to dhoban (3810m.)


Day 08 : trek dhoban to yanglekharka (3557m.)


Day 09 : trek yanglekharka to langmale kharka (4410m.)


Day 10 : trek langmale kharka to Makalu lower base camp (4870m.)


Day 11 : acclimatization at Makalu lower base camp(4870m.)


Day 12 : Makalu lower base camp to Makalu hicamp (5827m.)


Day 13 : to 35 makalu climbing period (5827 to 8481m.)


Day 36 : base camp cleanup and trek back to yanglekharka


Day 37 : trek back yanglekharka to tashigaun


Day 38 : trek back tashi gau to num


Day 39 : trek back num to tumlingtar


Day 40 : flight from tumbling tar to Kathmandu (45minuts) flight


Day 41 : Kathmandu for sighting


Day 42 : departure

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