Makalu Expedition - 60 Days

  • Group size: 2-12 people
  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Max-Altitude: 8,463 m

Makalu is one of the harder eight-thousanders and Makalu expedition is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb creating a challenge for the trekkers. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock climbing. Makalu is the only Nepalese 8,000 m peak which has yet to be climbed in true winter conditions.

For Makalu expedition 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.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel -1300m/4264ft

Day 2-3: At leisure in Kathmandu

Day 4: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila 1,850m

Day 5: Trek from Chichila to Num 1,505m

Day 6: Num to Seduwa 1,530m

Day 7: Seduwa to Tashi Gaon 2,065m

Day 8: Tashi Gaon to Khongma 3,562m

Day 9: Acclimatisation day at Khongma 4,200m

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

Day 11: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka 3,610m

Day 12: Yangri Kharka to Shershong 4,650m

Day 13: Shershong to Makalu South East Base Camp.

Day 14: South East Base Camp to Makalu North Ridge BC 4,800m.

Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp.

Day 18-50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge.

Day 51: Pack Up BC Ready for Departure.

Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka.

Day 53: Yak Kharka to Mumbuk.

Day 54: Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon.

Day 55: Tashi Gaon to Num.

Day 56: Num to Chichila.

Day 57: Chichila to Tumlingtar.

Day 58: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

Day 59: At leisure in Kathmandu at the Summit Hotel.


  • All ground transfers as per our itinerary.
  • Hotel Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu (Bed and breakfast basis inclusive of all govt. Tax and VAT.)
  • Guided sightseeing around world heritage sites of Kathmandu. (Includes all applicable entrance fees.)
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Program hosted by Makalu Adventures.
  • All Custom Clearance Fees for your gears.
  • Mount Makalu Expedition Royalty
  • Liaison Officer Fee/ Including all expenses, Airfares, foods, insurance and wages).
  • National Park Permit Fees. (Included all other entrance fees/permits wherever necessary.)
  • Airfare: Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu.
  • Transportation of all of your gears and our equipments, foods to the Makalu Higher Base Camp (5600m).
  • Full Logistic support for the Expedition. All the Camping & Kitchen Equipments (High Quality Salewa German / UK Quasar Super Tents) Such as Two Men Tent, Toilet Tent, Dinning Tent, Mattresses, Tables, Chairs, Hot water bag, Pillows, Inner Sheet and etc.
  • Trekking Sherpa, One Trekking Sardar, One High Altitude Cook, Kitchen Helpers, High altitude Porters and their daily wages.(Also including their insurance with all necessary lodging – meal – clothing arrangements.)
  • Three times meal a day till reaching Base Camp and after returning from Base Camp, prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.
  • (Including the fuel).
  • Medical treatment (if necessary) for our crew.
  • Cargo flight (Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu) for your equipment’s.


  • All International Airfares / Airport taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, tips and etc.
  • Rescue and evacuation – if needed.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Deposits for using Communication Sets (Walkie / Talkie and other Satphones).
  • Garbage Deposit which is refundable after the Expedition.
  • All arrangements above Makalu Higher Base Camp (5600m) (Climbing Tents / High altitude foods etc).

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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

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Trip highlights

  • Everest 8848m,
  • Lhotse 8516m, Makalu I 8463m,
  • Makalu II 7660m,
  • Peak 38- 7591m,
  • Pumori,
  • Lhotse Shar 8410m,
  • Barunste 7145m,
  • Chamlan 7319m,
  • Kanchanjung 8586m,
  • Jannu Himal 7710m & More attractive snow caped peaks etc.

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