Makalu (8463m) Expedition
Makalu (8463m) Expedition
Makalu (8463m) Expedition
Makalu (8463m) Expedition
Makalu (8463m) Expedition
Makalu (8463m) Expedition

Makalu (8463m) Expedition

  • Duration 50 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Ascent Route North West
  • Elevation 8463 meter
  • Grade Very Tough
  • Group Size 5-12 Pax
  • Price from USD 9500

ABOUT Makalu (8463m) Expedition

Mount Makalu is the world’s fifth highest peak with its height of 8463 meter. Mount Makalu, an isolated spectacular pyramid shaped mountain with four ridges located few miles east of Mt. Everest is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is considered one of the most difficult of her genre, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. Mount Makalu was climbed by a French party in 1955 for the first time. The peak was first mapped and photographed from the Tibetan side by the 1921 British Everest reconnaissance. Hillary and Shipton photographed Mt. Makalu on the 1951.

The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. Makalu is the only Nepalese 8,000m peak, which has yet to be climbed in true winter conditions. Makalu Expedition led by Sherpa Shepherds team takes you the base camp and support for the summit the Makalu. Unrivaled experiences of our team and our focus and attention to details combined with our strength and dedication add a tangible degree of safety, expertise and guidance – our guardianship on the mountain makes all the differences between a difficult expedition and an enjoyable one.

Trip Itinerary

  1. 1 Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport, Sherpa Shepherds representative welcome you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, a Sherpa Shepherds tour manager will brief you about trip, check-up climbing gears and fix time for visit at Ministry of Tourism for permit along other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: No

    Altitude of Kathmandu: 1310 meter

    Drive: 20 min  (airport to hotel)

  2. 2 Kathmandu

    Today is free day for preparation of Everest Expedition. You’ll have free time to check climbing gears or explore around Kathmandu while the leader will attend the Ministry of Tourism for a formal briefing. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements.  If you explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, you can visit Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites. We make a guided tour to some of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhnath. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items if anything missed. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***.

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  3. 3 Kathmandu

    Nepal is land of many festivals and holidays. And this day is reserve day in case if previous day is holiday in Ministry of Tourism for climbing permit formalities. Also today you can do last minutes shopping if you missed to buy anything for this expedition. If there is no holiday in previous day, you’ll free time to res and explore around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  4. 4 Kathmandu-Num

    Depending on your flight time to Tumlingtar, you’ll be transferred to Kathmandu Domestic Airport Terminal. And you’ll fly to Tumlingtar which will be about one hour flight. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar airport, you’ll meet some of your team/guide and will drive to Num. Tumlingtar is a small town that sits at the base of the hills of Makalu-Barun national park.  You’ll be overnight at tented camp.

     

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  5. 5 Num-Seduwa

    After breakfast at Num, you’ll trek to Seduwa today. The trail follows the valley you can spot your next stop at Seduwa, which means today is a full day of descending down to the Arun river (650m), and then trudging back up! You’ll pass through farming villages and terraced fields, and the hot jungle by the river. After crossing a suspension bridge, it’s a steep climb to Seduwa. This village is the main entry point into the Makalu-Barun national park. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Altitude of Seduwa: 1500 | Drive: Aprox. 5-6 hours

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  6. 6 Seduwa- Tashi Gaon

    After breakfast at Seduwa, you’ll trek to Tashi Gaon. The trail follows towards north-west towards of Makalu, trekking through fields and Sherpa villages. Tashigaon is the main Sherpa settlement in this area, and it is also the last permanent settlement. Beyond here, it is remote wilderness.. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Altitude of Tashi Gaon: 2100m | Trek: Aprox. 4- 5 hours | Altitude Gain: 600m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  7. 7 Tashi Gaon- Khongma Danda

    As always after breakfast at camp, you’ll trek to Khonma Danda today. The trials will be it’s a continuous and steady climb to Khongma. Due to the large height gain, remember to walk slowly to allow your body time to acclimatize. The trail wanders through dense forest and then opens to some huts at Chipla as it contours around ridges. As we progress higher, the environment becomes more high alpine with scrubs. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Altitude of Khongma Danda: 3500m | Trek: Aprox. 5-6 hours | Altitude Gain: 1400m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  8. 8 Khongma Danda - Mumbuk

    After breakfast, today you’ll trek to Mumbuk.  You’ll continuing up the Barun valley alongside the Barun River, you can enjoy views of Peak 6 (6524m) and Peak 7 (6758m) just west of the trail. Our stop for the night is in a lovely meadow at the foot of the valley head. You’ll pass Shipton La Pass (4125m) on the way to reach Mumbuk. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Altitude of Mumbuk: 3540m | Trek: Aprox. 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 40m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  9. 9 Mumbuk-Yangle Kharka

    After having breakfast at Mumuk, you’ll trek to Yangle Kharka. Today trail will also continues up the Barun valley alongside

    the Barun river, you can enjoy views of Peak 6 (6524m) and Peak 7 (6758m) just west of the trail. Today’s stop for the night is in a lovely meadow at the foot of the valley head. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Altitude of Yangle Kharka: 3557m | Trek: Aprox. 5-6 hours | Altitude Gain: 17m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  10. 10 Yangle Kharka –Shershong

    After breakfast at Yangle Kharka, today you’ll trek to Hillary Base camp/Shershong.  Today’s route heads up into the valley towards the Barun glacier passing a few yak herder settlements. Today’s stop for the night will be in a cleared yak pasture located a stone’s throw from Tibet. Surrounded by Peak 6, Chonku  Chuli (6830m) and Peak 3 (6108m), you know

    Makalu is now just around the corner. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Altitude of Shershong: 4630m | Trek: Aprox. 4-5 hours | Altitude Gain: 1043m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  11. 11 Langmale Kharka- Hillary Base CampRest and Acclimatization Day in Shershong

    Today you’ll rest at Shershong for acclimatization day. You’ll spend an extra day at Shershong before moving to base camp. This will improve your acclimatization and will provide extra time as our team establishes camps ahead. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  12. 12 Shershong- Makalu Base Camp

    After breakfast today you’ll move to Makalu Base Camp.  The trail follows the rocky terrain, the south face and unclimbed southeast ridge of Makalu will be clearly visible. Our base camp is placed near the foot of the Barun glacier. After reaching at Base Camp, you’ll set up base camp there. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Altitude of Base Camp: 4870m | Trek: Aprox. 4-5 hours | Altitude Gain: 240m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  13. 13/42 Mount Makalu (8463M Climbing Period

    Day 13-14: Base Camp Set & Pooj Ceremony

    After spending first night at Base Camp, today you’ll start your daily routine of climbing period. Your climbing guide/High Altitude Sherpa will brief you about your next days schedule for attempts and training. Today we’ll set up base camp and conduct a Pooja Ceremony (worship/pray) for good luck of climbing. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 15: Base Camp- Advance Base Camp

    After 2 nights’ sleeping at base camp, you’ll move to advance base camp. Today you’ll climb up onto and along the Barun glacier, passing the West face of Makalu. Advance Base Camp is a rocky camp located on the north ridge just off the west pillar of Makalu. It’s a steep trek up the glacier moraine to reach it. This will now be our home away from home during the expedition. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Altitude of Advance Base Camp: 5700m | Trek: Aprox. 6-7 hours | Altitude Gain: 830m

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 16: Rest Day in ABC

    You’ll settle into our home and rest to allow our bodies to acclimatize. This is also a time for conducting final gear checks and inspecting equipment. Our Sherpas guides will be establishing camps higher on the mountain in preparation for our climb rotations.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 17-32: Rotations to Camp I (6340m), Camp II (6670m) and Camp III (7400m)

    During these days you’ll to rotation to higher camps. You’ll begin our first forays on the mountain with a series of climbs: half way to Camp I, to Camp I overnight, to Camp I overnight and touch Camp II, and eventually to Camp II overnight and touch Camp II. Between climbs you will return to base camp and rest to continue improving our acclimatization physiology. The route between ABC and Camp I (6350m) meanders around crevasses and a 150m ice wall of Chago glacier. The camp is situated on a plateau on the glacier. The journey to Camp II (6670m) is a short distance from Camp I, further along the glacier that requires careful climbing between crevasses. The next section of the route is more technical up to Makalu La and Camp III (7400m). It begins gradually up the glacier until a steep rock band that is icy and snow covered for 300m. We then cross a snow field that is avalanche prone before reaching another section of rock and ice. Finally once on the Makalu La, you’ll climb to a less exposed site on the glacier. The rotation to Camp III is very weather dependent; it shouldn’t be attempted when strong winds are gusting across the pass. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 33-34: Rest in Advance Base Camp

    After rotation up to Camp III, now you’ll be tired too. So these 2 days you’ll rest at Advance Base Camp. It is important to rest at a lower altitude before final push to Camp IV and the summit. This allows your muscles to recover with higher oxygen levels and improved nutrition from the camp kitchen. Also relax your mind, climbing a mountain is both a physical and mental challenge. Take this time to reset your mind to prepare you for the mental challenges ahead above 8000m. Overnight at Tented Camp.

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 35-41: Climb to Camp IV (7600m) and Summit Mount Makalu (8463m)

    Depending on weather and fitness of participants, during these days you’ll climb to Camp IV and attempt summit via Camp I, II and III. If weather and other conditions are right, you’ll head towards higher camps from Advance Base Camp. During these days you’ll move to Camp I and Camp II and will sleep there for few nights.  Alternatively, depending on everyone’s fitness and acclimatization, you might directly head to Camp II and bypass Camp I. And then move to Camp IV (7600m) is located across a snow field. The next day, it’s an alpine midnight start for the summit. Given the harsh conditions of Camp III and IV, we aim to spend a minimal amount of time above Camp II. The route from Camp IV to the summit is the most technically demanding of the entire route, added to the fact that you’re into 8000m+ thin air. You’ll begin traversing an ice band and then climb a snow ramp to a plateau. We need to carefully cross the plateau avoiding crevasses to the French couloir of 300m height. Climbing the couloir is not too steep and is a mix of rock and snow. You will top out onto the summit ridge, which is an icy exposed plateau with summit towers you will carefully climb around to reach the summit. And then you’ll descend to Camp III if possible. Overnight at tented camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

     

    Day 42: Reach Base Camp and Clean Up and Close Base Camp

    After successfully summit of 8463 meter mountain, you’ll back to up Base camp. And then we shall clean base camp and close base camp to return back. Overnight at tented camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  14. 43 Makalu Base Camp- Yangle Kharka

    After breakfast at camp, you’ll descent to Yangle Kharka. . Overnight at tented camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  15. 44 Yangle Kharka-Dobate

    From Yangle Kharka, now you’ll walk to down to Dobate. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  16. 45 Dobate- Tashi Gaon

    After having breakfast at Dobate, you’ll descent to Tashi Gaon. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  17. 46 Tashi Gaon -Num

    From Tashi Gaon, you’ll walk down to Num. Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  18. 47 Num-Tumlingtar

    From Num, you’ll drive to Tumlingatar.  Overnight at Tented Camp

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  19. 48 Tumlingtar-Kathmandu

    Depending on flight time, you’ll transfer to Tumlingar airport and fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you’ll transfer to hotel. And at hotel you can rest. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  20. 49 Kathmandu

    Today is fully free to relax, take shower and chill with beers. And it will be celebration party of successful summit of world’s highest peak Mount Everest while the tour leader will be visit Ministry of Tourism for formal de-briefing. And today, Sherpa Shepherds will organize a farewell dinner at typical Restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at Hotel Vaishali***

    Included Meal: Breakfast

  21. 50 Kathmandu-Home

    Depending your flight time, Sherpa Shepherds will drop to you airport.

Trip Cost

Base Camp Services USD per person* See Whats Included
Semi Services USD 9500 per person* See Whats Included
Full Services USD 16500 per person* See Whats Included

*Above trip cost is per person and twin sharing basis. The trip cost is for joining basis. Mini-mum participant to run this trip is 5 person. If no. of participants in this trip is less than 5 persons, Sherpa Shepherds reserves right to cancel or postpone the trip. However if you would like to continue trip even if we do not reach minimum number to run this trip, we can run this trip upon your request. But supplemental charge will be applicable.

Base Camp Services

Semi Services

  • See what's included
    • Ground Transfers:
    • All airport/hotel/airport transfers as per program by private A/C vehicles
    • Flight & Cargo:
    • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar flight with airport taxes
    • Tumlingtar-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
    • 60 kg per person baggage including personal baggage for flight and trek
    • Accommodations:
    • 5 nights in Kathmandu at Hotel Vaishali or similar*** on twin sharing basis
    • 5 nights at local lodges during trek to BC-Lukla as per above program on twin sharing basis
    • 39 nights in tented camps at base camps on single tent basis
    • Meals:
    • 5 breakfasts in Kathmandu hotel
    • 3 meals a day during trip to BC for 5 night at local lodges and 39 night at tented camps (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha with typical Nepalese foods and cultural dances
    • Permits & Fees:
    • Makalu Expedition Permit Fee USD 1800 per person
    • Makalu National Park Fee
    • Fees for Laison Officer, his/her insurance, food allowance and flights
    • Insurance of whole Nepali staff including porters in order to obtain permit
    • Garbage Deposit at ministry
    • Supporting Staffs till/ at Base Camp:
    • 1 trekking guide for Tumlingtar-BC and BC-Tumlingtar
    • 1 Base Camp Cook
    • Required Kitchen boy and helpers
    • Required porters to carry loads for Tumlingtar -BC and BC- Tumlingtar
    • Equipments at BC:
    • 1 sleeping tent for every member
    • Foam mattress for every member
    • Dinning tent, kitchen tent, shower tent, store tent and toilet tents
    • All require kitchen utensils with fuel
    • Tables and chairs
    • Solar Lights system
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Gas Heater (for dinning tent only)
  • See what's not included
    • Personal climbing gears
    • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
    • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
    • International airfare and taxes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • High Altitude Sherpa USD 3700 per sherpa
    • High Altitude Food, High Tent & Climbing Gears for both member and sherpas
    • Satellite Telephone & Walkie / Talkie
    • Oxygen 4 ltr bottle (New Russian) – USD 550 Per bottle
    • Oxygen 4 ltr. Bottle (Refill in Kathmandu ) – USD 350 per bottle
    • Mask & Regulator (UK –Renting) – USD 450 per set
    • Sherpa Summit Bonus USD 1300 & Non Summit Bonus USD 700 Per Sherpa
    • Carrying bonus in the mountain USD 1000 per sherpa
    • Extra Porter USD 385 Per porter (if personal baggage is more than 60 kg per person)
    • International Air Cargo Tax Fee USD 100 Per member
    • Tips for staff
    • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

Full Services

  • See what's included
    • Ground Transfers:
    • All airport/hotel/airport transfers as per program by private A/C vehicles
    • Flight & Cargo:
    • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar flight with airport taxes
    • Tumlingtar-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes
    • 60 kg per person baggage including personal baggage for flight and trek
    • Accommodations:
    • 5 nights in Kathmandu at Hotel Vaishali or similar*** on twin sharing basis
    • 5 nights at local lodges during trek BC-Tumlingtar as per above program on twin sharing basis
    • 39 nights in tented camps at base camps on single tent basis
    • Meals:
    • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinner in Kathmandu hotel
    • 3 meals a day during trip to BC for 5 night at local lodges and 39 night at tented camps (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Farewell dinner at Bhojan Griha with typical Nepalese foods and cultural dances
    • Permits & Fees:
    • Makalu Expedition Permit Fee USD 1800 per person
    • Makalu Barun National Park Fee
    • Fees for Laison Officer, his/her insurance, food allowance and flights
    • Insurance of whole Nepali staff including porters in order to obtain permit
    • Garbage Deposit at ministry
    • Supporting Staffs till/ at Base Camp:
    • 1 trekking guide for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • 1 Base Camp Cook
    • Required Kitchen boy and helpers
    • Required porters to carry loads for Lukla-BC and BC-Lukla
    • Equipments at BC:
    • 1 sleeping tent for every member
    • Foam mattress for every member
    • Dinning tent, kitchen tent, shower tent ,store tent and toilet tents
    • All require kitchen utensils with fuel
    • Tables and chairs
    • Solar Lights system
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Gas Heater (for dinning tent only)
    • Supporting Staffs in the mountain (Above BC):
    • 1 High Altitude Sherpa for every two members with his daily wages, food, flights, equipment allowance etc.
    • Equipments in the mountain (Above BC):
    • High Tents for both member and HA Sherpas
    • High Altitude Food for members and Sherpas
    • Climbing Gear in the mountains such as fixed rope, main rope, snow bars, snow shovel, carabiners etc.
    • 4 bottles oxygen for every member and 2 bottles oxygen for every HA Sherpa
    • One set of mask & regulator for every members and sherpas
    • 1 Satellite Phone, Walki-talkie
    • Cooking set in the mountain such as Epi gases, gas burner, cooking pots etc for members and sherpas
  • See what's not included
    • Personal climbing gears
    • All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc.
    • Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
    • International airfare and taxes
    • Nepal Visa fees
    • Additional High Altitude Sherpa USD 3700 per sherpa
    • Sherpa Summit Bonus USD 1300 & Non Summit Bonus USD 700 Per Sherpa
    • Carrying bonus in the mountain USD 1000 per sherpa
    • Extra Porter USD 385 Per porter (if personal baggage is more than 60 kg per person)
    • International Air Cargo Tax Fee USD 100 Per member
    • Tips for staff
    • All extra services if required (except motioned in ‘The Price Include’ section)

Departure Dates

Trip Dates Trip Status Price (PP)  
09 April 2018 -
28 May 2018
Closed
USD 9500
01 September 2018 -
20 October 2018
Booking Available
USD 9500
05 April 2019 -
24 May 2019
Booking Available
USD 9500
01 September 2019 -
20 October 2019
Booking Available
USD 9500
05 April 2020 -
24 May 2020
Booking Available
USD 9500

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