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Mount Makalu Expedition

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GradeVery Hard

Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world is situated in the heart of the eastern Himalayas. There are seven valleys radiating from mount Makalu. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, are the home of pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. The Himalaya rise to the height of 8.463 m. from the bottom of the Arun valley, at just about 435m above sea level, Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse flora and fauna of Nepal. Diverse ethnic communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia), etc. have nestled the lower reaches of these valleys. These communities are economically poor and isolated but they are rich in cultural heritage. They are the leaders of the Makalu-Barun region for preserving the unique biological and cultural treasures. Covering 2.330 sq km, Makalu-Barun is situated to the west of Sagarmatha ( Mount Everest) National Park to the west. Due to its relative inaccessibility, the majority of the visitors know a little about Mt. Makalu Expedition, however, those who have visited can go with an unforgettable experience to their homeland.


Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,485 m) and located 12 miles south east of Mt Everest, is a pyramid-shaped mountain in Nepal. Located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, the summit ridge is also the demarcation point that indicates the border between Nepal and Tibet. One of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb was, however, first attempted on May 15,1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of French expedition lead by Jean Franco.

Makalu Expedition: Makalu Expedition is typically a 56 day expedition.  Out of 56 days, 30 days are set aside as climbing period and remaining days as the trekking period. The expedition starts with a flight to Tumlingtar, which is at the elevation of just 920m. However, in just 10 days time, the trail passing through the narrow gorges of the Arun Valley, rhododendron forest, local pastures  rises into the high alpine country, leaving the subtropical valley behind. Your eyes get a chance to feast on the incredible diversity of flora, fauna, and the pristine culture of the local people, en route to and from the base camp. The ascent is made past the southeast peak and along the southeast ridge. The Makalu base camp is set at the altitude of 4,870m. Three high camps: camp I at 6500 m, camp II at 7,300m and camp III at 7900 m are set above the base camp. C1 and C2 are set at the bottom of the southeast peak ridge and the final camp, C3, at the beginning of the south east ridge. The climb is moderately technical with exposure on the southeast ridge and require some fixed rope set-up from 5800m- 6100 m and from 6500m to 7500m. Starting base of the West Face, we climb into the hanging ice fall to the right part of the ice-fall. Now from the plateau above the ice-fall the trail heads towards the ice-rock wall that extends to 7400m high. The final section of the summit involves technical rock climbing. The top greets you with heavenly surrounding view.

The Makalu Expedition package is one of the best expedition packages offered by Amigo Treks and Expedition. Our standard package ensures comprehensive mountaineering logistic service required from Kathmandu up till the summit. The company makes the arrangement of bed and breakfast  in Kathmandu; however, full board (meal and accommodation), is arranged in a teahouse during the trek an in a tented camp during the climb. The company also ensures that the climbing and trekking guides are English speaking, trained, licensed and experienced.

All necessary permits, climbing documents, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters and other individual services required by the Mountaineers will be arranged by the company. Dining tents, expedition quality personal tents, kitchen tents, toilet facilities, portable shower facility and tent accommodation required by our staff will also be arranged by the company. Moreover, we also provide satellite phone, internet access, hand held radios for communication purpose between high camps and base camps, while on the mountain and a solar panel to charge batteries.



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel
Day 02-03: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(920m) and then trek to Manebhanjyang (1100m)
Day 05: Trek from Manebhanjyang to Kuwapani (1420m)
Day 07: Trek from Kuwapani to Num (1800m)
Day 08: Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1510m)
Day 09: Trek from Sheduwa to Tashigaon (2070m)
Day 10: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (3760m)
Day 11: Trek from Khongma to Sanopokhari (1710m)
Day 12: Trek from sanopokhari to Mumbuk (3550m)
Day 13: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m)
Day 14: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Hillary Base Camp(4800m)
Day 15: Trek From Hilarry Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)
Day 16-46: Climbing Period (summit makalu 8463m)
Day 47: Preparation to returning (Cleaning up Base Camp)
Day 48: Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka(3600m
Day 49: Trek from Yak Kharka to Mumbuk(3550m)
Day 50: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon(3420m)
Day 51: Trek from Tashi Gaon to Num(1800m)
Day 52: Trek from Num to Chichira(1615m)
Day 53: Trek from Chichira to Tumlingtar via Khandbari (920m)
Day 54: Early in the morning fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu(1350m)
Day 55:  Free day in Kathmandu
Day 56: Final departure



Arrival and departure transfers by private car
Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (4*deluxe)
Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
One day guided city tour in Kathmandu valley
Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and return air tickets
All meals (Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast) during the trek
Accommodation (Lodge/Guest House) while on a trek
Trekking Permits and TIMS permits for the trek
Trekking guide during the trek and climbing Sherpa while climbing
Required porters and yak to carry luggages and other essentials supplies
Special climbing permits and its procedure
Garbage deposit fees
All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs during the trip
First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication with company staff and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
Gamow Bags/Oxygen


Nepal arrival visa fees
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Monument entrance fees while on Kathmandu tour only
All snacks, energy drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, packed food
Personal nature items, Laundry Expenses, Tips
Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses
Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
Personal climbing gears

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Ajaya Bajracharya

this is wonderful, experience trip

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