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Makalu Summit


Expedition on the 5th lofty peak is as significant as the expedition on the Everest. Makalu Expedition with the zenith of 8,463 meter is appear as radiant and arresting to be found 14 miles of Eastern face of Everest. The more Makalu seems remarkable the more it will attract you with its faultless pyramid structure demonstrating 4 sharp edges which has contributed in forming it as the mighty one. While going through the Makalu Expedition 2016 you will be known that Makalu as a double peak. It was in 1954, French party had bring about ascend to Makalu Expedition following Makalu climbing routes.

Discussing about the Makalu normal route you can think about the Makalu West Face which show up as extremely adventurous and testing to scale up. In 1997 this route had been used by Russian Expedition. Thinking about your safeness we have planned to divide the climbing routes into 4 parts starting from the base at 5,800 meter ascending to 6,100 meter (hanging ice-fall). The second part will show up at 6,500 meter next to the 7,400 meter and the last will appear at 8,000 meter until to the crest of the summit. In such a way we have crafted the Makalu Expedition Itinerary with under effective Makalu Expedition cost.

Go For Nepal Treks and Expedition is an experienced and credible Nepal trekking agency so you can rely upon us. For your security you will come across fixed ropes from 5,800 meter to 7,500 meter. The nature of Makalu Expedition is marked as hard so to beat its grandness you should be sturdy enough to struggle counter to it. With previous mountaineering experiences you will be trained well. We make available of complete service regarding permits, mountaineering documentation, porters, accommodation and other essential stuffs. Do not make the mountain waits too long, go for expedition.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Makalu Expedition.
Day 04: Fly to Tumlingtar 448 m – 45 mins flight with overnight stop.
Day 05: Drive to Num 1,490 m – 04 hrs with afternoon free to explore.
Day 06: Trek to Seduwa 1,540 m- 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,135m – 04 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Kaungma Danda (Ridge) 3,556 m – 05 hours
Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk 3,553 m – 06 hours
Day 10: Trek to Nghe (Nehe Kharka 3,760 m – 05 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Shersong 4, 572 m – 05 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp 4,812 m – 03 hrs.
Day 13-14: At Makalu Base Camp preparation and acclimatization for the climb.
Day 15: Climb to High Camp / ABC (Advance Base Camp) 5,800 m – 04 hrs.
Day 16: At ABC (preparation for the climb of Makalu summit).
Day 17-36: (20 days) for the climbing expedition on top Makalu summit.
Day 37-38: Back to Base Camp.
Day 39: Clean up and packing end of expeditions.
Day 40: Trek to Yangle Kharka 3, 598 m – 06 hours.
Day 41: Trek to Mumbuk – 05 hours.
Day 42: Trek to Kaungma Ridge – 05 hours.
Day 43: Trek to Narbu Gaon 1,310 m via Tashi Gaon – 05 hours.
Day 44: Trek to Num via Seduwa – 05 hours.
Day 45: Drive back to Tumlingtar – 04 hrs.
Day 46: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 47-48: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.
Day 49: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Makalu Expedition. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Makalu Expedition.

    We have reserved two full days for Makalu Expedition preparation and for paper works, on this free day one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Makalu.

  3. Day 04: Fly to Tumlingtar (448 m), a scenic flight of 45 mins.

    Starting Makalu Expedition with the sweeping flight taking 45 mins overlooking the range of peaks, to land at Arun valley in Tumlingtar a small town with warmer climate, during flights super views of snowcapped peaks with Everest and Makalu, on reaching Tumlingtar join with our other trekking staff and porters for the adventure to high Makalu base camp. At Tumlingtar overnight in a local lodge, a rural farm area located high above Arun River, afternoon free to explore this interesting town and a village.

  4. Day 05: Drive to Num (1,490 m), hrs with afternoon free to explore.

    From Tumlingtar starting the morning with a scenic interesting drive heading to the mid hills passing many farm villages and the large town of Khandbari, drive continues on the hill ridge rough dirt road leading higher to Chinchela village from here a long descend to Num village slowly turning into a town with the motor reaching this village a few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.

  5. Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,540 m), 5 hrs.

    Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descent to the bridge over raging Arun River around this place quite tropical, and then with a climb towards farm fields and small villages of Runmura, here with lunch break and then with a gradual climb to reach overnight stop at Seduwa village, a small place with primary school and a health post with basic facilities with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.

  6. Day 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,135 m), 4 hrs.

    After Seduwa village, morning walk on undulating winding trail to Tashigaon a Sherpa village, the last village before Makalu base camp, walk leads through farm areas with nice terraces of millet, a major crops after rice and wheat’s of this area, and then for 3-4 hours of good trek reaching at Tashigaon for lunch and overnight camp with time to visit the local village around, which is quite interesting. The Sherpa of this area is quite different to Khumbu highlanders.

  7. Day 08: Trek to Kaungma Danda (3,556 m), 5 hrs.

    Leaving Tashi Gaon the last village for a week-long, morning walk leads on gentle path into a thick forest of rhododendron, oaks and tall pines trees passing many cattle herder’s temporary shelters of shades and stone huts after few hours of pleasant walk stopping for lunch on the grassy meadow and summer pasture ground. Afternoon walks with a steep climb for few hours to reach Kaungma ridge top, as the tall trees give away for smaller rhododendron and juniper bushes and small birch trees. This high ridge offers excellent views of Kanchenjunga mountain range and of Mt. Makalu with adjoining peaks, from here in the complete wilderness.

  8. Day 09: Trek to Mumbuk (3,553 m), 6 hrs.

    From Kaungma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big) with Sano Pokhari (small) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above (4,453 m) passes, and then downhill back into forest with views of Khumbakarna Himal range of mountains towards north, overnight camp on a level ground in the middle of tall trees.

  9. Day 10: Trek to (Nghe) Nehe Kharka (3,760 m), 5 hrs.

    Today walks leads to scenic Barun valley famous for rare species of vegetation- plants and herbs including wild-life, starting the morning with down-hill for an hour and crossing a small stream to reach Barun valley, walk with gentle up views of peaks on both side of the valley passing few Sheppard’s shelters with a small Buddhist Gompa (monastery), after a pleasant walk of 5 hours reaching at Nehe Kharka for overnight camp around Barun valley.

  10. Day 11: Trek to Shersong (4,572 m), 5 hrs.

    From Barun valley walk to Shersong leading at the end valley near Makalu base camp leading on gentle uphill crossing streams with great views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks, after a nice walk of five hours reaching our destination at Shersong near Makalu base camp for overnight camp.

  11. Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (4,812 m), 3 hrs.

    Morning walk starts heading toward Mt. Makalu base camp with views of Baruntse peak and IV peak, including views of Mt. Everest rare East Face known as Kangshung Face with Mt. Lhotse walk leads towards moraine and ice near Baruntse Pokhari (pond). On reaching at base camp a fantastic spot beneath the world's 5th highest mountain of above (8,463 m/27,766 ft) high, one of the tough and technical mountains to climb. Afternoon free for short hike above this camp, a climb on the moraine ridge, for more spectacular views of Mt. Makalu with hidden east sides of Lhotse and Everest, which looms above Barun glacier towards North West.

  12. Day 13-14: At Makalu Base Camp preparation and acclimatization for the climb.

    We have set two spare and free days at base camp which is very necessary and important for the climbers to get fully acclimatized and as well as planning for the climb. Rest of the day relax and sorting gears and foods for the next day adventure towards Mt. Makalu summit covered in black rocks and ice.

  13. Day 15: Climb to High Camp / ABC (Advance Base Camp) (5,800 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning leads to a climb westwards to reach our advance camp, below Makalu west pillar as the altitude gains slowly, taking time with few stops walk follows a faint path which climbs an ablation valley on the west side of the Barun glacier. Following this valley onto the glacier make the way over the boulder-strewn caves and ice to a camp known as Puja Camp below the towering Mt. Makalu West Pillar. Our strenuous climb on glacier to Advance Camp rewarded with unique views of Lhotse and the rare Kangshung face of Everest.

  14. Day 16: At ABC (preparation for the climb of Makalu summit).

    A necessary spare and contingency day for proper acclimatization and preparation for the climb to Mt. Makalu summit, on this day where you will be busy sorting out the gear and foods for the climb and then final checking of the equipment, where our expert guides scouts possible and safe route for the climb.

  15. Day 17-36: (20 days) for the climbing expedition on top Makalu summit.

    Twenty days will be maximum duration for the final assault and climb which provides you time to get acclimatize with some practice on rocks and ice, before heading for final bid to the summit top. 20 days includes a climb to the summit, where our expert guides and team members will be busy ferrying loads to respective high camps. Makalu one of the tough mountains with high technical skill required where a maximum of 3 camps needed. Our team of climbing guides will set camp III, at above (7,200 m) where members will sleep only one night at this top camp before heading to the top. After full preparation at ABC climb through moraine covered in glacier and then head towards Camp I at (5,350 m), after climbing on boulders of rocks and ice within scree slope to reach the required Camp I. The camp is located on a broad snow field at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier which is one of the few technical sections on the route. At about (7,200 m) the ridge is a line of ice cliffs here fixing ropes and snow bars. Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for a descent on this pitch, which is about 80 m high. This is the toughest part of the climb but with some difficulty, high above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about (6,800 m). Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at (7,600 m). This is the highest camp and makes the summit bid from here. Summit day as always involves an early start. Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled South West Face. The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Everest-Lhotse-Baruntse Himal with adjoining peaks and as far towards Kanchenjunga at the eastern horizon. After feeling in high spirit with successful climb head back to Advance Camp after a tough adventure to reach world 5th highest Mt. Makalu at a summit at above (8,463 m/27,766 ft) high.

  16. Day 37-38: Back to Base Camp.

    After huge success taking maximum of two days to reach base camp with long descends where we need to clear and clean above camps, on these two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for return journey and packing.

  17. Day 39: Clean up and packing end of expeditions.

    At base camp with final packing and checking each members health, necessary spare day to clean up the Base Camp and leaving nothing except your foot prints and memory.

  18. Day 40: Trek to Yangre Kharka (3,645 m), 6 hrs.

    Retrace the journey back on the Barun valley to Yangre Kharka enclosed with high mountain cliffs and views of cascading waterfalls after a descend reaching the overnight camp at cow herders temporary summer grazing place at Yangrekharka.

  19. Day 41: Trek to Mumbuk, 5 hrs.

    After a wonderful time at Barun valley, walk leads past the valley with a climb to reach back into thick woodland at Mumbuk for overnight camp.

  20. Day 42: Trek to Kaungma Danda /Ridge, 5 hrs.

    On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through the forest on reaching the hilltop ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Kaungma hilltop for overnight camp.

  21. Day 43: Trek to Narbu Gaon (1,310 m) via Tashi Gaon, 5 hrs.

    Morning walk on downhill path back into forest of tall tree lines to reach villages and farm fields, on reaching at Tashi Gaon taking a different higher route to Nawa or Narbu gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Narbu Gaon on for overnight stop, with afternoon free to explore this nice farm village.

  22. Day 44: Trek to Num via Seduwa, 5 hrs.

    From Narbu Gaon our last day walk of this wonderful adventure leading downhill with few short up to Seduwa village, after a rest here continue descend on a steep path to Arun River, after crossing a bridge a steep climb for few hours to reach at Num village for last overnight around the high hills of Makalu.

  23. Day 45: Drive back to Tumlingtar, 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful time on the high hills and mountains with farm villages, from Num taking an exciting drive on the rough road passing past villages with beautiful views of surrounding green hills and peaks, after few hours of drive reaching at Khadbari, a major town and headquarter of Sanka Sabha district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of a nice lodge.

  24. Day 46: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    As per the flight time for Kathmandu transfer to Tumlingtar airport located on grassy field above Arun River, and then a swift panoramic flight of 45 minutes brings you at hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life, and then back in your hotel with memorable time on Makalu Expedition.

  25. Day 47-48: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.

    We have reserve two days as contingency and a spare day in case of flight delay and cancellation at Tumlingtar due to unpredictable bad weather conditions. As well to submit expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department, on this day you can book for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  26. Day 49: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to the respective destination with a wonderful experience on Makalu Expedition.

What's included !

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Go For Nepal’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.
  • Permit for expedition crew.
  • Expedition Permit to climb Makalu.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the MBC.
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.( For sharing among team Members)
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and member.
  • All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Our service Charges.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses.
  • Sleeping Bag, Climbing Plastic Boots, Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee.
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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