Makalu Expedition 60 Days

Trip Information

Makalu expedition is the expedition of Makalu Mountain which is the neighboring mountain of the world’s tallest mountain Mt Everest. If you are searching for the perfect place to view the Everest and also wants to gain the adventure via mountaineering then Makalu is the best option. However, there are very few mountaineers who try to ascend the mountain which shows the level of strenuous trail to the summit and risk factor.

Mount Makalu is the fifth tallest mountain in the world situated close to the tallest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest. Literally, Makalu signifies the greatness and black one as it contains dark brooding appearances. Being the fifth tallest mountain in the world, people do not attempt to climb it in comparison to other tall mountains. It is for sure that if you are planning to climb the Makalu, Makalu Expedition requires a lot of mountaineering experiences. Otherwise, you may not overcome it which is known from the people who have attempted it before. It was first climbed by a French Team in 1955. Makalu Mountain has mainly two important supplementary Peaks.

Makalu is one of the most difficult Mountains to climb in the whole world. It is an inspiring Peak with the mass of the red stonework made up of four sided pyramid shape. Due to its peculiar structure and features, Makalu is termed as a peculiar Mountain. Makalu (8,463m) is a highly challenge Mountain, which is located 14 miles away from the east of Mount Everest. Its minimum altitude is 3900 meter and 8,463meter is its maximum altitude. The most appropriate season for the Makalu Expedition is spring and autumn.

Come and Join the expert team of Backpacker Treks & Expedition for the less ascended and daunting expedition in the world’s fifth tallest mountain Mt. Makalu.

Best Season

September to December and March to May

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 04: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila (1850m)

Day 05: Trek to Num (1,505m)

Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)

Day07: Trek to Gaon (2,065m)

Day 08: Khongma (3,562m)

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khongma (4,200m)

Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and descends to Mumbuk (4,200m)

Day 11: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m)

Day 12: Trek to Shershong (4,650m)

Day 13: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp

Day 14: Makalu North Ridge BC (4,800m)

Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp

Day 18 -50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge

Day 51: Return to Base Camp

Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka

Day 53: Trek to Mumbuk

Day 54: Trek to Tashi Gaon

Day 55: Trek to Num

Day 56: Trek to Chichila

Day 57: Trek to Tumlingtar

Day 58: Back to Kathmandu

Day 59: Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 60: Departure

Day 01: Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,350m)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives at the Airport. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel and will discuss about the further plans over there. Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
For the next couple of days, you will be exploring the Kathmandu Valley visiting Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Durbar Squares and other cultural as well as traditional sites. You will also prepare for the expedition during the time, acquiring permission for the expedition from the government agency. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 04: Flight to Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila (1850m)
Tumlingtar is a village which is situated at the height of 400 meter above from the sea level. Tumlingtar is an initial place from where our trekking starts. We will take a flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we will drive to Chichila (1850m) and we will be exploring the remaining days. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Num (1,505m)
Chichila to Num covers about 1,505 meter. So, on this day we will wake up early in the morning and start our trekking. After having breakfast we will take a walk and will enjoy the trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Seduwa (1,530m)
This is our 6th day of trekking and expedition trip. After having a breakfast early in the morning we will start our trekking to Seduwa (1,530m). Seduwa is actually an interesting place where you are going to enjoy the natural beauties of that area.

Day 07: Trek to Gaon (2,065m)
On the 7th day of trekking, we will move to Gaon (2,065m). Particularly on that day we have to walk a long distance from Seduwa to Gaon (2,065m). Overnight stay at a local guesthouse.

Day 08: Khongma (3,562m)
On the 8th day, we will be moving to Khongma (3,562m) from Gaon. We start early for the day as we cover almost 1500 meters on the day. It is going to be a long day’s trek needing almost 7-8 hours of trek. The trek will, however, be adventurous as the trail takes us to several amazing landscapes. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Khongma
The ninth day of the itinerary is for acclimatization. We will be spending the day at Khongma, resting and acclimatizing to the conditions and the altitude. We can travel around the Khongma village and interact with the villagers and learn about their culture. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and descend to Mumbuk (4,200m)
From Khongma we will climb Shipton La and from there we will descend to Mumbak (4,200m). In Mumbuk, we will take a walk which is considered as a tricky area to cross Shipton La. As we reach at Khongma we will take our breakfast. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Yangri Kharka (3,610m)
For the trek to Yak Kharka (3,6100m), we have to move early in the morning which takes 6 hours. Before the sunrise you have to cross Dhampu Pass. The view of the entire Annapurna Range being touched by the sun with the valley resting below in the darkness gives amazing views. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Shershong (4,650m)
For the trek to Shershong (4,650m), we will move early in the morning taking a breakfast in Yangri Kharka which takes 5 to 6 hours walking from Yangri Kharka. After the few minutes walking an expert will discuss about the further plans.

Day 13: Trek to Makalu South East Base Camp
On the 13th day, we will move for the trek to Makalu South East Base Camp according to the planning. Trekking in Makalu South East Base Camp is difficult in nature yet you will enjoy this trekking. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 14: Makalu North Ridge BC (4,800m)
Day 14th is an essential day as we are going to see Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4,800m) which is one of the focal point of our trip. The trekking to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp is considered to be unusual than the other trekking as trekkers to this area will be appreciated more than the others. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp.
After the trekking to Makalu North Ridge Base Camp (4,800m), day 15th to 17th are allocated for the acclimation at the Base Camp. This is very important part of the itinerary as the couple of day’s acclimatization will help us to get used to the conditions and prepare ourselves for the expedition that lies ahead. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 18 -50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge
The next 30 days, we will be ascending along the trail along with our expedition members who will guide you through the path. You will not have any problem as they are seasoned trekking and mountaineering guides and will provide you every trick that is needed for scaling the mighty mountain. During this time period, you will be staying at the tented camp. Upon reaching the top, you will have great views of the tall mountains and the amazing vicinity.

Day 51: Return to Base Camp
On day 51, after completing the ascent to the top of the Mount Makalu, you will return back to the Base Camp. You will be tired from the month long expedition and will be staying at the tented camp and get ready for the return trek that follows from the next day.

Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka
The next day we start our return trip from the Base Camp after having breakfast in the morning. We will trek for few hours along the impressive trail and reach Yak Kharka in around 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 53: Trek to Mumbuk
The destination for the 53rd day is Mumbuk, a small village in the region of Makalu. It will take five hours of trekking from Yak Kharka to reach there. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 54: Trek to Tashi Gaon
After taking breakfast we will explore Tashi Gaon by taking a short walk throughout the country side where you are provided an opportunity to view the fields of rice and millet. Tashi Gaon is suitable for talking a walk. Overnight stay at guest house.

Day 55: To Num
The day when we are done with exploring Tashi Gaon we will return to Num. As you have already seen Num, we can go thoroughly but in case if you have time and willing to explore more, definitely there is a high chance for the explorations. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 56: To Chichila
Trek from Num to Chichila is quite smooth and easy as the trail is now comfortable and downhill. We will enjoy the trail even though we are tired from the long trek and expedition. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 57: To Tumlingtar
The next day, we will reach Tumlingtar which is another beautiful town in the eastern region of Nepal. After reaching Tumlingtar, we will spend the rest of the night in a hotel.

Day 58: Back to Kathmandu
At last we are done with our Makalu expedition, and we take a flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 59: Rest in Kathmandu
It is worth to take a rest in Kathmandu for one more day so that the day when you depart from Kathmandu you do not feel dizziness and tiredness. In an evening time you can explore the remaining places of Kathmandu which will count as a plus point. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 60: Departure from Kathmandu, Farewell!!
The trip ends in Kathmandu on 60th day of the trekking package. At last you will be boarding a flight back to your country via the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Price: US$

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included »

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Makalu Peak permit, all govt. taxes & garbage deposit
  • Round trip airfare and domestic airport taxes
  • Liaison officer
  • One head Sardar/Guide
  • Cook(s) and kitchen boy(s)
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa per two clients)
  • Necessary number of porters
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears
  • All base camp meals + high altitude food (Backpack brand)
  • All necessary camping and kitchen gears
  • High-quality tents for both base camp and high camps
  • Gamov bag for medical propose
  • Oxygen with regulator set for medical purpose
  • Walkie-talkie set with radio base
  • Necessary EPI gas with burner
  • North face down jacket for -20 degree
  • Solar panel with batteries/ generator with fuel for power supply
  • Insurance of climbing Sherpa and local team members
  • City sightseeing before end of the expedition

Cost Excluded »

  1. Nepal entry visa fee.
  2. International air fee.
  3. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu is excluded. Except welcome and fare well dinner.
  4. Drinking WaterAll cold drink any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  5. You have to make your travel and rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel.
  6. Clients them self have to arrange personal trekking equipments such as- trekking pole.
  7. Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package.
  8. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

Getting to Nepal - You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu when you first come to Nepal. Our travel representatives will receive you at the Airport and then transfer you to a hotel in the capital city. That will be our first task after you land in the country. The itinerary then follows in the coming days.

Visa information in Nepal - Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your first job or task will be to consult the Department of Immigration in Nepal regarding your Nepal stay. Our team members will help you in completing the necessary works regarding Visa and the procedures of extension, if needed. If you are planning for an extended stay in Nepal, say more than three months or around a year or so, then you need to extend your Visa through the Immigration Department. This won’t be of any problem as we will handle the government-related activities.

Trek permit - There are some restricted trekking destinations in Nepal which require special permission from the government of Nepal or a government agency for the foreign trekkers. They also need to pay a fixed royalty to trek some of the selected places in Nepal. Some of the restricted trekking destinations like Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Rara Trek, etc. require special trek permit for the foreigners. However, there won’t be any such problem as we, the company, will look after the legal formalities in securing the trek permits for the clients. It will be our responsibility to secure trek permits for you.

Altitude sickness - As most of the trekking destinations in Nepal exceed 4000 meters of altitude, high altitude sickness is one of the common problems faced by the trekkers. High altitude sickness can be very fatal and dangerous if you are not prepared for the same. Some of the trekking destinations like Upper Mustang Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek exceeds and nears around 5000 meters of altitude with chances of high altitude sickness. However, if you are aware of the problem and if you take special measure, then altitude sickness can be avoided and will not be much of a problem. As we have experienced trekking guides and a team of experienced hand, altitude sickness will not be a problem and even if it occurs, it will be handled well by our team members.

Medical Kit - Whenever we embark on a tour package or itinerary, we are fully prepared of the possible consequences or the untoward incidents, and hence our team carries a separate medical kit. Medical kit is of immense help and importance during long tours and trek as you never know what will happen next, even regarding the health of the trekkers. Availability of medical kit is very paramount as it will help to provide immediate medical attention to the needy person. Problems of high altitude sickness, shortness of breathing, dizziness, etc. are the ones frequently encountered during the trek. Presence of medical kit helps to resolve any of such problems and provides immediate relief and medical attention to the person who is in need for the same.

Equipment - Some special trekking equipments are necessary for expedition and some other treks. Such special equipments will have to be brought or arranged by you. As such equipments are quite expensive; it is not possible for us to arrange such materials. However, general trekking and minor accessory requirements will be provided by the company. You only need to bring with you some of the special trekking equipment necessary for trek and expedition. Also, if you do not have such equipments then we can provide you with such equipments, but you need to pay for it.

List of Required Equipment : Daypack, Duffel Bag, Down Jacket, Sleeping bag, Sun hat or scarf, Light or warm fleece hat Sunglasses with UV protection, Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, warm wool hiking socks Trekking boots with spare laces Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for Trekking in winter, Lightweight gloves Heavyweight gloves With a waterproof shell outer, Under Garments shorts Lightweight cotton long pants Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms Fleece or wool pants Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants T-shirts Light and expedition weight thermal tops Fleece jacket or pullover Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries Small pad or combination lock-to-lock Trekking Bags/Duffel bag Basic First Aid Kit Large plastic bags - for keeping Items dry inside trek bag Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) Trekking Poles Water bottles Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring) Binoculars Reading book Trail Map/Guide book Journal & Pen Pencils and small notebooks Travel game i.e., cards, Tooth brush/paste Multipurpose soap Nail cutter Small mirror Wet wipes (baby wipes) Tissue /toilet roll Anti bacterial hands wash.

Note: If you have any queries regarding the itineraries/ information, please let us know by phone or via e-mail we will desine as per your wish.welcome to land of Himalaya.