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Mt. Makalu Expedition

“a challenging and most exciting adventure on top world 5th highest Mt. Makalu”

Trip Destination
Trip Location
Makalu Summit
Trip Basis
Hotel- Lodge & Camping on trek and climb
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous, Full fledge Mountaineering expeditions.
Highest Elevation
8,463 m / 27,766 ft
Total Trip
49 Nights & 50 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
April to June and September to November.
Trek and climb of world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu at 8,463 m / 27,766 ft From low warm areas of Arun Valley to cool alpine hills and beyond at arctic zone,
Sweeping scenic mountain flight both ways with parallel views of mountains, Around Barun Valley and Makalu area with rare Khangsung (North- East) face of Everest, A classic and demanding climb to the top of Mt. Makalu with amazing scenery.

Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers a challenging climb on Mt. Makalu Expedition worlds 5th highest mountains at 8,463 m / 27, 766 ft high, regarded as one of the toughest and much technical peak to climb.
Certainly a climb of challenge and determination a complete loaded adventure which leads you to experience a toughest feat to conquer world 5th highest mountain which lies close to the border of Tibet on the Northern side of Kharte.
A solid black rock pyramid shape mountain of high technical difficulties but possible to reach the summit with well organized and planning including much logistic supports as well with good team of staff and climbing guides.
Starting this adventure to Makalu Expeditions with short flight from Kathmandu to reach eastern Nepal area at Arun valley in Tumlingtar, and then into higher hills and mountains through several traditional farm villages of Chinchella-Num-Seduwa and Tashi-Gaon.
Leaving the last village for complete wilderness around scenic Barun valley and towards high arctic and icy landscapes of Makalu and Barun glaciers, Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition allows much rest and preparation days to make this climb a huge success.
After a great climb with challenging effort heading back to Kathmandu taking a short scenic flight with overwhelming experience of a lifetime adventure on Mt. Makalu Expeditions with excellent support and services of Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition.
Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03:       Free day in Kathmandu preparation for Makalu expedition.
Day 04:            Fly to Tumlingtar 950m with overnight in local lodge.
Day 05:            Drive to Num 1,500m - 05 hours overnight in local lodge.
Day 06:            Trek to Seduwa 1,493 m - 05 hours.
Day 07:            Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200m - 04 hours.
Day 08:            At Tashi Gaon rest with local hike and preparations.
Day 09:            Trek to Khoma Danda 3,500m - 05 hours
Day 10:            Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m - 06 hours.
Day 11:            Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m - 06 hours.
Day 12:            Trek to Sherson 4,600m - 05 hours.
Day 13:            At Sherson rest day with short hike
Day 14:            Trek to Makalu Base Camp 5,060m.
Day 15:            Climb to Advance Camp at 5,800 meters.
Day 16-17:       At ABC
Day 18-37:       (20 days) Expeditions period for the climb to Makalu summit.
Day 38-39:       Back to Base Camp.
Day 40:            Clean up and packing end of expeditions.
Day 41:            Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m - 06 hours.
Day 42:            Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
Day 43:            Trek to Kohma Ridge - 05 hours.
Day 44:            Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500m via Tashi Gaon -06 hours
Day 45:            Trek to Num via Sedua - 06 hours.
Day 46:            Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari 3-4 hours.
Day 47:            Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 48-49:       Free day at leisure guided tour on request.
Day 50:            Transfer to airport for international departure.
Personal mountaineering Gear For MT. MAKALU Expedition & Equipment list
  1. Sleeping Bag (-30*)training (-40*) Expedition 1
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner) 1
  3. Down or Feather Jacket  (training) (Father suit) expedition 1+1
  4. Gore-Tex Suit 1
  5. Personal First Aid Kit 1
  6. Woolen Hat 1
  7. Fleece Hat 1
  8. Gore-Tex Gloves Down globe 1+1
  9. Thin  Gloves (With Goretax and Fleece) 3
10. Fleece Jacket 1
11. Fleece Trouser 1
12. Rock Climbing Trouser (Flexible) 1
13. Trekking Boot 1
14. Camp Shoe (Sport Shoe) 1
15. Sandal 1
16. Woolen Shocks (Thick) 2 Pair
17. T-Shirt 3
18. High neck 2
19. Rain Punch 1
20. Carry Mattress 1
21. Snow Gaiter 1
22. Thermos 1
23. Snow Glass (100 % UV Protect) Show googols expedition 1
24. Sun Glass (UV Protect) 1
25. Head Torch 1
26. Battery Enough for 30 days – Extra Bulb  
27. Water Bottle 1 Lt.
28. Pocket Knife 1
29. Washing Soap, Towel, Tooth pest, Tooth Brush etc.  
30. Sun Lotion Enough + 30 -40 SPF  
31. Lip Guard sun blog  
Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 - 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

Day 01:            Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the Makalu Expeditions team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking and climb with do’s and don’ts.
Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu tour and preparation for Makalu expeditions.
Two days in Kathmandu for Makalu expeditions preparations packing and buying necessary equipments and high altitude foods, final meeting and collecting permits and other documents related with the expeditions. On this day interested people can book for a tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, Kathmandu valley steeped with historical / cultural monuments and world heritage sites.
Day 04:            Fly to Tumlingtar 40 minutes’ flight and overnight in local lodge.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic flight to Tumlingtar to start the adventure to Makalu expeditions with panorama array of snowcapped peaks from Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal, Gaurishankar and Mt. Everest with Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu after this short flight of 40 minutes reaching at Tumlingtar in the warm sub-tropical area, located on a plateau above Arun River with views of Mt. Makalu., overnight in local simple lodge with time to explore the town around Tumlingtar bazaar area.
Day 05:            Drive to Num 1,500m - 05 hours overnight in local lodge.
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 few years back, at Num overnight in lodge or in tents with grand views of surrounding landscapes and peaks of Jalajala Himal and Makalu.
Day 06:            Trek to Seduwa 1,493m - 05 hours.
Today our first day walk starts with downhill and up to Seduwa village, a steep descend 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 small  health post with views of Num across the ridge and of other adjoining hills of Bhojpur and Jalajala rocky peaks.
Day 07:            Trek to Tashi Gaon 2,200m - 04 hours.
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.
Day 08:            At Tashi Gaon rest with local hike and preparations.
Today a free day in this last village, which provides excellent rest and preparation for onward journey above higher areas of Barun Valley and Makalu base camp, this day where porters and camping staff can reorganize their luggage and buy fresh vegetables and other food products around the villages.
Day 09:            Trek to Khoma Danda 3,500m - 05 hours
Leaving the last village Tashigaon, morning walk on gradual path into dense 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 walk with steep climb for few hours to reach at Khoma ridge top, as the tall trees gives 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 complete wilderness for month.
Day 10:            Trek to Mumbuk 3,400m - 06 hours.
From Khoma Danda morning walk on a ridge line following a gradual path with few ups and down reaching at icy ponds of Thulo Pokhari (big pond) with Sano Pokhari(small pond) after crossing Tutu-la and Shipton la at above 4, 200 meters 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.
Day 11:            Trek to Nehe Kharka 3,750m - 06 hours.
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.
Day 12:            Trek to Sherson 4,600m - 05 hours.
From Barun valley walk to Sherson 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 5 hours reaching at our destination at Sherson for two nights camps.
Day 13:            At Sherson for short hike above hills and view-points.
Rest day for acclimatization and preparation for onward adventure here enjoy the views of Mt. Makalu and Baruntse peaks with peak IV, today optional hike with excellent views of rare East Face of Everest known as Kanshung face with Lhotse.
Day 14:            Trek to Makalu Base Camp 5,060m - 03 hrs.
From Sherson, heading higher to Makalu base camp, a three hour trek above Sherson, at the snout of the Barun glacier, near a glacial pond, on reaching at base camp 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.
Day 15:            Climb to Advance Camp at 5,800 meters.
Climb westwards to setup Advance camp just 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.
Day 16-17:      At Advance Camp for final preparation for the ascent of Makalu summit.
Two days necessary rest days for proper acclimatization and preparation for the climb to the summit, on this day busy dividing and off loading necessary gear for the climbing checking equipments and scouting possible routes for the climb.
Day 18-37:      (20 days) Expeditions period for the climb to Makalu summit.
We have reserved 20 days for the final big climb with time to get well acclimatize and with some practice on rock and ice climbing before making the final ascent to the summit.
On this 20 days including climb to the summit, our expert guides and team members busy ferrying loads to respective higher camps. On this tough technical climb maximum of 3 camps required where our team of climbing Sherpa will establish camp III, at above 7,200 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top.   

From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with climb and to Camp I at 5,350 meters, after climbing on boulders of rocks and ice with 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 route.
At about 7,200 meters 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 descent on this pitch, which is about 80 meters 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 meters.
Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at 7,600 meters.  This is the highest camp and make 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 eastern horizon.  After a successful climb feeling high on top of the world, and then head back to Advance Camp  depending upon fitness of the members on descend after a vigorous to reach world 5th highest summit.
Day 38-39:      Back to Base Camp.
After a triumph and success we have reserved two days for safe descend to base camp, as well clearing up above camps, on these two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for return journey and packing.

Day 40:            At Base Camp clean-up day.
At base camp with final packing and checking on members health and fitness, a necessary day for the clean up at the Base Camp.
Day 41:            Trek to Yangre Kharka 3,645m - 06 hours.
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.
Day 42:            Trek to Mumbuk - 05 hours.
After a wonderful time at Barun valley, today walks leaving the last of this valley with a climb to reach back to dense forest and to Mumbuk for overnight camp.
Day 43:            Trek to Khoma Ridge - 05 hours.
On the same trail back to Khoma ridge morning walk with a climb for an hour or more through forest on reaching the hill top ridge leaving the tree lines, and passing the ponds and over Tutu la and Shipton la reaching at Khoma ridge for overnight camp.
Day 44:            Trek to Nawa Gaon 2,500m via Tashi Gaon -06 hours.
Morning walk heading downhill and back to thick forest and tree lines reaching back to villages and farm fields, from Tashigaon taking different higher route to Nawa gaon village, through cool shade of woodlands and farm terraces and then reaching a large Sherpa village of Nawagaon for overnight stop, with time in the afternoon to visit this nice traditional farm village.

Day 45:            Trek to Num via Seduwa - 06 hours.
From Nawagaon morning walk leads to easy descend reaching at Seduwa gaon after a rest here continue downhill on steep path to Arun River, then cross the bridge with steep climb for few hours to Num village for last overnight around the hills of Makalu.

Day 46:            Drive to Tumlingtar via Khadbari - 04 hours.
After a wonderful time in the high hills and mountains and in rural farm villages, from here an interesting and exciting drive on rough road passing many villages with beautiful scenery of surrounding green landscapes and snowcapped peaks, after few hours of drive reaching at a large town of Khadbari major town and headquarter of Sanka Sambua district of Makalu region. From here an hour downhill back to Tumlingtar in the comfort of nice simple lodge.
Day 47:            Fly to Kathmandu with free afternoon.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Tumlingtar airport terminal, on boarding the plane a sweeping flight with views of mountains brings you at Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel, with rest of the day free.
Day 48-49:      In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day with optional sightseeing tour in our interesting cultural tour of Kathmandu valley with world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

These two days with time for press meeting and to submit reports of the expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department.
Day 50:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience on Mt. Makalu Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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