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Mount Makalu Expedition (8,464m)

Mt. Makalu is the world’s 5th highest mountain at the elevation of 8,464 meters (27,820ft.) It is located in the Mahalangur Himal 19 km north-east between Everest and Kanchenjunga on the Nepal-Tibet border. It is an isolated peak, looks like a perfect pyramid with sharp ridges on four sides and it makes the mountain more beautiful. It is considered one of the most challenging mountains in the world for climbing expedition.

We begin Mount Makalu Climbing expedition with a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (45 min.).You will enjoy the incredible views and mountain scenery from the flight. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar airport, we begin our walk above the ARUN River valley past Sherpa settlements and forests enjoying views of Mount Chamlang Himalaya in the distance until we step on the base of the West Face at 5,800m. From the base of the West Face, we gently climb to the hanging ice-fall at 6,100m  to the right part of the ice-fall. The second section of the route stretches from the plateau above the icefall along 35 to 45-degree elevation’s rock up to 6,500m high. The next higher section is an ice-rock steep wall with 50 to 55 degrees inclination & extends up to 7,400 meters in elevation. The final section begins from 70 to 75-degree elevation’s rock pillar, leading to the west ridge at 8,000 m. Though there are many routes on the mountain but we choose less-trodden, isolated route which leads to the beautiful Barun valley.

As we reach nearer to Makalu Base Camp at 4800m, here we will find the terrain rocky with loose scree. At the base camp, we halt for two nights to acclimatize and make a side excursion around beautiful high grazing areas at the top of the Barun Glacier. From the base camp, we enjoy spectacular views of  Mount Everest (8850m), Mount Lhotse (8516m), Mount Makalu (8463m), Mount Chamlang (7319m) and Mount Baruntse 7220m. After base camp, we walk up for almost seven hours over the moraine and boulder fields of the Barun Glacier until we reach Advanced Base Camp at 5700m (ABC).  Here we spend most of our time. From Advanced Base Camp we ascend a steep ice-snow wall with fixed lines to reach Camp I. At Camp I, we spend 2 nights to make an acclimatization trip across the easy glacier to Camp II, 6600m which is a small, flat sheltered area nearby some ice walls. BeyondCamp II, the climb is a technical part with open snow slope, which can be deep and prone to avalanches. There is also one more mixed section of rock and blue ice which leads up to the Makalu La at 7450m. Before we reachCamp III at 7400m, we have to walk 200 meters on flat terrain covered with ice. From Camp III, it takes us only 3 hours to reach Camp IV at 7600m and this is the last spot for fixing a camp below the summit. On summit day, we climb over moderate glacial slopes up to the base of the French Couloir, a shallow 300m high gully of mixed rock bands and snow that leads to the summit. From the summit, we truly enjoy the panoramic view starting from Mount  Kanchenjunga in the east to uncountable peaks including  Mount Shishapangma of Tibet in the west.

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Day 01: Arrival kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Briefing at Ministry of Tourism and expedition preparation
Day 03: Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1560m/5,119ft)
Day 04: Trek Num to Sheduwa (1500m/4,922ft)
Day 05: Sheduwa to Tashi Gaun(2100m/6,890ft)
Day 06: Tashi Gaun rest day (2100m/6,890ft)
Day 07: Trek Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3500m/11,483ft)
Day 08: Trek Khongma to Dobato
Day 09: Trek Dobato to Yangle Kharka (3557m/11,670ft)
Day 10: Trek Yangle Kharka to Makalu Base camp (4870m/15,978ft)
Day 11: Rest day at Base camp (4870m/15,978ft)
Day 12: Makalu Base Camp to ABC
Day 13-44: Climbing Period for Mt. Makalu 1(8463m)
Day 45: Trek ABC to Base Camp
Day 46: Trek Base Camp to Yangle kharka
Day 47: Trek Yangle kharka to Mumbuk
Day 48: Trek Mumbuk to Tashi Gaun
Day 49: Trek Tashi gaun to Num
Day 50: Trek Num to Tumlingtar
Day 51: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 52: Free Day In Kathmandu
Day 53: Departure Back to Home
01: Airport transfer-Airport/Hotel/Airport
02: 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmanbdu
03: Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu Airlines with the Airport tax
04: Necessary transportation from Kathmandu/Base camp/Kathmandu for all member & staff
05: Expedition permit, summit rout fee, National park & TIMS permit fee
06: Stool Shipment Transfer, Garbage Deposit fee
07: Food- 3 meals a day in trekking and Base Camp for member and Staff
08: Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, accommodation and Airlines ticket
09: Base camp Sirdar, Cook & Kitchen helpers
10: Nepali staff and a porters daily wages, equipment, food, Medical & emergency rescue Insurance
11: A Porter up to Base camp & return from the Base camp
12: 65 Kg per member as personal baggage
13: VE25 North face or any other branded tent in Base camp
14: Dining/Kitchen/Store/Toilet/Hot shower/Base camp form mattresses/Table & Chairs/Cooking gears and all other necessary gears.
15: Heater for base camp
16: Generator or Solar panel at Base camp for electronic devices
17: Weather forecast during the entire expedition.
18: Oxygen: 04 bottle for member and 02 bottle for each Climbing Sherpa. Extra Oxygen for emergencies stored at Base camp
19: VE25 North face or any others well-branded Tents at (C1) (C2) (C3) & (C4) for Member and staff
20: Top out or Summit mask and Regulator for each member and Sherpa
21: Walki Talkie per member as needed on the basis of member
22: Climbing Sherpa: Makalu summiteer Sherpa per member
23: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot, high food, ropes and others climbing gear’s for (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4) up to summit
24: Satellite phone available at Base camp and phone calls should pay as per call duration
25: Climbing Sherpa equipment allowance, carrying bonus, summit bonus and daily wages
1: Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu (Except farewell dinner) and more than 4 night Hotel stay in Kathmandu
2: Travel and high altitude emergency medical Insurance evacuation.
3: Telephone, Internet, laundry, alcoholic beverages etc.
4: Nepal Visa fee US$
5: Personal climbing equipment and gears

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