Makalu is one of the harder eight-thousanders and Makalu expedition is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb creating a challenge for the trekkers. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock climbing. Makalu is the only Nepalese 8,000 m peak which has yet to be climbed in true winter conditions.
For Makalu expedition our route does transverse first climbing all the way to Neghe Kharka, crossing the Barun Khola flowing from Makalu. The route to Makalu Base Camp (4823m) involves a sustained period at altitude with some steep slopes, but rewards with powerful views of Makalu (8481m) to the north. This is the realm of the glaciers, surrounded by the unforgettable presence of the world’s mightiest mountains and brooding above the towering bulk of Everest itself.
Day 1: Arrival KTM & transfer to hotel -1300m/4264ft
Day 2-3: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 4: Fly Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Chichila 1,850m
Day 5: Trek from Chichila to Num 1,505m
Day 6: Num to Seduwa 1,530m
Day 7: Seduwa to Tashi Gaon 2,065m
Day 8: Tashi Gaon to Khongma 3,562m
Day 9: Acclimatisation day at Khongma 4,200m
Day 10: Climb over the Shipton La and descend to Mumbuk 4,200m
Day 11: Mumbuk to Yangri Kharka 3,610m
Day 12: Yangri Kharka to Shershong 4,650m
Day 13: Shershong to Makalu South East Base Camp.
Day 14: South East Base Camp to Makalu North Ridge BC 4,800m.
Day 15-17: Acclimatization at Base Camp.
Day 18-50: Ascent of Makalu North East Ridge.
Day 51: Pack Up BC Ready for Departure.
Day 52: Descend to Yak Kharka.
Day 53: Yak Kharka to Mumbuk.
Day 54: Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon.
Day 55: Tashi Gaon to Num.
Day 56: Num to Chichila.
Day 57: Chichila to Tumlingtar.
Day 58: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Day 59: At leisure in Kathmandu at the Summit Hotel.
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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
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