Nepal Expedition - Mt. Makalu (8463 m.)

Makalu (Makalu Expedition in Nepal) is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,481 metres (27,825 ft) and is located 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.


Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678 m) lies about 3 km (2 mi) north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km (3.1 mi) north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau, and connected to Kangchungtse by a narrow, 7,200 m saddle, is Chomo Lonzo (7,804 m).

Expedition in Makalu the first attempt on Makalu was made by an American team led by William Siri in the spring of 1954. Mt. Makalu Expedition was composed of Sierra Club members including Allen Steck, and was called the California Himalayan Expedition to Makalu. This was the first American mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya. They attempted the southeast ridge but were turned back at 7,100 m (23,300 ft) by a constant barrage of storms. A New Zealand team including Sir Edmund Hillary was also active in the spring, but did not get very high due to injury and illness. In the fall of 1954, a French reconnaissance expedition made the first ascents of the subsidiary summits Kangchungtse (October 22: Jean Franco, Lionel Terray, Sardar Gyaltsen Norbu and Pa Norbu) and Chomo Lonzo (October 30(?): Jean Couzy and Terray).

Makalu Expedition was first climbed on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition led by Jean Franco. Franco, G. Magnone and Sardar Gyaltsen Norbu summitted the next day, followed by Bouvier, S. Coupe, Leroux and A. Vialatte on the 17th. This was an amazing achievement at the time to have the vast majority of expedition members summit, especially on such a difficult peak. Prior to this time, summits were reached by 1-2 people at most with the rest of teams providing logistical support before turning around and heading home. The French team climbed Makalu by the north face and northeast ridge, via the saddle between Makalu and Kangchungtse (the Makalu-La), establishing the standard route. If you need more about Makalu Expedition Information, please contact to Trip Himalaya Treks.

Trip Detail

  • WGS84: 27° 53′ 21″ N, 87° 5′ 19″ E
    27.889167, 87.088611
  • Location: Nepal
  • Duration: 53 Night / 54 Days
  • Type : Expedition
  • Grade : Hard
  • Highest Access : 8463m
  • Best Season : April to May/August to september

Makalu Expedition Itinerary

Day 01 : pick up from the International Airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02-03 : Kathmandu, sightseeing we will spend a couple of days organizing permits and sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. The valley is the site of four ancient capitals with their attendant palaces, temples and squares, and the modern city's chaotic and fascinating streets, markets, shops and restaurants with intermingled Buddhist and Hindu temples can keep you occupied for days. One night there will be a welcome dinner.
Day 04 : Kathmandu to by flight Tumlingtar over Overnight in lodge.
Day 05 : Jeep to Num (1600m) 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 06 : Num to Seduwa (1560m) 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 07 : Seduwa to Tashi Gaun 4 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 08 : Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight in Camp.
Day 09 : Tashi Gaun to khongba-La (3760m) 6 to 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 10 : Khongba-La to Dobato (3700m) 6 to 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 11 : Dobato to Nebe Kharka (4320m) 7 hrs overnight in Camp.
Day 12 : Nebe Kharka to Sherson (4630m) 7 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 13 : Sherson to Makalu base camp 6 to 7 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 14 : Makalu base camp to higher camp 2 hrs Overnight in Camp.
Day 15-45 : Climbing Period Mt. Makalu (8463m).
Day 46 : Cleaning up Base Camp overnight Camp.
Day 47 : higher camp to Yak Kharka overnight Camp.
Day 48 : Yak Kharka to Mumbuk overnight Camp.
Day 49 : Tashi Goan overnight Camp.
Day 50 : Tashi Goan to Num overnight Camp/Lodge.
Day 51 : Jeep to Tumlingtar overnight Lodge.
Day 52 : Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 53 : Rest day in Kathmandu and farewell Diner.
Day 54 : Transfer to International Airport and fly home.

Cost Includes

Arrival in International Airport and Departure.
Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
Royalty of Annapurna and conservation fee.
Full board accommodation at Adventure Tented Camp and a day long hike with a guide and Sherpa.
Full board accommodation at Himalayan Resort (Tea House).
All-inclusive full board tented camp trek with food, foam mattresses, sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent.
Services of a Guide, cook, Sherpa, Kitchen staff and porters on trek.
Local taxes and insurance for climbing staffs.
Transportation: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu.
Domestic airport departure taxes.
Equipment allowance of climbing guide, Liaisons officer, equipment and clothing for camp staff and porters for climbing peak.

Cost Excludes

Personal equipment for Climbing.
Personal travel Insurance.
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
Emergency Rescue evacuation.
Personal expenses/Bar bills.
Tipping for Expeditions staff.
Alcoholic beverages and canned or bottled cold drinks.
Cargo or Extra baggage charge over 20 kg Nepal.

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