Mt Makalu Expedition in Nepal
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Makalu Expedition

Makalu Expedition


Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Mt Makalu at 8,463 meters – the 5th highest mountain in the world.
  • Magnificent view of Mt Kanchenjunga to the east and Mt Shishapangma to the west with several snow topped chain of mountains in between.
  • Opportunity to explore the less visited areas of Makalu-Barun National Park
  • Scenic Flight: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu

Trip Introduction;
Mount Makalu 8,463 meters is the fifth highest mountain in the world. The stunning mountain is a four sided pyramid that is situated in the Mahalangur region, about 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest. Considered as one of the most difficult mountain to climb, the climb of Mt Makalu includes tackling and overcoming several technical sections comprising of steep pitches and knife-edged ridges. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves high level of technical rock climbing. Hence, previous experience of peak climbing and good physical condition is an absolute requirement for Makalu Expedition.

The successful ascent of Mt Makalu was made on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French Expedition Team led by Jean Franco. The views from the summit of Makalu offers an unforgettable experience, from Kanchenjunga in the East to Shishapangma in the West with countless snow capped peaks in between. Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is an excellent opportunity for those seeking unlimited climbing challenges and to conquer the summit of the fifth highest mountain of the world.

Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu towards Tumlingtar’s grass airstrip. After landing at Tumlingtar, we will take two hours drive to reach Khadbari – the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from here following the trail that passes through terraced farmlands and dense forest filled with Rhododendron trees. With mostly uphill trekking our trail leads us to Makalu Base Camp. Our Sherpa crew will quickly set up the camp and make necessary checks on our health conditions and climbing gears before heading further to higher camps.

Following the instructions of our experienced climbing experts, we will overcome numerous technical sections and head towards the summit of Mt Makalu. Our tiring climb to the summit is rewarded with panoramic views of snow capped high mountains. After spending quality time at the summit, we will descend retracing our steps back to the base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Mount Makalu, we will follow the same trail that passes through Mumbuk, Tashigaon, Num, Khadbari and head back towards Tumlingtar. Our incredible and memorable Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a sweeping flight from Tumlingtar back to Kathmandu.

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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be greeted and then transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing and Climbing Preparation at Kathmandu
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
We will spend our day sightseeing around some of the attractive world heritage sites within Kathmandu valley. Also, today we will complete all the necessary paper works and other preparations required for Makalu Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar [ [45 min flight] & Drive to Khadbari [1030m/3378ft] [2 hrs Drive]
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to the grassy airstrip of Tumlingtar. After landing at Tumlingtar we take a drive of about two hours to reach the village of Khadbari. The village is largely inhabited by Newari and Rai ethnic tribe communities of Nepal. Khadbari is the main administrative centre of Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area. We must register at the park office check-post before continuing our trek.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Khadbari to Chichira [1830m/6002ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we start our trek by following the trail that passes through picturesque villages to Mane bhanjyang. Our trek continues over to a small ridge and then to a minor pass at Bhotebas at 1,740 meters. From the top we will have great views of Makalu. Our trek heads further along dense forest area to reach Chichira for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Chichira to Num [1490m/4878ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Chichira we will follow the trail that heads towards the village of Kuwapani. After some time of trekking, our trail heads for the crossing of another minor pass – Daju La Pass at 2,100 meters. From the top of the pass, our trail descends steeply through dense forest to arrive at the village of Num. We will camp at the good camping grounds of Num village to end the day’s trekking.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Num to Seduwa [1460m/4788ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we will leave our campsite at Num village and follow the trail that descends down to the suspension bridge over Arun Nadi. We will cross the bridge and begin a steep uphill trekking through dense forest area towards Seduwa. Seduwa is large trading village of with National Park check-post office. We must register at the check-post before continuing further into high altitudes.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon [2070m/6789ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
All set to go, we leave our campsite and follow an easy trail that passes through Murmidanda where we can spot local students going to school. Our trail from there is an uphill trekking towards Narbugaon. Then, we continue to trek through dense forests and cultivated fields towards Tashigaon. Since Tashigaon is the last village on the trail, it is a good idea to buy the necessary items here.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Tashigaon to Kauma Danda [3470m/11381ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
After breakfast we leave Tashigaon and follow the trail that climbs steeply through the beautiful cloud forest. Our trek continues as we climb towards Unshisa where there is a campsite and a tea shop which is open only in the main trekking season. We continue our uphill trekking until we arrive at the good camping grounds of Kauma Danda for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Kauma Danda to Mumbuk [3570m/11709ft] via Kauma La [3603m/11817ft], Tutu-La [4125m/13530ft] and Keke La [4170m/13677ft] [7-8 hrs trek]
Today is one of the toughest day on the trek as we continue on our trail crossing Kauma La Pass  with magnificent views of Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Kanchenjunga and Jannu. From there we climb further up for the crossing of Tutu-La Pass before descending to a large lake – Kalo Pokhari. Kalo Pokhari literally means ‘Black Lake’ in Nepali language. Our trail from there is further ascend trekking towards Keke La Pass, from where we can get good views of Chamlang range and Tibet to the north. A steep and rocky descend from the top of the pass leads us to the campsite of Mumbuk.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10:  Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka [3700m/12136ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
Today we will have our breakfast and continue to trek on the trail that descends downhill to the river bed of Barun (Nadi) River. From the riverbed we climb up the steep hillside which is often affected by the landslides. Our trail from there goes along the loose ground, we should be very careful while trekking along the loose landslide trails. After few hours of trekking, we arrive at Nehe Kharka.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Shersong [4615m/15137ft] [6-7 hrs trek]
Leaving Nehe Kharka, we continue to trek over the loose trails before crossing the Barun (Nadi) River and head to the grassy fields of Yangri Kharka. From there we our trail passes through dense rhododendron, pine and fir filled forest towards Langmale Kharka. Hereon we will trek over an ancient lateral moraine through which Barun Nadi flows. To the left is the large glacial lake that fills the valley, an easy trail from here leads us to Shersong for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Shersong to Makalu Base Camp [4800m/15744ft] [4-5 hrs trek]
After breakfast we leave Shersong and follow the trail that turns right and heads up for the climbing of more moraine. Once reaching the top we start to descend gradually to the crossing of a small bridge and continue trekking towards the stone huts of Makalu Base Camp. Makalu Base Camp offers one of the best mountain viewpoints in Nepal. Our Sherpa crew will set up the camps and start making checks on our health conditions and climbing gears.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12-43: Climbing Mt. Makalu [8463m/27758ft] and back to Base Camp.
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices with adequate days for proper acclimatization. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works of setting up additional camps at higher altitudes. Fully equipped with all the climbing equipments and with proper acclimatization we will follow the guidance and instructions of experienced climbing experts. We will tackle several technical climbing sections and taking weather conditions into consideration we head towards the summit of Mount Makalu – the 5th highest peak of the world. Once at the summit, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of world’s towering mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Baruntse, and several other high peaks in Mahalangur region. We will spend short quality at the summit and descend following the same route back to Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 44: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Mumbuk [6-7 hrs Trek]
Having achieved our target – summit of Mt Makalu, we prepare for our return journey. All set to go, we leave Makalu Base Camp and begin to retrace our steps on the trail that passes through Shersong and Nehe Kharka. From Nehe Kharka a rather easy trail will lead us back to Mumbuk for our overnight camping. We will celebrate the evening with folksongs and dances around the campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 45: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashigaon [6-7 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we pack our gears and leave Mumbuk. We continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that heads back through the crossing of minor passes before reaching Kauma Danda. From there we trek for some time and arrive at Tashigaon for the overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 46: Trek from Tashigaon to Num [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Tashigaon our trail goes through hillside forests and cultivated fields towards Narbugoan. From there a rather steep descent and then easy trail will lead us back to the trading village of Seduwa. From Seduwa our trail heads for the crossing of Arun (Nadi) River and then climb gently to reach Num for our overnight camping stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 47: Trek from Num to Khadbari [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we leave Num and trek through a steep section of the forest to reach a minor pass Daju La at 2,100 meters. Our trail heads further to the village of Kuwapani. With great views of Makalu our trek continues towards Chichira and from there we trek tthrough the picturesque villages of Mane Bhanjyang to finally arrive at Khadbari where our trek ends technically.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 48: Drive from Khadbari to Tumlingtar [2 hrs Drive]
We will make a relaxed start today. After breakfast we will take a drive from Khadbari and drive back to Tumlingtar or optionally we can trek from Khadbari to Tumlingtar which takes about 4-5 hours trekking. However, a relaxing drive journey after a long expedition of Mt Makalu would be a perfect way to end the trek. During the drive we can see local villagers performing daily activities for survival.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 49: Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
After an early morning breakfast, we take a scenic flight from Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu. The flight takes approximately about 45 minutes. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or pay a visit to attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip. Walking around the busy streets of Kathmandu can be worth spending good time around Kathmandu city.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 50: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping streets of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Makalu Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 51: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

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Your Program Duration = 51 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for Mt. Makalu Expedition
  • Required Trekking permits and National Park fees
  • Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu flight
  • Tea House and Camping accommodation during Trekking and Climbing
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well-experienced climbing guide
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipment – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Climbing gear
  • Your climbing insurance
  • Bar and Beverage bills
  • All personal nature expenses
  • TIPS & Summit Bonus for staffs
  • Refundable garbage deposit

Important Info

Essential Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness; It should be simple designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons; It should be fit with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe; used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender; also known as Jamar, used for ascending on rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp; multi led head lamp with spare batteries are essential.
  • Karabiners; requires minimum 2 locking carabineers (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regular.
  • Rappel Device; includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles; Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings; requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Masks, Hoses and Regulators; recommended good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter Watch;
  • Climbing Helmets; It is an essential gear to be safe from possible ice falls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable.


Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.


  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner


  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)


  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.


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We were a group of 7 people from Japan, who climbed mount Makalu with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. At the beginning we were not sure how everything was going to be. But, as days passed by we could see all the hard work our team did from setting up the camps, cooking hygienic food and carrying the stuffs during the trekking and climbing days. Our best man , Ang-Dawa Sherpa was a very wise climber with technical climbing knowledge. Without his assistance, we seriously couldn’t had made it to the top. Thanks to his leadership and caring nature, everyone in the group made it safely to the summit and got back. Some of the members had altitude sickness problems, but then Ang-Dawa would stop the climb right away and continue only when they felt better. Much respect for a climber who knows the seriousness of being at high altitude. Overall, outstanding team work by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. We would like to recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition to anyone interested to do any kind of adventure related activity in Nepal. As for us, we have some good memories at the Mt Makalu summit, which will always remind us about our achievement !!!

Thanks once again to whole Nepal Guide Treks & Expedition team..

Best Regards,

Takahiro and group – JAPAN

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