Makalu Trek

8, Difficult ( technical 3 + altitudinal 5 ) | 17 Days in Nepal

Difficulty
Difficult
DURATION
17 DAYS
ALTITUDE
8,463M
ACTIVITIES
Trekking
GROUP SIZE
7-12 PAX
STARTS/ENDS
Kathmandu-Kathmandu

Makalu, the world's fifth-highest peak in the world rising to 27,765 feet (8,463 meters). This beautiful and impressive massive is situated just 14 miles east of Everest in the Khumbu region.

 Its size alone is impressive, but it’s perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidiary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.) It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North.

The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is a by-name of Shiva - one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect - Kumba Karna, which means The Giant.

Prior to its first ascent in 1955, it was admired and studied by several Everest expeditions, but like a lot of other giants in the Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest was first ascended in 1954.

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Fitness Level and Technical Ability

Climbers wishing to join this expedition must already be experienced with rock and ice climbing and have successfully completed previous climbs at high altitudes, over 4500m (15,000ft).

This expedition requires excellent levels of fitness to endure the extreme conditions of summiting big peaks. To prepare for this, climbers should undergo a regular and strenuous exercise regime for at least 6 months to build their strength, stamina and endurance.

Details Information

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers - Pick up and drop.
  • Domestic airfare (Kathmandu–Tumlingtar–Kathmandu).
  • Transportation from (Tumlingtar–Num–Tumlingtar).
  • 1 Nepalese English Speaking Trekking Guide for the group.
  • 2 Nights on 3*** Hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight accommodation in Hotel/Lodges along the trail.
  • Makalu National Park.
  • TIMS Permit

Price Does not Include

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Food during the trek.
  • Personal Porters on the trek.
  • Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hotel after 2 nights stays in Kathmandu.

Staff

  • Nepalese liaison officer
  • Cooks from Nepal
  • Kitchen boy from Nepal
  • High-altitude Sherpas – 1 for 2 member

(All our high-altitude Sherpas have Makalu experience. They bring all shared equipment and oxygen cylinders to high-altitude camps and accompany team members all the way form BC to the summit.)

Weather

The weather on Makalu is very changeable. Every day we will look for forecasts on the Internet and adjust to them our planning of acclimatization and ascent.

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Makalu Trek

Personal gear

Technical Equipment for the ascent

  • Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12)
  • Rucksack 70-80 litres
  • Rucksack 35-40 litres
  • Harness
  • Prussiks
  • Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items
  • Jumar (ascender)
  • Telescope ski poles
  • Thermos
  • Rappel device
  • Ice Axe
  • Headlamp
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera and assessors
  • Accumulators
  • Personal crockery for high camps

Equipment for body and feet

  • Trekking shoes
  • Boots of "Everest" Millet type
  • Gore-tex jacket with wide hood
  • Gore-tex trousers (better semi-overalls)
  • Windblock jacket
  • Windblock trousers
  • Jacket "Polartec - 100" - 2 items
  • Warm underwear - 2 sets
  • Personal underwear
  • Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
  • Thinsulate gloves
  • Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
  • Warm woollen socks - 4-5 pairs
  • Balaclava
  • Warm hat
  • Windblock face mask
  • UV glasses
  • Ski goggles (preferably)
  • Gaiters
Sister Companies
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