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.
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Num.
Trek Num to Seduwa.
Trek Seduwa to Tashigaon.
Rest day in Tashigaon.
Trek Tashigaon to Khongma.
Trek Khongma to Dobato.
Trek Dobato to Yangle Kharka.
Trek Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka.
Trek Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp.
Rest Day in Makalu Base Camp.
Trek back to Yangle Kharka.
Trek back to Dobato.
Trek back to Tashigaon.
Trek back to Num.
Drive Num to Tumlingtar, Fly Back to Kathmandu.
Fly to Final Destination.
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.