Makalu Expedition (8463m) – 2019 Spring-56 Days

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is located 22 km (14 mi) east of Mount Everest. Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Group size: 02-08
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Trip Level: Very Strenuous
  •  Max Altitude: 8463m
  •  Activities: Trekking and Climbing
  •   Transportation: Private Vehicle and Domestic flight

  Meals: BB plan in Kathmandu and All meals during the trek and expedition

  Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and camping basis accommodation during trekking

Trip Introduction

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is located 22 km (14 mi) east of Mount Everest. Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid. Rising just north of the higher summit, separated by a narrow saddle, is Chomo Lonzo (7,818m/25,650′) a subsidiary peak of Makalu. Franco and two other climbers’ summited the next day.
The first attempt on Makalu was made by an American team in the spring of 1954. They attempted to reach the top via the SE ridge but were turned back at 7,100 meters by a constant barrage of storms. Makalu was first climbed on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition led by Jean Franco, after the team’s first attempt failed in 1954, the French team climbed Makalu by the north face and NE ridge. The first ascent by the SE ridge was made by two climbers from a Japanese expedition on May 23, 1970.

Makalu is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m) transfer to the hotel. Short briefing about the Expedition. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu and prepare for the expedition. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Expedition briefing in Ministry of tourism. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar 100m. Trek to Khadbari. Overnight at camp.
Day 04: Kuwapani (Chichila 1,830 m) 6 hours approx. (Makalu view point). Overnight at camp.
Day 05: Chichila – Num (1,490 m), 5.5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 06: Num- Seduwa (1,460 m), 5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 07: Seduwa – Tashigaun (2200m), 6 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 08: Tashigaun -Khongmadanda, 6 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 09: Khongmadanda à Mumbuk (3,570 m). 5.5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 10: Mumfuk -Yangre Kharak (3600m) – 6 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 11: Yangle Khark – Mera (4100m), 6 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Mera – Sersung (half day rest) for Acclimatize. Overnight at camp.
Day 13: Sersung – Makalu Base camp 5000m. 4 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 14 – Day 45: Climbing period Mount Makalu (8463m)
Day 46: Makalu Base Camp – Nhe Kharka (3,000 m) (7 hrs). Overnight at camp.
Day 47: Nhe kharka – Mumbuk (3,570 m) (6 hrs). Overnight at camp.
Day 48: Mumbuk – Kauma (3,470m) (5 hrs). Overnight at camp.
Day 49: Kauma – Tashi Gaon (2,070 m) (5 hrs). Overnight at camp.
Day 50: Tashi Gaon – Seduwa (1540m), 4 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 51: Seduwa – Parangbu (945m), 5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 52: Parangbu – Bumling (460m), 5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 53: Bumling – Chewabesi (385m), 5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 54: Kattikeghat – Tumlingtar (100m),5 hours approx. Overnight at camp.
Day 55: Tumlingtar – Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 56: Rest day in Kathmandu.

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We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and fully camping basis while trekking and climbing. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, while camping there will be tented shower and bathroom.


In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. All meals will be provided during climbing including tea, coffee prepared by our cook. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the camp where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals are common choices in the menu.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Mount Makalu Expedition is a strenuous expedition. Climbers who can walk/climb up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this expedition fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Makalu Expedition by climbing, jogging and exercising regularly at least couple months prior to the start of the expedition. Climbing to the Mt. Makalu should be relatively fine for those who have experience climbing/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past climbing, hiking experience would be an asset because technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the trek.

equipment list

Date And Costs

The best time for expedition to Mt. Makalu is during spring (April to May) and autumn (August, September). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this expedition can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Fixed Departure


NOTE:Trip Status

Booking Open: Anyone travelling solo or with groups the given date is available for join.

Join a Group: Anyone travelling solo or with groups interested in join. The given date travelers already have booked the trip.

Limited Space: There are limited seat available for the given date. Therefore, we suggest you to make your decision as early as possible.

Sold Out: The given date has reached max numbers. Please contact usif you still want to travel on this particular date.

Service included in the cost : 

  • 5 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & Breakfast- hotel 3 star
  • Permit fee of Makalu (8463m) Expedition
  • Both way domestic airfare and airport taxes (Kathmandu – Tumlingtar – Kathmandu)
  • Domestic cargo
  • Liaison officer fee
  • One head Sarder/Guide
  • Cook(s) and necessary kitchen staff
  • Required number of porter and Yaks with herder
  • High altitude climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa for two clients)
  • All necessary climbing gears with fix ropes
  • Three times meal during the trek on hotel basis
  • All meals and available high altitude food for above Base Camp
  • Hot drinks(Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Juice)
  • Necessary tents at Base Camp ( kitchen, toilet & dinning etc)
  • High altitude tents
  • EPI gas with burner
  • Insurance for climbing Sherpas and local team member
  • All Airport hotel airport transfers by privet vehicles

Service not included in the cost 

  • International airfare from/to your country
  • Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival)
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Hotel after 5 nights stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above Base Camp
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost luggage
  • Applicable permit fees & customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, communication equipment & commercial filming.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
  • Tips and bonuses.
  • Garbage deposit (Refundable)

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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)

Personal Climbing gear:
Harness: A climbing harness should be lightweight and fully adjustable. Easy to put on and take off.
Ice axe: General mountaineering axe. Should be light and easy to use.
Crampons: It must fit boot perfectly and lighter is better.
Carabineers: Two large locking “pear” shaped 4 regular mountaineering carabineers
Prussik cord: You can use in many situation, carry couple more.
Ascenders: One left or right hand orientation, does not matter (Petzl)
Rappel device: Figure 8, ATC or similar. Very important to devices for descending.
Ascender / Jhumar: Must be comfortable to be use with gloves.
Helmet: It is very important to use while crossing areas through rock fall, ice cliff. Better light weight.
Walking pool: Adjustable types are the best, it will be very much helpful while walking through snow field or rocky trail.

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items.

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get asunburn
Anti-mosquito cream;
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.