Makalu Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights:

           •  Scenic flight Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu

           •  Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square

           •  19 days trekking 3-8 hours each day walking past the remote villages with towering highest peaks of the world

           •  Makalu Peak ascent from 17th to 50th day

 

Trip Cost Includes:

           •   All land transportation in private vehicles.
           •   5 Nights in twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels
           •   35 Nights in tented camps during peak climbing
           •   19 Nights in best available lodge and guest house during trekking days
           •   Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
           •   59 Breakfast, 54 Lunch and 56 Dinner
           •   Airfare from Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu including airport departure tax at Kathmandu and Tumlingtar airport.
           •   National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
           •   Makalu Peak Climbing Permit.
           •   Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places
           •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
           •   Climbing Sherpa from Makalu Peak Base Camp for the summit and back to base camp.
           •   Group climbing equipments such as climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer, camping tents and kitchen equipments
           •   The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign 1 porter for every 2 guests).
           •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
           •   Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
           •   Satellite phone service.
           •   Oxygen (2 4-litre bottles).
           •   Flights to transfer climbing members, staff, liaison officer and cargo of the climbing gear.
           •   City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: ARRIVAL ~ KATHMANDU
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. A group meeting will be arranged introducing the team members and trip orientation and preparation. In the evening we go for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 02 & 03: GUIDED SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION
Kathmandu DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath Temple & Patan

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. The palace is decorated with elaborately-carved wooden windows and panels and houses the King Tribhuwan Memorial Museum, dedicated to the monarch who opened up Nepal to the outside world, and the Mahendra Museum, dedicated to his son, King Mahendra. At the southern end of Durbar Square is the Kumari Chowk. The gilded cage has the Kumari, a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. She is worshipped during religious festivals and makes public appearances at other times for a fee paid to her guards. Kasthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree.

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The entire structure is symbolic. The white dome represents the earth,  the nose like shape below the piercing eyes is actually the nepali number ‘one’ signifying unity, and above is a third eye signifying the insight of the Buddha, while the 13 tiered beehive like structure at the top symbolizes the 13 stages that human being has to pass through to achieve nirvana. The base is ringed by prayer wheels which pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by.

Patan Durbar Square: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, on the southern side of the Bagmati River, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the valley. A paradise of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. The city of Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty. It was expanded by Lichhavis in the 6th century A.D. and again by the Mallas in medieval period. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 04: FLY TO TUMLINGTAR (400m) AND DRIVE TO CHICHILA (1850m)
Today we board a 50 minute flight from Kathmandu to the bumpy airstrip of Tumlingtar (400m), from where a three hours jeep drive takes us to Chichila.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 05:  TREK FROM CHICHILA TO NUN - 1,505m
Today is a steady walk through the picturesque villages and lush forests of the foothills. Eventually we meet a ridge line with great views on either side and perched on the end is Nun at 1,505m.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06:  TREK FROM NUN TO SEDUWA - 1,530m (4-5 hrs)

Today is a steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land all the way to the Arun Khola. Then it's a winding ascent up the other side again. The forest on the valley sides offer a bit of shade on this quite challenging day. This is where the Makalu National Park starts and we register our permits with the local Rangers.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07:  TREK FROM SEDUWA TO TASHI GAON - 2,065m

Today is an easier day. We ascend the ridge, which is bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Kholato the east. The path cuts across the hillside contouring through quiet villages along the way. Finally, we climb 500m to reach the busier village of TashiGaon 2,065m.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08:  TREK FROM TASHI GAON TO KHONGMA - 3,562m

We walk slow and steady today as we trek upwards towards Khongma at an altitude of 3,562m. Khongma is the last opportunity we have to stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the upper sections of the remote Barun Valley.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09:  ACCLIMATIZATION AT KHONGMA

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10:  CLIMB OVER SHIPTON LA & DESCEND TO MUMBUK-4,200m

Today few hours walk takes us to the top of the Shipton La pass and then we drop down the saddle for a rest by the Kalo Pokhari lake, before passing over the Keke La at an altitude of 4,152m from where there is an easy descent to  Mumbuk (3,550m). Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic views of Chamlang 7,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak 7 (6,758m).

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11:  TREK FROM MUMBUK TO YANGRI KHARKA - 3,610m

Descending through the Rhododendron forest we reach Baruni river and the upper reaches of the valley. A pleasant walk, gaining altitude slowly, until we arrive at YangriKharka, a small village situated at the base of the valley.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12:  TREK FROM YANGRI KHARKA TO SHERSHONG - 4,650m

Today the trail climbs up the valley, through yak pastures and boulder fields.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13:  TREK FROM SHERSHONG TO MAKALU SOUTH EAST BASE CAMP-4800m

We trek onwards and gain height as the valley opens up a little before we veer off to the right. At this point the mighty pyramid of Makalu 8,463m comes into full view. After a great photo opportunity with Makalu on the left and Chamlang on the right, we continue on until reaching the Makalu South East Ridge base camp at 4,800m.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14-16:  ACCLIMATIZATION AT BASE CAMP

We will spend three days for acclimatization at Makalu South East Base Camp, organizing our equipment and taking short walks. During the first few days at base camp, we will take our time to acclimatize further, whilst our team of porters and Sherpas carry loads to Advance Base Camp (ABC) at 5,700m. ABC is where we will set up tents for the rest of the expedition.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 17-50:  ASCENT OF MAKALU NORTH EAST RIDGE

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 51:  PACK UP THE BASE CAMP & TREK DOWN

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 52:  TREK DOWN TO YAK KHARKA

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 53:  TREK FROM YAK KHARKA TO MUMBUK

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 54:  TREK FROM MUMBUK TO TASHI GAON

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 55: TREK FROM TASHI GAON TO NUN

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 56:  TREK FROM NUN TO CHICHILA

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 57:  JEEP DRIVE FROM CHICHILA TO TUMLINGTAR

Finally we drive for 3 hours from Chichila to Tumlingtar.

Overnight: Lodge in Tumlingtar

Meals: Breakfast


Day 58:  FLY FROM TUMLINGTAR TO KATHMANDU

We fly back to Kathmandu. We spend the evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 59:  FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
Today you have the leisure day on your own. This day is kept free day in case of delay in returning back to Kathmandu due to any unavoidable circumstances.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


Day 60: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Meals: Breakfast

The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Makalu Peak Climbing. Please email us at info@eveholidays.com for your desired dates in these months.

Best Months 
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Makalu Peak Climbing.


Maximum Altitude: 


Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD


Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can choose for trekking. But for mountain climbing one has to have an previous experience of climbing.


Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

 

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

In summit base camps, the accommodation will be a tented camp.


Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.


Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs


Climbing Guides

All our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and are experienced in many 6000, 7000 and 8000 meter peaks.


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us


Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you Any international calls made you can pay to the guide

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.


Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at + 977 9841414582

Me with other expedition members all of us got into the summit except for a Japanese lady who suffered altitude problems and was back immediately. I appreciate the personal care and looking after every minute and immediate action in altitude problem that saved her life. I am much impressed with their service, knowledge and most of all the dedication towards the client 
 

Peter Cooper