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Highest access: 8485m (27,838ft)
First Ascent: J. Franco’s French Expedition. Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray. 1955
Duration: 54 days (typically) Days
Co-ordinates: 27°53’21”N / 87°05’27”E
Location: Mahalangur Parbat
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade: PD+ Scottish Grade III/IV
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu. B,L,D during the trekking and climbing periods
Transportation: Car, Flight, Tourist bus
Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Culture: Sherpa and Rai
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South East Ridge/ Northwest Ridge
Himalayan sights: Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga
Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at (8,485m/27,838 ft). It is located in
the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Mount Everest, on the border
between Nepal and Tibet, China. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated
peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.
Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678 m) lies
about 3 km (2 mi) north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km (3.1 mi)
north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau, and connected to
Kangchungtse by a narrow, 7,200 m saddle, is Chomo Lonzo (7,804 m)
The climbing itself is appropriate for both the experienced climber and the novice
climber making their first 8,000 meter peak ascent. The climbing consists of easy glaciers
low on the mountain, steep ice and snow climbing to the Makalu La and above Camp IV
a final rock ridge to the summit. Makalu is a steep and consistent climb, and in the
spring season has excellent snow coverage and low hazards like icefalls, rock falling and
Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. 50min. Drive to Num
Trek from Num to Seduwa (1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping
Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaoun(2100m/6,890ft) 6-
Trek from Tashigaoun to Khongma Danda(3500m/11483ft) 6-
Exploration and Acclimatization day at Khongma(3500m/11,483ft) 06-
Trek from Khongma to Dobsto (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs.
Trek from Dobute to Yangle Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-
Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410m/14469ft) 6-
Exploration and Acclimatization day at Langmale
Kharka(4410m/14,469ft) Lodge/camping accommodation.
Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5018m/16,464ft)
Rest and acclimatization at Hillary base camp (5018m/16,464ft)
Trek from Hillary base camp to Advance base Camp (5600m/18,373ft)
Climbing period for Makalu (8485M/27,838ft)
Trek from Advance Base Camp to Yangli Kharka (3600m/11,811ft) 6-
7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.
Trek from Yangli Kharka to Dobato (3650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs.
Trek from Dobute to Khongma (3500m/11,483ft) 6-
Trek from Khongma to Seduwa(1500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping
Trek from Seduwa to Num (1980m/6,496ft) 6-7hrs.Lodge/camping
Drive from Num to Tumlingtar. 4hrs. Lodge accommodation.
Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (30min) transfer to request category
hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in B&B Plan.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.