Makalu Peak 8463 m. - 59 Days


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 its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular.

Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidary 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.

Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. To date, there have been a total of 206 successful ascents of Makalu and a total of 22 fatalities. There have been no known winter ascents of this peak.

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.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu . Transfer to your hotel. .
Day 02: Kathmandu . Briefing
Day 03: Kathmandu .
Day 04: Transfer to the airport and fly to Tumlingtar. Trek to Khadbari (1040m).
Day 05: Bhotebas (1730m).
Day 06: Chichiara
Day 07: Num.
Day 08: Kuwapani (1560m).
Day 09-10: Tashi Goan (2100m). Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 11: Kauma (3760m).
Day 12: Dobato (3700m).
Day 13: Nebe Kharka (4320m).
Day 14: Sherson (4630m).
Day 15: Yak Kharka
Day 16: Makalu base camp
Day 16: High camp.
Day 17-50: Climbing Period Mt. Makalu
Day 51: Yak Kharka.
Day 52: Mumbuk.
Day 53: Tashi Goan.
Day 54: Nun.
Day 55: Chichira.
Day 56: Khandbari.
Day 57: Tumlingtar and fly back to Kathmandu .
Day 58: Kathmandu , free day.
Day 59: Departure from Kathmandu

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  • Spring/ Autumn
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