- ALTITUDE – 8,463m /27,765ft
- SIZE – 12 (FLEXIBLE FOR PRIVATE GROUPS)
- TRIP START/END – KATHMANDU
- TRIP Best Season – Spring/Fall season
- Trip Duration – 45 Days
Mt Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,463m. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east of Mount Everest & Situated between Everest and Kanchenjunga, on the Nepali-Tibetan border. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular.
It has proved to be not only a beautiful peak but also challenging; previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties, but like so many other giants in the Khumbu region…
Experience 5th highest peak and technically and physiologically challenging climb.
Stunning views of some of the highest mountain on earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-oyu, Mt. Lhakpari in Tibet, and many more.
Climb shoulder to shoulder with some of our veteran climbing sherpas who have at least climbed Everest few times.
Test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt in the future.
Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
Test for psychological endurance
Explore the Sherpa villages, meet the Sherpa people, and witness the unique Buddhist cultures.
Trekking in the Makalu-Barun National park is one of the finest trip you will ever experience, due to its remoteness and exotic beauty.
- Experience 5th highest peak and technically and physiologically challenging climb.
- Stunning views of some of the highest mountain on earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-oyu, Mt. Lhakpari in Tibet, and many more.
- Climb shoulder to shoulder with some of our veteran climbing sherpas who have at least climbed Everest few times.
- Test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt in the future.
- Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
- Test for psychological endurance
- Explore the Sherpa villages, meet the Sherpa people, and witness the unique Buddhist cultures.
- Trekking in the Makalu-Barun National park is one of the finest trip you will ever experience, due to its remoteness and exotic beauty.
Is it right for me?
To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. It’s a very technical peak among all other 8000meters mountain.
To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don’t need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.
Why go with Triumph Expeditions?
On this Lhotse Expedition, your Expedition guide will be a qualified Nepalese mountaineering guide. They are there to ensure your expedition a wonderful, fun and safe experience. Measurement of safety is our foremost priority.
Most of our climbing guide and climbing sherpas are very well trained and have at least climbed Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Everest, and other renowned mountains few times.
Your accomplished and friendly expedition guide will help you to enjoy and appreciate the cultural, and natural attractions of the region. They will assist with daily arrangements as you eat in and stay in the tents. The package uses a steady acclimatisation program and allows time for bad weather along the way, giving participants the maximum chance of success.
The expedition itinerary is well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.
Accommodation and Food
In Kathmandu: We will be staying at the (4 star) Hotel. This charming historic palace has a huge peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel.
It is safe and clean and well staffed, and is a safe place to leave your clean town clothes and other gear when you are in the hills. There are many restaurants in Kathmandu catering to western tastes as well as plenty of local Dahl Bhat (rice and lentils) shops at very reasonable prices.
On the Trek: We will stay in lodges for some of the trip and will also enjoy full camping style service (cook, kitchen hands, morning tea to your tent door, camp sherpas to help with equipment, porters, yaks etc). Some of our head cook has been with us since 1995 and has picked up Thai curries, Italian pastas and a whole host of other dishes, which are very welcoming at the end of a good days trekking. We also have cooked breakfasts and cooked lunches where possible.
On the Mountain: We will use specialized mountaineering tents for our brief stays up high. Food will be prepared by your guide and Sherpas and will be more basic than you might expect at home.
When to go?
Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for climbing peaks, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing. Recommended season for Makalu Expedition.
Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night. Recommended season for Makalu Expedition.
Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Although Travel in Nepal can be organized throughout the year, October through May is considered to be the best months for trekking.
The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. One Nepali Rupee is made up of 100 paise. Nepali Rupee notes come in Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Coins come in paisa 5,10,25,50 Rs. 1, 2, 5 denominations. Paisa coins are not currently used for common transactions.
Foreign currency and traveller cheques can easily be exchanged at banks or authorized agents. In Kathmandu, banks have money exchange counters, which are quick and convenient.
MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted at all major Hotels, Travel Agencies, Restaurants and Stores. Only the first two though, are currently accepted at banks for money advances. As from August 2000 ATM services are available in Kathmandu.
In the cities, and specially while trekking, change for Rs500 and Rs1000 bills are not easily available.
Banks are open between 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday to Thursdays and between 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. Closed on Saturdays and national holidays. Some Banks in Thamel, Kathmandu are open till late.
We recommend cancellation insurance to protect your investment. We require participants to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, Chopper evacuation and repatriation. Please ensure that your chosen policy provides cover for the activities (trekking and mountaineering with ropes and guides) and in the localities in which you will travel (Nepal, to elevations up to 5230m/17158ft above sea level).
You may already have your own policy but if not you will need to put something in place. Your nationality will determine what options are available to you to cover this trip. For example the British and New Zealand Mountaineering Clubs provide cover for locals; Australians can look into Insure for less with the appropriate extensions to the standard policy. Whatever policy you take out, you must ensure that is covers the activities you will undertake on this trip.
Illness & Evacuation
Most of our adventures in the Himalaya take us to remote regions of high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly and we allow for additional rest days. While most people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms, which require the return to a lower altitude or emergency evacuation. Adjusting to a new diet can also take some time.
All clients are required to have travel insurance covering emergency rescue, usually by helicopter. We must stress that this kind of evacuation occurs in a life or death situation only. Rest and/or descent to a lower altitude are the best remedies for most illnesses experienced out on the trail. Circumstances differ, and the head guide with regard to treatment and itinerary will evaluate each situation. Considering the ill person condition, if helicopter evacuation required then just coordinate with your guide, he can talk to us, we will arrange the fastest evacuation system immediately. We will work with you to accommodate your needs and requests to the best of our ability. There are small, limited health clinics in some areas, hours of operation dependent upon the season. Additional costs incurred in cases of illness are not the responsibility of mine or will be charged as an extra cost.
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02 – Sightseeing, preparation for expedition
Today we have a tendency to explore a number of Kathmandu’s most notable sites. These embody Swyambunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupati (Nepal’s largest Hindu temple), Boudhanath (Kathmandu’s most significant Buddhist temple) and therefore the recent city’s original central sq., Durbar. we have a tendency to even have our squad meeting, and organize our instrumentation.
Day 03 – Preparation for expedition
Day 04 – Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Khandbari
Day 05 – Drive to Num
A moderately paced practise the picturesque villages and plush mountain forests. A ridgeline with nice views on each aspect and perked on the tip is Num. Thunder and lightning create fascinating displays in Num evenings.
Day 06 – Trek to Sedua
A steep descent down through the forests and terraced plots of land takes to Arun Khola. Then winding ascents up the opposite facet once more. typically quite hot - the forest on the vale sides provide alittle of shade.
Day 07 – Trek to Tashigaon
Ascend the ridge delimited by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the incline through quiet villages and spending by little paddy fields, we have a tendency to reach the village of Tashi Gaon.
Day 08 – Rest day
Day 09 – Trek to Unshisa
Day 10 – Trek to Khongma
Trek upwards towards Khongma. Khongma is that the last stop before crossing the Shipton La and dropping down into the higher sections of the remote Barun depression. The inexperienced forests square measure replaced by scrub and rhododendrons that cowl the lower reaches of the mountains.
Day 11 – Trek to Mumbuk
After the lake Kalo Pokhari, jump over the Keke La at four,152m. a simple descent towards Mumbuk. Marvelous views of Chamlang seven,319m, Peak 6 (6,524m) and Peak seven (6,758m). climb high and sleeping low provides the chance for acclimatization.
Day 12 – Rest day
Day 13 – Trek to Nehe Kharka
A further descent from Mumbuk through the bush forest ends up in the Baruni watercourse and therefore the higher reaches of the depression. a nice walk, gaining altitude slowly, till we have a tendency to hit Nehe Kharka settled at the bottom of the valley.
Day 14 – Trek to Shershong
Day 15 – Trek to Makalu base camp
We will follow the Barun depression past little villages and thick forests to our lower Base Camp. Makalu Base Camp is in an exceedingly wide depression with unbelievable views of the whole mountain, and our snug camp is pre-established by our team of Asiatic prepared for our arrival.
Day 16 – Makalu base camp
Day 17-38 – Climbing period for Mt Makalu
Day 39-42 – Treks back to Timlingtar
Day 43 – Fly out from Timlingtar to Kathmandu
Day 44 – Free Day for Shopping & Evening celebration
Day 45 – Fly to home
Inclusion & Exclusion
- Mt. Makalu climbing permit
- 5 (five) nights hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing on BB basis.
- Flight to and from Tumlingtar.
- Domestic custom clearances
- Camping trek to BC & return
- Excess baggage and domestic airport taxes
- Necessary number of porters/yak to carry load
- Liaison officer cost
- Experienced Summitted Personal Climbing Sherpa
- 05 bottles of Re filled 4 litter POISK Oxygen with mask sets
- Base camp Cooks and Kitchen boys.
- Private tent at Base camp with mattress
- Triumph Expeditions sleeping bag & down jacket for BC purpose
- Dinning tent at BC with gas heaters
- All necessary kitchen gears
- High quality high Altitude tents.
- Toilet & shower tent at base camp
- All necessary climbing hardware gears except the personal natures
- Meals at Base camp & above BC
- Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
- EPI gas with burner for high camps
- Walkie-talkie set with radio base
- Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 3)
- Solar panel/generator with accessories at base camp for recharging
- Gammov bag at base camp
- Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose
- Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + LO
- Insurance of local team members + LO
- All airport transport
- Celebration meal in Kathmandu
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Insurance of member
- Visa & visa extension fees
- Personal climbing equipment
- Cost of emergency evacuation
- Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa
- Tips & Services above BC
- Travel/town clothes (can leave extras in hotel in KTM)
- Sun hat suitable for snow conditions
- Sunglasses: Category 3 or4, glacier type, UV & polarized are best
- Snow goggles (as for skiing)
- Warm (fleece/wool) hat or beanie
- Fleece scarf or neck gaiter AND balaclava
- 1-2 pairs of thermal liner gloves
- Windstopper fleece gloves
- Heavy mitts with waterproof shell (note: mitts not gloves)
- T-shirt/long-sleeved shirt
- 2 Thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover mid weight
- Fleece jacket heavy weight
- INCL Mid-heavy weight down jacket
- Rain and wind-proof jacket, preferably Gore-Tex
- Rain and wind-proof pants (best with full side zips)
- Trekking shorts&/or long pants lightweight
- 1-2 Thermal long pants
- Fleece long pants, mid weight
- Several pair’s socks and underwear
- Trekking boots – we suggest strong leather boots
- Warm boots for camp (e.g. sheep skin boots) *Optional but great!
- Sun screen, zinc cream and lip balm
- Wash kit (small personal toiletries, nail clippers and pack towel)
- First aid kit and blister kit
- Personal medicines including your usual medicines
AND 1 course each of (usually available in Kathmandu):
- Respiratory antibiotic (e.g. Amoxycillin)
- Gastrointestinal antibiotic (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
- Gastro treatment (e.g. Imodium)
- Mild pain killers (e.g. Aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen)
- Throat lozenges
- Altitude medication (e.g. Diamox)
Day pack 70L – 85L
- Down suit
- One sport millet shoes
- Water containers: minimum 3L: e.g. Nalgene wide mouth bottles 1L + bottles or bladder another 2L capacity
- INCL Foam sleeping mat
- An extra sleeping mat (*recommended; e.g. Thermo-Rest or Ridge Rest
- 1 Summit down sleeping bag for high camps
- INCL Sleeping bag for base camp and trek use
- Water-proof bag for sleeping bag (e.g. dry bag or robust plastic bag(s))
- Head lamp (we suggest Black Diamond with LED), spare batteries
- Pee bottle — wide mouth Nalgenes are good *Optional
- Crampons Alpine style with rapid-fix bail type to suit your boots (e.g. Black Diamond Sabretooth)
- Gaiters (for snow) appropriate to your plastic & trekking boots
- Adjustable trekking pole(s)
- Ice axe: one only, 65-75cm in length
- Climbing harness with a belay loop, adjustable leg loops
- Belay/Abseiling gear: e.g. Black Diamond ATC
- Ascender e.g. Petzl expedition ascender
- 2 Non-locking carabineers
- 2 Locking carabineers (wide gate preferred)
- INCL Group medical kit (for altitude illness, trauma, reserve antibiotics); emergency oxygen and portable altitude chamber
- INCL Satellite phone (pay for air time used: USD /minute)
- INCL Sleeping tents, dining tent, all cooking and eating equipment & food on trek/climb
- INCL 240VAC generatorat BC to recharge camera batteries
- INCL Barrel or duffle bag for transporting personal gear by Yak and truck
- INCL Climbing ropes, fixed safety ropes
- INCL Snow anchors, ice anchors, rock anchors, v-thread cord
- R: This item is available to rent
- INCL: This item included in package
Would you like this trip?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Triumph Expeditions trip web pages and pdf info packs have lots of info about each specific adventure (search for your adventure here). You may also like to look at our photo galleries or videos for a taste of adventure or download a wallpaper to inspire you at your computer. This page has answers to some more general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) about climbing.
As all of our mountain climbing adventures begin with a trek, you might also like to look at the Trekking FAQs.
If you have other questions, please ask our friendly team, by email, phone, and Skype.
A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking the first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we’d expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. Some ideas for preparing for climbing goals are given at the bottom of this page.
A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters – working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Triumph Expeditions leaders and staff are there for YOU!
A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.
A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure’s web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.
A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain, participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)
A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas, the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.
While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.
Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, the main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunchtime where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world, care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course, you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.
On the hill, we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.
A) The short answer – you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.
A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what’s best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.
A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of ‘normal’ physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with acclimatization schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don’t be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.
A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don’t have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.
A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.