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Makalu Expedition
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Makalu Expedition Overview

Captivated by the allure of pyramids? Imagine an 8,485m pyramid shrouded in snow, ice, and rock – a true challenge for seasoned mountain climbers! Enter Makalu, a majestic four-sided pyramid standing proudly at 8,485m (27,838 ft) in the Mahalangur Himalayas, just 19 km southeast of Mount Everest, nestled within the Makalu Barun National Park. Comprising two subsidiary peaks, Makalu II (7,678 m) and Chomo Lonzo (7,804m), this formidable ascent promises an exhilarating journey.

Makalu is no ordinary climb; it is renowned for its technical difficulty, earning its reputation as one of the most challenging 8,000m plus peaks globally. Brace yourself for steep inclines, razor-sharp ridges, and unpredictable weather conditions that define this mountain. The final leg demands technical prowess as you navigate rocky terrain, with the added intrigue of never having been conquered in winter.

Typically, ascents approach from the north-western side, establishing base camp at around 5,600m, followed by camps at 6,100m, 6,600m, 7,200m, and the final camp at 7,600m. A carefully planned itinerary accommodates additional days, allowing for acclimatization and adjusting to weather conditions. The climb commences early in the morning, capitalizing on calmer and more predictable morning weather, although the ever-unpredictable "mother nature" sets the rules.

Climbing Makalu demands both fitness and experience. Negotiate snow, ice, and technical sections, equipped with crampons, ice axe, harness, grappling ropes, and alpine climbing techniques. Gradual ascents to higher altitudes are recommended to counter altitude sickness, a potential summit-denying factor alongside sudden weather changes.

The optimal seasons for conquering Makalu are April and May in the spring or October and November in the fall. Climbing this imposing peak imparts lessons in patience, persistence, and gratitude, leaving indelible memories.

Sole Encounters Trekking, led by certified and experienced Sherpa guides renowned for their climbing skills, ensures a safe journey to the summit. With no compromise on your well-being, ample days are factored in for unforeseen circumstances, ensuring a memorable and secure adventure welcome 

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with the Makalu Expedition, where every step is a testament to human resilience and the triumph of nature. Unveiling the Heights: Highlights of the Makalu Expedition - A Journey Beyond Limits" promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience that transcends the ordinary. Here's a detailed glimpse into the journey that awaits:

Itinerary Overview:

  1. Base Camp at 5,600m:

    • Begin the ascent with the establishment of the base camp, surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas.
    • Acclimatization process commences, allowing participants to adjust to the high altitude.
  2. Camp 1 (6,100m) and Camp 2 (6,600m):

    • Progress through challenging terrains to reach Camp 1 and Camp 2.
    • Encounter steep inclines and razor-sharp ridges, testing the limits of climbing skills.
  3. Technical Sections and Rocky Terrain:

    • Navigate through technical sections, requiring the use of crampons, ice axe, harness, and grappling ropes.
    • Conquer the rocky terrain, showcasing both physical prowess and mental agility.
  4. Camp 3 (7,200m) and Last Camp (7,600m):

    • Ascend to higher altitudes, establishing Camp 3 and the final camp in preparation for the summit push.
    • Embrace the challenge and camaraderie with fellow climbers.
  5. Summit Day:

    • Commence the ultimate ascent in the early morning, capitalizing on the calm and predictable weather.
    • Experience the unparalleled thrill of reaching the summit, standing at 8,485m, amidst breathtaking panoramas.

Unique Features:

  1. Pyramidal Majesty:

    • Makalu, a four-sided pyramid, stands as a symbol of challenge and triumph against the elements.
    • Marvel at the beauty of this snow, ice, and rock-covered giant in the Mahalangur Himalayas.
  2. Technical Difficulty:

    • Recognized as one of the most challenging 8,000m plus peaks globally, Makalu demands advanced climbing skills.
    • Confront steep inclines, razor-sharp ridges, and navigate through technically demanding sections.
  3. Seasonal Optimum:

    • Choose between climbing in April or May during the spring or October and November in the fall for optimal conditions.
    • Each season brings its own set of challenges and rewards.
  4. Certified Sherpa Guides:

    • Led by experienced and government-certified Sherpa guides renowned for their climbing expertise.
    • Safety and well-being are paramount, ensuring a secure and memorable expedition.

Conclusion:

Unveiling the Heights: Highlights of the Makalu Expedition - A Journey Beyond Limits" promises an adventure that transcends the ordinary, pushing boundaries and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who dare to explore. Prepare for a lifetime of memories forged amidst the grandeur of Makalu's majestic heights

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,300m)

Your Makalu Expedition begins with a warm welcome as you touch down in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital of Nepal. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our dedicated team will greet you and facilitate your smooth transfer to the hotel, located at an elevation of 1,300 meters.

Highlights:

  1. Airport Reception:

    • Our friendly team awaits your arrival, ready to assist and ensure a seamless transition from the airport to your accommodation.
  2. Cultural Capital:

    • Kathmandu, a city steeped in history and culture, offers a sensory experience with its bustling streets, vibrant markets, and ancient temples.
  3. Hotel Check-in:

    • Relax and unwind at a comfortable hotel chosen for its convenient location and amenities, providing a perfect base for the adventure ahead.
  4. Briefing Session:

    • Join a comprehensive briefing session where our expedition leaders will provide an overview of the upcoming journey, detailing the itinerary, safety measures, and essential preparations.
  5. Rest and Acclimatization:

    • Take advantage of the remainder of the day to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the immediate surroundings or opt for a stroll through the nearby Thamel district.
  6. Culinary Exploration:

    • Delight in the diverse flavors of Nepalese cuisine. Optionally, venture into local eateries to savor traditional dishes and immerse yourself in the culinary richness of the region.
  7. Preparation Time:

    • Use the afternoon to organize and prepare personal gear. Ensure that all necessary items for the expedition are in order, enhancing readiness for the challenging days ahead.
  8. Cultural Immersion:

    • If time permits, consider visiting some of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Swayambhunath Stupa or Pashupatinath Temple, to soak in the cultural and spiritual essence of the city.

Note: It is advisable to rest well and stay hydrated on the first day to aid in acclimatization. The excitement builds as you anticipate the remarkable journey unfolding in the majestic Himalayas

Food
Breakfast / Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Day 2: Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing, and Preparation

On the second day of your Makalu Expedition, take a moment to rest and finalize preparations for the challenging adventure ahead.

Highlights:

  1. Expedition Briefing:

    • Engage in a detailed expedition briefing led by experienced guides, covering essential information, safety protocols, and an overview of the upcoming journey.
  2. Gear Check:

    • Ensure all personal equipment is in order for the expedition. Verify the functionality of climbing gear, clothing, and other essentials.
  3. Tourist Exploration:

    • Utilize the afternoon to explore the cultural and tourist attractions of Kathmandu. Visit iconic sites, shop for last-minute supplies, or immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Thamel.
  4. Gathering and Socializing:

    • Connect with fellow expedition members, fostering a sense of camaraderie. Share stories, experiences, and excitement as you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
  5. Local Cuisine:

    • Enjoy a delightful meal at a local restaurant, savoring Nepalese cuisine or international fare. Gather around with newfound friends, discussing the upcoming challenges and celebrating the journey ahead.
  6. Flight to Tumlingtar Inquiry:

    • Inquire about the flight to Tumlingtar, the gateway to the Makalu region. Confirm details and ensure everything is in order for the next day's departure.
  7. Rest and Relaxation:

    • Conclude the day with some well-deserved rest. Ensure you are adequately rested and physically prepared for the exhilarating journey that awaits.

As the day draws to a close, the anticipation heightens, setting the stage for the thrilling ascent of Makalu

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Drive to Num (1,560m)

Embark on the next phase of your Makalu Expedition with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, followed by a picturesque drive to the starting point, Num.

Highlights:

  1. Early Flight to Tumlingtar:

    • Catch an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, offering breathtaking aerial views of the Himalayan landscape.
  2. Picturesque Drive to Num:

    • Upon arrival in Tumlingtar, commence a scenic drive to Num, the gateway to the Makalu region, passing through charming landscapes and local villages.
  3. Village Exploration:

    • Arrive in Num and take some time to explore the local village. Immerse yourself in the culture and hospitality of the region.
  4. Team Briefing:

    • Gather the expedition team for a brief overview of the trekking route, schedules, and any last-minute details before the actual trek begins.
  5. Acclimatization Stroll:

    • Utilize the afternoon for a short acclimatization stroll around Num. Adjust to the altitude and take in the natural beauty surrounding the starting point.
  6. Accommodation Setup:

    • Settle into the accommodation for the night, ensuring a comfortable and restful environment before the trek officially commences.
  7. Evening Reflection:

    • As the day winds down, take a moment to reflect on the journey so far and the anticipation of what lies ahead. Enjoy a peaceful evening in the tranquility of Num.

This day sets the tone for the trek, offering a seamless transition from the bustling city to the serene landscapes of the Makalu region. Get ready to embrace the adventure awaiting you in the heart of the Himalayas

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1560

Day 4: Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1,510m) - Camping

Embark on the first day of trekking, transitioning from Num to Sheduwa in the heart of the Makalu region.

Highlights:

  1. Trail Commencement:

    • Start the trek from Num, surrounded by lush landscapes and panoramic views, setting the stage for the journey ahead.
  2. Rural Encounters:

    • Trek through picturesque villages, interacting with locals and immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the Makalu region.
  3. Scenic Route:

    • Navigate through diverse terrain, including forests, hills, and open meadows, experiencing the changing scenery along the trail.
  4. Sheduwa Arrival:

    • Reach Sheduwa, a charming location nestled at 1,510 meters. Set up camp amid the tranquil surroundings, providing a serene overnight stay.
  5. Campfire camaraderie:

    • Spend the evening around a campfire, sharing stories with fellow trekkers and soaking in the peaceful ambiance of the Himalayan wilderness.
  6. Altitude Adjustment:

    • Use this day to acclimatize to the increasing altitude, ensuring a gradual and safe ascent in the days to come.
  7. Night Under the Stars:

    • Retire to your tent for a night under the stars, surrounded by the quietude of nature, anticipating the adventures that await in the days ahead.

Day 4 marks the beginning of an immersive trekking experience, providing a taste of the natural beauty and cultural richness that defines the Makalu region. As the journey unfolds, the allure of the Himalayas becomes increasingly captivating

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
1533

Day 5: Trek from Sheduwa to Tashi Gaun (2,070m) - Camping

Embark on the second day of your Makalu Expedition, trekking from Sheduwa to the picturesque village of Tashi Gaun.

Highlights:

  1. Morning Trek:

    • Begin the day's trek, absorbing the tranquility of Sheduwa, and continue the ascent through the captivating landscapes.
  2. Forest Trails:

    • Traverse through enchanting forests, resonating with the sounds of nature, as you navigate the well-defined trail.
  3. Village Charm:

    • Encounter charming villages en route, offering glimpses into the local way of life and providing opportunities for cultural exchange.
  4. Tashi Gaun Arrival:

    • Reach Tashi Gaun, a welcoming village at an elevation of 2,070 meters. Set up camp amidst the village's serene surroundings.
  5. Cultural Immersion:

    • Engage with the residents of Tashi Gaun, experiencing the hospitality and unique cultural practices of the Makalu region.
  6. Stunning Views:

    • Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lush valleys, creating a breathtaking backdrop to your evening in Tashi Gaun.
  7. Campsite Comfort:

    • Camp in a comfortable and scenic location, providing a well-deserved rest after a day of trekking through the Himalayan foothills.
  8. Nightfall in Nature:

    • As the sun sets, appreciate the tranquil beauty of Tashi Gaun and spend the night under the Himalayan skies, gearing up for the continued journey ahead.

Day 5 brings you deeper into the heart of the Makalu region, unveiling the natural wonders and cultural treasures that make this expedition truly exceptional. Each step is a testament to the extraordinary adventure that unfolds in the shadows of the mighty Himalayas.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
2100

Day 6: Acclimatization at Tashi Gaun (Rest Day) - Camping

Take a well-deserved break from the trekking routine to acclimatize and rejuvenate in the charming village of Tashi Gaun.

Highlights:

  1. Acclimatization Activities:

    • Spend the day engaging in light activities to aid in acclimatization, ensuring a gradual adjustment to the increasing altitude.
  2. Cultural Exploration:

    • Explore Tashi Gaun at a leisurely pace, interacting with the locals and delving into the unique cultural aspects of the village.
  3. Scenic Surroundings:

    • Enjoy the serene ambiance of Tashi Gaun, surrounded by lush landscapes and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  4. Photography Opportunities:

    • Capture the beauty of the village and its surroundings, creating lasting memories of your rest day in the heart of the Makalu region.
  5. Campsite Relaxation:

    • Relax at the campsite, taking in the tranquility and natural beauty that defines Tashi Gaun.
  6. Health Check:

    • Take the opportunity for personal health checks, ensuring that everyone is in optimal condition for the upcoming trek.
  7. Culinary Delights:

    • Savor delicious meals prepared at the campsite, sampling local flavors and fueling up for the challenges ahead.
  8. Team Building:

    • Foster camaraderie among the expedition members, sharing stories and experiences around the campfire, strengthening the bond within the group.
  9. Night Beneath the Stars:

    • Spend a peaceful night under the stars, appreciating the serenity of Tashi Gaun and preparing for the continued trekking adventure.

Day 6 provides a vital break for acclimatization, allowing trekkers to recharge and immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of Tashi Gaun before resuming the journey into the heart of the Himalayas

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
2100

Day 7: Trek from Tashi Gaun to Khongma (3,760m) - Camping

Embark on a challenging yet rewarding trek, ascending from Tashi Gaun to the higher elevation of Khongma, immersing yourself deeper into the enchanting landscapes of the Makalu region.

Highlights:

  1. Early Start:

    • Begin the day early, setting out from Tashi Gaun, as you prepare for the ascent to Khongma, a significant gain in altitude.
  2. Alpine Terrain:

    • Ascend through diverse landscapes, transitioning from greenery to alpine terrain, with captivating views of snow-capped peaks.
  3. Grazing Yaks:

    • Encounter yaks grazing in high-altitude meadows, adding a touch of wilderness to the journey.
  4. River Crossings:

    • Cross mountain rivers, navigating strategically placed bridges, enhancing the adventure of the trek.
  5. Khongma Arrival:

    • Reach Khongma, perched at an elevation of 3,760 meters. Set up camp in this rugged terrain, surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas.
  6. Mountain Panoramas:

    • Marvel at panoramic views of Makalu, Everest, and other neighboring peaks, creating a spectacular backdrop to your campsite.
  7. Altitude Challenges:

    • Embrace the challenges of higher altitude, taking necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of each expedition member.
  8. Camping Experience:

    • Camp in the wilderness of Khongma, surrounded by the tranquility of the Himalayan mountains, providing a unique and immersive experience.
  9. Night Sky Spectacle:

    • Witness the mesmerizing night sky at higher elevations, far from city lights, enhancing the celestial display above.
  10. Rest and Recovery:

    • Prioritize rest, allowing your body to adjust to the increased altitude, ensuring a smooth transition for the days ahead.

Day 7 marks a significant elevation gain, introducing you to the rugged beauty and challenges of higher altitudes. The trek to Khongma offers a glimpse into the raw wilderness of the Makalu region, setting the stage for the continued ascent towards the expedition's pinnacle.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
3700

Day 8: Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk (3,520m) - Camping

Continue your ascent through the majestic landscapes of the Makalu region, trekking from Khongma to Mumbuk on a day that combines challenging terrain with breathtaking scenery.

Highlights:

  1. Early Morning Departure:

    • Commence the day's trek early, embracing the crisp mountain air as you leave Khongma behind, heading towards Mumbuk.
  2. Rocky Trails:

    • Navigate rocky trails and diverse terrain, showcasing the varied topography of the Himalayan foothills.
  3. Rhododendron Forests:

    • Pass through enchanting rhododendron forests, adding a burst of color to the landscape, especially during the spring season.
  4. Alpine Wilderness:

    • Traverse through alpine meadows and wilderness, offering stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
  5. Mumbuk Arrival:

    • Reach Mumbuk at an elevation of 3,520 meters, a strategically located campsite amidst the mountainous expanse.
  6. Scenic Campsite:

    • Set up camp in the serene surroundings of Mumbuk, surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayan wilderness.
  7. Mountain Vistas:

    • Enjoy panoramic views of Makalu and its neighboring peaks, providing a spectacular backdrop to your camping experience.
  8. Altitude Adjustment:

    • Take the necessary time for acclimatization, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  9. Camping Comfort:

    • Revel in the simplicity and beauty of camping in the heart of nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  10. Nightfall in Wilderness:

    • Witness the transition from day to night in the wilderness, under the expansive sky, setting the stage for another day of exploration.

Day 8 unfolds as a continuation of the trek, offering both challenges and rewards as you progress deeper into the stunning landscapes that define the Makalu region

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
3500

Day 9: Trek from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka (4,320m) - Camping

Embark on a day of elevated adventure, trekking from Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka, further immersing yourself in the high-altitude landscapes of the Makalu region.

Highlights:

  1. Early Morning Trek:

    • Begin your day with an early departure from Mumbuk, setting out for Nehe Kharka as the mountains bask in the morning light.
  2. High-Altitude Trails:

    • Ascend through high-altitude trails, navigating challenging terrain as you climb towards Nehe Kharka.
  3. Glacial Moraines:

    • Encounter glacial moraines, showcasing the geological features of the region, providing a glimpse into the ancient history of the Himalayas.
  4. Breathtaking Views:

    • Revel in the breathtaking panoramic views that unfold with every step, capturing the essence of the high-altitude wilderness.
  5. Alpine Meadows:

    • Trek through alpine meadows adorned with hardy vegetation, showcasing the resilience of life in these rugged terrains.
  6. Nehe Kharka Arrival:

    • Reach Nehe Kharka, situated at an elevation of 4,320 meters, a strategic stopover offering stunning vistas and a serene camping location.
  7. Campsite Setup:

    • Set up camp amid the alpine beauty of Nehe Kharka, ensuring a comfortable and scenic base for the night.
  8. Acclimatization Breaks:

    • Take short breaks for acclimatization, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trek.
  9. Starry Night Sky:

    • Experience the brilliance of the night sky at high altitudes, providing a celestial display that adds to the magic of the Himalayan wilderness.
  10. Camping Amidst Peaks:

    • Enjoy the unique experience of camping amidst towering peaks, creating a sense of isolation and connection with nature.

Day 9 encapsulates the spirit of high-altitude trekking, blending challenges with awe-inspiring landscapes as you move closer to the heart of the Makalu region

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4300

Day 10: Trek from Nehe Kharka to Makalu Lower Base Camp (4,870m)

Embark on a day of heightened excitement as you trek from Nehe Kharka to Makalu Lower Base Camp, reaching an elevation of 4,870 meters, a crucial milestone in your Makalu Expedition.

Highlights:

  1. Early Ascent:

    • Commence the day early, embracing the cool mountain air as you ascend from Nehe Kharka towards the Makalu Lower Base Camp.
  2. High-Altitude Terrain:

    • Navigate through challenging high-altitude terrain, experiencing the changing landscapes that define the ascent.
  3. Majestic Peaks:

    • Witness the majestic peaks surrounding the Makalu region, providing awe-inspiring views throughout the trek.
  4. Glacial Features:

    • Encounter glacial features and dramatic geological formations, further immersing yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayan landscape.
  5. Strategic Base Camp:

    • Arrive at the Makalu Lower Base Camp, strategically positioned at 4,870 meters, serving as a crucial staging point for the remainder of the expedition.
  6. Camping at Altitude:

    • Set up camp at the Lower Base Camp, allowing for a well-deserved rest and acclimatization at this significant altitude.
  7. Mountain Ambiance:

    • Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the towering peaks surrounding the base camp, experiencing the unique energy of this high-altitude environment.
  8. Team Preparations:

    • Engage in team discussions, preparations, and briefings, ensuring everyone is ready for the challenges that lie ahead in the higher reaches of Makalu.
  9. Night at Base Camp:

    • Spend the night at the Lower Base Camp, under the vast Himalayan sky, anticipating the thrilling stages of the expedition yet to unfold.

Day 10 marks a pivotal stage in your Makalu Expedition, with the transition to the Lower Base Camp setting the tone for the more challenging and exhilarating segments that await in the days ahead.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4880

Day 11: Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest Day)

Take a well-deserved break and prioritize acclimatization at the Makalu Lower Base Camp, ensuring the team is physically prepared for the upcoming challenges.

Highlights:

  1. Rest and Recovery:

    • Dedicate the day to rest and recovery, allowing expedition members to recuperate from the trek and acclimate to the high altitude.
  2. Altitude Adjustment:

    • Engage in activities at a leisurely pace, facilitating gradual altitude adjustment and minimizing the risk of altitude-related issues.
  3. Team Bonding:

    • Foster camaraderie among the expedition team, sharing experiences, insights, and excitement for the journey ahead.
  4. Scenic Views:

    • Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from the Lower Base Camp, soaking in the breathtaking scenery.
  5. Health Assessments:

    • Conduct health assessments to ensure everyone is in optimal condition for the subsequent ascent.
  6. Briefings and Planning:

    • Use the day for team briefings, discussing the route, safety protocols, and preparing for the challenges of the higher altitudes.
  7. Campsite Comfort:

    • Take advantage of the comfortable base camp amenities, ensuring a peaceful and rejuvenating environment.
  8. Reflection and Anticipation:

    • Reflect on the journey so far and anticipate the thrilling stages that await as the expedition progresses to higher elevations.

Day 11 serves as a crucial interlude, allowing for acclimatization and strategic preparation before the Makalu Expedition continues its ascent to even greater heights

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4880

Day 11: Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp (Rest Day)

Take a well-deserved break and prioritize acclimatization at the Makalu Lower Base Camp, ensuring the team is physically prepared for the upcoming challenges.

Highlights:

  1. Rest and Recovery:

    • Dedicate the day to rest and recovery, allowing expedition members to recuperate from the trek and acclimate to the high altitude.
  2. Altitude Adjustment:

    • Engage in activities at a leisurely pace, facilitating gradual altitude adjustment and minimizing the risk of altitude-related issues.
  3. Team Bonding:

    • Foster camaraderie among the expedition team, sharing experiences, insights, and excitement for the journey ahead.
  4. Scenic Views:

    • Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks from the Lower Base Camp, soaking in the breathtaking scenery.
  5. Health Assessments:

    • Conduct health assessments to ensure everyone is in optimal condition for the subsequent ascent.
  6. Briefings and Planning:

    • Use the day for team briefings, discussing the route, safety protocols, and preparing for the challenges of the higher altitudes.
  7. Campsite Comfort:

    • Take advantage of the comfortable base camp amenities, ensuring a peaceful and rejuvenating environment.
  8. Reflection and Anticipation:

    • Reflect on the journey so far and anticipate the thrilling stages that await as the expedition progresses to higher elevations.

Day 11 serves as a crucial interlude, allowing for acclimatization and strategic preparation before the Makalu Expedition continues its ascent to even greater heights

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4880

Day 13: Hike from Lower Base Camp to Higher Base Camp

Embark on a challenging hike from the Lower Base Camp, ascending to the Higher Base Camp, marking a significant stage in the Makalu Expedition.

Highlights:

  1. Elevated Trek:

    • Commence the day with a challenging hike, ascending from the Lower Base Camp to the strategically positioned Higher Base Camp.
  2. Altitude Gain:

    • Experience a notable gain in altitude during the trek, pushing further into the heart of the Himalayas.
  3. Scenic Vistas:

    • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers as you ascend to the Higher Base Camp.
  4. Strategic Positioning:

    • Arrive at the Higher Base Camp, strategically located for the final stages of the ascent, providing a base for summit preparations.
  5. Team Coordination:

    • Coordinate with the expedition team, ensuring everyone is acclimatized and ready for the forthcoming challenges.
  6. Camp Setup:

    • Set up camp at the Higher Base Camp, creating a temporary home amidst the rugged beauty of the high-altitude wilderness.
  7. Pre-Summit Briefing:

    • Engage in pre-summit briefings, discussing the ascent plan, safety measures, and ensuring everyone is mentally prepared for the summit push.
  8. Night at Higher Altitude:

    • Spend the night at the Higher Base Camp, surrounded by the silent grandeur of the high Himalayas, anticipating the culmination of the expedition.

Day 13 marks a pivotal moment as you progress to the Higher Base Camp, bringing you closer to the summit and the crowning achievement of the Makalu Expedition

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
7500

Day 14 - 39: Climbing Period (Base Camp – Makalu Summit (8,485m)– Base Camp)

Embark on the most challenging and exhilarating phase of the Makalu Expedition, spanning from Base Camp to the majestic summit at 8,485 meters.

Highlights:

  1. Summit Push:

    • Begin the ascent from the Base Camp towards the summit, navigating through the challenging terrain that Makalu presents.
  2. Camp Progression:

    • Progress through higher camps strategically set along the route, each one marking a crucial milestone in the ascent.
  3. Technical Climbing:

    • Encounter technical sections, including steep inclines, icy slopes, and rocky ridges, requiring advanced climbing skills.
  4. Altitude Challenges:

    • Face the physical and mental challenges associated with extreme altitudes, pushing the limits of endurance and resilience.
  5. Summit Bid:

    • Make the final summit push, reaching the pinnacle of Makalu at 8,485 meters, surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views.
  6. Climbing Team Dynamics:

    • Navigate the ascent as a cohesive team, relying on each other's support and expertise to ensure a safe and successful climb.
  7. Weather Considerations:

    • Navigate weather conditions carefully, as the summit bid is often contingent on favorable weather windows.
  8. Descent to Base Camp:

    • Descend carefully from the summit back to the Base Camp, marking the successful completion of the climbing period.
  9. Celebration and Reflection:

    • Celebrate the accomplishment with the climbing team, reflecting on the challenges overcome and the beauty witnessed during the ascent.

Days 14 to 39 encapsulate the heart of the Makalu Expedition, with climbers pushing their limits to reach the summit. It's a period of intense physical and mental endurance, teamwork, and a profound connection with the Himalayan environment

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
8500

Day 41: Preparation to Return (Base Camp Cleaning)

As the Makalu Expedition nears its conclusion, the focus shifts to preparing for the return journey. This day is dedicated to organizing and cleaning the Base Camp in an environmentally responsible manner.

Activities:

  1. Base Camp Cleanup:

    • Engage in a thorough cleanup of the Base Camp area, ensuring all waste and debris are properly collected and disposed of.
  2. Environmental Stewardship:

    • Prioritize environmental stewardship by adhering to Leave No Trace principles, minimizing the expedition's impact on the fragile mountain ecosystem.
  3. Equipment Inspection:

    • Inspect and inventory climbing equipment, ensuring that nothing is left behind and that all gear is accounted for.
  4. Tent and Campsite Disassembly:

    • Disassemble tents and break down campsite infrastructure, leaving the area as pristine as possible.
  5. Waste Management:

    • Properly manage human waste by adhering to established guidelines and utilizing appropriate waste disposal systems.
  6. Ecological Preservation:

    • Encourage and participate in ecological preservation efforts, leaving the natural surroundings undisturbed and protected.
  7. Team Collaboration:

    • Foster a collaborative effort among team members to efficiently complete the cleanup tasks and prepare for the descent.
  8. Final Briefing:

    • Conduct a final team briefing, reviewing the departure plan, safety measures, and any logistical details for the return journey.
  9. Reflect and Appreciate:

    • Take a moment to reflect on the expedition's achievements, appreciating the challenges overcome and the natural beauty experienced.
  10. Campsite Restoration:

    • Restore the Base Camp area to its original state, minimizing any evidence of the expedition's presence and respecting the mountain environment.
  11. Leave No Trace Commitment:

    • Reaffirm the commitment to the Leave No Trace ethos, leaving the mountain environment in the same condition, or better, than when the expedition arrived.

As Day 41 concludes, the Base Camp stands as a testament to responsible mountaineering practices, showcasing the expedition's commitment to environmental sustainability and respect for the pristine Himalayan landscapes

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
4900

Day 42: Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka - Camping

Embark on the descent from the Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka, as the expedition transitions from the high-altitude realms back into the lower foothills.

Highlights:

  1. Descent Initiation:

    • Begin the day with the descent from the Makalu Base Camp, retracing the trail taken during the ascent.
  2. Changing Landscapes:

    • Witness the changing landscapes as you descend, transitioning from the stark high-altitude environment to the lush foothills.
  3. Yangle Kharka Arrival:

    • Reach Yangle Kharka, a picturesque location at lower elevation, offering a serene camping spot.
  4. Campsite Setup:

    • Set up camp at Yangle Kharka, providing a comfortable and scenic resting place for the night.
  5. Reflective Atmosphere:

    • Enjoy the reflective atmosphere of the lower altitudes, appreciating the journey and accomplishments of the Makalu Expedition.
  6. Team Bonding:

    • Foster camaraderie among team members, sharing stories and experiences around the campfire.
  7. Night in the Foothills:

    • Spend the night surrounded by the tranquility of Yangle Kharka, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas.

Day 42 marks the initial phase of the descent, offering a contrasting experience to the high-altitude climb, with the camp at Yangle Kharka providing a tranquil setting for rest and reflection.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
3600

Day 43: Trek from Khongma to Sheduwa - Camping

Embark on the descent from Khongma to Sheduwa, transitioning through diverse landscapes from the higher altitudes back to the foothills.

Highlights:

  1. Descent Initiation:

    • Begin the day with the descent from Khongma, retracing the trail as you make your way towards Sheduwa.
  2. Scenic Trail:

    • Traverse through picturesque trails, enjoying the changing scenery as you descend from higher altitudes.
  3. Village Encounters:

    • Pass through charming villages along the route, interacting with local communities and experiencing the cultural richness of the Makalu region.
  4. Sheduwa Arrival:

    • Reach Sheduwa, a welcoming location at lower elevation, offering a comfortable camping spot for the night.
  5. Campsite Setup:

    • Set up camp in the serene surroundings of Sheduwa, providing a peaceful resting place for the night.
  6. Reflection and Relaxation:

    • Reflect on the journey and accomplishments of the Makalu Expedition, enjoying a relaxed evening in the foothills.
  7. Team Bonding:

    • Foster camaraderie among team members, sharing stories and memories around the campfire.
  8. Night in the Foothills:

    • Spend the night surrounded by the tranquility of Sheduwa, embracing the more moderate altitudes.

Day 43 marks a significant stage in the descent, bringing you closer to the conclusion of the Makalu Expedition with the campsite in Sheduwa offering a comfortable and reflective atmosphere.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
1500

Day 45: Trek from Sheduwa to Num, Drive to Khadbari or Tumlingtar – Celebration and Farewell

As the Makalu Expedition concludes, Day 47 marks the journey back to lower elevations and a celebration of a successful summit.

Highlights:

  1. Descent to Num:

    • Begin the day with a descent from Sheduwa to Num, retracing the path taken during the initial trek.
  2. Village Interactions:

    • Engage with local communities along the trail, exchanging farewells and expressing gratitude for their hospitality.
  3. Scenic Drive:

    • Drive from Num to Khadbari or Tumlingtar, enjoying the scenic landscapes as you descend further into the foothills.
  4. Celebration Gathering:

    • Assemble with the entire expedition crew, guides, and fellow climbers for a celebratory gathering to acknowledge the success of the Makalu Expedition.
  5. Expressing Gratitude:

    • Say heartfelt thanks to the guides, Sherpas, and the entire support team who contributed to the success of the expedition.
  6. Happy Didi (Sister) Makalu:

    • Celebrate the achievement with a traditional Nepali expression, "Happy Didi Makalu," acknowledging the mountain as a respected sister in local culture.
  7. Cheers and Refreshments:

    • Enjoy drinks and refreshments in a festive atmosphere, toasting to the accomplishments and shared experiences.
  8. Ready to Fly:

    • Prepare for the return journey to Kathmandu, ensuring all logistics are in place for a smooth departure.
  9. Final Night in the Himalayas:

    • Spend the last night in the Himalayas, savoring the unique ambiance and reflecting on the transformative journey.
  10. Flight to Kathmandu:

    • Board a flight back to Kathmandu, taking in aerial views of the majestic mountains one last time.
  11. Last Night Celebrations:

    • Gather for a final night of celebrations in Kathmandu, sharing stories and memories from the expedition.

Day 45 serves as a culmination of the Makalu Expedition, blending celebration, gratitude, and farewell as the team prepares to depart the Himalayas and return to the bustling city life of Kathmandu

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Camping
Elevation
1500

Day 46: Drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, Fly to Kathmandu, and Transfer to the Hotel

  • Morning Drive:

    • Embark on a scenic drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar, enjoying picturesque landscapes as you descend from the mountains.
  • Airport Transfer:

    • Arrive at Tumlingtar and proceed to the airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Domestic Flight:

    • Board a domestic flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, taking in breathtaking aerial views of the Himalayas during the journey.
  • Airport Arrival in Kathmandu:

    • Land in Kathmandu and experience the bustling atmosphere of the city, a stark contrast to the tranquility of the mountains.
  • Transfer to Hotel:

    • Transfer to the hotel for a well-deserved rest, marking the end of the expedition and the return to urban comforts.

Day 46 encapsulates the transition from the remote mountainous regions to the vibrant city of Kathmandu, providing a blend of scenic travel and the convenience of modern amenities.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Day 47: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

  • Relaxation and Exploration:

    • Take a well-deserved day off to unwind and relax in Kathmandu.
  • Cultural Exploration:

    • Explore the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu, visiting temples, markets, or historical sites.
  • Shopping and Souvenirs:

    • Enjoy shopping for souvenirs and local crafts, capturing memories of your Himalayan adventure.
  • Culinary Delights:

    • Indulge in Nepali cuisine or international dishes at local restaurants, savoring the diverse flavors of the city.
  • Reflect and Recharge:

    • Reflect on the expedition, share stories with fellow travelers, and recharge before departure.

Day 47 offers a leisurely day to appreciate Kathmandu's charm, providing a perfect balance between relaxation and cultural exploration.

Food
Breakfast /Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Day 48: Transfer to International Airport for Final Departure

  • Check-Out and Packing:

    • Complete check-out procedures at the hotel, ensuring all belongings are packed for departure.
  • Transfer to Airport:

    • Arrange for a transfer to the international airport in Kathmandu.
  • Airport Procedures:

    • Complete necessary airport procedures, including check-in and security checks.
  • Final Farewells:

    • Bid farewell to expedition team members, guides, and newfound friends with whom you shared the adventure.
  • Gratitude and Reflection:

    • Express gratitude to the expedition team for their support and camaraderie, reflecting on the transformative journey.
  • Flight Departure:

    • Board the international flight, carrying memories of the Makalu Expedition and the Himalayan experience.

Day 48 marks the final chapter of the expedition, as you prepare to depart from Kathmandu and carry the memories of the Makalu adventure back home

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Breakfast

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