Duration: 51 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 8,463 m
Grade: Strenuous Plus
Trekking Type: Expedition
Best Season: April and May & October and November
Attractions: Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is considered to be one of the most challenging mountains to summit.
Standing at a height of 8,463m, Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain – an isolated peak situated 19km south-east of Mt Everest in the eastern part of Nepal, a region rich in natural and cultural diversity.
Shaped as a four-sided pyramid, Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678m), lies about 3km north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau and connected to Kangchungtse by a narrow, 7,200m saddle is Chomo Lonzo (7,804m).
As with many of the Khumbu’s tallest mountains, the towering mass of Makalu was admired and studied by many Everest parties but it was only once Everest was conquered that attention turned to summitting other peaks. The first successful ascent of Makaluwas made by Frenchmen Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray on 15 May 1955, via the north face and northeast ridge, establishing the standard route.
Makalu is considered one of the most challenging mountains in the world to climb and requires fine technical skills.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Day 03: Fly Tumlingtar 460m; drive Num 1500m
Day 04: Trek Seduwa 1540m
Day 05: Trek Tashigaon 2070m
Day 06: Rest/acclimatize
Day 07: Trek Khongma 3560m
Day 08: Trek Dobato 3650m
Day 09: Trek Yangle Kharka 3600m
Day 10: Trek Langmale Kharka 4400m
Day 11: Trek Makalu Base Camp 4870m
Day 12/43: Climbing period
Day 44: Trek Yangle Kharka
Day 45: Trek Mumbuk 3550m
Day 46: Trek Khongma
Day 47: Trek Seduwa
Day 48: Trek Num
Day 49: Drive Tumlingtar
Day 50: Fly Kathmandu
Day 51: Depart Kathmandu
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.
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Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January to December)