Mt. Makalu (8,463m) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east of Mount Everest 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 and it was first climbed by the French in 1955.
Climbing on Makalu is physically and mentally tough and very challenging therefore climbers are required to have considerable climbing experiences at higher altitudes, preferably in the Himalaya.
Dream Himalaya Adventures support full board expedition services up to the summit of the peak and as well as base camp and advance base camp logistic services. We are committed to providing you with the best quality services. All Climbers will be assisted by our well experienced Sherpas at the ratio of 1:1 including a Sherpa head guide/sirdar. Our Sherpa are highly qualified, experienced and they are proficient mountaineers with excellent success rates, and are always focussed on the safety of clients as their number one priority.
Our expedition to Mt. Makalu begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Tumlingtar and we will start our walk from Tumlingtar, just above the Arun River to Makalu lower Base Camp at approximately 4,800 meters. We'll ascend via the Northwest/normal route of Makalu La Ridge, establishing 4 high camps on the mountain. Our strong & professional high altitude climbing Sherpas will fix ropes as required. Depending on our fitness, we'll be moving up and down the mountain several times, acclimatizing and stocking the higher camps. This expedition is fully supported by all the base camp & high camp services. Teamwork is important for successfully scaling the summit of Mt Makalu.
Day 1Arrival in KTM, Transfer to Hotel& Briefing
Day 2Half Day sightseeing and afternoon equipment checking and fitting
Day 3Final preparation and packing
Day 4Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight (45min), drive to Khadbari (1,040m) 2hrs
Day 5Drive to Num (1,560m) 5hrs
Day 6Trek to Sedua (1,980m) 5hrs
Day 7Trek to TashiGaon (2,100m) 3-4hrs
Day 8Trek to Khongma (3,200m)5-6hrs
Day 9Trek to Mumbuk (3,520m) 6hrs
Day 10Trek to YangleKharka (4,200m) 7hrs
Day 11Rest & Acclimatization day
Day 12Trek to Langmale/Shershon (4,630m)8hrs
Day 13Trek to Makalu lower base camp (4,870m) 6hrs
Day 14: Rest, Acclimatization & Preparations day
Day 15Trek to Advance Makalu base camp (5,600m) 3-4hrs
Day 16-17Acclimatization and preparations for climbing to higher camps
Day 18-50Acclimatization, load ferries, route opening, summit attempt of the Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and descend to the base camp
Day 51Trek to Yangle Kharka 6-7hrs
Day 52Trek to Mumbuk, 6hrs
Day 53Trek to Tashi Gaon, 6hrs
Day 54Trek to Num 5hrs
Day 55Drive to Tumlingtar 5hrs
Day 56Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel
Day 57Free Day for Shopping & Evening celebration time
Day 58Final departure
Climbing at and above 8,000 meters is inherently dangerous and is not the place to be learning mountaineering and climbing skills. Any expedition that goes to 8,000m requires a very high level of aerobic fitness. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit. Your resting heart rate should be below 60 but preferably below 50. You should be able to run 50km on flat ground in approximately6 hours. Endurance and the ability to carry a heavy pack of up to 25kg is more important than sprint ability.
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 8 to 12 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate. You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 10kg, 15kg, 20 kg, and up to 25kg), manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. On the summit push, extra effort is required walking on ice and climbing up to 10 – 14 hours. On our all-8000m expeditions, we supply excellent logistics; good ratios of climbing support sherpas and a standard quantity of oxygen, which plays a vital role in the success and safe climb of the peak.
Dream Himalaya Adventuresstrongly suggest that you must climb a number of 6,000m peaks in order to gain mountaineering proficiency and also undertake a trip to one of the 7,000m peak or one of the technically difficult 6000m peak i.e. Mt. Amadablam or similar, where you experience expedition camping, higher altitude, and how to deal with the cold. If you are fit and motivated but lacked technical climbing skills or suitable experience, we have options to keep you safe and get you high. This might be a personal Sherpa or a pre-trip training course.
You must have well knowledge about using mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will increase the chances of reaching the summit andalso previous mountaineering experiences are mandatory but don’t really require any high level of technical experience.
We did the trek to EBC in March 2022 with Dream Himalaya Adventures. A trip like this will always have curveballs because of the environment and altitude - that's when you really appreciate people with brilliant local knowledge and the ability to sort thing out. Dawa and team were absolutely fantastic and I unreservedly recommend them to anyone.
This was my 3rd trip with Dream Himalaya Adventures – as before, everything was well organised and ran smoothly. They deliver a professional service, with a personal touch. Even if plans change, as they sometimes do in the mountains, Dawa and his team have the resources and connections to quickly adapt and make alternative arrangements, which is comforting to know when you are trekking or climbing in remote areas. I highly recommend Dream Himalaya Adventures – and thanks again to Dawa, Ten Di, Karma, Yeshi, Furi, Gyalje, Phurba, all the porters and the entire team at base camp for the fun trek, a safe & successful summit and a fantastic time at base camp - hope to see you again
Dream Himalaya Adventures gave us an excellent service for our expedition to the Thame Valley. Everything was well-organised, we were looked after, and would recommend the agency. Thanks Dawa and Sherku Thanks and hope all’s good with you and Sherku Tom Livingstone
Dream Himalaya is an awesome outfitter! The Guides, Porters, and Dawa are trustworthy and easy to talk to... It's these kind people that makes your trip hassle and worry free. Highly recommend!
The EBC trek is incredible and highly recommended with stunning scenery and good people. DHA's guides and porters are great and took very good care of us. If you are looking for a great trek in the Himalaya's then this one is for you!
Patrick & Geoff - Basecamp 2019 Dawa Sherpa and his team were exceptional in their care and aid of out Basecamp trek for 2019. It was an amazing experience not only to see and feel the mountains but also to speak to his crew and learn about the region and trekking/mountaineering in general. They were always ready to help whenever we needed. We will certainly be coming back to Nepal and the Himalayas again. Most definitely through Dream Himalaya Adventures. Patrick Nhim
Wow wow wow! Ok so the scenery was awesome - that’s a given! The food was nutritional and hot! Sleeping was easy because the body was ready for rest. But the team at Dream Himalaya Adventures could not have been better selected. Nothing was a problem. Anything was possible. If you wanted it, you got it! Their main aim is to get you to your destination and back safely and for you to enjoy the entire experience. If we weren’t eating enough, they encouraged us to fuel up. If we weren’t drinking enough “pani” (water), they stopped us for a drink break. If we walked too quickly (I’m amazed some of our team members could), they reminded us to walk “bistari bistari” (slowly slowly) to
I have recently returned from touring and trekking with Dream Himalayas Adventures team with Dawa and his Sherpas. The highlights of my trip was the stunning scenery on the trek and the friendly people of Nepal. It was definitely a life changing experience and i would love to do it again some day with my daughter. Dawa and his team were amazing i found them very organized, caring and friendly which impressed me.
We had a beautiful trip! From the very first contact with Dawa a few months before to the airport drop off, Dream Himalayan Advantures provided excellent service, answered questions quickly, and took wonderful care of our team. Their guides were so friendly and very competent in what they do. We had a big team of 10 people, but they were able to meet each person’s needs. Would definitely work with them again!
Dawa S. Lama of the Dream Himalaya Adventures has provided services for the expedition to Jannu (Kumbhakarna), 7711m via South East route. The expedition took place between February and April 2019. It combined a documentary film project “The Wall of Shadows” about the life of Sherpas” Dawa’s insight, a phenomenal attention to detail and discipline, his admirable communication skills, polite and respectful manner, an ease of problem solving, open-mindedness, generosity and adaptability to unusual requirements from the film team were the qualities that put Dawa and his Agency at the top of the list of the most reliable agents in Nepal. We sincerely recommend the Agency and trust any expedition or trekking party will be fully satisfied and comes home from the Himalaya
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