Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,463m. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east ofMount 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 Routes and High Camps
Our expedition to Mt. Makalu begins with 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 with all the base camp & high camp services. Team work 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 3: Final preparation and packing
Day 4: Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight(50min), Trek to Khadbari (1,040m) 5hrs
Day 5Trek to Num (1,560m) 6-7hrs
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 13: Trek to Makalu lower base camp (4,870m) 6hrs
Day 14: Rest, Acclimatization & Preparations day
Day 15: Trek 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 YangleKharka8-9hrs
Day 52Trek to Mumbuk6hrs
Day 53Trek to TashiGaon 8hrs
Day 54: Trek to Num 5hrs
Day 55Trek to Tumlingtar 8hrs
Day 56Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel
Day 57: Free 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 strong candidate. You can go to 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 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 standard number of oxygen, which plays the vital roll for 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 of mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will increase the chances of reaching thesummit andalso previous mountaineering experiences is mandatory but doesn’t really require any high level of technical experience.
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