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Makalu Expedition

  • Duration: 45 Days
  • Grade & Elevation: Mountaineering, 2834m
  • Location: Makalu-Barun, Nepal/Tibet, Asia
  • Entry/Exit: Makalu - Barun
  • Season: Late Sept - Oct
Highlights The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar.

Makalu ExpeditionMakalu, the world's fifth highest peak in the world rising to 27,765 feet (8,463 meters). This beautiful and impressive massive is situated just 14 miles east of Everest in the Khumbu region. Its size alone is impressive, but its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.) It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North.

The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is a by-name of Shiva - one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect - Kumba karna, which means The Giant.

Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. To date, there have been a total of 206 successful ascents of Makalu and a total of 22 fatalities. There have been no known winter ascents of this peak.

Prior to its first ascent in 1955, it was admired and studied by several Everest expeditions, but like a lot of other giants in the Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest was first ascended in 1954.

First and Notable Ascents/Routes

Currently Completed Routes
North West Ridge / North Col. South East Ridge South Face South West Face West Pillar Route West Ridge West Face**
** The West Face has proved to be the most difficult. After 7 failed attempts on this route, it was finally completed on May 21, 1997 by a Russian team.

When To Climb
April and May are pre monsoon season. Late September and October are post monsoon season.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
  • Permit Fee (Royalty) Kanchanjunga
  • All land transfer in Nepal.
  • Full board trekking with lodge & Food for BC Expedition period.
  • Essential Porters to Kanchanjunga B.C. & while back.
  • Trekking equipments for BC, 1 tent for 2 persons, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chares & Mattresses.
  • All kitchen equipment.
  • Staff allowance, Liaison officer allowances, equipment allowances,
    Insurance
  • Permit and National park fees
  • Base camp Guide, Cook, and Kitchen helper.
  • All necessary taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Airfare from / to your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fee. (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above base camp.
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical and emergency evacuation.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving to Nepal by air or road.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
  • International airport departure tax, tourist tax.
  • Tips and bonuses.
  • Garbage fee. (refundable)
How this trip makes a difference!
Creative Hands Every booking you make creates a donation. Ghale Treks is a proud supporter of Creative Hands a social welfare organization. We send part of your service charge to Creative Hands who support worthy causes in poorer communities. Your money will go to education, disabled or physically challenged people, street children, victims, and those living in rural and remote areas of Nepal. Read more about the great work that Creative Hands do and where your donation goes here: http://www.creativehands.org.np

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