|Mt. Makalu (8463m/27,7598ft.)
|Area: Makalu Barun Valley
Days: 51 days trip-52 days trek/climb, 3 days kathmandu
Dept. Ex. KTM : 05 Mar, 25 Aug
Per Person Cost:
Finely architectured in its formation with four ridges running to all direction from its summit, at 8,475m/ 27,798ft high, Makalu is the fifth-highest mountain in the world. It lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet about 20km east of Mt. Everest. It was first climbed in 1955 by a strong French team via the NW Ridge. The summiteers included legendry Lionel Terray from the historic 1950 Annapurna and famous Gyaltsen Norbu Sherpa who later climbed made the first ascent of Manaslu with the Japanese in 1956. As of spring 2005, 227 climbers belonging to 176 expedition teams have reached the summit of Makalu. Our climbing route on climb Makalu is also via the North West Ridge route which though not easy is technically more accessible than the other established routes in Makalu.
To begin our expedition, we fly to Tumlingtar 330m/1083ft- a sub tropical town situated near the Arun river which drains all way from the other side of Mt. Everest in Tibet! From Tumlingtar we take short jeep ride to Khandbari which is the trail head for treks into Makalu area and trek at leisurely pace to to arrive at our base camp which will be set at 5300/17384ft. Before We acclimatize for a couple days at the Makalu South BC 4700m/15416ft.
Above base camp we-set up an advance base camp at 5700m/ 18700ft followed by Camp I at 6300m/20664ft, Camp II at 6750m/22140ft, Camp III at 7400m,24272ft on Makalu La. From Makalu La, we gain access on the NW Ridge of Makalu and place the final camp at 7700m/25250ft. Onward the final camp, the climbing gets more technical and difficult - specially final couloir to the summit ridge if the conditions are icy.
Depending to the weather conditions, we take about a month to complete the climb above base-camp. A huge amount of time is spent in getting in the process of get well acclimatized for the summit
Included in the expedition service cost:
Airport - Hotel - Airport transfer; Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star standard for 3 nights in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis, Customs clearance; Sherpa support (1 climbing Sherpa per climber) four climbers), cook, kitchen boy, porters and pack animals, food for trek, BC and climb; Group equipment for the climb, Camping Service including tents for BC and climb, kitchen/dinning tent, toilet tent, chair/tables; Flights Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Kathmandu, Oxygen (3 cylinder for climber and 1 cylinder for climbing Sherpa), Satellite phone and walky talkies, all permit fees, wages / allowances, personal insurance coverage for the liaison officer, climbing Sherpas, kitchen staff and porters.
Not included in the expedition service cost:
Main meals in Kathmandu, personal equipment, personal insurance including emergency evacuation, visa fee and airport tax and other services than those mentioned in the service inclusion.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly Tumlingtar - jeep ride to Khandbari
Day 4-14: Approach march to the base camp
Day 14-44: Climbing
Day 45: Clean BC
Day 46-54: Return march to Tumlingtar
Day 55: Fly Tumlingtar to Kathmandu