Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world (8,485m) and located 12miles south east of Mt Everest, is a pyramid-shaped mountain in Nepal. Located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, the summit ridge is also the demarcation point that indicates the border between Nepal and Tibet. One of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb was, however, first attempted on May 15,1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of French expedition lead by Jean Franco.
Mt. Makalu Expedition: Makalu Expedition is typically a 56 day expedition. Out of 56 days, 30 days are set aside as climbing period and remaining days as the trekking period. The expedition starts with a flight to Tumlingtar, which is at the elevation of just 920m. However, in just 10 days time, the trail passing through the narrow gorges of the Arun Valley, rhododendron forest, local pastures rises into the high alpine country, leaving the subtropical valley behind. Your eyes get a chance to feast on the incredible diversity of flora, fauna, and the pristine culture of the local people, en route to and from the base camp. The ascent is made past the southeast peak and along the southeast ridge. The Makalu base camp is set at the altitude of 4,870m. Three high camps: camp I at 6500m, camp II at 7,300m and camp III at 7900m are set above the base camp. C1 and C2 are set at the bottom of the southeast peak ridge and the final camp, C3, at the beginning of the south east ridge. The climb is moderately technical with exposure on the southeast ridge and require some fixed rope set-up from 5800m- 6100m and from 6500m to 7500m. Starting base of the West Face, we climb into the hanging ice fall to the right part of the ice-fall. Now from the plateau above the ice-fall the trail heads towards the ice-rock wall that extends to 7400m high. The final section of the summit involves technical rock climbing. The top greets you with heavenly surrounding view.
The Makalu Expedition package is one of the best expedition packages offered by Amigo Treks and Expedition. Our standard package ensures comprehensive mountaineering logistic service required from Kathmandu up till the summit. The company makes the arrangement of bed and breakfast in Kathmandu; however, full board (meal and accommodation), is arranged in a teahouse during the trek an in a tented camp during the climb. The company also ensures that the climbing and trekking guides are English speaking, trained, licensed and experienced.
All necessary permits, climbing documents, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters and other individual services required by the Mountaineers will be arranged by the company. Dining tents, expedition quality personal tents, kitchen tents, toilet facilities, portable shower facility and tent accommodation required by our staff will also be arranged by the company. Moreover, we also provide satellite phone, internet access, hand held radios for communication purpose between high camps and base camps, while on the mountain and a solar panel to charge batteries.
Late Spring and autumn are the best season to attempt Mt. Makalu. Come in a group for a special group discount. Moreover, if you are looking to attempt some other mountains, we make the best arrangement for Mt. Pumori Expedition, Mt. Everest Expedition, Manaslu Expedition and even Annapurna Expedition.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel
Day 02-03: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(920m) and then trek to Manebhanjyang (1100m)
Day 05: Trek from Manebhanjyang to Kuwapani (1420m)
Day 07: Trek from Kuwapani to Num (1800m)
Day 08: Trek from Num to Sheduwa (1510m)
Day 09: Trek from Sheduwa to Tashigaon (2070m)
Day 10: Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma (3760m)
Day 11: Trek from Khongma to Sanopokhari (1710m)
Day 12: Trek from sanopokhari to Mumbuk (3550m)
Day 13: Trek from Mumbuk to Yangle Kharka (3600m)
Day 14: Trek from Yangle Kharka to Hillary Base Camp(4800m)
Day 15: Trek From Hilarry Base Camp to Makalu Base Camp (4870m)
Day 16-46: Climbing Period (summit makalu 8463m)
Day 47: Preparation to returning (Cleaning up Base Camp)
Day 48: Trek from Base Camp to Yak Kharka(3600m
Day 49: Trek from Yak Kharka to Mumbuk(3550m)
Day 50: Trek from Mumbuk to Tashi Gaon(3420m)
Day 51: Trek from Tashi Gaon to Num(1800m)
Day 52: Trek from Num to Chichira(1615m)
Day 53: Trek from Chichira to Tumlingtar via Khandbari (920m)
Day 54: Early in the morning fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu(1350m)
Day 55: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 56: Final departure
Amigo Treks and Expedition has compiled a list of essential equipment, personal medical provisions, and summary of medical conditions likely to encounter during 8000m mountaineering expeditions to help mountaineers in preparation and provisioning for climbing or mountaineering expedition.
This list should be considered as an essential summary and expeditioners embarking on the adventure are encouraged to conduct further study and practical exercises to familiarize themselves with the equipment, medical terminology and understanding of medical conditions related to high elevation, cold, wind, excessive sun radiation as well as injuries likely to sustain in the outdoor situation and in particular high and remote mountainous areas.
Essential Personal Climbing Gear:
For under garments we recommend Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilises the best quality material in the world. No other company can at this stage match Icebreaker quality. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches cotton with softness and polypropylene with insulation and breath-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm. Due to its natural nano-tube construction it has antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is climbing and trekking.
Travel and Sleeping Gear
Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
Our skilful cooks will prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in base camp, as well as in camp 2 on the mountain. This meals will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our Sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask only members to bring 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. On summit day you will be at high elevation and you will be affected by the altitude with very limited appetite and for period so it is important to have flavours you most likely will consume.
We cannot cater for specific personal and uncommon foods and flavours. If you have any unusual, non-standard or specific personal, cultural or religious dietary requirements, which can only be satisfied with imported product, we ask you to bring your own imported daily snack and energy foods.
We do not provide “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food in Kathmandu or in home country. From our experience 3-6 kilos/6-12 pounds is a sufficient amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported brands of power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage may not be available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows sufficient time for shopping.
Miscellaneous Practical Items:
On Everest, although some climbers wish to try to summit it without supplemental oxygen, most of members would prefer to have oxygen available. We only allow members to climb Everest with the supplemental oxygen available. How much oxygen one requires is an individual decision; some people want 1 bottle, others want 12; our only requirement is that every expedition team member must have at least one oxygen bottle available for personal use, which will constitute at the minimum an emergency supply for climber to get down to at least camp 4. Our experience indicates five oxygen bottles is usually a sufficient for average climber. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 40% buy back policy on unused oxygen bottles, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the groups sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.
Who can climb a peak?
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
What is climbing permit?
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association authorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Do I need climbing permit?
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
Who will lead me during climbing?
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
Which is the best season for peak climbing?
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
What will be the food and accommodation?
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
How much time is generally required for trekking peak?
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaks require one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
What is the cost of Peak Climbing?
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.
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