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Mt. Makalu Expedition

TRIP INTRODUCTION

This mountain is an impressive mass of red granite. The Great Black One, so called due to its dark brooding appearance is considered a massif with a “future”. Makalu lies in the north east region of Nepal and is a close neighbor to Mt. Everest. Despite being the fifth tallest among the eight thousanders’, this mountain is still virtually ‘new’. The French team led by Jean Franco were the first to reach the Makalu summit back in 1955, a year after the Americans set off for the first ever attempt on the mountain.

Valuable sighting and photographs of Makalu were taken during the reconnaissance of the eastern approaches to Everest by a British Expedition in 1921. Makalu has five routes and four variations along with other interesting opportunities like the West Face, the Northeast and North Flanks (Tibet). Our trek follows one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal, starting at Tumlingtar plateau just above the Arun River, through the snow, rain and cloud prone Kauma. Makalu Base Camp is just south of the Barun Glacier at an elevation of 4823m.

DAY 01  Arrival to Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to hotel. O/N hotel.
 DAY 02  Free day in Kathmandu. O/N hotel on B/B
 DAY 03  Last preparation in Kathmandu, O/N hotel on B/B 
 DAY 04  Flight: Ktm- Biratnagar, transfer to Hile, camp
 DAY 05  Trek to Mangmaya, camp
 DAY 06  Trek to Sutibhari, camp
 DAY 07  Trek to Tumlingtar, camp
 DAY 08  Trek to Khandbari, camp
 DAY 09  Trek to Bhotebas
 DAY 10  Trek to Gogone, camp
 DAY 11  Trek to Num, camp
 DAY 12  Trek to Tashi Gaon
 DAY 13  Trek to Khongma La
 DAY 14  Trek to Makalu I Base Camp
 DAY 15-32  Climbing period of Makalu
 DAY 33  BC to Numbuck, camp
 DAY 34  Trek to Khongma La, camp
 DAY 35  Trek to Seduwa, camp
 DAY 36  Trek to Chichela, camp
 DAY 37  Trek to Tumlingtar, cmap
 DAY 38  Flight Tumlingtar-Ktm, transfer to hotel on B/B
 DAY 39  Kathmandu Leisure day, hotel on B/B
 DAY 40  Final Departure
Grade: Strenuous Max-Altitude: 8481m
Trek Region: N/A Starts in/ Ends in: Biratnagar/Tumlingtar
Trek Duration: 40 days (35 days trek) Type of trek: Camping
Best Season: March to May and September to November

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