Mt. Makalu 8,485m 57 Days


Mt. Makalu is the world`s fifth highest mountain renowned as "massive black one" because of its dark portentous physic. Makalu is situated between Kanchenjunga and Everest on the Nepal-Tibetan border. Mount Makalu is located 22 kilometers to the east of Mount Everest, on the border. Makalu is the elevated and one of the most onerous Mountain expedition of the Everest region and is considered most intricating mountains to ascend.

This inaccessible peak  is four-sided pyramidical in shape. It appears uncharacteristic consisting pyramidical shape and also consist two ridges in the South East and North West. The mountain is tarnished for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges involving a technical rock/ice climbing in the final ascent of the summit pyramid. Since it was soared in 1954 it is considered one of the minimal endeavored mountains with probably two to three hundred climbers.

The valley of Makalu lies entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park which provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colourful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape is the shelter of some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth both to the Nepal and Tibet side. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind in its both valleys. To the north east of Mount Makalu lies the famous Kharta Valley affluent with cloud forest, lovely flowering valley.

Makalu Expedition was first climbed by a French party in 1955. The peak was first mapped and photographed from the Tibetan side by the 1921 British Everest reconnaissance. Hillary and Shipton photographed mount Makalu on the 1951 Everest reconnaissance and approached the peak a year later after the failure of their mount Cho Oyu expedition. The first attempt on mount Makalu was in 1954 by a US team, mostly from California, who trekked all the way from the Indian border near Biratnagar. At the same time a British team approached the mountain, but this expedition was abandoned when Hillary became seriously ill and had to be evacuated. In the autumn of 1954 a French team attempted the peak. In the following spring, successful ascents were made by three teams of French climbers on successive days. The Japanese climbed mount Makalu in 1970, another French team climbed it in 1971 and a Yugoslav expedition reached the summit in 1975.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.
 
Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Khandbari
After breakfast, you will board a flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region of Nepal, the starting point of your trek. Landing on a steep mountain runway brings you to the start of your trek at the village of Tumlingtar. Upon reaching Tumlingtar, you will trek ahead to Khandbari where you will be accommodated in a camp.
 
Day 4: Trek to Chichila
Leaving Khandbari, you will continue along the trail that passes a ridge.  You will then take a short walk a to reach the settlement of Mani Bhanjyang and make a headway through fields, bamboo groves, big rocks and finally make a climb of short distance to reach the Tamang village of Bhotebas. The path offers spectacular views of Chamlang, Makalu and Jaljale mountains. You will then descend a little to the next ridge, and then follow the crest as it makes some ups and downs through a rhododendron forest to Chichila (1,830m). Chichila has teashops and few houses inhabited by Gurung. Today you will camp at Chichila.
 
Day 5: Trek to Num
From Chichila, you will move towards village of Fururu, which is situated at an altitude of 1,900m. Then you will follow the path to reach Num through forests of huge rhododendrons just below the ridgeline to a Mani wall and a dirty pond; and a Sherpa and Rai village. You will then make a tedious descent on a rocky eroded trail to Num at an altitude of 1,490m which is situated the ridge above an S- shaped bend in the Arun river just opposite of Sedua village.
 
Day 6: Trek to Sedua
Today you will continue along the trail descending steeply from Num village through the fields of Lumbang. The trail then drops very steeply through a jungle to a suspension bridge over the Arun River (660m). From the bridge you will again climb steeply to a primitive teashop. Moving along the rocky path and tiny terraces planted with corn and barley, you will make a long steep rough climb to Sedua.
 
Day 7: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Leaving Sedua, you will make a gradual climb high above the Kasuwa Khola to Gyang (1,770m). It is a gentle walk through terraced fields and forested areas to Hindrungma village, and on to Rupisa. En route, you will cross meadows and several streams, and then climb uphill to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon, the last permanent settlement in the valley.
 
Day 8: Trek to Kauma
Today you will climb over the ridge and ascend through forests to a stream and onto a ridge where there is a small campsite. Again, you will make a climb heading towards a shepherd`s hut – two small streams – Kharka (2,900m) and final up to a saddle and Unshisha. You will then move over a hillock and descend a bit to reach Kauma.
 
Day 9: Acclimatization in Kauma
Today you will be resting completely at the camp. For acclimatization you can explore the area for some interesting hikes and viewpoints. The most scenic walk would be taking a hike on the right side of the camp for the closer view of Makalu, Barun Pokhari, rare face of Everest – the Kanshung face, and Lhotse. One hour of steep climb will bring you to the large meadow where you can walk further up to have a greater view of the afore-mentioned and other peaks of the area.  After exploring, you will stroll back to the camp.
 
Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk
Leaving Kauma, today you will make a climb (less steep though) through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge, with a large Mani wall adorned with prayer flags. From here, you will get superb views of Chamlang, Peak 6 and Peak 7.  Then you will make a gentle climb up a shallow rocky gully to the Kike La (4,127m). From the pass, you will descend to another lake, and then ascend steeply through large boulders to the Tutu La. The final descent will be through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk.
 
Day 11: Trek to Neha Kharka
From Mumbuk, you will descend through fir forests, along the riverbanks of Barun Khola and Kharka Khola. Moving through forests of birch and scrub rhododendrons, you will reach Yangle Kharka.  You will then climb from Yangle Kharka, finally crossing to the north side of the Barun Khola to reach Neha Kharka. There is a small Gompa at the southern side of the valley that offers great mountain views from all directions.
 
Day 12: Trek to Shershon
Today you will continue towards Shershon by following the northern bank of Barun Khola for a while. Before the river turns northward, you will have to cross a small wooden ridge. The trail then climbs gently as you will approach Ripok Kharka. On the way you can get excellent glimpses of Pyramid Peak, Peak 4, Chamlang, Peak 3 and Peak 5, but Makalu won`t be visible yet. Upon reaching Shershon, the cold spot, Makalu will come into picture.
 
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp
From Shershon, you will make a gradual descent to a minor pass that is located some 100 meters above Makalu Base Camp. Once you descend to a stream, you will get terrific views of the southern face of Makalu. The large buttress of the southern face rises across from base camp. An ascent of this buttress yields views of Peak 6, Peak 7 and Baruntse (7,220m); ultimately Everest and Lhotse will complete the panorama.
 
Day 14 - 47: Climbing Period of Mount Makalu
These days are the major climbing days for you to make an ascent of mostly awaited summit of Makalu. After few days of acclimatization and exercises, you will be taken to the higher camp, closer to the summit where you will be provided with food for high altitude. You are allowed to trek from lower to upper camp or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. Finally, we wish for your success to conquer the summit.
 
Day 48: Base Camp Cleaning
After a successful climbing of Makalu, you will clean the base Camp.
 
Day 49: Trek Yak Kharka
Today you will retrace your steps down the Barun Valley towards Yak Kharka.
 
Day 50: Trek to Mumbuk
From Yak Kharka, you will continue descending through the forests to Mumbuk. From here one can get beautiful sunset views of Makalu and Chamlang.
 
Day 51: Trek to Tashi Gaon
Leaving Mumbuk, you will trek across the Shipton La and descend to Kauma and you will move towards Tashi Gaon. At Tashi Gaon, you will spend the rest of the day relaxing in order to recover from the high altitude.
 
Day 52: Trek to Num
You will not be forgetting this path from the way in, as we will retrace your footsteps all the way back down to the river, only to be rewarded with a climbing uphill the opposite side of Num.
 
Day 53: Trek to Khandbari
Today you will have a pleasant and a leisurely walk through this route back to Khandbari. The route will be accompanied by a gradual walk through lush forests, farmlands and small villages.
 
Day 54: Trek to Tumlingtar (518m)
The last day of the trek will be relatively easy as you will have a mild downhill trek for 3 - 4 hours bringing you back to Tumlingtar.  This will definitely be a great memorable adventurous journey and you will be camping and spending overnight with the trekking staffs and porters as well enjoying every bit of a second.
 
Day 55: Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will check in to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the Kathmandu airport we will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
 
Day 56: Rest day in Kathmandu.
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 57: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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