MAKALU expedition

Trip Facts




Trip Dates:

9th April – 27th May 2015


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Trip Route:

North West Ridge

Makalu or “Big Black” is situated just 19km South East from Everest in the Makalu-Barun National Park bordering Tibet. This 5th highest mountain in the world was first climbed in 1955, however, few expeditions today climb this mountain due to its tough technical demands on the summit pyramid. The Makalu-Barun National Park is a remote wilderness with few comfort services available compared to neighbouring Sagarmatha National Park. Hence, this expedition has additional challenges and difficulties; attempting Makalu is a considerable undertaking amongst 8000m peaks.


The route begins with a flight into Tumlingtar (285m), a town at the base of the hills that climb into Makalu-Barun National park. We will then drive to our trailhead in Chichila. The journey from this point is a 9-day route on foot through villages and subtropical forests, descents ascents of the Arun valley, and hikes over a series of passes including Shipton La pass (4200m) to finally reach Makalu base camp. We will take a few days to rest and acclimatise at base camp before starting our rotation rounds on the mountain. Using the route of the first ascent, we will ascend via the North West ridge. From Makalu base camp, we will place 5 camps on the mountain beginning with an advanced base camp located just across the glacier moraine. The route between Camp 1 to Camp 3 climbs between seracs and crevasses with sections of steep mixed climbing. Camp 4 to the summit is a significant day that involves negotiating a steep ice band, crevasses, a 300m gully and an exposed summit ridge.



Given the gravity and difficulty of this expedition, you must have extensive climbing skills, a considerable level of experience in the Himalayas and excellent fitness to join this expedition. Preferably with experience of an 8000m expedition.



Summit the 5th highest mountain in the world

Challenging 8000m technical climb

Varied and remote trek through the Makalu-Barun National Park




Day 1           

Day 2 -3      

Day 4           

Day 5       

Day 6      

Day 7

Day 8-9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12-13

Day 14

Day 15-16

Day 17-19

Day 20-44

Day 45-46

Day 47

Day 48

Day 49


Arrive Kathmandu

In Kathmandu (preparation)

Fly to Tumlingtar, drive to Chichila

Trek to Num

Trek to Seduwa

Trek to Tashi Gaon

Trek to Khongma and acclimatisation

Trek to Mumbak via Shipton La pass

Trek to Yangri Kharka

Trek to Shershong and acclimatisation

Trek to Makalu base camp

Acclimatisation and puja in Makalu base camp

Trek to Advanced base camp acclimatisation

Climb and summit Makalu

Pack up camp

Helicopter to Kathmandu

In Kathmandu

Depart Kathmandu


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