Mt. Makalu (8,463m) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is an isolated peak, located just 22 km east of Mount Everest between Everest and Kanchenjunga, on the Nepali-Tibetan border. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, makes this mountain all the more spectacular. It has proved to be not only a beautiful peak but also challenging. Previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties and it was first climbed by the French in 1955.
Climbing on Makalu is physically and mentally tough and very challenging therefore climbers are required to have considerable climbing experiences at higher altitudes, preferably in the Himalaya.
Dream Himalaya Adventures support full board expedition services up to the summit of the peak and as well as base camp and advance base camp logistic services. We are committed to providing you with the best quality services. All Climbers will be assisted by our well experienced Sherpas at the ratio of 1:1 including a Sherpa head guide/sirdar. Our Sherpa are highly qualified, experienced and they are proficient mountaineers with excellent success rates, and are always focussed on the safety of clients as their number one priority.
Our expedition to Mt. Makalu begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Tumlingtar and we will start our walk from Tumlingtar, just above the Arun River to Makalu lower Base Camp at approximately 4,800 meters. We'll ascend via the Northwest/normal route of Makalu La Ridge, establishing 4 high camps on the mountain. Our strong & professional high altitude climbing Sherpas will fix ropes as required. Depending on our fitness, we'll be moving up and down the mountain several times, acclimatizing and stocking the higher camps. This expedition is fully supported by all the base camp & high camp services. Teamwork is important for successfully scaling the summit of Mt Makalu.
Day 1Arrival in KTM, Transfer to Hotel& Briefing
Day 2Half Day sightseeing and afternoon equipment checking and fitting
Day 3Final preparation and packing
Day 4Kathmandu to Tumlingtar flight (45min), drive to Khadbari (1,040m) 2hrs
Day 5Drive to Num (1,560m) 5hrs
Day 6Trek to Sedua (1,980m) 5hrs
Day 7Trek to TashiGaon (2,100m) 3-4hrs
Day 8Trek to Khongma (3,200m)5-6hrs
Day 9Trek to Mumbuk (3,520m) 6hrs
Day 10Trek to YangleKharka (4,200m) 7hrs
Day 11Rest & Acclimatization day
Day 12Trek to Langmale/Shershon (4,630m)8hrs
Day 13Trek to Makalu lower base camp (4,870m) 6hrs
Day 14: Rest, Acclimatization & Preparations day
Day 15Trek to Advance Makalu base camp (5,600m) 3-4hrs
Day 16-17Acclimatization and preparations for climbing to higher camps
Day 18-50Acclimatization, load ferries, route opening, summit attempt of the Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and descend to the base camp
Day 51Trek to Yangle Kharka 6-7hrs
Day 52Trek to Mumbuk, 6hrs
Day 53Trek to Tashi Gaon, 6hrs
Day 54Trek to Num 5hrs
Day 55Drive to Tumlingtar 5hrs
Day 56Fly to KTM, transfer to hotel
Day 57Free Day for Shopping & Evening celebration time
Day 58Final departure
Climbing at and above 8,000 meters is inherently dangerous and is not the place to be learning mountaineering and climbing skills. Any expedition that goes to 8,000m requires a very high level of aerobic fitness. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit. Your resting heart rate should be below 60 but preferably below 50. You should be able to run 50km on flat ground in approximately6 hours. Endurance and the ability to carry a heavy pack of up to 25kg is more important than sprint ability.
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 8 to 12 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate. You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 10kg, 15kg, 20 kg, and up to 25kg), manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. On the summit push, extra effort is required walking on ice and climbing up to 10 – 14 hours. On our all-8000m expeditions, we supply excellent logistics; good ratios of climbing support sherpas and a standard quantity of oxygen, which plays a vital role in the success and safe climb of the peak.
Dream Himalaya Adventuresstrongly suggest that you must climb a number of 6,000m peaks in order to gain mountaineering proficiency and also undertake a trip to one of the 7,000m peak or one of the technically difficult 6000m peak i.e. Mt. Amadablam or similar, where you experience expedition camping, higher altitude, and how to deal with the cold. If you are fit and motivated but lacked technical climbing skills or suitable experience, we have options to keep you safe and get you high. This might be a personal Sherpa or a pre-trip training course.
You must have well knowledge about using mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will increase the chances of reaching the summit andalso previous mountaineering experiences are mandatory but don’t really require any high level of technical experience.
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Thank you to Dawa and Dream Himalaya Adventures for making our trip an adventure of a lifetime! Very professional with outstanding communication even during our preparation. All our expectations were exceeded! Staff was very kind and professional as well. Shout out to our Sherpa Pasang and our porters for a job well done. They took care of us well. Thanks to my hiking buddies Gary and Vlad your the best! Dream Himalaya Adventures is the way to go! 🙏
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