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Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8,463m. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayan range (Khumbu region) of Nepal between two other highest peaks, Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. Its size alone is impressive and its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes the mountain more spectacular. It is one of the most challenging and potentially dangerous above 8,000-meter peaks that incorporate steep climbing, exposed ridges, and rock climbing on the summit pyramid.
The expedition will interest you not just from its landscape but also with panoramic view of Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu(8152m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Ama Dablam (6456m). Traditional villages of Rai, Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa; Buddhist Monasteries; lush forests and its flora and fauna; glaciers; rivers; waterfalls, high terrain etc. are some other attractions of the route.
 
As mentioned earlier, it is regarded as strenuous trek and is almost impossible to excel without prior experience. Local lodges and teahouses are not available from place to place. Hence, you will be accommodated in camps during the trek.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: In Kathmandu (Briefing and preparation for expedition) 
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Khandbari
Day 04: Trek to Chichila
Day 05: Trek to Num
Day 06: Trek to Sedua
Day 07: Trek to TashiGaon
Day 08: Trek to Kauma
Day 09: Acclimatization in Kauma
Day 10: Trek to Mumbuk
Day 11: Trek to NehaKharka
Day 12: Trek to Shershon
Day 13: Trek to Makalu Base Camp 
Day 14 -47: Climbing Period of Mount Makalu
Day 48: Base Camp Cleanup
Day 49: Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 50: Trek to Mumbuk
Day 51: Trek to TashiGoan
Day 52: Trek to Num
Day 53: Trek to Khandbari
Day 54: Trek to Tumlingtar
Day 55: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 56: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 57: Depart Kathmandu
Name: Mt. Makalu Expedition
Duration: 57 days
Grade: Streneous Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing
Accomodation: Hotel and camping
Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
Maximum altitude: 8,463m
Per day walking: 5 - 6  hours

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the expedition.
 
Day 02: In Kathmandu (Briefing and preparation for expedition)
Today you will be preparing everything for Mt. Makalu expedition including all the necessary equipment and clothes, which are quintessential for the trip. In addition, you can also visit Ministry of Tourism or Nepal Tourism board for further information about the expedition.
 
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (518m) and trek to Khandbari (1,060m)
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 04: Trek to Chichila (1,830m)
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 05: Trek to Num (1,490m)
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 06: Trek to Sedua (1,460m)
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 07: Trek to Tashi Gaon (2,229m)
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 08: Trek to Kauma (3,470m)
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 09: 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 (3,570m)
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 (3,000m)
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 (4,615m)
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 (4,853m)
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 (8,463m)
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 (4,853m)
After a successful climbing of Makalu, you will clean the base Camp.
 
Day 49: Trek Yak Kharka (4,400m)
Today you will retrace your steps down the Barun Valley towards Yak Kharka.
 
Day 50: Trek to Mumbuk (3,570m)
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 (2,229m)
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 (1,490m)
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 (1,060m)
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, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
 
Day 56: Free day at Kathmandu
Today will be an extra day for relaxing and enjoying Kathmandu. You can go for shopping, body massaging and spa treatments or sightseeing. 
 
Day 57:  Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight home. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
 
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