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    Makalu Expedition (8,463m)

    4.55/5 from 11 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star standard hotel in Cities, Guest house during trekking and tent during climbing
    • Meals
      All Standard Meals throughout the trip
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
    • Max. People

    About - Makalu Expedition (8,463m)

    Makalu standing at 8463 meters is the world's 5th highest mountain. A peak of this altitude isn’t a normal climb and you definitely require maximum technical skills. The mountain was first successfully climbed by an American team led by William Siri in 1954. The mountain comes under the protected Makalu Barun Conservation Area so you can expect some of beautiful flora and fauna.

    Makalu climbing can be done by intermediate-level climbers, who have previous experience in trekking which would be a hand on advantage during expeditions. Though with proper hard work and climbing training by our climber expertise it can be a matter of success for every who dreams to take on the summit. The national park is the collective experience of adventure, thrill, and earning living the Himalayan lifestyle by some of the ethnic groups of Nepal; Rai, Sherpa, and Shinagawa 

    The technical aspect of climbing shows that the route often consists of easy glaciers low on the mountain whereas steep ice and snow climbing can be observed during climbing of the peak, gradually when gaining elevation. The climbing remains steep consistently throughout the climbing, which requires enough physical strength to climb. Climbers are however suggested to get engaged in the physical fitness program six months before climbing the peak.

    Num (1800m), Seduwa (1510m), Tashi Gaon (2070m), Khongma(3760m), Mumbuk (3550m), Yangri Kharka (3600m), Sherson (4800m) are some of the acclimatization doubts when gaining the elevation awards Makalu peak every effort to help the group reach the summit of the 5th highest mountain in the world. The mountain is situated east of Everest, making close contact with each other. The mountain was named after the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which translates as 'big black' and is one of the many names for Lord “Shiva”.

    Highlights of the Makalu Expedition

    Flora and Fauna

    The Makalu lies under the protected area of Makalu Barun National Park where you can expect a diverse range of flora and fauna. The red panda is the highlight of the whole area, if you’re lucky enough you can expect to get in close contact with them. The dense forest past the base camp is one of the coolest paths to walk on with freshwater flowing across parallel to the origin of it.

    Ethnic groups and Himalayan lifestyle

    There are diverse groups of communities living under the shades of Himalayan under extreme conditions. Even though life under the Himalayas is a treat of life, living is extremely hard. The lifestyle you would be observing is a true experience of life, yet they are humble enough to treat their guests with the best hospitality.

    Adventurous Ride to Tumlingtar

    Tumlingtar is the opening door to Makalu, you will be having an amazing adventure ride towards Tumlingtar with panoramic views of the Himalayan range, observing some of the world's tallest peaks residing beside each other a couple of miles distance, Mt.Everest among them being the tallest peak in the world.

    More Highlights of the Makalu Expedition

    • Panoramic view of the Everest region
    • Local Rai and Sherpa culture
    • The red Panda is the rarest wildlife 
    • Adventurous ride from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 
    • Makalu Barun National Park (Natural Paradise).
    • Mt Makalu 8463m, Mt.Everest 8848 Mt.Kanchenjunga 8586m, Chamlang Himal
    • Barun Valley, Barun glaciers
    • Makalu-Barun National Park
    • Training with veteran climbers
    • UNESCO world cultural heritage site

    Best Time For Makalu Expedition

    The climatic conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable and extreme, so the changing temperature plays a vital part in determining the best time for the Makalu expedition.

    Spring and Autumn are the best times to climb Mount Makalu. They are an ideal time for Makalu Expedition with perfect weather and temperature. Spring arrives in April and lasts till May, while Autumn appears in September and finishes in November.

    There is no risk of snowfall and rainfall during these seasons. You can enjoy the mountain climbing adventure in the beauty of nature with blooming flowers and clear skies.

    During this trip, Luxury Holidays Nepal serves you the best quality service. If you are looking for other similar, we also offer Tilicho Peak Expedition, Singu Chuli Peak Climbing, Manaslu Expedition, Pisang Peak Climbing, Chulu West Peak Climbing, Ama Dablam Climb Expedition, Island Peak Expedition, Mera peak climbing, and many more.

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    Makalu Expedition (8,463m) Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Four nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
      Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs Department, clearance cost is subject to a charge. *before the expedition.
      Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Makalu, Makalu-Barun National Park permit & fee.
      1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
      Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
    • MAP:
      Trekking Route Map.
      Air Transportation (Domestic Flight): Fly from Kathmandu – Tumlingtar and drive from Tumlingtar to Num. While returning drive from Num to Tumlingtar and fly from Tumlingtar – to Kathmandu, as per the itinerary.
      Necessary all equipment Transportation for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (by air cargo/vehicle) and to Base camp (by Jeep and Porters) – While returning: Base camp to Tumlingtar (by porters and Jeep) and Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (by air cargo/vehicle). -Member’s personal equipment will be transported by air.
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porter or Yak.
      3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Tea house/Camp during the trek and BC. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff. Kailas or the north face tents will be set up while camping on sharing basis.
      All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
    • PORTERS:
      Porters per member up to Base camp from Num & Porters return from Base camp to Num.
      Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, equipment, food & clothing.
      Each member will have an individual Yak Mountain or Kailas tent in Base Camp.
      At Base camp: foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tent, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
    • HEATER:
      Heater for base camp in each Dining and another necessary camp.
      1 Solar panel or Generator for battery charge and light at base camp for use.
      1 veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Sherpa per member. (1 Member: 1 Sherpa).
      Climbing Sherpa's Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
      Summit Oxygen cylinder: 3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1 oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
      1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks & regulators for each member and high-altitude Sherpa. **
      Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
      High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pots for a member, High food for a member, Sherpa, all climbing and other crews at (C1) (C2) (C3) and (C4). Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
      The team of experienced Sherpas will fix the route on Makalu (no extra charge will be applied to members).
      Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
      Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
      Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
      Weather forecast report from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
      Comprehensive Medical kit.
      Mt. Makalu climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Makalu successfully).

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      The Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
      Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Travel and high-altitude insurance, accident, Helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
      Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve all kinds of beverages for members on base camp).
      Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
      Not included during the trek and the expedition.
      Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
    • TIPS:
      Tips for guides & basecamp staff.
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

    Dates & Availability

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      Mr. Jonah
      United States of America (the), New York

      Greater the view from the Top

      Luxury Holidays Nepal is their name while providing very fine and best services. During my Peak Climbing, Luxury Holidays Nepal gave me amazing services, and a great team, who support me during the journey in and very friendly manner. The whole journey is unforgettable for me. It was a great experience. Every step up makes the views more pristine and outstanding.

      Thank you Luxury Holidays Nepal for such an amazing wonderful trip. If I have to suggest the best trek company, I proudly suggest Luxury Holidays Nepal Pvt. Ltd. to everyone. Go and explore the Himalayan landlock country with them. 

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      Mr. Pedry Luis
      United States of America (the), Dallas

      Excellent choice for our Peak Climbing in Nepal

      Luxury Holidays Nepal was an excellent choice for our Peak climbing in Nepal. We had the most incredible Peak climbing. Our guide, Santosh Sherpa, is very knowledgeable, flexible, and caring about our needs and expectations. We had a fantastic guide and our porter was great. We enjoyed the personal attention and treatment from the time of arrival at the airport to our departure back home. The quality of service we received from LHN was excellent. Had a great experience! I highly recommend Luxury holiday Nepal and join this company for further holidays.

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      Mr. Ethan
      France, Lyon

      Everything was perfect. I am satisfied with the company

      My partner Renny and I climbed a peak in Nepal with the best company.! We had a great experience. Communication was very smooth and efficient during the planning period. It was a wonderful time of year to experience the mountains in the Autumn season. It was our best decision to choose Luxury Holidays Nepal as a travel company. Our guide Pradeep is the best guide. I highly recommend him. He is an experienced guide. His English skill is amazing. Our porter Dinesh is also a fantastic guy. He always takes care of us during peak climbing. Good food and accommodations were provided. Everything was perfect. I am satisfied with the company. See you guys in the future.


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    Essential Information

    Tourist Visa
    Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival. To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport copy. Visa application forms are available at the arrival hall, though some airlines provide this form on the flight. There are now visa registration machines in the immigration hall for people with electronic passports, which will automatically fill out the visa form for you after inserting your passport. Or, you can get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your own country before your arrival.

    On-Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    Getting in Nepal
    There are many entry points in Nepal but most of you will take a flight to Kathmandu which is the only entry point for travelers who are entering by air. Your expedition will officially begin after flying to Kathmandu where you will be picked up by a Luxury Holidays Nepal representative at the airport, so you need to provide your arrival details in advance. And also lets us know if your flight gets delayed right away so we can manage everything accordingly.

    Domestic Flights
    Domestic flights in Nepal are the main intercommunication to reach the region where you are going for your expedition as most of these regions are disconnected by road transport. Your flights into the Khumbu and any other region that are mentioned in your trip program will be reserved by us on your behalf. Due to the terrain and landscapes of Nepal domestic flights might get caught in weather delays which is why we recommend your return flight back home be changeable at any time.

    Altitude Sickness
    Altitude Sickness is an effect of high-altitude atmospheric pressure that results in a quick change in oxygen level and air pressure of the human body. The symptoms will arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatizing the body. It can happen to anyone even if they have great physical fitness if they climb faster at a higher altitude. It is better to ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness.

    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the expedition.

    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the expedition as your body requires more at a higher altitude.

    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip.

    Internet and SIM Card
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. During the expedition, the internet is available at the base camp for a certain amount of cost. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well.

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