Best Season :
September, October, November, February, March
Makalu, the world's fifth highest peak in the world rising to 27,765 feet (8,463 meters).This beautiful and impressive massive is situated just 14 miles east of Everest in the Khumbu region. Its size alone is impressive, but its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidiary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.) It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North. Chamlang, Mere, Hongku Chuli, Ombigaichan, Baruntse, Nhepau, Peak6, Peak7, Peak3, & Yaupa peaks are attraction parts after Makalu. It belongs to Makalu & Barun National park.
The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means Big Black and is a by-name of Shiva - one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect-Kumba karna, which means The Giant. Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. To date, there have been a total of 206 successful ascents of Makalu and a total of 22 fatalities. Prior to its first ascent in 1955, it was admired and studied by several Everest expeditions, but like a lot of other giants in the Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest was first ascended in 1954.
Travel in to the Shangri-La
Makalu Base Camp and magnificent views of the Mt. Makalu
Staying in mountain tea houses or Camp
Kirat & Sherpa villages and Cultures
Incredible mountain flight in and out of Tumlingtar
Views of Makalu, Chamlang, Barunche, Hongu chuli, Nhepau, Dorjelakpa, Chhugere Cave, Ice glacier & Lake
The vibrant, colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu(1336m).
Upon arrival in Kathmandu after the unforgettable experience of flying across the Himalayas you will be met at the airport by our staff. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Kathmandu to Lukla(2800m).
The mountain flight of 30 minutes into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting beginning to the trek one end of the runway is 60 meters higher than the other. We land in one of the most adventurous and difficult airport lying amidst the high hills.
Day 3 : Lukla to Khari khola/Or Panggum(3000m).
We climb down along the dense forest of pine, bamboo, where we get to see the wild bear barking deer and occasionally mountain tiger. The gentle slopy path till the Khari khola traverse along the Sherpa villages like Surke, Puiya, crossing the Khari khola we arrive at our stopping point which is famous for the (Khari dhunga) the place is rich with Sherpa culture and we visit the Gumpas, chorten and mani.
Day 4 : Khari khola to Najingdingma(2989m).
Crossing the Pangum danda, beautiful Sherpa village, we go over the Pangkongma laa (pass).then we take a gentle descend till Inkhu khola which flows on the icecold water from the Kusum, Kangru,Kangtega, Aamadablam , Hongku peaks and Panch Pokhari. The trail offers you the attractive views of the Naulekh peak range. The steep descent till Inkhu khola through the jungle is the next step. Crossing the suspension bridge at Inkhu khola a gentle climbs bring us to the Gai kharka the village of Sherpa people and the next Najingdingma. The stay at Najingdingma, the best spot for camping, offer you the scenic beauty of the Kusum Kangru peak range and the rare red panda are not so rare at Najingdingma.
Day 5 : Najingdingma to Sonam.
Our trek begins with a short steep climb over Surke La (3285m) and we slowly climb down the forest of bamboo, rhododendron, and pine trees. We come across the large pastureland for chhauri and sheep mani walls, chorten, and riders stone till kheraule and we enter into the kirat kulung settlements. They irrigated paddy fields traditionally build kulung houses and peaceful and friendly people all along our way till Hungu khola gives you the memory to keep for forever.crossing the suspension bridge we take a somewhat hard steep climb but the trail is worth as we don’t miss the carefully manuculated banana tress and paddy fields. The next we arrive at Sonam, Sherpa people occupy the whole area. We observe on close basis the religion, lifestyle and tradition of Sherpa people and many things like Gumpas, Chorten, Mani walls reflects the our entry into Buddhist people territory.
Day 6 : Sonam to Salpa phedi.
We trek along the Lidung khola, water from salpa pokhari flows on it, and a short climb to Salpa Bhanjyang (3414m) which offers you the magnificent views of Dudhkunda peak. Salpa pokhari, existing at the centre of three districts Solukhumbu, Bhojpur and Sankhuwashaba is the sacred place for both Buddhists and Hindus especially shaman. On the day of Baisakh Purnima (Full moon day of april), hundreds and thousands of pilgrims visit the place with religious belief and the shamans gathers here and shows their spectacular dance form and believes that they get the power and new strength from the Salpa mighty. The pilgrims visit the place on the belief that they will blessed with prosperity, happiness and good health when they visit the place on this day. It is situated at the lap of Silichong Mountain. the shaman believes that on the top of the Silichong mountain is a home to the deceased souls of kulung tribes. we might take one more additional day if we want to see the sacred Silichong in detail. Then the route follows the climb down along the rhododendron forest and and the beautiful villages.
Day 7 : Salpa phedi to Majuwa.
We then follow the Irkhuwa khola enjoying the scenic beauty of the river along with the villages of Indigenous kirat tribes. We may encounter a lot of porters transporting the supplies to the Solukhumbu. The irrigated paddy fields look beautiful on the strong sunshine. The walks are awarded with the attention graving natural beauty of the hills and villages.
Day 8 : Majuwa to Tumlingtar.
The straight path along the Arun river, the longest river in the East, leads to the deepest valley of the world-Arun valley. The stay at Arun valley is warm and the stay awards you the view of wild pig and Luiche(wild Chicken).The endangered animal is found in this area. Manakamana temple at Tumlintar stands high with the belief that it blesses you with all your wishes. We take a straight path along the Arun river to reach the Tumlintar where the attractive view of two giants flown in the east and west Arun and Sabhaya river meets giving the adding the beauty to the place.
Day 9 : Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu via the airway enjoying the excellent views of the Himalayan range
Day 10 : Departure
Accommodation in Kathmandu (hotel and lodge)
Accommodation in the route(Camp, side Tents/ tea houses)
Makalu Barun National Park Permit Fee
English speaking licensed guide
Comprehensive medical kit
15 kg luggage allowance
What's not included
Drinks, tip and expenses of personal nature
Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events