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Makalu Expedition

"Makalu Expedition: Conquering the 5th highest peak (8,485m)."



50 Days


  • 49 BreakFast
  • 48 Lunch
  • 48 Dinner


  • Best lodge/Tea house/Camping


Starts at





Moderate to Challenging

Group Size






Optimal Season

Spring and Autumn



Daily Activity

peak climbing

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Salbin Basnet

Kathmandu, Nepal +977 9851102825


The Makalu Expedition is a challenging mountaineering endeavor that involves summiting Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, standing at an impressive elevation of 8,485 meters (27,838 feet). Situated in the eastern part of Nepal, Makalu is part of the Mahalangur Himalaya range and is known for its rugged and demanding terrain.

History: The first successful ascent of Makalu took place on May 15, 1955, by a French team led by Jean Franco. Since then, numerous climbers and expeditions have attempted to conquer this formidable peak, making it a sought-after destination for seasoned mountaineers.

Rules and Regulations: Climbing Makalu requires climbers to obtain a climbing permit from the Nepalese government, along with other necessary permits for the region. As with all high-altitude expeditions, there are strict guidelines and safety protocols in place to ensure the well-being of climbers and minimize the impact on the environment.

Trip Highlights:

  1. Challenging Ascent: Climbing Makalu involves technical challenges, including steep snow and ice slopes, crevasses, and exposed ridges, making it an exhilarating and rewarding experience for mountaineers.
  2. Scenic Beauty: The journey to Makalu Base Camp offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, lush valleys, and remote landscapes.
  3. Unique Flora and Fauna: The region is rich in biodiversity, with diverse plant and animal species, including rhododendrons, wildflowers, and elusive wildlife like the red panda and snow leopard.
  4. Cultural Encounters: The trek to Makalu Base Camp passes through traditional villages inhabited by Sherpa, Rai, and other ethnic groups, providing opportunities to experience local culture and hospitality.

Local Culture and Traditions: The Makalu region is predominantly inhabited by Sherpa communities, known for their mountaineering prowess and deep-rooted Buddhist traditions. Visitors may have the chance to witness colorful festivals, religious ceremonies, and monastic life at local gompas (monasteries). Sherpa hospitality and warm smiles welcome climbers, creating a sense of camaraderie amidst the challenging conditions.

The Makalu Expedition is a thrilling and awe-inspiring journey, demanding not only physical strength but also mental determination and respect for the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. It remains an adventure of a lifetime for those seeking to conquer one of the world's most majestic peaks.

Route Map

Route Map


  • Makalu Summit (8,485m): The ultimate highlight is reaching the summit of Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, offering breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Base Camp Beauty: Makalu Base Camp is nestled amidst stunning scenery, with towering peaks, glaciers, and the majestic Makalu dominating the horizon.
  • Challenging Climbing: The expedition involves technical climbing, ice and snow slopes, and negotiating crevasses, providing a thrilling and rewarding mountaineering experience.
  • Remote and Pristine: Makalu is located in a remote region, offering a sense of isolation and untouched beauty that few get to experience.
  • Rich Biodiversity: The trek to Makalu Base Camp passes through diverse landscapes with lush forests, alpine meadows, and unique flora and fauna, including rare wildlife.
  • Cultural Encounters: Interact with Sherpa and other local communities, immerse yourself in their rich culture, traditions, and monastic life in the Himalayas.
  • Scenic Flight: The flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar offers stunning aerial views of the eastern Himalayas before beginning the trek.
  • Unique Adventure: Climbing Makalu is a less crowded and more exclusive experience compared to other famous 8,000-meter peaks.
  • Crossing Sherpani Col: An exciting challenge, Sherpani Col is a high pass that connects Makalu Base Camp with the Everest region, offering unique views.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: The Makalu Expedition is a significant achievement for any mountaineer, bringing a sense of pride and accomplishment upon reaching the summit and completing the journey. The Makalu Expedition combines the thrill of technical climbing, stunning natural beauty, cultural exploration, and a profound connection with the Himalayas, making it an unforgettable adventure for those seeking the ultimate mountaineering challenge.


  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from Airport both domestic and international.
  • Snowy Dream World assistance in airport with its representative
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per itinerary.
  • 1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during trek and climb (Makalu Summiteers).
  • Kathmandu- Tumlingtar-Kathmandu for group and member.
  • All camping equipment like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest and toilet tents in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek, freshly cooked 3 meals, tea or coffee by Snowy professional cookin Base Camp.
  • Baggage allowance for trekking up and down is 60kg: 40kg ration per person.
  • Barun National Park entry fee.
  • TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System)
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Mt. Makalu.
  • Government appointed Liaison Officer during climbing period fully paid.
  • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs.
  • Required base camp and high altitude food for climbing member and all involved staffs.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator upon requirement of guest with reliable charge.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent in the ABC.
  • One day city tour in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • National English-speaking tour guide for city tour in Kathmandu.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • 3 Oxygen Bottles (4L) with mask and regulators.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger in Base Camp.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2, 3 and 4. Icefall charges.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket date change or reconfirmation and visa extension procedure assistance (where necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Dream World Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).


  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
  • Items of personal nature and laundry expenses.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone and Internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Summit Bonus US$ 1000.00 per Sherpa by per member.
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.

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