MAKALU EXPEDITION

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Trip Introduction

Mt. Makalu is a fifth highest mountain in the world. It was first photographed from the Tibetan side by the 1921 British Everest reconnaissance. SirMt. Makalu Edmund Hillary and Eric Shipton also photographed the peak during a side trip on the 1951 Everest reconnaissance. Hillary and others approached the peak a year later after the failure of their Cho Oyu expedition. The first attempt on the mountain was made in 1954 by a US team, mostly Californians, who trekked all the way from the Indian border near Biratnagar. At the same time a British team approached the mountain, but this expedition was abandoned when Hillary became seriously ill and had to be evacuated. In the autumn of 1954 a French team attempted the peak, but did not reach the top. In the following spring (1955), successfully ascents were made by three teams of French climbers on successive days.

In 1960 a large scientific and mountaineering expedition entered at the foot of Ama Dablam. In May 1961, the expedition trekked across the Mingbo La and other high passes to reach the foot of Makalu, from where they planned to climb the French route. But sickness stopped the expedition, which became a heroic struggle for survival.
Makalu has now had many ascents, several different routes having been made to the summit.

Day Itinerary Elevation
Day 01 Pick up from the International Airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2-3 Kathmandu, sightseeing we will spend a couple of days organizing permits and sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. The valley is the site of four ancient capitals with their attendant palaces, temples and squares, and the modern city’s chaotic and fascinating streets, markets, shops and restaurants with intermingled Buddhist and Hindu temples can keep you occupied for days. One night there will be a welcome dinner.
Day 04 Kathmandu to Tumlingtar
Day 05 Tumlingtar to Manybhanjyang (1100m)
Day 06 Manybhanjyang to Chichila (1700m)
Day 07 Chichila to Num (1600m)
Day 08 Num to Seduwa (1560m)
Day 09 Seduwa to Tashi Gaun
Day 10 Rest day for acclimatization
Day 11 Rest day for acclimatization
Day 12 Khongba-La to Dobato (3700m)
Day 13 Dobato to Nebe Kharka (4320m)
Day 14 Nebe Kharka to Sherson (4630m)
Day 15 Sherson to Makalu base camp
Day 16 Makalu base camp to higher camp
Day 17 – 49 Climbing Period Mt. Makalu (8463m).
Day 50 Cleaning up Base Camp
Day 51 higher camp to Yak Kharka
Day 52 Yak Kharka to Mumbuk
Day 53 Mumbuk.to Tashi Goan
Day 54 Tashi Goan to Num
Day 55 Num to Chichira.
Day 56 Chichila to Tumlingtar
Day 57 Tumlingtar
Day 58 Flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 59 Rest day in Kathmandu and farewell Dinner.
Day 60 Transfer to International Airport and fly home.

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