MT MAKALU :ALL ABOUT EXPEDITION


Mt Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 meters. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas, 19 km southeast of Mount Everest in Nepal. One in eight thousand, Makalu is an isolated peak shaped like a four-sided pyramid. Makalu has two notable tributary peaks. Kenchungtase or Makalu II (7,678 m) is located about 3 kilometers north-northwest of the main peak. About 5 km northeast of the main peak of a wide plateau, and connected to Kangchungtte by a narrow, 7,200 m saddle, is Chomo Lonzo.

Mt. Makalu resides within the eastern Himalayas range just 19Km southeast of the big Mt. Everest within the border of Nepal and China. Beautiful Arun Valley lies at the bottom of this mountain .This valley facilitates with stunning elevated waterfalls falling inside the deep gorges, diverse species of flora and fauna with rich cultures of ethnic communities like Sherpa and Kirat. Although, this area is somewhat isolated, it’s needless to say that, every visitor who every step here will take a memorable reminiscence with them for his or her lifetime.

Mt .Makalu -Notes Nepal
Mt .Makalu

Mt Makalu means turned south, while Khempalung means great deity. This is the footsteps of the mountain. The Mt Makalu area belongs to the Makalu-Barun National Park. The government has created the park in 2049 BS by combining hilly geography. Its area is 1,500 sq. Km. Similarly, the intermediate zone is spread over 830 sq km. The height of the park ranges from 435 meters to 8,485 meters. It is bounded on the west by Mount Everest National Park and on the north by Chomolong in Tibet. The park is rich in biodiversity. Herbs are found in the high hills here.

There are Bhote, Rai, Sherpa and other castes living in the park area. Tourists travel by car from Tumlingtar Airport (457 m) to Num and from Num to Makalu Base Camp (5,000 m).After trekking through Num, Seduwa, Tasigaun, Khongma Danda, Dobate, Yanglekharka and Langma, they stay at Makalu Base Camp.

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Makaul Expedition 

Mt .Makalu -Notes Nepal
Mt .Makalu expedition

The first attack on Mt  Makalu was made in the spring of 1954 by an American team led by Riley Keegan. The expedition was made up of members of the Sien Club, including members from California, including Alan Steak, and was called the Makalu California Himalayan Expedition.They attempted a south-east ridge, but were repulsed by a barrage of hurricanes at a distance of 7,100 meters. A New Zealand team, including Sir Edmund Hillary, was also active in the spring, but not too much due to injury and illness. In the fall of 1954, a French reconnaissance expedition made the first ascent of Auxiliary Kangchungtse and Chomo Lonzo.

Mt Makalu was first honored on May 15, 1955, by Jean Cozzi of a French expedition led by Lionel Terra and Jean Franco. Franco, Guido Magnon and Galgen Norbu Sherpa called Jean Bower, Serge Coupe, Pierre Leroux and Andre Vialte the next day, after the 17th. It was an amazing achievement at the time, with a large number of expedition members at the summit, especially at such a difficult peak. Prior to this time, the summit was reached most by members of one to two expeditions, with the rest of the teams providing logistical support before turning around and topping the house. The French team climbed Makalu through the saddle between Mt Makalu and Kangungatse, through the North Face and the North-East Ridge, establishing the standard route. The 1960-61 Silver Hut expedition attempted to climb without oxygen, but two assurances were unsuccessful.

Things to know 

Duration:50 days                       Max.Altitude : 8485m

COUNTRY : Nepal                     Best season: Autum/Spring

Walking /day :5-6 hrs

 

Makalu Base Camp

Mt .Makalu -Notes Nepal
Makalu Base Camp

It takes four days to reach Tumlingtar after returning from base camp. The trek will cross Siptanla Bhanjyang (4,125 m). There is no Sherpa settlement above Tasigaun (2,100 m).

Markhalogyu means turned south, while Khempalung means great deity. This is the footsteps of the mountain.The Mt  Makalu area belongs to the Makalu-Barun National Park. The government has created the park in 2049 BS by combining hilly geography. Its area is 1,500 sq. Km. Similarly, the intermediate zone is spread over 830 sq km. The height of the park ranges from 435 meters to 8,485 meters. It is bounded on the west by Mount Everest National Park and on the north by Chomolong in Tibet. The park is rich in biodiversity. Herbs are found in the high hills here.

There are Bhote, Rai, Sherpa and other castes living in the park area. Tourists travel by car from Tumlingtar Airport (457 m) to Num and from Num to Makalu Base Camp (5,000 m).After trekking through Num, Seduwa, Tasigaun, Khongma Danda, Dobate, Yanglekharka and Langma, they stay at Makalu Base Camp.

The park area is of great importance not only in terms of nature, biology and culture, but also in terms of religion. Shivadhara is across the Yanglekharka of the footpath. On the other side of the wall are separate caves named Shiva and Parvati.In Shivadhara, a fair is held on the full moon. Another religious center is Manakamana on the banks of the Arun River near Tumlingtar. September to December is the best time to visit Makalu Base Camp.

How to reach: Kathmandu-Khurkot-Dharan 400 km, bus takes 10 hours. Dharan-Basantapur-Khandbari 185 km, 6 hours by jeep. Or Kathmandu-Tumlingtar 45 minute flight. 4 hours by jeep from Tumlingtar to Num. An 8-day trek from Num takes you to Mt  Makalu Base Camp.

Route Description 

 

DAY 1 : Arrive to Hotel & shif in Hotel

DAY 2: REST ,Expedition  Preparation in Kathmandu 

DAY 3: Fly Ktm -Tumlingtar 

DAY  4: Trek (Num to Shedwa )

DAY  5 : Trek (shedwa  to Tashi Gaun )

DAY  6 : Acclimatization at Tashi 

DAY  7 : Trek ( Tashi   to Khongma  )

DAY  8 : Khongma to Mumbuk 

DAY  9 : Mumbuk to Nehe Kharka 

DAY  10 :Nehe Kharka  to  Mt Makalu Lower base camp

DAY  11: Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp 

DAY  12 : Acclimatization in Lower Base Camp 

DAY  13: Hike (Lower to Higher Base camp )

DAY  14 to 42 : Climbing Peroid 

DAY 43: Return Preperation

DAY 44: Trek(Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka )

DAY 46 :Trek (Khongma to Sheduwa)

DAY 47 : Trek ( Sheduwa to Num ,Drive Khadbari)

DAY 48 :Khadbari to Tumling Tar & Fly Kathmandu 

Day 49: Rest In Kathmandu

Day 50 : Final Departure 

 

Suggestions: When you go on a trip to Mt  Makalu, you have to prepare well and get good information

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