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Makalu Expedition

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“Satori Adventures operates full board guided Mount. Makalu expedition, the fifth highest mountain with the height of 8,485 m/ 27,838ft, each spring season. The Makalu was first successfully climbed by French climber Jean Couzy and Lionel Terrayon on May 15, 1955 via the Southeast route.”

Satori Adventures arranges full board Makalu Guided Expeditions each spring season via the southeast ridge climbing route. We have published our Makalu Guided Expedition 2024 and Makalu Expedition 2024 dates and programs which you can go through from the designated link. This pyramid shaped mountain peak Mt. Makalu was the first successfully climbed on 15th May 1955 by Jean Couzy & Lionel Terray, from French expedition on a second attempt led by climber Jean Franco.

Mt. Makalu is located in the Mahalangur range of the Himalaya which is the eastern Nepal Himalayas range and southeast of Mt. Everest. As per climbing tradition the southeast and the Northwest ridge are popular Mount Makalu climbing route. The summit of Mt. Makalu is located in the coordinates of 27°53'21'' N and 87°05'27'' E.

The trail to the Mt. Makalu expeditions passes through the beautiful valley of Barun with rich bio-diversity. Diverse ethnic communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa add cultural have inhibited the lower parts of the country.

Satori Adventures’ full board Mt. Makalu Expedition trip is of basically 55 days. It is good to attempt the climb in the spring season since this is the known Makalu climbing season, however, shall there be enough climbing members and we receive the request we can operate the expedition in the autumn season as well. For the reasonable Mt climbing cost, Makalu climbing info, Mt Makalu climbing map you are welcome to contact our expert consultant.

Mount Makalu – fifth highest mountain peak in the world – is difficult to climb in its own, but the chances of avalanches and rock-falls are relatively low. It is also safe because of comparatively less crevasses on the way.

After a two-day transit stay at Kathmandu for the final preparations such as check of climbing equipments; issue the climbing permits; purchase of high-altitude foods if required you proceed to the Makalu expedition with a flight to Tumlingtar. From the airport you trek to advanced base camp of Mt. Makalu. After some nine days trekking from Tumlingtar – the airport where you fly from Kathmandu – you arrive at the Makalu base camp.

Mt Makalu was first attempted to climb by American team in 1954 led by W. Siri under the banner of California Himalayan Expedition to Makalu. Their attempt was unsuccessful due to bad weather – constant storm beyond resistance – thus they were forced to turn back at 7,100 m/ 23,300ft. due to bad weather. The team of American climber used southeast ridge to climb. In the same spring, same year 1954, New Zealand team including famous now Edmond Hillary were trying but due to illness and injury their team abandoned from the Camp II.

In the fall of 1954, French Reconnaissance expedition to Mt. Makalu was carried out and they successfully climbed the subsidiary peak of the Makalu namely Kangchungtse or often called as Makalu II at 7,678 m/ 25,190 ft and lies some 3 km / 1.9 mile northwest of the main summit Makalu. This proved to be helpful for the successful summit of the Mt. Makalu next year in the spring.

Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy from the French Expedition lead by Jean Franco became first human to stand atop Makalu on May 15, 1955. Franco – the leader of the team himself, Guido Magnone, and Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa reached the top of Makalu next day. Next day on the 17th of May other climbers reached the top and became a huge successful expedition since almost all members of the team summit the peak. This expedition chose the north face route from the north East Ridge.

As an early explorations, in 1849 the peak was registered by Indian Topographical survey as the Peak XIII – XV was the notation given to the peak Mt Everest. From his expedition to Everest in 1921 as the team member of British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition, Howard Burey made elaborated description on Mt. Makalu region, and took pictures of the summit. Subsequently, the Britain Everest Committee led by Eric Shenton in 1951 located the routes on the South face of Makalu. As described earlier in 1955 French climbers reached on the summit of Mt. Makalu and since then many climbers have reached to the top.

In1970 Japanese mountaineers Ch. Takanaka and I. Otsaki climbed the South-East ridge of Makalu successfully and became the first team to summit the peak from south east route. 1971 French expedition team members J. Senior and B. Millet climbed the peak via the west ridge. In 1977 The Russian expedition team led by Sergey Efimov and his team Alexei Bolotov, Yuri Ermachek, Dmitri Pavlenko, Igor Bugachevski and Nikolai Jiline had summit most difficult west face of Mt. Makalu. The Italian climbers Simone Moro and Kazakh Denis Urubko became the first climbers to reach the summit of Makalu in the winter season.

Satori Adventures operates 55 days full board Makalu expedition each spring season. However we are not limited to the spring season be there your interest for the autumn season. We are equally efficient in both seasons for the Mt. Makalu Expedition operations with our staff resources, Sherpa guides, and others. We are happy to provide services at the fair and reasonable prices in autumn season too.

During the Mt. Makalu climbing, Satori adventures fixes five camps including Advance base camp.

Our Mt. Makalu Advance base camp will be at the height of 5,600 m / 18,372ft while the first camp is at an altitude of 6,400m / 21,000ft. The distance between these two camps is merely a 4-5 hours of ascent/walk. Our team fixes Makalu Camp II at a height of 6,800m/ 22,310ft which takes about 3 hours to climb from Camp I. Similarly, Camp III will be fixed at 7,450 m/24,445 ft. that is about 4 hrs. Ascent, and the final camp will be at an altitude of 7,900m / 25,918 ft. before the summit.

Satori Adventures offers unrivaled expedition services in Makalu Expeditions with high level of competency, safety measures, and comfort. We are attentive to small size of the climbing groups to bring you successfully to the top. What we are different to many commercial teams and expeditions is our efficient management due to group size.

You will be served with fresh and nutritious food at Base Camp in our Base Camp service and hygienic and nutritious food above Base camp for full board service. You will get sufficient mask, regulators, and bottles of Oxygen for your successful climb.

During your Makalu Climbing, we use climbing Sherpas who are the most seasoned, highly professional, experienced and trained in the western standard. They are known for their personalized care and professional assistance. We are in fact well known for the seasoned expedition operations in the Himalayas with safe climbing environment equipped with highly experienced Sherpas, sophisticated equipment’s, and unparalleled management abilities. Our price for the Makalu Expedition is affordable and competitive with the maximum success rate.

Your Makalu expedition starts from arriving in Kathmandu and after a two-day staying at Kathmandu and final preparations including climbing equipment, climbing permits, high-altitude foods, etc. trekking to the Advance Base Camp through beautiful Sherpa settlements. You will fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and reach to Advance Base Camp of Makalu Himal with 09 days of trekking.

You are welcome to contact our expert advisors for further information on Mt. Makalu Expeditions, Makalu Guided Expedition 2024, Makalu climbing route, Makalu Climbing Season and others.

Satori Adventures found that many mountaineers choose to climb the wrong technical mountain because of a lack of proper information before they decided. Accurate information is really important for you so you can fit the mountain as per your experience, stamina, and interests. When a climber read the wrong information about the technical parts of any mountain through internet/ websites, the climber will make the wrong decision where risk and unsuccessful results.

We found that many climbers get information from search engines, blogs, and social media regarding how technical is Mount Makalu climbing. Mountaineering is difficult. How easy or how difficult is Makalu expedition in comparison with other 8000m or the peak of similar heights. It also depends on the climber’s previous climbing experiences, physical fitness, weather, age, quality of personal climbing equipment, experience of climbing Sherpa guide, reputation and background of the operator, and climbing season as well.

Mt. Makalu is one of the hardest and technical eight-thousander in the world to climb. Primarily between Camp II to Camp III, and final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock climbing with some 400m of knife ridge ascent route.

The approach to base camp on its south side is through the Barun region of Nepal leading up to Sarsing Kharka Glacier. It starts with the flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu and the beautiful trek via Num, Yangle Kharka, Langmale Kharka to the Makalu Base Camp and Advance base Camp finally. The Advance Base camp of Makalu is also called Hillary Base camp at 5,600m /18,373 ft. This pre-climbing period of trekking is of 10-12 days including acclimatization period.

The Makalu Advance Base camp is on rocks so is hotter than other base camps. As the base camp is in front of the mount Makalu, the summit is almost invisible because of rays of sun in the morning and visible shining in the latter afternoon and evening. It takes about 5 hours to reach the Advance Base camp from Makalu Base camp. The first two hours is easy and light, and the rest of the three hours is difficult because of snow and rocks.

After two or three days of rest and preparation at the Makalu base camp, your climbing Sherpa guides take you up to the Camp I and Camp II for acclimatization. On average, it takes approximately four and half an hour for you in the first time to reach Camp I from the Advance base camp.

From camp 1, it takes about three hours ascends to reach camp 2, if you are a climber with average stamina. It depends on your acclimatization, weather condition, physical fitness, and walking pace. After an hour of snow uphill in 25-30 degrees ice wall slope, and another 30 minutes of the rough climb you reach sections which pose challenges for climbers. The journey between Camp-1 and Camp-2 is considered being a moderate part of the Lhotse expedition. There is one Ice Crevasse in this Lhotse climbing route. Climbing rope fixing team fixes the ladder 1 places (it depends on climbing season and year) to cross these crevasses. The ladder is in flat Steep in between 2.5-3 meters’ distance of Crevasse.

Mt. Lhotse camp 2 and Everest camp 2 is also located at the same place and point. Satori adventures have kitchen and dining arrangements at camp two where we are able to provide fresh cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner including all kinds of hot drinks. There is a totally fixed-rope route line between camps one and 2. Camp II is located at the height of 6,400m/20,997ft., which is also a safe location as the campsites of the Everest south col wall. There are totally Small and large sizes of stones and if there is snowfall then-new snows at the Lhotse Camp-2, climbing Sherpa’s guides fix the Dining tent, kitchen tent and member tent here to provide more quality of service.

The Mount Lhotse climbing from Camp 2 (C2) to Camp 3 (C3) is safe and comparatively easy to climb. It takes about three hours for average stamina climbers to climb this section. After two hours of walking above the snow slope about 15-20 degrees, you will arrive at the rope fixing section was about 100 m high vertical Ice slope below C3 and takes about 30 minutes to climb. This place is very steep with snow and ice. Since there are many climbers to climb Mt. Everest and Lhotse in the spring, not all climbers have enough space for Siberia. For the same reason, the third base should be made by clearing the snow and breaking the ice. Lhotse Camp-3 is pitched at an elevation of 6,900m / 22,638 ft.

From Camp 3, it takes about four and a half hours climbing to reach camp 4 (C4) for average stamina climbers. This duration can fluctuate depending upon how many climbers are there at a time to carry out their climbing. If there are many climbers ascending and descending and traffic is bad, then it may take 6-8 hours because the climbing route from the advance base camp of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse to the fourth camp (just below camp four) is the same for both the mountains. About 380 climbers on Mount Everest and 100 climbers on Lhotse and the same number of Sherpa guides strive for a successful ascent each spring season. The climbing route is a more vertical snow wall in this part, and with a limited Anker that can be used to either ascend or descend by one climber at a time in Yellow band. Lhotse camp–4 is also set up above the Ice. The Lhotse 4th base camp is also steep and ice-fearing, so space should be made and placed on the snow. Lhotse Camp 4 fixed about height of 7,925m /25,984 ft.

The Lhotse climbing route from the fourth camp to the mount Lhotse summit is smooth and safe except in Couloir below the summit where you have to walk and spent 6 hours to ascend and 4 hours to descend. We advise climbers to bring and wear a helmet as there is a greater risk of small rocks and ice fragments falling from the summit in this area. As per our previous experience, almost 90% of climber use Oxygen in this summit part. That might be the reason that climbers feel easy to ascend. You may start at about 23:00 pm to 00:00 am for the Lhotse summit target by 07:00 to 08:00 am. That means the distance between Camp 4 to Summit of Mt. Lhotse is an average of 08-09 hours of climbing distance—not fixed to any climber and it’s all approximate to the climber with average climbing stamina. It takes about 4-6 hours of descent from the summit to Camp four.

About one and half an hour ascending from the Lhotse Camp 4 you reach the vertical snow wall climbing place, which is about 45-50m to even 60 degrees of slope gorge between two hills. After crossing this vertical snow wall with fixed static rope, you ascend six to seven-hour further. Almost from here to just below the real Summit of Lhotse 8516m/ 27940ft. approximately, it takes about 30 minute’s average pace of 50 degrees of the vertical route to stand on the top of the mount Lhotse summit at a height of 8516m/27940ft. The rope fixing team always fixes the rope line from C4 to summit completely for safety reasons. The space on the Mt. Lhotse summit point is really narrow even hard to accommodate 2-3 climbers together. This is why sometimes there is long traffic on summit queues.

If you are a climber with good stamina, then you can descend all the way down to Camp 3 or even Camp 2 the same day from the summit. If you are a climber of average stamina, then you can descend to Camp 4 and then next day to Camp 2 and to the Advance Base camp the subsequent day.

Makalu Base Camp (5,600M/18,372ft):
Makalu Advanced base camp is located on a rocky moraine with amazing views of the Himalayan peaks surrounding. Satori Adventures’ Makalu Advance Base camp will be setup for almost one month period. On any 8000m expedition climbers spend most of their time at base camp thus naturally this base camp becomes a home away from home. We establish our camp at a walking distance between different groups and with a strategic view of the Makalu massif. Satori provides a personal tent which will be your private retreat for a month, a dining tent that is the common area, a shower tent and a toilet tent. When you arrive at the base camp it will already be fully established with hot beverages and snacks available immediately. Your base camp staff and high altitude climbing Sherpa will be awaiting there. Prior to your climbing period you will have a Pooja ceremony at the base camp for safe passage to the summit and good fortune with weather. This is one Nepalese tradition not to miss.

Makalu Camp I (6,400 m/ 21,000 ft.) 3-4 hrs. Ascent:
Once you completed some stimulating training session by your climbing Sherpa guide, to confirm coordination during the climb, at the Base Camp, you are now ready for your attempt to climb to camp I which is at a height of 6,400 m/ 21,000 ft. Prior to the first section of glacier you will encounter grassy slopes, rock boulders and moraine. Once on the glacier you will encounter mixed terrain including a few crevasses and some 200m of blue ice. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about an hour after which you reach at the crampon point at the mouth of the glacier. It takes approximately two hours of walk/climb the glacier portion. For climbers with average stamina it takes about 3-4 hours to reach to the Camp I. There are two sections of camps known as Lower Camp I and Upper Camp I and the distance between the two is about 100m/328ft. Thus Camp I is fixed between 6,400m – 6,500m depends upon the situations.

Makalu Camp II (6,800m/22,310ft): 2½hrs Ascent
Climbing from Camp I to Camp II at 6,800m/ 22,310ft. is considered the moderate technical section on Mt. Makalu climbing. During this section you encounter the heart of ice and snow. The first section is slogging over snow for about an hour, and then you encounter several steep sections of ice. You encounter to some short sections of ice fall during the climb, but that do not require ladder. These sections can be crossed with the help of fixed ropes, and few big steps. For the most climbers this is the crux of the route. To climb from Camp I to Camp II, slow climbers take about 2½-3 hours. Camp II is situated above the beautiful snowy terrace.

Makalu Camp III (7,450 m/24,445ft): 4 hrs. Ascent
This is the longest section of the route in distance. It extends 600 m/ 1,968ft. It does not require any ladder crossings, but there are few crevasses that are roughly a half meter long that you jump. Main ropes are fixed by a climbing Sherpa support team. Climbers primarily feel easier to climb this section but still not to be taken lightly. Climbing is on sustained slopes and there is exposure to cold and wind. This is the camp from where 40% of climbers plan to do their summit push. However, Satori Adventures always fixes Camp IV before the summit so that clients can get a half night rest and accomplish their summit bid successfully. This section roughly will be climbed in 4 – 5 hours depending on stamina and exposure in this height.

Makalu Camp IV (7,900 m/ 25,918ft.):
Though many climbers attempt their summit push from Camp III, but we fix Camp IV for the successful climbing of Makalu. Climbing from camp III to camp IV feels like a short day, the distance is short, but now you are nearing the death zone. The oxygen level is very low at this altitude so it is expected that any effort no matter how minimum or trivial will be arduous. You climb for some 3 hours on a steep snow that is at 50º-55º slope. The section is a bit dangerous in autumn season because the snow slope covers a layer of ice that makes the section avalanche prone. This is the reason Satori Adventures operates Mt. Makalu Expedition in the spring season only. Many consider the crux of route to be the Seignior Wall which will be crossed here. Camp will be set up right above the Makalu La. Camp IV at 7,900m allows you to have a shorter summit day.

Makalu Summit (8,485m/ 27,838ft): 16-17 hrs.
This is the most important section of the climbing and the day you achieve your long standing goal. You may begin your summit bid at around 11:00 pm. If all goes well you reach the summit between 7-10am. While approaching to the summit there is a false summit below the main summit. The main summit is reached via an exposed ridge. The climbing is not technical in the early part as you ascend through several basins with short snow headwalls. Satori Adventures Sherpa guides will fix ropes, break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the 5th highest mountain in the world. It takes about five hours to return to Camp IV from the summit and another two hours to get to camp three for overnight stay.

Satori Adventures operate our expedition in the Himalayas with well-trained Sherpas of western standard born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas. Their excellence and glorious climbing history need no more explanation. Our Sherpas have climbed Everest and other peaks in the Himalayas of all heights multiple times, and prove themselves to be the best climbers and Leader/guide.

Our Sherpas will make sure that cooperation with other Sherpas from different companies and Base Camp organizations is intact. It is essential that all climbing teams work together in the Himalayas with proper contribution from all operators on the tasks such as route fixing and ensuring safety of climbers from Base to the summit. Our Sherpas lead in these efforts.

How to choose an experienced expedition service provider
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only fits with their needs, but provides the best possible, safe, and secured climbing experiences. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who claim to offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies operate expedition to 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed on this adventure year after year.
It is very important that you choose Satori Adventures for this kind of a lifetime experience trip which must be compatible with the program we offer with your expectations.  We do not want to simply “fill our expedition” seats, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable climbers who are focused on reaching their goal i.e. the summit of Mt Makalu. We commit and promise to provide the level of support and safety standards that are equal to the Mt Everest expeditions. We offer the best possible environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.

Small-Sized climbing Team members
We are constantly focusing on improving our operational systems to ensure you benefit from the services we provide as much as you can. We make sure that our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! To ensure the optimum chances of summit, we limit our team size. That gives the best summit options even in the limited window of good weather. There is a common practice that companies operate the expedition in the big size of group offering cheap climbing costs that quite often have to split out the group over several groups on the potential summit days. We try our best to make sure that our climbing members feel that they are climbing as a family and friends besides international combination. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.

Maximum Summit Success Rate
Satori Adventures’ methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest and other 8000m helps towards the highest success rates. And similarly our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operators, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and more chances of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client in our expeditions. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Mt. Everest multiple times and the Mt Makalu as well.

Highly Qualified Sirdar/Team leader
Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enable them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition. They have many years of mountaineering experiences on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experienced in both advanced and basic rescue courses as well and can handle the risk situations independently and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding experiences on the Mt. Everest and other 8000 m peaks.

Advanced Communication method
Satori Adventures all expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting services. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staffs is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.

Facilities camp setup at Base Camp and Kitchen at camp two
Satori Adventures focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services. We find that this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are some of the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.

Approaches to ABC
The approach on its south side is through the Barun region of Nepal leading up to SarsingKharka Glacier. It starts with the flight to Tumlingtar and the trek via Num (1980m/6,496ft), Seduwa (1500m/4,922ft), Tashigaoun (2100m/6,890ft), KhongmaDanda(3500m/11483ft) ,Dobsto (3650m/11,975ft),YangleKharka (3600m/11,811ft), LangmaleKharka (4410m/14469ft),  Makalu Base Camp (5018m/16,464ft) to Advance base Camp (5600m/18,373ft). It takes typically 12 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

What to expect?
When you arrive at the base camp, our staff will set up the camp and you will have time to rest and continue to acclimate. Upon completing a Pooja ceremony at base camp, our team of Sherpa’s will begin to open the route to camp I. When this is completed, our guides will begin to take you and necessary loads of logistics to camp I. Depending on your physical fitness and bodies’ reaction to altitude, you may stay at camp I for a second night, or move up to camp II and then descend back to base camp.

Our team will then open the route and fix the lines to camp II and supply the camp with gear, equipments and food. If required for acclimatization and if the weather conditions allow, you may sleep a second night at camp II, or proceed up to camp III and then return. During your rest and time at base camp our team will continue to open the route, fix the camp and line and supply food, oxygen, and equipment and prepare for the summit push.

After your camp I and II acclimatization, our climbing guides will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery conditions. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and conditions are good, we will begin the summit push. On the summit push, you will move to camp I, camp II and then camp III before moving to the summit.

If due to any reason (bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, or other unavoidable incidence) we have to return to base camp before the summit push, but still have climbing time, good weather conditions and climbers are interested for another summit push, we will provide one more opportunity. However, more than 98% of climbers either summit on the first try, or give up the trip after the first summit attempt.

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 Facts of the Trip

  First Ascent: May 15, 1955

  Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu. B, L, D during trek & climb

  Highest access: 8485m (27,838ft) 

  Duration: 54 days (typically)

  Group Size: 06-10 persons per Group.

  Co-ordinates: 27°53'21''N / 87°05'27''E

  Location: Mahalangur Parbat

  Region/Country: Sankhuwasabha/ Nepal

  Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)

  Grade: PD+ Scottish Grade III/IV

  Accommodation: Three star to five star hotel as request.

  Transportation: Car, Flight, Tourist bus

  Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous)

  Major Activity: Trekking/ Mountaineering

  Include Activity: Scenic flight to Tumlingtar

  Culture: Sherpa and Rai

  Mode of Travel: Tea House/ Camping

  Climbing route: South East Ridge/ Northwest Ridge

  Himalayan sights:Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga

Brief Itinerary details of Makalu (8,485 m /27,838 ft.) Expedition

Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1,350 m /4,430ft).

Preparation and briefings at the Department of Tourism. Last minute shopping.

Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar – a small town located in the bank of Arun River – after breakfast. A beautiful drive through the picturesque landscapes will take you to the village of Num (1,980 m/6,496ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Num to Seduwa (1,500m/4,922ft) 6-7 hrs Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaoun (2,100m/6,890ft) 5 -6 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Tashigaoun to Khongma Danda (3,500m/11483ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Exploration and Acclimatization day at Khongma Danda (3,500m/11,483ft) Lodge/ Camping accommodation.

Trek from Khongma to Dobsto (3,650m/11,975ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Dobute to YangleKharka (3,600m/11,811ft) 5-6 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4,410m/14469ft) 6-7 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Exploration and Acclimatization day at Langmale Kharka(4,410m/14,469ft) Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (5,018m/16,464ft) 6hrs. Camping accommodation.

Rest and acclimatization at the base camp (5,018m/16,464ft)

Trek from Base camp to Advance Base Camp (5,600m/18,373ft) 5 hrs.

Climbing period for Makalu (8,485 m/27,838ft) and return to Base camp and clean the camp and prepare to return.

We set the Camps as follows:
Camp I – 6,400 m/ 21,000 ft
Camp II – 6,800m/22,310ft
Camp III – 7,450 m/24,445ft
Camp IV – 7,900 m/ 25,918 ft
Makalu Summit – 8,485m/27,838ft

Trek from Advance Base Camp to Yangli Kharka (3,600m/11,811ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Yangli Kharka to Dobato (3,650m/11,975ft) 6-7 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Dobute to Khongma (3,500 m/11,483ft) 6-7 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Khongma to Seduwa (1,500m/4,922ft) 6-7hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Trek from Seduwa to Num (1980m/6,496ft) 6-7 hrs. Lodge/camping accommodation.

Drive from Num to Tumlingtar. Lodge accommodation.

Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu (30min) transfer to your hotel of requested category in Kathmandu in B&B Plan.

Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu; Farewell-Celebration dinner with culture program in the Evening.

Transfer to the airport for final departure

Full Board Service Cost (Includes)

  • To ensure your safety and avoid the natural panic of people entering a new destination for the first time, Satori Adventures provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representatives of Satori Adventures will be waiting for you on arrival at both domestic and international airports with a Satori banner with your placard so that you can easily find our person. Satori's identity card will accompany the person for your confirmation.
  • According to the above Makalu Expedition climbing schedule, Satori Adventures will arrange four nights demanded category (from tourist star to five-star) of hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures will provide experienced, and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking/ climbing Sherpa guide (Expedition leader) during the trekking and climbing. 
  • Surface transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the scheduled itinerary. 
  • According to the schedule program, Satori Adventures arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Tumlingtarto Kathmandu for climbing members and climbing Sherpa guides.
  •  Satori Adventures will provide you with a lovely tea house accommodation (except chain hotels) to stay in and eat during the trekking trails.
  • Lunch in the trekking is usually made on the way, while dinner and breakfast are made at the tea house where you stay overnight. Satori Adventures provides a clean and fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/ coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trek and camping accommodation at the advance base camp and Camp-02 during the ascent of Mount Makalu
  • Satori Adventures will arrange all food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the Makalu expedition for both members and expedition crews.
  • Satori Adventures provide EPI Cooking gas, and the stove will be provided in camps one, three, and south col for cooking food, tea, coffee, boiling water, and heating nutrition high altitude package food.
  • Satori Adventures will provide all the essentials for trekking, Makalu climbing, rowing, and camping at the advanced base camp.
  • Climbing Mt. Makalu duration takes more than other 8000m and brings an extended stay at the Advance base camp. Items like kitchen tents, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils are high quality and branded, where we will try to provide more convenience.
  • During the ascent of Mount Makalu Satori Adventures will provide a chef cook, cook assistant, helper, and base camp manager at the advanced base camp to take care of your food, drinks, and other necessary services your good and comfort.
  • Satori Adventures allow up to 60kg of personal climbing equipment per person during the flight onboard and during trekking in Makalu expedition carried by porter/ yak/ mules.
  • The offer cost includes Mount Makalu south regular route climbing royalty and the Nepal Government's climbing permit. (Permit issued by Department of Tourism)
  • As Mount Makalu Peak is located at Makalu Barun National Park territory, Satori adventures provide you a permit for Makalu Barun National Park Permit.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Makalu Consversation so Satori Adventures provides you a TIMS permit too.
  • The right weather is a crucial factor in a safe and successful ascent. As far as possible, we will provide a regular upcoming day's weather forecast from the Kathmandu office for the Makalu climb duration.
  • Satori Adventures provides all wages, clinical, equipment, and accidental insurance for all elaborate staff in the journey and climbing.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your climbing and health safety.
  • Trekking and mountaineering are often inaccessible and far from information, communication, and transportation in the Himalayas, so information and communication are significant for safety and a successful trip. That's why Satori Adventures provides satellite phones, walkie-talkies (radio set) with the expedition team leader, and your climbing Sherpa guide. Satellite phones available for members at the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Satori Adventures provides V25 north face two main model tents with comfortable mattresses at the advanced base camps, and above the advance camp, two members have one tent. (In advance base camp 1:1 tent and above base camp 2:1 tent as per safety.)
  • Satori Adventures offers dynamic/static rope, ice screws, snow bar, and rock piton locked unlocked Carabiners to open the route and for safe and successful climbing.
  • Satori Adventures arrange a generator for back- up lighting power and charge electronic tools if solar panels are not enough for light and charge the battery.
  • Satori Adventures arrange transportation, service of food, all needed expedition, content supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures will try to make the base camp as convenient as possible. We will provide you a heater at the base camp for heating the dining room during cold temperatures (mostly required for evening and morning).
  • Health is a prime concern during your climbing expedition. This is why Satori Adventures include emergency oxygen, mask, and regulator provided to guest and expedition staff requirements.
  • Till the date, there's no available alternative to electricity or lighting at the Makalu , so that Satori Adventures provides solar panels or generators for lighting, battery, and mobile charging at the base camp.
  • Satori Adventures include Icefall charges ,Summit rope cost charged by Expedition Operators Association, and Himalayan Rescue Association medical insurance charged in the package cost.
  • For the climbing proposal of acclimatization and summit target, Satori Adventures included all tents for camps 1, 2, 3, and 4 for members and staff.
  • During your climbing expedition, Satori Adventures offer you clean, nutritious, and fresh food at the advanced base camp and camp two in Makalu. We provide you nutrition, high altitude package food, and essential EPI cooking gas and stoves to boiled water, tea, coffee, and warm pocket food above the advanced base camp.
  • Satori Adventures provides all food and fuel for both members and crews at advanced base camps and higher camps during the Makalu expedition.
  • We offer each climber One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteers Climbing / Expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client with the idea of making your ascent safe and successful. There will also be one experience and professional Leader, Sherpa, for each expedition group. 
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment allowance, and the load carries bonus for involved staff in trekking and climbing expedition.
  • The package cost includes all wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for the liaison officer.
  • Satori Adventure always has concerned and top priority about our trekking guides, climbing Sherpa guides, cooks, porters, and involved staff safety during the period of trekking and high mountain climbing. For this reason, we always do medical insurance, helicopter evacuation insurance, and treatment insurance for all involved staff with a reputed insurance company.
  • As Mount Makalu’s ascent is long, the stay at Camp two is more extended due to acclimatization. We also take care of our climbers in Camp two and arrange kitchen dining arrangements to supply freshly cooked food. 
  • For your convenience, we always provide maps of related trekking and trekking peak climbing.
  • During the climbing period of summit target, Satori Adventures included Five bottles (28 liters) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided to each climbing member (we use Poisk brands of Oxygen which is one of the trustful oxygen brands for high altitude)
  • As adequate quality oxygen, masks and regulators are crucial during Everest climbing. We provide masks and regulators from the latest model of summit or top out brands.
  • Before your departure, as a memory, Satori Adventures would like to handover Satori T-shirt/ Pashmina and Brochure.
  • If you need any assistance with departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, Visa extension procedure services, Satori Adventures fully support you without any charges.
  • The above offer price includes our official service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.

Full Board Service Cost (Excludes)

  • Kathmandu is Nepal's capital, and since this place offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the food you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except farewell dinner) by yourself.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself as a customer often requires these items during the trekking. There's no guess on how much and will take by the client and its cost.
  • Expenses are incurred towards personal nature trekking, climbing equipment, laundry expenses, tips, landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, and the internet service is not included in the package. You have to pay for it yourself when you use it.
  • Personal climbing equipment is one of the significant factors for your safe and successful climbing. So you have to arrange all your personal climbing equipment brand and quality on your own.
  • Mountaineering is, in itself, a risky and adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to arrange your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa by yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/ unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations costs are not included in the package cost.
  • Additional costs if needed extra workers, than what we have included in the package.
  • As per the Mountaineering Association and Department of Tourism rules, after the successful summit, the climbing member has to pay a summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides US$ 1500.00 minimum to be paid before departure from Kathmandu.
  • Our involved expedition staff (chef cook, cook, cook assistance, base camp manager) are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and thank you for the kind of service you have rendered. Normally US$ 250-300.00 per person collected by the team leader and divide to all involved base camp staff except climbing Sherpa guide.
  • The short sentence, "All the services not mentioned in the above package (cost includes parts) are excluded," It will cost extra if you want additional services.

Base Camp Service Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the international airport by Satori Adventures while arriving and departing Kathmandu.
  • 5 Nights Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis.
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Schedule flight tickets for Kathmandu-Tumlingtar-Kathmandu to all the climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment’s such as: Kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance base camp and camp II.
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at base camp and chef at camp II.
  • 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking.
  • 3 fresh meals a day: Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at base camp, and camp II.
  • 40kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking to base camp which will be carried by porter.
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, Washington based company.
  • Trekking permit (Makalu Barun national park entry fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit of Nepal government to climb Mt. Makalu (8485M).
  • Nepalese government royalty and fees.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staff in trekking and climbing period.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for chefs, kitchen assistants.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for government liaison officer.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients at a cost of $3USD per minute.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask and regulator provided at the request of the client with appropriate charges.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charging.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chambers).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp II.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Mount Everest. 
  • Generator will be providing for back-up lighting power and charging electronic devices.
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/yaks to base camp).
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation.
  • Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Satori Adventures t-shirt/pashmina, brochure.

Base Camp Service Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses, tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phones and internet expenses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gear.
  • Any extra services, products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescues, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Climbing Sherpa, high altitude food and fuel above base camp (in camp two we have kitchen to provide food even for base camp service user).
  • Tent above base camp (except camp II).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Wake talkies.
  • Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Government licensed climbing guide(s).
  • Appropriate food for high altitude.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.



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