Makalu 1

Makalu 1

Makalu 1

Trip Facts

Duration : 51 days

Difficulty Level : 5

Group Size : 2 to 12

Maximum Altitude : 8463 m

The Makalu 1 is one of the “big and prestigious” peaks of more than 8000 m. It is a “big piece” at 8463 m. It is located east of Everest. Access is from Tumlingtar Airport. It takes 11 days of walking to reach the base camp located at 5400 m. 5 camps of altitude are necessary for the ascent. Once well acclimatized to the altitude, camp 1 at 5900 m can serve as an advanced base camp to avoid the long distance between base camp and C1. The last camp C5 is about 7900 m.

The ascension of Makalu 1 like that of Everest is done more and more in the spring. The monsoon in recent years extends after mid-September until early October making the approach difficult because of the rain and the dangerous rise due to large amounts of snow. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy with the expedition led by Jean Franco were the first at the summit of Makalu on May 15, 1955.

Makalu 1 Camps

Base camp at 5400 m.

C1 base camp advanced to 5800 m. Once acclimated to the CB it is interesting to make an advanced CB because the journey from the CB is long. Another advantage of advanced CB is that you can see the entire route to C3. The advanced CB is on a rock platform.

C2 at 6300 m. From the advanced CB, we go up the glacier quite flat until a serac that requires the installation of ropes fixed on 50 m. Then the climb to C2 is done on the glacier without difficulty. Some crevasses are big enough but very visible.

C3 to 6700 m If the conditions of stability of the snow are good it is necessary to make a camp C3 towards 6700 m. The problem is that this whole area is an avalanche area. Beware of crevasses from C3.

C4 at 7300 m. The C4 is at Makalu La. The climb to the neck of Makalu The 7300 m is on slopes between 35 ° and 45 ° with a mixed part equipped with fixed ropes. The camp is installed at the pass about 7300 m with a view of Everest and the entire course that awaits us for the future. This place can be very windy.

The C5 is installed around 7900 m. The climb to C5 is in large slopes not very steep. But the altitude is there.
Departure in very cold weather towards camp 5 around 7900 m.

Camp 5 is located just behind the snow ridge in front of the Makalu summit

Technical level – the prerequisite

  • Have experience on a summit of more than 6000 m.
  • Have a very good physical condition
  • Have a practice of mountaineering, be able to cling to the ascent or descent on slopes of 35 ° to 45 °, know to use a jumar, a chute, etc.
  • Being autonomous in high altitude camps, making water, eating, etc.
  • Finally, to know how to live as a team in an environment that is not always easy.




  • 51 days
  • April May and September-mid October
  • Maximum altitude: 8463 m

Trip Itinerary

1 arrival Kathmandu hotel transfer
2 a day in Kathmandu
3 Tumlingtar flight direction 500m
4 Khadbhar 4 hours 1000 m
5 Chichila 6 hours 1800m
6 Num 5 hours 1500m
7 Sedua 6 hours 1500m
8 Tashi Gaon 5 hours 2000m
9 Kauma 6 hours 3300m
10 Mumbuk 5 hours 3500m
11 Nhe Kharka 6 hours 3000m
12 Sherson 7 hours 4600m
13 Makalu Base Camp Hilary 5 hours 4800m
14 Hilary base camp rest 4 hours 5200m
15 Makalu Base Camp 7 hours 5400m
16 Acclimatization BC Makalu 5400 m
17 to 42 climbing period
43 Yangle Kharka 5h 3500m
44 Mumbuck 5h 3800m
45 Tashigaon 7 hours 2350m
46 Num 6 hours 1600m
47 Chichira 6 hours 2000m
48 Tumlingtar 7 hours 500m
49 Kathmandu Flights
50 1 day Kathmandu
51 Departure

Service Includes

  • 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel with breakfast
  • 1 cook and his helpers
  • 1 altitude sherpa with equipment for 2 climbers
  • Certec hyper bar cabinet
  • A satellite phone
  • The return flight Kathmandu-Tumlingtar
  • Carrying loads to the CB with the Carriers
  • Food during the tour and all the kitchen equipment as well as chairs, table, etc. Food in altitude camps.
  • Gas in the high altitude camps
  • 1 Sirdar who is one of the altitude Sherpas
  • Solar panels
  • Equipment in fixed ropes, snow piles, etc.
  • The tents of the base camp (Ref Force 3/4 places for 2 climbers) and altitude camps (North Face). Mess tent, kitchen tent, toilet
  • Insurance for the Nepalese team
  • Hotel-airport transportation
  • The royalties of the summit and access trek. “Deposit Garbage” supported by the agency.
  • The Liaison Officer and his equipment
  • End of the trip meal taken together in Kathmandu

Service Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance Repatriation assistance
  • Your mountain gear (harness, crampons, sleeping bags, etc.) Race food
  • Sherpas tips
  • Airport taxes and visas
  • Telephone, walkie-talkie, alcoholic drinks and soda
  • The plane A / R Paris
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