Climbing Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world, in the Himalayas, is a unique mountaineering feat that you will likely never forget. To get to the summit of this stunning peak, you must have prior mountaineering experience, a good fitness level and a certified guide that can help you both with the acclimatization and logistics. Treks to the top usually take between 50 to 60 days, which means 2 months of life-changing Himalayan immersion. Shorter treks to the base camp take between 20 and 30 days and are the perfect way for those with less mountaineering experience or time to experience the beautiful local culture and landscapes!
Nepal has 4 seasons: spring which is warm with rain showers, summer which is very warm and is monsoon season, autumn is cool with clear skies, and winter can reach very cold temperatures. Makalu weather will vary considerably depending on altitude as well. During autumn months, which are the best for climbing, temperatures at the start of the trek range 15°C (59°F) and drop to lows of -24°C (-11.2°F) at the summit.
Nepali, as well as a number of regional languages including Maithili and Bhojpuri
Fly in to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. Most guided programs include transport to starting point of the trek, including local flights, make sure to check with your guide to arrange logistics.
Visit in between October and November after the monsoon and before the winter for best climbing conditions and views.
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