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Makalu summit

53-day expedition to Makalu summit

Join Jyachang, an IFMGA certified guide on this 53-day mountain expedition to Makalu in Nepal, the fifth highest peak in the world.




53 Days


Mar - May, Sep - Nov






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Want to live a real mountain expedition on one of the eight-thousanders?

Then join me on this 53-day trip, an unforgettable expedition to the summit of one the five highest peaks in the world: Makalu, in Nepal.

The eight-thousanders are the only 14 mountains in the world that rise above 8,000 meters. They are all located in Asia. Makalu Mountain has an elevation of 8,463 meters above sea level. It's located in the Mahalangur region of the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and China, just 14 miles from Everest.

Makalu is known around the world for being one of the most difficult mountains to climb. It's also notorious for its pyramid shape with four spectacular knife-edged ridges. Its name comes from a Sanskrit word, Maha-Kala, that in english would be Big Black.

After spending one day in the city of Kathmandu for a briefing at the Ministry of Tourism, we will take a flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Khadabari, where we’ll begin the trek. Seven days later we will arrive at Makalu Base Camp. The climbing period starts on day 13 and takes about 31 days. On day 51 we will fly from Tumlingtar back to Kathmandu. We will take a free day in Kathmandu before going back home, on day 53.

So, if you want to come with me to this unforgettable mountain adventure please fill out the form. It’ll be my pleasure to guide you to the summit of Makalu!

And if you’re looking for a shorter and easier expedition you should take a look at my 2-week guided trek to Yala Peak, a really amazing adventure to practice climbing while enjoying the beauty of the Langtang valley.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Pickup from Airport to Hotel

Day 2: Briefing at Ministry of Tourism

Day 3: Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Khadabari (1280 m)

Day 4: Trek Khadabari Drive and to Num (1560m)

Day 5: Trek Num to Sheduwa (1500m)

Day 6: Trek Sheduwa to Tashi Goun (2100m)

Day 7: Trek Tashi Goun to Khongma (3760m)

Day 8: Trek Khongma to Mumbuk (3520m)

Day 9: Trek Mumbuk to Nebe Kharka (4320 m)

Day 10: Trek Nehe Kharka to Makalu BC

Day 11: Rest day at BC

Day 12: Makalu Base Camp to ABC

Day 13 to 44: Day 13-44 Climbing Period

Day 45: Trek BC to Merak

Day 46: Trek Merak to Mubuk

Day 47: Trek Mubuk to Tashigau

Day 48: Trek Tashigau to Num

Day 49: Trek Num to Khadbari

Day 50: Trek Khadbari to Tumlingtar

Day 51: Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Day 52: Free Day In Kathmandu

Day 53: Final Departure Back to Home

About the guide: Jyamchang & Guides' Team

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Jyamchang & Guides' Team



Mountain Guide

Hi! I'm Jyamchang, IFMGA/NNMGA certified mountain guide. I work together with a team of certified and professional mountain and trekking guides. If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take great care of you.

I come from the East part of Nepal, between Makalu (8,470m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m). I am IFMGA/UIAGM fully certified since 2009.

I have 20+ experience of climbing in the Himalaya. I’ve climbed Mt Everest (7 times), Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet (2 times), Mt Ama Dablam (8 times), Baruntse (2 times), Island peak (15 times), Lobuche (10 times), Pokhalde (10 times), Mera peak (10 times), Mehera peak (5 times), Chulu far east (3 times), Mt Shishapangma until camp 3, Manaslu until 7200m, and Chulu West, Lhakpa ri and other another few more times.

I also have extensive experience of climbing in Europe: France, Italy, UK and Norway (where I work for three months during the summer as a glacier guide).
I'm also a technical mountain rescue coordinator for the 8000's.

It will be my pleasure to guide you through your journey whether for trekking, peak climbing or any mountaineering expedition. Get in touch and let's discuss about the purpose of your trip.


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What people are saying about Jyamchang & Guides' Team



As some famous mountaineer once said about his Sherpa climbing partner, Jyamchang belongs to a new generation of Nepali guides who really love to climb. For them, mountaineering isn’t just about business. And that’s the reason why we got along very well whilst attempting the ascent of Ama Dablam in April 2017. We were lucky enough to be able to meet beforehand in Chamonix for a thorough check-up of the equipment and a briefing on the various logistics. I found him to be that kind of straight-to-the-point, smiling and organized person I was hoping to have as a guide and partner for an ambitious climb above 6000 meters, which I had only performed once before (on Island Peak). We met at the airport in Kathmandu and joined a good friend of mine and his trekking guide, who accompanied us during the acclimatization trip across the 3 passes and on to EBC. This gave us plenty of time to get our bodies accustomed to altitude. Jyamchang and I performed a daily health check-up to monitor the effects of altitude, a routine which I found to be very professional. We had agreed during our first Skype discussions that we were going to climb alpine style. That is minimum logistics, no fixed ropes etc. The idea of climbing a difficult mountain such as Ama Dablam without these facilitating artefacts strongly appealed to me, and I appreciated that Jyamchang pushed for this approach of the climb. This was not just pulling the client to the top of the mountain and then collecting the summit bonus. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions the day before summit day, we were unable to reach the summit. However, I found that Jyamchang’s attitude during the difficult descent with rapidly degrading weather conditions, and another party that we had to help descend, was again showing a professional and competent approach to the mountain environment. All in all, we had a great time in the beautiful surroundings of the Khumbu valley and may be climbing together again in a future expedition. I can strongly recommend Jyamchang for trekking and climbing elsewhere in the world (Jyamchang also guides in Norway). Martin, 32 - Belgium



Our guide Phurpur was amazing and the climb was surreal. However, we finished the trip early due to a fast pace while walking and this meant we had to pay for our own food and accommodation from day 17 to 20. Which we felt was unjust as we were penalised for going faster than normal, had we known this was the case we wouldn’t have done it. Also be warned, although our guide was amazing, we didn’t get the IFMGA guide as advertised, we got a trekking guide. Finally, we did not receive a 3-day glacier course as promised on the itinerary. We raised these points to Jyamchang, but no compromise was made on their behalf. Overall, happy with the guide but very disappointed with the company and how they dealt with our situation. If the listing was properly advertised and you received what was listed with no catches and clauses we would have been happy, but this is not the case.



We had the pleasure of climbing Island Peak with High Himalayan; our trip included Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Island Peak. Jyamchang and his entire team did an extraordinary job of taking care of us, always doing the extra to take care of us and make sure we had the best possible opportunity to succeed with our climb. The team is both skilled and strong, and helped us in every possible way, such as carrying extra from our personal equipment to relieve our loads etc. We would not have succeeded on Island Peak without the care, support, help and patience from a strong team of climbing guides. One area for improvement; we would have appreciated more information about practicalities, equipment, itinerary etc before the trip. I hope to return to Nepal again in the not-too-distant future and would be happy to make a new trip with High Himalayan.



1. First of all, the trip is ill-advertised, referring to Jyamchang as the accompanying guide but in reality he is not the same guide who accompanied me. 2. I asked a number of questions on the explore-share platform, most of which remained unanswered until the day I met the actual guide in Kathmandu. 3. Most worrying, is the fact that I clearly asked if 14 days were enough to summit Mera (for which I have been told they are indeed enough). However, the first thing I was told upon arriving in Kathmandu was that I have little mountain time and that I should postpone my return flights. I was also later informed, that most people who successfully summit Mera usually take a day or two more acclimatisation days in Khare. 4. The agreed plan was to return from Lukla directly to Kathmandu. One day prior returning, I was informed that due to the high season, flights are redirected to another airport and an extra 6 hour drive is required to reach Kathmandu. Otherwise, to fly directly to Kathmandu one needs to catch a helicopter flight and add another 50USD. After researching, I found out that this is true and happens in the beginning of October, however the company failed to inform me and plan in advance. 5. Hotel in Kathmandu was basic but nice, however air conditioning and TV did not work and on my last day I even had ants on my bed, fridge and sink. 6. The guide and porter to whom I was allocated, Pekma and Ganesh, were really nice and helpful people. Pekma (guide) was knowledgeable about the surrounding environment, Nepalese lifestyle, had significant mountain experience and was very supportive throughout the trip. Pekma managed all lodges and tea houses which were adequate. Food in the mountains was good and Pekma always assisted what foods are best to eat according to the location and availability. I did not experience any gastrointestinal issues. In conclusion, I would not recommend this trip if you aim for a successful summit.



Beautiful trip and climb to Merapeak. Excellent guide!

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