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.




Trip Duration

53 days

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Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, 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.

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee


    • Day 1Pickup from Airport to Hotel
    • Day 2Briefing at Ministry of Tourism
    • Day 3Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and drive to Khadabari (1280 m)
    • Day 4Trek Khadabari Drive and to Num (1560m)
    • Day 5Trek Num to Sheduwa (1500m)
    • Day 6Trek Sheduwa to Tashi Goun (2100m)
    • Day 7Trek Tashi Goun to Khongma (3760m)
    • Day 8Trek Khongma to Mumbuk (3520m)
    • Day 9Trek Mumbuk to Nebe Kharka (4320 m)
    • Day 10Trek Nehe Kharka to Makalu BC
    • Day 11Rest day at BC
    • Day 12Makalu Base Camp to ABC
    • Day 13 to 44Day 13-44 Climbing Period
    • Day 45Trek BC to Merak
    • Day 46Trek Merak to Mubuk
    • Day 47Trek Mubuk to Tashigau
    • Day 48Trek Tashigau to Num
    • Day 49Trek Num to Khadbari
    • Day 50Trek Khadbari to Tumlingtar
    • Day 51Flight Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
    • Day 52Free Day In Kathmandu
    • Day 53Final Departure Back to Home

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    About the Guide


    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.



    What People are Saying about Jyamchang Bhote


    After a year and a half of planning, a new attempt was made on Ama Dablam. This time a third person joined the climbing party. Acclimatisation on Lobuche gave us a foretaste of what the numerous pitches on Ama Dablam\'s steep terminal slopes would feel like. Good weather conditions and a swift Alpine style climb to C1, C2 and finally the summit concluded this project. Thank you so much Jyamchang for guiding us up there! The timing of the climb (before Autumn\'s commercial expeditions), choice of porters and additional logistics were once again very professional.
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    Excellent guide, à la fois attentionné et motivant. Il a su s\'adapter à notre rythme tout en nous stimulant suffisamment pour qu\'on atteigne nos objectifs quotidiens. Il nous faisait un briefing journalier avec le programme du lendemain et ses difficultés éventuelles et une vérification de notre adaptation à l\'altitude (pouls, saturation en oxygène). Dès le premier jour, il a tout pris en charge tant du point de vue de l\'organisation des transports que des hôtels sans faux pas.
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    Siham et Noémie
    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
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