Makalu is one of the harder eight-thousanders, and is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open to the elements. The final ascent of the summit pyramid involves technical rock climbing. Makalu is the only Nepalese 8,000m peak which has yet to be climbed in true winter conditions.
Makalu was first climbed on May 15, 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy of a French expedition led by Jean Franco. Franco, G. Magnone and Sirdar Gyaltsen Norbu summitted the next day, followed by Bouvier, S. Coupe, Leroux and A. Vialatteon the 17th. The French team climbed Makalu by the north face and northeast ridge, via the saddle between Makalu and Kangchungtse (the Makalu-La), establishing the standard route.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 Kathmandu.
Day 3 Kathmandu.
Day 4 Fly to Tumlingtar (285m-938ft) and arrange for porters.
Day 5 Trek to Mane Bhanjyang.(1440m-4724ft)
Day 6 Trek to Chichira. (1980m-6496ft)
Day 7 Trek to Num (1851m-6072ft)
Day 8 Trek to Sheduwa (1500m-4922ft).
Day 9 Trek to Tashigaon. (2100m-6890ft)
Day 10 Trek to Kauma. (3760m-12337ft)
Day 11 Trek to Dobato. (3700m-12140ft)
Day 12 Trek to Jark Kharka (4800m-15749ft)
Day 13 Trek to Hillary Base Camp (4800m-15749ft)
Day 14 Trek to Makalu Base Camp. (4870m-15978ft)
Day 15-48 Climbing period Mt. Makalu.
Day 49 Clean up Base Camp
Day 50 Trek back to Yak Kharka.
Day 51 Trek to Mumbuk.
Day 52 Trek to Tashi Gaon.
Day 53 Trek to Num
Day 54 Trek to Chichira.
Day 55 Trek to Tumlingtar.
Day 56 Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 57 Kathmandu.
Day 58 Transfer to airport for departure.