A long way to Makalu:
Already the trekking is a great and adventurous round trip through the Hinku Himal over the Mera La into the Honku Valley and further over West- and Sherpani-Col into the Barun Valley of the Makalu region. But, we plan to climb the three prominent mountains Mera Peak, Baruntse and Makalu in good sportive style along the way. Only in the base camps and during the trekking we are supported by our staff and, as far as possible on the normal routes on any 8000m peak, we will not use fixed ropes for the ascents and climb by fair means.
Expedition itinerary - Makalu Trilogy
Day 1 • Flight to Nepal: Individual departure, from Europe (worldwide on request)
Day 2 • Kathmandu, Nepal: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Material check
Day 3 • Kathmandu, Nepal:
Orientation day in Kathmandu and expedition briefing, packing of expedition equipment.
Day 4 • Drive to Salleri - 2,600 m (8,530 ft)
Day 5 • Drive to Bung - 1,800 m (5,905 ft)
Day 6 • Trek to Khiraule - 2,460m (8,070 ft)
Day 7 • Trek to Cholemkharka - 3,580 m (11,745 ft)
Day 8 • Acclimatization
Day 9 • Trek to Khola Kharka - 4,250 m (13,945 ft)
Day 10 • Trek to Tangnag - 4,350 m (14,270 ft)
Day 11 • Trek to Khare - 4,980 m (16,340 ft)
Day 12 to 14 • Mera Peak ascent - 6,500 m (21,325 ft)
The first mountain climb of our expedition awaits us. A technically easy ascent leads to the summit of Mera Peak, 6476 meters high.
Day 15 • Trek to Sethp Pokhari / Chamlang BC site at approx. 4,900 m (16,075 ft)
Day 16 • Trek to Baruntse Base Camp - 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Day 17 • Puga: Ceremony of the Sherpas, a tribute to the mountain, and our planned ascent: an important part of any expedition in Nepal.
Day 18 • Westcol: We climb to 6,140 m (20,145 ft) to deposit equipment, back to base camp - 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Day 19 • Rest day: Day off at BC
Day 20 • Westcol: We climb to the 1st High Camp at 6,140 m (20,145 ft) Baruntse ascent.
Day 21 • Plateau Camp: Ascent to the 2nd High Camp at 6,400 m (21,000 ft) Baruntse ascent.
Day 22 • Baruntse ascent - Summit Day - 7,168 m (23,517 ft)
Day 23 • Descent: Via Shepani Col to the moraine camp - 5,700 m (18,700 ft)
Day 24 • Trek to Makalu B.C - 4,870 m (15,980 ft)
Days 25 and 26 • Rest at Makalu B.C.
Rest days at Makalu base camp. Of course, these days also serve as reserve days for the Baruntse ascent
Day 27 • Makalu ABC - 5,700 m (18,700 ft)
Ascent to ABC. This advanced base camp is the actual base for our planned ascent
Day 28 • Camp II - 6,700 m (21,980 ft)
Well acclimatized, we can skip the classic Camp I at 6,100 m (20,000 ft). If necessary, there is another campsite at 6,450 m (21,160 ft) after the steep step called Headwall. Material depot and overnight stay.
Day 29 • Camp III - 7,500 m (24,605 ft)
Ascent through steep cliffs to camp 3, material depot and descent to camp II.
Day 30 • Makalu ABC
Descent in Makalu ABC
Day 31-32 • Makalu ABC
Rest days before the summit storm
Day 33 • Camp II - 6,700 m (21,980 ft)
Day 34 • Camp III - 7,500 m (24,605 ft)
Day 35 • Makalu Summit - 8,485 m (27,838 ft)
We cross the large Makalu Plateau up to almost 7800 meters, where we enter the summit slope via the French couloir. Without great technical difficulties, we reach the pre-peak, also known as False Summit. A short exposed traverse leads to the main summit. Descent to Camp III.
Day 36 • Descent to ABC
Day 37 to 46 • Reserve days
We have 10 days in reserve for the Makalu ascent
Day 47 • ABC: Packing and clearing up the base camp, marching off
Day 48 • Trek to Mumbuk
Day 49 • Trek to Tashi Goan
Day 50 • Trek to Nun
Day 51 • Drive from Nun to Khadbari or Tumlingtar
Day 52 • Tumlingtar, flight to Kathmandu: Party.
Day 53 • Kathmandu: Reserve day, sorting of materials, and end of the expedition. In the evening or at night transfer to the airport.
Day 54 • Flight: Departure in Kathmandu, arrival at home.