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Named for the Hindu Goddess of food and nourishment, who is said to live among its summits, Annapurna is a vast massif in central Nepal whose highest peak sits at 8,091m, making it the world’s 10th highest mountain. Makalu is the world’s fifth-highest mountain, a near-perfect pyramid of rock and ice thrusting 8,463m into the sky over the Nepalese - Tibetan border. This combination expedition will allow you to climb both in the space of a single spring climbing season - a huge achievement.

 

What the adventure involves :

Although it’s only the tenth highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I, the main peak of the massif, can be deadly, with one of the highest death-to-successful summit ratios of any of the 8,000ers. Makalu also presents significant challenges, even to experienced climbers. Famous for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges, it’s also regarded as a test of true climbing skill, with the final ascent of the summit pyramid requiring technical rock and ice climbing skills.

Summiting the two into a single expedition requires skill, strength and endurance. But most of all, it requires meticulous planning - and the kind of military precision preparation that the Royal Nepal Group specialises in. Our Annapurna and Makalu itinerary is based on the tried and tested expedition plans implemented by our founder Nimsdai during his Project Possible year when he climbed all of the world’s 8,000m peaks in record time. 

Annapurna’s relative accessibility makes it a perfect peak to combine with Makalu in a twin summit push. Using helicopter transfers we can complete both summits in the space of 68 days, including rest days in between, and plenty of time for acclimatization.

At Royal Nepal Group, we guarantee a 1:1 client-to-guide ratio, and always keep four, highly experienced guides in reserve, ready to go at a moment’s notice to help out where needed. Anything that can be controlled, we will control. From carrying in our own food to pitching tents and fixing ropes all the way up the route, we do everything ourselves. This means we’re never reliant on third parties, reducing the chances of any misunderstandings, which could damage your summit chances.

Our handpicked guiding team, chosen using a rigorous process inspired by Nims’ own Special Forces selection, know the routes like the back of their hand, but they also speak the language. This further reduces the chances of any miscommunication.

The Elite Exped team aren’t just record-breaking mountaineers, they’ve hugely experienced mountain rescuers, with extensive training in high-altitude recovery techniques. This, combined with our intimate knowledge of both mountains, means you’ll be in the safest possible hands when taking on this enormous challenge.  

Itineraries

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

Day 02

Staff introduction and final preparation for expedition

Day 03

Flight to Pokhara and overstay night in Pokhara

Day 04

Drive from Pokhara to Dana

Day 05

Helicopter flight from Dana to Annapurna Base camp

Day 06

Acclimatize day in Annapurna Base camp

Day 07 - Day 34

Climbing Period (Basecamp - Annapurna Summit- Basecamp)

Day 35

Cleaning up basecamp and ready for descending

Day 36

Helicopter flight from Annapurna Basecamp to Dana and drive back to Pokhara

Day 37 - Day 38

Preparation for Maklau Expediton

Day 39

Flight to Tumlingtar and drive to Num; Overstay night in Num village

Day 40

Trek from Num to Seduwa

Day 41

Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon

Day 42

Trek from Tashi Gaon to Kauma

Day 43

Acclimatize day in Kauma; acclimatize hike in Kauma

Day 44

Trek from Kauma to Khongma

Day 45

Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk

Day 46

Trek from Mumbuk to Neh Kharka

Day 47

Trek from Neh Kharka to Sherson

Day 48

Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp

Day 49 - Day 59

Climbing period for Makalu

Day 60

Trek from Basecamp to Neh Kharka

Day 61

Trek from Neh Kharka to Mumbuk

Day 62

Trek from Mumbuk to Kauma

Day 63

Trek from Kauma to Tashi Gaun

Day 64

Trek from Tashi Gaun to Seduwa

Day 65

Trek from Seduwa to Num and drive to Tumlingtar

Day 66

Flight back to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

Day 67

Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 68

Depart for the country of residence

Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Pick and drop facility-Airport/Hotel/Airport
  • Accommodation: 4 nights stay at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast Basis-Double Room and 3 nights stay in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast Basis- Double Room
  • Welcome dinner: One Welcome Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staffs
  • Domestic Transportation: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by flight inclusive of domestic Airport Tax
  • Transportation: Required Transportation from Kathmandu/Base Camp/Kathmandu for all Staffs and Members
  • Permits & Fees: Annapurna I/Makalu Expedition Permit +Summit Route Permit Ice Fall Route, National park & TIMS permit fees
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day in Trekking & at Basecamp for Members & Staffs
  • Porters: Porters up to & back from BC
  • Warm Farewell Dinner at a standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff
  • Medical Checkup facilities in basecamp
  • Oxygen for Annapurna I & Makalu cylinder: 2 oxygen (O2) cylinders for each Member and 1 oxygen bottle. for each High- altitude Sherpa. The extra oxygen will be stored at Basecamp for emergencies for each mountain
  • Mask & Regulator: 1 Set of top Out mask for each member and high-altitude Sherpa
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: 1 Climbing Sherpa per member
 

Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese Visa charges
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from the expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel and High Altitude Insurance / Accident / Medical / emergency evacuation
  • Sherpa summit Bonus: Mandatory – Minimum USD 1,300
  • Tips: Please calculate some tips for Basecamp staffs and porters
  • The full set of Member's personal climbing equipment & clothing
  • Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed, and all other expenses of personal nature
  • Any other item not listed in the "Price Includes" section
 

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All Royal Nepal Group expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

All communal equipment is included i.e. high quality ropes, stoves, tents etc. You are responsible for personal gear and clothing, eg. harness, crampons, helmet, ice axes etc. A full essentials list and advice (if required) will be provided at time of booking.

Yes. We guarantee a 1:1 guide to client ratio on every expedition, with four additional climbing Sherpas acting as reserves, ready to chip in if needed. This helps ensure the highest safety standards.

We will cover all transport costs detailed within an expedition programme. This will exclude international flights to and from the destination countries. It is your responsibility to ensure these align with the start and finish of the expedition.