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Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest mountain, is one of its most aesthetically pleasing - a near-perfect pyramid of rock and ice thrusting 8,463m into the sky over the Nepalese - Tibetan border. First climbed by a French expedition in 1955, it’s long been regarded as one of the more difficult of the 8,000m peaks - and a huge achievement for mountaineers who make it.

Fifth highest peak :

Lying just 14 miles east of Everest, Makalu’s 8,463m bulk straddles the border between the Khumbu region of Nepal and Tibet. A near-perfect pyramid structure, with four sharp ridges, Makalu is stark and stunning, presenting a tough challenge even for experienced mountaineers.

Considered one of the more difficult of the 8,000ers, Makalu is famous for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are exposed to the elements. It’s known for testing climbers’ endurance, and the final ascent of the summit pyramid requires technical rock and ice climbing skills. In short, this is not a mountain that you’d want to tackle unprepared.

Royal Nepal Group’s hugely experienced guiding team have summited Makalu many times between them. Extreme weather conditions pushed all the others attempting the peak to turn around, but thanks to careful preparation, and good decision making at key junctures, the Royal Nepal Group team made it to the top and back again safely.


Our guides aren’t just mountaineers, they’re highly trained in alpine rescue and recovery techniques. Several of our team have set records for performing rescues at extreme altitudes. This, combined with our intimate knowledge of the mountain, means you’ll be in the safest possible hands when taking on this tricky, technical climb. 

Royal Nepal Group’s Makalu expedition takes 51 days, based on around 4-7 hours of climbing a day, with plenty of time baked in for rest stops and weather contingencies. The package includes the internal flights, climbing permits and all equipment and logistical costs bar your personal gear and insurance.

We’ll guide you from the moment you sign up to the moment you step on your plane home from Kathmandu, ensuring that you have the smoothest expedition experience possible.


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu; transfer to Hotel

Day 02

Expedition preparation and trip briefing with Welcome dinner

Day 03

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

Day 04

Trek from Num to Seduwa

Day 05

Trek from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon

Day 06

Trek from Tashi Gaon to Kauma

Day 07

Acclimatize day in Kauma; acclimatize hike in Kauma

Day 08

Trek from Kauma to Khongma

Day 09

Trek from Khongma to Mumbuk

Day 10

Trek from Mumbuk to Neh Kharka

Day 11

Trek from Neh Kharka to Sherson

Day 12

Trek from Sherson to Makalu Base Camp

Day 13 - Day 42

Climbing period for Makalu

Day 43

Trek from Basecamp to Neh Kharka

Day 44

Trek from Neh Kharka to Mumbuk

Day 45

Trek from Mumbuk to Kauma

Day 46

Trek from Kauma to Tashi Gaun

Day 47

Trek from Tashi Gaun to Seduwa

Day 48

Trek from Seduwa to Num and drive to Tumlingtar

Day 49

Flight back to Kathmandu; transfer to Hotel

Day 50

Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 51

Depart for the country of residence


  • Arrival & Departure:  Pick and drop facility-Airport/Hotel/Airport   
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at a standard hotel in Kathmandu on arrival and departure on Bed & Breakfast Basis - Twin Sharing
  • Transportation: All required equipment Transportation for all Members and Staffs from Kathmandu-Tumlingtar–Basecamp (by Porters)- Tumlingtar (by porters)- KathmanduFood & Lodging: Major meals during Trekking for Members & Staffs   
  • Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in Kathmandu with the Office’s Staffs. 
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: Makalu Barun National Park Permit, TIMS permit, and conservation entry fees
  • Trekking Map: Makalu Region
  • Porters: Porters per member up to Base camp & back from Basecamp
  • Dinner: 1 Farewell Dinner at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff
  • Oxygen: 2 oxygen bottles for each member and 1 oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa
  • Mask & Regulator: 1 Set of top Out mask for each member and high-altitude Sherpa
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa:1 Climbing Sherpa per member 


  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepalese Visa Charges
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ 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
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Personal equipment, and shopping
  • 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 accommodation is included from the initial meeting point through to the end of the expedition, including four nights stay in Kathmandu. We always choose the highest quality hotels, even when travelling through more remote areas with less established infrastructures.

Our base camp accommodation is also of the highest quality and comfort and can be completely tailored to the demands of global lifestyles. We can discuss options and your needs during the booking phase.

All communal equipment is included ie. 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.