Mount Manaslu expedition is a hard and technical eight thousand climb to the world's 5th highest mountain at the height of 8458 meters. Mount Makalu is a well-known notorious steep pitch and knife-edged ridge just about 14 miles east of Mount Everest in the Mahalungur range.
An American team led by Riley Keegan in 1954 made the first expedition to Mount Makalu and Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy made the first successful summit in 1955 on May 15. This gigantic pyramid structured massif lies just above the Barun Valley. Barun Valley, the Makalu-Barun area, is the home of pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. It contains the richest and most diverse flora and fauna in Nepal. The settlements in this region comprise ethnic groups of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa to the lower part of the valley. Mount Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks that are Kangchungtse or Makalu II and Mount Chomolonzo at the elevation of 7678 meters and 7804 meters respectively. In addition, Mount Makalu encompasses four camps, Makalu Base camp and other three high camps literally at the elevation of 5100 meters, Camp I at 6500 meters, Camp II at 7300 meters, and Camp III at 7900 meters elevation. The route via Makalu summit leads by the west ridge, west face, south face, southwest face, and northwest buttress. The commercial route to the summit passes via Southeast peak and along the southeast ridge.
Mount Manaslu Expedition led by team frontiertreks vitalizes physical fitness and technical skills with past experience of the climb to the summit over 6000 to 7000 elevation. Accompanied by experienced guides and technical assistance, we assure the high success rate to the summit.
Seasonal highlights of the expedition: • Spring and autumn from March to April and September to November are best for the expedition. • These months have great visibility. • Weathers are comparably stable. • Monsoon and winter seasons bears high risk. • Monsoon and winter have poor visibility and unpredictable weather.
Get to know the culture and customs of the ethnic group of Nepal.
Explore the flora and fauna in Makalu-Barun National Park.
Trek along the deep valley like Barun and Arun.
Trek and hike along with Mahalangur Himalayan range.
Set foot on world 5th highestvmountain in the world at 8458 meters.
Day 1: Advent at Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport (1345 m/ 4411 ft.).
The expedition team welcomes you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Expedition preparation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
We spend our day exploring the ancient World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Sawayambhunath, and Bouddha Stupa. Also, we go through the preparation of the expedition. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar then drive to Khadbari (1030 m/ 3378 ft.). Duration: 45 minutes flights and 2 hours’ drive.
After taking breakfast, we head to Tribhuvan International Airport to catch a flight to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar, we catch a drive to Khadbari. Khdabari is the prime administrative region of the Makalu Conservation area and Makalu Barun National Park. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 4: Trek to Chichira (1830 m/ 6002 ft.). Duration: 5-6 hours.
After an early breakfast, we pass via picturesque village to Mane Bhanjyang. From here, we continue to a small ridge and trek across minor pass Bhotebas (1740 m). The trek takes through the dense forest to reach Chichira. Bhotebas gives us the great views of Mount Makalu. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 5: Trek to Num (1490 m/ 4878 ft.). Duration: 5-6 hours.
We leave Chichira behind and follow the trail to the village of Kuwapani. A minor pass-Daju La Pass at 2100 meters comes across the trail and from here, we descend steeply via dense forest and advent at the village of Num. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Seduwa (1460 m/ 4788 ft.). Duration: 5-6 hours.
After taking breakfast, we leave the campsite and march to the trail that descends to the suspension bridge over the Arun River. After crossing the bridge, we hike uphill to the Seduwa. Seduwa is the trading village and has a National Park check-post office. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 7: Trek to Tashigaon (2070 m/ 6789 ft.). Duration: 5-6 hours.
We set our foot on an easy trail that goes through Murmidanda and then trek uphill towards Narbugaon. To reach Tashigaon, we must walk in a dense forest and cultivated fields from Narbugaon. Tashigaon is the last village on the trail. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 8: Trek to Kauma Danda (3470 m/11381 ft.). Duration: 6-7 hours.
The trail to Kauma Danda climbs steep route onwards the beautiful cloud forest and then toward the Unshisa. Further, we climb uphill to reach the good camping ground of Kauma Danda. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 9: Trek to Mumbuk (3570 m/ 11709 ft.) via Kauma La (3603 m/11817 ft.), Tutu-La (4125 m/13530 ft.) and Keke La (4170 m/13677 ft.) Duration: 7-8 hours.
Todays' trek gets challenging. The trail passes crossing Kauma La Pass. The pass gives a magnificent view of the Mt. Makalu, Baruntse, Chamlang, Janu, and Kanchenjunga. From the Kauma La pass, the trail further climbs to Tutu La Pass. Tutu La pass gives us access to the Balck Lake, “Kalo Pkohari”. The track then leads us Keke La Pass which gives a charming view of Chamlang range and Tibet to the north. Finally, a steep and rock downfall take us to the campsite of the Mumbuk. Overnight at the tented house.
Day 10: Trek to Nehe Kharka (3700 m/ 12136 ft.). Duration: 4-5 hours.
After breakfast, we march on a trail that falls to the downhill of Barun River. Then, we hike a steep uphill to advent at Nehe Kharka. Landslide often affects the trail from riverbed (Nehe Kharka). Thus, we must be very careful while we hike. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 11: Trek to Shersong (4615 m/15137 ft.) Duration: 6-7 hours.
We cross the loose trail, cross the Barun River and make our way to Yangri Kharka. Todays’ trail is filled with the dense rhododendron, fir, and oak forest. As we reach to Langmale Kharka, we further proceed via an easy trail to Shersong for camping. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base Camp (5100 m/ 16732 ft.). Duration: 4-5 hours.
We have an early breakfast, follow the trail that turns right, and lead to the moraine. From the top, we descend gradually and cross the small bridge and make our trekking towards the Makalu Base Camp. The Base Camp offers a panoramic view of the gigantic mountains of Nepal. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 13- Day 43: Climbing period and back to Base camp.
Camp I at the elevation of 6500 meters. Camp II at the elevation of 7300 meters. Camp III at the elevation of 7900 meters. Mount Makalu summit at the elevation of 8463 meters/ 27758 feet. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 44: Trek to Mumbuk from Base Camp. Duration: 6-7 hours.
After achieving our target- The mount Makalu summit, we retrace our journey to Shersong and Nehe Kharka and stop at Mumbuk. We enjoy the folksong and dance and celebrate our great achievement. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 45: Trek to Tashigaon. Duration: 6-7 hours.
We pack our stuff, retrace our trail crossing minor passes, and set our foot on Kauma Danda. From the Danda, we descend to Tashigaon. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 46: Trek to Num. Duration: 5-6 hours.
We take a breakfast, leave Tashigaon behind, and make our way to Num. In between, we pass over hillside forests, cultivated fields, and the village of Seduwa and cross Arun River to reach Num. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 47: Trek to Khadbari. Duration: 5-6 hours.
We make a steep hike to the forest and reach minor pass Daju. The trail further moves along the village of Kuapani. As earlier, we can have a beautiful view of Makalu from Kuwapani. We proceed more to Chichira, walk across mane Bhanyang and finally reach Khadbari. Overnight at the tented house.
Day 48: Drive to Tumlingtar. Duration: 2 hours.
We make our breakfast and drive towards Tumlingtar. The ride gets beautiful as we pass in and between the beautiful hillside and landscape. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 49: Fly to Kathmandu.
After adjusting our morning breakfast, we set our scenic flight to Kathmandu. We can visit the remaining UNESCO World listed heritage sites. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 50: Leisure and rest day at Kathmandu.
Today, mostly we take a rest. In the late afternoon and evening, we walk around Kathmandu Street to buy the stuff as a souvenir. Later, we make our way to Thamel for celebration and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 51: Departure to home.
We have a shot farewell session. The team representative from frontiertreks escorts you to the Airport.
Inclusion / Exclusion
Airport Pickup and drop
4 Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
A welcome dinner + Cultural Show
Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Tumlingter-Kathmandu)
Transportation (Land and domestic flight) cost for expedition crew