Altitude 8485m, Grade 5D

A fully supported expedition to Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world.

Makalu is both physically and technically more challenging than some of the other 8000m peaks like Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II.


The trek to Makalu Base Camp takes around 9 days through some truly spectacular and varied landscapes. Upon arriving in Tumlingtar (518m) we drive to Num, where we will start our trek proper.

We climb the classic North Ridge of Makalu via four camps utilising the support of a regular team of experienced climbing Sherpa’s who  carry all group equipment and oxygen. Adventure Peaks provides a fully supported Makalu expedition at a very competitive price and we don’t use phrases “you may need to carry your own oxygen up and down the mountain”. The climbing route is fairly direct with the steepest sections between Camp 2 & Camp 3 and on summit day. Good weather on the Makalu La also plays a critical role in progressing further up the mountain.

Summit Day

There is no getting away from it Makalu summit day is a hard day. Negotiating the difficult terrain both on ascent and descent takes a long time. You will need a very high level of cardio fitness as well as endurance and determination to stand a chance of successfully climbing Makalu.

The Makalu expedition is a professionally-led expedition for experienced mountaineers who want to work as part of a team to tackle the mountain in conjunction with our very experienced British leader and Sherpa team.

Additional costs

Sherpa Summit Bonus $1,000
General Staff and Porter Tips $500
(see what’s excluded tab for more details)

Why Climb with Adventure Peaks

  • Highly experienced British Expedition leader (previously guided Everest, Cho Oyu and K2)
  • Strong Sherpa support to fix rope, move group equipment and Oxygen
  • High Quality Equipment
  • 24 Hour emergency support from the UK
  • Very experienced UK Expedition Leader (Stu Peacock (Everest Summit x 3, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu & K2 to 7500m)
  • ATOL financial Protection
  • Marmot 120L Adventure Peaks Kit Bag
  • UK pre-expedition support
  • UK pre-expedition monthly training meets (optional)
  • 1: 1 Climbing Sherpa including Oxygen.
  • 4 x Oxygen, Mask & Regulator (extra £500 per bottle)
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 nights’ B & B accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis
  • Internal Flights Kathmandu – Tumlingtar– Kathmandu
  • All Government Fees and Permits
  • National Park Fees
  • Tents at Base camp on a 1:1 basis
  • High Altitude Tents above BC (3 person Tent for 2 people)
  • High quality Mountain Stoves
  • All meals after leaving Kathmandu
  • Quality Mess Tent and furniture
  • Heaters in the mess tent
  • Shower Tents
  • Toilet Tent/s
  • Store Tent
  • All porter wages.
  • Liaison officer fees and equipment
  • Garbage deposit
  • Garbage fee / Environmental Fee
  • Staff Insurance
  • Generator and Solar Panel at Base Camp
  • Satellite phone for Emergency use (personal use chargeable)
  • Began for e-mails (chargeable)
  • Radios for members & Sherpas
  • BC Radio Set
  • Medical Supplies
  • 24hr UK Medical support line
  • Portable Altitude Chamber
  • Stretcher
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Rope Fixing
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing Equipment (Hire Service Available)
  • Tips for driver, guide, porter, BC staff and climbing Sherpas (allow $500 approx. £350-£400)
  • Sherpa Summit Bonus – (allow $ 1000 approx. £750-£800)

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£2000 per Person

Land Only Availability Days Price Book
9th Apr 2023 - 1st Jun 2023
With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
8th Apr 2023 - 2nd Jun 2023