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Nepal·April 10 - 30 2022

Expedition Makalu

Trek the remote Himalayas with an inspirational team

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Overview

Ever dreamed of trekking the remotest parts of the Himalayas? While the throng heads to Everest Base Camp to tick boxes, we're taking the road less travelled. We're off to experience the tranquillity and wonder of Makalu (the 5th Highest Mountain on earth) In April '22 a fun-loving and inspirational expedition team will be trekking way off the beaten track, through some of the most unspoiled parts of the Himalayas. We'll be staying in far-flung tea-houses with views that'll blow your mind. From the high passes, we'll see Everest (8,850m), Lhotse (8,516) and Makalu (8,463m) in a way no one else does. We'll trek with a really inspirational group to Makalu Base Camp, where the summit team will split off to start their two-month expedition to climb the giant mountain. We'll experience all the excitement of a big range expedition, before slowly returning through the Barun valley to the hustle, bustle, smells, sounds and colours of Kathmandu, using another spectacular route.  We're looking for some hardy, joyful souls for this 21-day trek. It'll be high, tough, beautiful and exceptionally remote. What's more, you'll be part of a fully self-supported (UK led) expedition. No tour groups or tourist traps. They don't come this way. This is our adventure. Who's ready to get really high?

Hosts

Laura Kennington

Laura Kennington

Laura is a British adventure athlete, author and speaker with a strong belief in the positive impact that adventure and sport have on all. Laura uses her human-powered journeys as a platform to inspire and encourage others.

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Danny Bent

Danny Bent

Danny's passion in life is to bring people together to show what's possible through teamwork and positivity. He's pogoed across Togo, cycled to India, run across North America and survived the BBC TV show "Ultimate Hell Week".

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Nick Carter

Nick Carter

Nick has climbed on Everest, run across the Sahara and lived with remote tribes. His passion is to show young people what's possible. To that end, a top-notch film crew will follow this expedition from start to finish.

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Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Scott is an entrepreneur and adventurer. He's been on lots of amazing adventures, but this expedition holds a special significance. He intends to scatter his brother's ashes in this exceptionally special place. 

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Stu Peacock

Stu Peacock

Stu has climbed Everest three times, as well as three other 8000m+ giants. The undisputed team leader, Stu is our steady hand at the tiller and knows exactly how to get the best out of each person on a team. 

Schedule

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DAY 1

Arrive into Kathmandu

After a long international flight, you'll arrive into Kathmandu and be met at the airport to transfer to your hotel. The rest of the team will be waiting to greet you. We advise you to get some rest but Kathmandu is hard to resist exploring.

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DAY 2

Look Around a Bit

Enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing around Kathmandu, or strike out on your own to discover Thamel and the surrounding area. Whichever you choose, there's a team dinner waiting for you in the evening. 

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DAY 3

Travel to Tumlingtar

Today we'll get out of Kathmandu and journey to Tumlingtar, then drive to Num. You'll notice that other tourists don't go this way. We're going somewhere different.

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DAY 4

Num - Sedua

The trail descends steeply from Num (1490m) through the Cornfields of Lumbang. The landscape is particularly rocky; tiny terraces planted with corn and barley. A tough, steep climb to Sedua (1460m). 5/6 hrs hiking.

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DAY 5

Sedua - Tashi Gaun

The trail crosses meadows and several streams then climbs to the Sherpa village of Tashi Gaon (2070m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. 5 hrs hiking.

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DAY 6

Tashi Gaon - Kauma

A very hard day of the trek as the trail gets really steep. We walk through the sparse forests along ridges, over a mountain and descend a bit to Kauma (3470m). 6 hrs hiking.

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DAY 7

Kauma

Today will be a rest and acclimatisation day. We need to give our bodies a chance to make more red blood cells before we head up higher.

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DAY 8

Kauma - Mumbak

Off again, with a steep climb through rhododendron forests to the top of the ridge. We'll have superb views of Chamlang (7,290m) Peak 6 (6,739m) and Peak 7 (6,105m). Descend through a forest of firs and rhododendrons to Mumbuk (3570m). 5 hrs hiking.

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DAY 9

Mumbuk - Neha Kharka

Today the trail descends a steep gully with a stream for about 500m. The trail is ill-defined, rocky and muddy in places as it leads up the glacial valley. From here you can have a good view of Peak 6. Nehe Kharka (3000m) is located on a large open grassy plain. Amazing mountain views all around. 6 hrs hiking.

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DAY 10

Neha Kharka - Sherson Base Camp

The trail today turns westward and leaves the rhododendron forests for alpine tundra. There are excellent views of Pyramid Peak (7168m) and Peak 4 (6720m). We're heading for Sherson Base camp, which is at 4615m. The height gain is a bit of a monster, but we don't have any choice due to a lack of camps between. 7 hrs hiking.

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DAY 11

Sherson BC - Makalu BC

Today is a gradual climb to a minor pass. From here you will have magnificent south face views of Makalu, you will also be able to see the complete panorama of Everest and Lhotse. Reach Makalu Base Camp (5250m) by the evening.

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DAY 12

Makalu Base Camp (MBC)

Explore the camp, venture up towards the start of the expedition ice climbs, chat to the summit team about their fears and excitement, drink in the atmosphere. Celebration team dinner that night in the mess tent.

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DAY 13

MBC - Neha Kharka

Wave a fond farewell to the summit team and start back down the Barun Valley. Don't worry, it's not just the same route in reverse, and there is plenty left to explore.

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DAY 14

Neha Kharka - Mumbuk

Back down to Mumbuk heading for Kauma and Tashi Gaon. The air gets thicker and you'll feel much fitter as you descend.


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DAY 15

Mumbuk - Kauma

Trek across Shipton La pass and descend to Kauma. Here you'll be treated to real local hospitality by the trekking guides.

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DAY 16

Kauma - Tashi Gaon

A long walk today, thankfully you're now a seasoned trekker. Back into the stronghold of the Sherpa. Tomorrow you'll go off the familiar path once again and discover new vistas.


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DAY 17

Tashi Gaon - Pakuwa

We'll walk through farming settlements and the wide-open spaces of the Rai Valley. Continue through forests, past several streams, to Pukuwa. Time to reflect on the adventure.

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DAY 18

Pakuwa - Bumling

We'll walk through more forests and follows some spectacularly exposed, narrow and high tracks as we climb over rocky ridges. We'll camp across in the Chhetri village of Bumling.


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DAY 19

Bumling - Tumlingtar

We follow the east bank of the Arun river, passing through Chyawabesi before making a short climb back to Tumlingtar. Explore Tumlingtar and stay overnight.


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DAY 20

Tumlingtar - Kathmandu

Head back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and a chance to experience the manic capital once more before heading home.

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DAY 21

Stay Another Day?

Either have a free day in Kathmandu (the hotel's already pre-paid and Sam's bar is just around the corner) or head back home. The choice is yours, but we know which one you'll take.

What's Included

What's Included

Hotels

Food & Drink

Homestays and camps

Expedition equipment

All Internal Transport

Permits for trekking and MBC (2 nights)

An awesome group of people

UK guides and leaders throughout the trek

Free kit bag

Full medical support

Pre-trip support

Full refund available (due to trip cancellation)

International flights

Tips for porters/guides

Personal kit

Alcoholic drinks

Visas

Personal travel insurance

Accommodation

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FAQs

Make no mistake, this is a tough one - but if you're reasonably fit, motivated and determined, then you can make it. We'll have a WhatsApp group before the trip to chat and keep everyone on track. If previous trips are anything to go by, that group will transform into a fantastic bunch of new friends by the time the adventure is over.

Yes! And your departure from Makalu Base Camp will be properly epic. For a supplement of £625pp you can take a helicopter directly from MBC to Kathmandu. The chopper seats four and three seats have already gone.

This expedition has a full refund policy up to 60 days before the trip for any reason, and if the trip is cancelled or postponed then you'll also get a full refund. No Problem.

The trek is staffed with plenty of UK and Nepali guides and support crew. If you have any problems there will be more than enough people on hand to guide you down or look after you without impacting the others.

Nick Carter is leading the logistics for this expedition. If you have any questions, drop him a line at nickcarter884@hotmail.com or call/WhatsApp on +447944913245

Expedition Makalu

Nepal·April 10 - 30 2022·20 nights

FROM$3950