Saldim Ri | 6342m

     saldimLeadership.  Luke Smithwick will be leading this trip, and also climbing with you on the mountain.  One climbing guide will be present for every two climbers on the peak. We will climb Saldim in alpine style without fixed ropes or pre-established camps.

Experience. You must have prior experience at 6000m, waterfall ice climbing experience, multi-pitch rock climbing experience, alpine climbing experience, and a high level of fitness for this climb.

Cost Effective.  Full Service.  Our base camp at Saldim Ri ABC will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. We will have hot showers available in camp, a pit toilet, and each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent.  The purpose of a base camp is for you to have a place to recover, and relax, and have space from the mountain to collect your thoughts, gather your energy reserves, and move to climbing on the mountain.

First Ascent. Success on Saldim Ri means we will be the first to put boot prints on the summit.  Come and test yourself in the spectacular Makalu region.

Trust.  Climbing a first ascent at 6000 meters is no place to be short on resources.  We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.


Detail of the upper portion of the route.

>Makalu region alpine style first ascent
>1:2 guide:climber ratio
>Team mentality
>Helicopter approach
>Minimum 2 climbers, max 2 climbers 


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An overview of the massif from the southern side of the Barun valley.














Day 1 – arrive Kathmandu
2 – fly Lukla
3 – fly Langmale Kharka 4400 meters
4 – acclimatize Langmale Kharka 4400 meters
5 – trek Saldim Advanced Base Camp 5100 meters
6 – acclimatize Saldim ABC 5100 meters
7 – acclimatize Saldim ABC 5100 meters
8 – climb camp 1 5400 meters
9 – climb camp 2 5900 meters
10 – climb Saldim Ri summit 6342 meters
11-13 contingency days
14 – trek Yangla Kharka
15 – trek Dobate
16 – trek Tashi Gaon
17- trek Num, drive Tumlingtar
18 – fly Kathmandu
19 – depart Kathmandu  

  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu Dalai La
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  • All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle
  • ‘Himalaya Alpine’ expedition style climbing/skiing trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide (Luke).
  • Goal Zero Solar charging for electronics
  • Sherpa bonuses
  • Up-to-date weather forecasting
  • Satellite phone access
  • Trip/medical/rescue insurance
  • International flights
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals while not on trek (Kathmandu, Pokhara)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Puja cost (allow US$20)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)

  • Price US$inquire

    19 Days
    Trip deposit: US$1,000


    The route looking west.


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