Introduction to Makalu
Makalu is known as the fifth
highest mountain peak in the world, an isolated
peak, located just 14 miles east of
Mount Everest. Makalu's size alone is
impressive, but its pyramid like structure with four sharp ridges, makes this
mountain all the more spectacular.
Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first
sixteen attempts were successful. Previously, it had been admired and studied by
several Everest parties, but like so many other mountain giants in the Khumbu
region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest had been attained in
1954. Makalu is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to
climb. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges
that are completely open to the elements.