The mount of Makalu is the highlight of the Khumbu Region in the Himalayas. The altitude of 8485 meters makes Makalu attractive for experienced mountain climbers and photographers. Needless to say, the spiky peak always impressed locals from both sides – Nepalese and Tibetan.
Etymology of the Name
Interesting to know that the name of Makalu originates from Sanskrit. “Maha-Kala” means “Big Black,” and it’s named after Shiva. This important Hindu God is known four destroying everything old and unnecessary. So, consider your climb as spiritual cleansing.
The History of Climbing
For the first time ever the summit was climbed only in 1955. It happened because the fifth summit in the world is located just 19 km away from the legendary Everest. For many years Makalu and Lhotse weren’t interesting to climb unlike the first peak on the planet found nearby.
Routes to the Top
There are 17 routes to the very top, which are constantly waiting for the most intrepid mountain climbers.
The summit is also challenging for pioneers, as there are 2 walls and one ridge that have never been passed so far. But keep in mind – Makalu belongs to the most dangerous mountains in the Himalayas because of its steep-shaped peak.
Take care but dare!