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Mount Makalu is one of the highest peaks in the world at 8,463 meters (27,470 feet). It is located in the Himalayas and is considered one of the most difficult climbs in all of Asia. The name Makalu means “great” or “mighty” in Tibetan and Sanskrit. The word “makalu” is derived from the Tibetan word “ma-ka-lu”, which means “to protect from falling down”. The meaning of “Makalu” comes from its shape as a pyramid. The summit of Mt. Makalu has a flat top about 210 meters by 100 meters with a steep slope on all sides except for the south side which is sheer cliff face down to about 1550 meters below. Makalu has been climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary, George Mallory, and Yvon Chouinard. Apart from Makalu there are adventurous and challenging expeditions like Manaslu, Aconcagua, Everest, Lobuche, Lhotse, K2, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and many more.
Mount Makalu has several routes to its summit, but most climbers choose to go via the West Ridge route. This route involves climbing through a long glacier valley with steep rock walls on either side. The climb up Mount Makalu is not for the faint of heart, but it is possible if you are prepared for some serious adventure! Another popular route is the Northeast Ridge, which follows a ridge that runs from the base of the mountain to its peak. The climbing season for Mount Makalu runs from May to October, although conditions can vary depending on weather and snowfall.
There are several reasons why people climb Mount Makalu:
1) To be able to say they’ve summited a mountain.
2) To see the stunning views of Mount Everest and other sacred peaks.
3) To pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in climbing expeditions.
4) To experience a special feeling of accomplishment when they reach the summit.