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Makalu, China/Nepal


Prominence: 2378 m, 7802 ft

Elevation: 8485 meters, 27,838 feet


Approx. Isolation: 17.25 km, 10.72 mi
Alternate Name(s)मकालु; 马卡鲁山; Makalungma; Mǎkǎlǔ Shān
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)27° 53' 22'' N; 87° 5' 19'' E
27.88931, 87.08862 (Dec Deg)
508722E 3084944N Zone 45 (UTM)
CountryChina
Nepal
State/ProvinceTibet
Kosī
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Makalu is a true Himalayan giant, the fifth highest mountain in the world. Indeed, these top five (Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu) are in a class by themselves in a range from 8485 to 8850 meters. There is a relatively large drop-off of 284 m (or /937') to peak number 6, Cho Oyu at 8201 meters. At these altitudes, nearly a thousand vertical feet is a big deal. And, since Lhotse is often considered a sub-peak of Everest, the massive pyramid of Makalu merits serious consideration for being in a proposed "Big 4" mountains on Earth.

Makalu lies on the China-Nepal border between Everest (#1) and Kanchenjunga (#3), but it is certainly no sub-peak. It can hold its own when it comes to scenic spendor, awesome terrain, and high-altitude difficulty.

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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2378 m/7802 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 2378 m/7802 ft
  Key Col: 6107 m/20,036 ft
Isolation17.25 km/10.72 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Lhotse  (WNW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: Asia
Range2: Himalaya
Range3: Central Nepal Himalaya
Range4: Khumbu
Drainage BasinsGanges
Bay of Bengal
Indian Ocean
OwnershipLand: Makalu-Barun National Park
First AscentMay 15, 1955
Jean Couzy
Lionel Terray



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