Makalu, China/Nepal

Prominence: 2378 m, 7802 ft

Elevation: 8485 meters, 27,838 feet

True Isolation: 17.23 km, 10.71 mi
Local or Alternate Name(s)Chinese-Simplified: 马卡鲁山
Chinese-Simplified-Romanized: Mǎkǎlǔ Shān
Nepali: मकालु
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)27° 53' 22'' N, 87° 5' 19'' E
27.88931, 87.08862 (Dec Deg)
508722 E 3084944 N, Zone 45 (UTM)
Eastern Development Region

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Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 12
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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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NW Face of Makalu from Baruntse basecamp (1999-10). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2378 m/7802 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 2378 m/7802 ft
  Line Parent: Lhotse
  Key Col: 6107 m/20,036 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 17.23 km/10.71 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 27.9625, 86.9342
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Lhotse  (WNW)
RangesContinent: Asia
Range2: Himalaya
Range3: Central Nepal Himalaya
Range4: Khumbu
Drainage BasinsArun
Bay of Bengal
Indian Ocean
OwnershipLand: Makalu-Barun National Park
First AscentMay 15, 1955
    Couzy, Jean (France)
    Terray, Lionel (France)
Data Source1:50,000 Topographic Survey Map
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