Makalu Height
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Makalu Height – How Tall?

Makalu height is 8481 m (5.269849 mi).

Meters: 8481 m
Feet: 27824.8 ft
Inches: 333897.6 in
Kilometers: 8.481 km
Miles: 5.269849 mi

About Makalu

Makalu is a mountain located in the Himalayas mountain ranges and is the fifth highest mountain in the world. Considered one of the most difficult of the eight-thousanders, this mountain should only be climbed by experienced high altitude mountaineers. Makulu is located at Province No. 1 (Khumbu), Nepal /Tibet, China. The coordinates 27° 53′ 21″ N, 87° 5′ 19″ E.


Since the Makalu is among the hardest eight-thousanders. It has steep gagged cliffs, that sometimes act as knives to climbers. The wind at such high altitude is also enormous. Makalu has killed about 30 climbers. Causes of death at such high altitudes include; frostbite, altitude sickness, falling off the rock face, or avalanche. In 2006, Jean-Christophe Lafaille a French high altitude mountaineer completely disappeared from the mountain with no traces.

Other Facts

Asides Makalu height of 8481 m (5.269849 mi), below are some other facts.

  1. The Makalu is classified as Eight-thousander (a group of 14 mountains, with peaks above 8000 m.
  2. The top was first reached in 1955, by an American team, led by Riley Keegan.
  3. The easiest route to reach the summit is the ice/snow route.
  4. In 1988, Marc Batard climbed to the summit in one day.
  5. In 1997, the Makalu was finally climbed from the West face. Sergey Efimov led a Russia expedition team, which had climbers like, Igor Bugachevski, Alexei Bolotov, Dmitri Pavlenko, Nikolai Jiline, and Yuri Ermachek.
  6. The first ascent up Makalu was on May 15, 1955, by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy.
  7. The mountain was referenced as the burial site of Apocalypse in an X-men series.

See Also: Mount Everest Height