Igor BugachevskiAs one of only a select few to earn the Gold Ice Axe for reaching the peak of the west face of Makalu, Igor Bugachevski unfortunately fell on stone during his descent. At the height of 6,800 meters, Bugachevski died on May 24, 1997, and was buried on the mountain.
Jay SiegerThough few details of his death are known, veteran climber Jay Sieger reportedly died on May 18, 2004, after reaching the summit of Makalu. He was climbing with another person, left a flag at the peak, then went missing and was presumed dead.
Jean-Christophe LafailleFrench mountaineer Jean-Christophe Lafaille was presumed dead on January 26, 2006, on Makalu during a solo climb. Lafaille previously survived a solo emergency descent from Annapurna with a broken arm, but was unable to conquer Makalu and was lost neat the summit.
Karel SchubertCzech climber Karel Schubert became separated from his climbing partner during only the fifth ascent of Makalu. He was reported dead on May 25, 1976, after succumbing to the cold weather combined with exhaustion.
Mark MoorheadTaking the life of an Austrian, Makalu was responsible for the death of Mark Moorehead on October 15, 1983. Moorehead reportedly died following a fall during an attempted ascent on the southwest ridge.
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