As the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu is no stranger to mountain climbing accidents including those that led to deaths on Makalu. The mountain, which sits roughly 12 miles from Mount Everest, is one of a select few over eight thousand meters in elevation with a peak of 8,481 meters or 27,825 feet.
The thrill and challenge of conquering the mountain has taken the life of several throughout the years including many in modern times. The first attempts to reach the summit of Makalu took place in 1954 by an American team. While that expedition was not successful, a French team took on the challenge in May 1955 with Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy reaching the peak.
Though the pyramid shape of the final ascent makes topping Makalu extremely difficult, many have continued to accomplish the feat in the decades since. The difficulties and extreme conditions, among other factors, have led to the deaths of over a dozen climbers. Falls, acute mountain sickness and disappearances have also contributed to the deaths.
Sadly, Makalu is only one of few eight-thousanders that have claimed the lives of those who have attempted to climb them. Mountain climbing accidents have also occurred on Dhaulagiri and deaths have occurred on Cho Oyu, among many others.