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14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS

Makalu 8,463 m

"It meant that I really got to know the Himalayas, a great mountain. We only met two other expeditions on the mountain and we could really work on it. I enjoyed experiencing the essence of mountaineering in the Himalayas."

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The big black

  • Ranking: 5
  • Height: 8,463 m

First ascent: the French team led by Jean Franco completed the first ascent of Makalu in 1955. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy followed their companions on successive days, making it the first expedition to put all its members on top of an eight-thousander.

One year after reaching the rooftop of the world, Edurne decided to set her sights on climbing Makalu, a giant at 8,463 metres and located on the border between Tibet and Nepal. Known as the Big Black, it is just 22 km from Everest and is technically very difficult.

The Big Black, as it is known (officially in Chinese: Makaru; Pinyin: Mǎkǎlǔ Shān) marks the border between Nepal and Tibet. It forms a range with two other peaks: Kangchungtse or Makalu II (7,678 m) and Chomo Lonzo (7,818 m).

Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on 16 May 2002.

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  • Everest
  • Makalu
  • Cho Oyu
  • Lhotse
  • Gasherbrum II
  • Gasherbrum I
  • K2
  • Nanga Parbat
  • Broad Peak
  • Dhaulagiri
  • Manaslu
  • Kanchenjunga
  • Annapurna
  • Shishapangma

© 2017 Edurne Pasaban

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