First Indian army mountaineering expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m)

The mountain peak got its name from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means ‘Big Black’ and is a by- name of Lord Shiva. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer but at other times he tends to be gentle and kind hearted. The mountain has another name in local dialect “Kumba Karna”, which means The Giant. Makalu has proven to be a challenging climb, as only five of its initial sixteen attempts were successful.

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