On March 27, members of the Ukrainian expedition to conquer the fifth peak of the world, Mount Makalu in the Himalayas, depart from Kyiv.
The national team of Ukraine was formed according to the results of many competitions and gatherings of the 15 best climbers of the country in the Caucasus. On March 27, a team of 10 athletes and 4 leaders will fly from Kyiv to the UAE, and from there to Kathmandu. The entire expedition will last 2 months, and up to a month is allotted for the ascent. The height of Mount Makalu (Black Giant) is 8,463 meters. This fifth highest peak in the world is located on the border of Nepal and China.
Ukrainian climbers will climb the southwestern slope along the route of the highest category of difficulty, which no one has climbed before. It is much more difficult than the classic route to Everest, because most of the obstacles and difficulties await athletes after 7 thousand meters. The route includes ice, rock and snow fields, sheer walls and many other difficult obstacles, and will end with an exit to the western ridge of the peak.
Weather conditions for climbing are optimal only in spring or autumn. Despite the cooler temperatures, climbers chose the spring season due to more stable weather conditions and the absence of monsoons. However, athletes in any case expect a lack of oxygen and frost from 20 to 50 degrees below zero.
Such ascents are held only once every 3–4 years, because it is very difficult to organize and finance them. The Ministry of Family Affairs, Youth and Sports helped organize the expedition, and sponsors covered many of the costs of equipping athletes.
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