Makalu is the world's fifth-highest peak with an elevation of 8,481 meters, (27,825 ft). It is situated in Nepal, 19 kilometers southeast of Mount Everest, in the Mahalangur Himalayas. It is one of the eight-thousanders and is a remote peak with a four-sided pyramidal shape. Makalu is one of the more challenging eight-thousanders, which is also regarded as one of the hardest mountains in the world to climb. The mountain is famous for its steep drops and ridges with knife-edge edges that are open to the elements. It requires technical rock and ice climbing to reach the summit pyramid.