Lakpa was born in Makalu, a village in southeast Nepal near a 27,766-foot mountain by the same name.
Her first job was as a “kitchen boy,” carrying pots and pans to Makalu.
It was not difficult to guess that, if Everest were one, the other must be Makalu.
Makalu was immediately opposite us with its colossal precipices.
We were at a height of 15,300 feet, and Makalu's two peaks were almost exactly opposite to us.
To the South-east towered up the immense cliffs of Makalu, far the more beautiful mountain of the two.
Over the top of this snowy chain appeared the great rocky crests of Makalu.
We thought that this would be our last chance of a view of the Everest and Makalu group, but it turned out not to be so.
My ambition was to reach the ridge between Makalu and Everest, and from it to have a look right down into Nepal.
It was easy to conclude that one valley, this one, must come up on the North side of Makalu all the way to Everest.