The 18-strong band of Indian Army soldiers had planned their ascent of Mount Makalu meticulously, deciding in the process that they would establish six camps as they made their way up the mountain. The men had trained for half a year prior to the expedition, too, meaning they should have known exactly what lay before them when they set off on their trek.
But the Indian Army’s careful planning couldn’t account for everything that Mount Malaku would throw at them. And one of these unforeseen events practically stopped the soldiers in their tracks, too. You see, on the journey, the group stumbled across a set of gigantic footprints – and they became convinced that a mythical beast had left the marks.
At 27,838 feet high, Mount Makalu in the Himalayas is the fifth-tallest mountain on the planet. And owing to Makalu’s steep inclines and precarious ridges, the peak is among the most dangerous for climbers to tackle. Nevertheless, the potential peril didn’t stop a team from the Indian Army from setting off on an expedition to the mountain in 2019.