10 interesting facts about Mt. Everest

By visiting Mount Everest, you will be gracing the highest point on earth. Mount Everest is located in Mahalangur section of the Himalayas on the Chinese-Nepalese border. It separates China's south-central Tibet and northeast Nepal. Below are some very interesting facts about the mountain.

1. Mount Everest is the world's highest point at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft.) above sea level.

2. Numbers - 4,000 people have attempted to climb the mountain, 660 have succeeded, 142 have died trying, the peak is 5 and half miles above the sea level, to reach the peak, you will have to put 20 Empire State Buildings on top of each other.

3. The mountain was named after Sir George Everest - the British surveyor-general of India.

4. The mountain is approximately 60 years old.

5. Other names used to refer to the mountain include; Sagarmatha in Nepalese, Chomolungm in Tibetan.

6. The mountain grows 4mm higher every year due to Geographical uplifts.

7. Mt Everest was initially known as Peak 15 at the height of 29,002 feet in 1856. Its name was later changed to Mt. Everest in 1865. In 1955, its height was adjusted to 29,028 (which Nepal use to-date). China uses 29,015 feet as the official height but using the modern GPS technology in 1999, scientists established its height to be 29,035 feet.

8. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first human beings to climb the mountain on May 29, 1953.

9. Italian Reinhold Messner and Peter Habler in 1978 were the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen.

10. Avalanches on the mountain are the greatest cause of death on the mountain. In 1996, 15 people lost their lives as they attempted to descend from the mountain due to an avalanche.

Climbing the Mount Everest is an epic feat to accomplish - but it also involves putting your life in monumental danger. The Himalayas have abundance of places to climb without necessarily putting your life in danger. For the brave, make sure you know all you need to know before attempting the climb.

by Kennedy Runo on 01/20/2014 in Escorted or Guided Tour