The Mount Everest is touted as the highest mountain on the planet, but that’s not all! Explore the other interesting facts about Mount Everest in this gallery that you still need to know.
While Westerners view Mount Everest as a way to conquer the world and earn some bragging rights, Tibetans have a different view towards the mountains. They regard the mountains as a goddess.
This tragedy is considered the worst in the history of Mount Everest.
Most notable successful climbers include, of course, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay (the first persons to reach the summit) as well as Reinhold Messner (the first person to reach the summit without supplemental oxygen).
Although approximately 4,000 people have attempted to conquer Mount Everest ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached the the top of the world in 1953, hundreds of aspirants haven’t been that so lucky.
Anyway, attempting to climb all the way up to the summit of Mount Everest will also make your bills climb, that’s for sure. The expedition normally costs between $35,000 and $100,000. Now that’s also daunting!
The youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest is an Indian girl named Malavath Purna. She was 13 years and 11 months old when she did the feat in 2014. The oldest is a Japanese mountaineer named Yuichiro Miura, who was 80 when he made the summit. He said the descent from the mountain almost killed him
Almost 280 people have died attempting to reach the summit. Deaths occur every year in the Mount Everest in the last few years.
Mount Everest is so deadly that avalanches are pretty frequent. Other causes of death while trying to reach the top of Mount Everest include accidental falling, exposure to frostbite, and altitude sickness.
Mount Everest has grown approximately a mile tall in the last 26,000 years!
However, technically Mount Everest is not the tallest mountain. The tallest mountain is actually Mauna Kea, an inactive volcano in the US state of Hawaii. It is about 33,000 feet tall, considerably higher than Mount Everest. However, much of Mauna Kea is submerged in the ocean which makes it seem smaller from a plain sighting (at 13,803 feet).
It also means “Goddess of the Sky,” like the Tibetan name “Chomolangma”
Sir George Everest was responsible for surveying the longest meridian arc (from the south of India to north of Nepal) during his time. In 1865 the mountain was named after him.