Mount Everest


Interesting Trivia About Mount Everest

Mount Everest is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The grand mountain means many things to different people. For mountain climbing enthusiasts, it is known as either a nemesis or a goal that will someday be conquered. For others, it’s one of the most amazing works of nature that exists on Earth today. Check out some of the fascinating Everest facts below.

  • Mount Everest was formed approximately sixty million years ago.

  • The elevation of Everest is 29,035 feet high. That is six feet higher than it was in 1999.

  • The name of the mountain in Nepal is Sagarmatha. It means ‘Goddess of the sky.’

  • The name in Tibet is Chomolungma. This means ‘Mother goddess of the universe.’

  • Once known as Peak 15, the mountain was named after the British surveyor-general of India, Sir George Everest. The mountain was named after him because he was the first to record the height and location of Everest.

  • Everest’s location is twenty-seven degrees and fifty-nine feet north latitude and eighty-six degrees and fifty-six feet longitude. Its peak divides Nepal from Tibet.

  • Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to ascent Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.

  • The first solo ascent was completed by Reinhold Messner on August 20, 1980. He travelled by way of the NE ridge to the North Face.

  • The first ascent accomplished in winter was L. Cichy and K. Wielicki on February 17, 1980.

  • James Whittaker was the first American to make the ascent. He did this on May 1, 1963.

  • Geological forces cause the mountain to raise a few millimeters each year.

  • On May 16, 1975, Everest saw its first ascent by a woman. This was accomplished by Junko Tabei, from Japan. She went up via the South-Col.

  • It was over a decade later when the first American woman made an ascent. On September 29, 1988, Stacey Allison from Portland, Oregon climbed the South East Ridge.

  • The first ascent without oxygen (which is indeed a nearly impossible task,) was on May 8, 1978. Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler went up by way of the South East Ridge.

  • Cathy O’Dowd was the first woman to reach the top from both the north and south sides. She did this on May 25, 1996.

  • Babu Chhiri Sherpa set the record for being the fastest to climb to the top from the South side. The date was May 21, 2000 and the time was sixteen hours and fifty-six minutes.

  • Hans Kammerlander set the record for being the fastest person to make the ascent from the North side. It took him sixteen hours and forty-five minutes from his base camp and it was on May 24, 1996.

  • The youngest person to climb Everest was Temba Tsheri. He was fifteen years old and he made the climb on May 22, 2001.

  • The oldest person to ever climb was Sherman Bull. He was sixty-four years old when he made the climb on May 25, 2001.

  • Erik Weihenmeyer climbed the mountain on May 25, 2001. He was the first legally blind person to do so.

  • Avalanches is the number one reason for people dying while attempting the climb. This is approximately a 2:1 ratio over falls.

  • There are approximately 120 corpses on Mount Everest.

  • Nepal is the country that has the most deaths on the mountain. It has forty-six.

  • The best year for climbers on Everest was 1993. There were 129 attempts and 8 eight deaths. The worst year for climbers was 1996. 98 attempted the climb and 15 died.

  • The most dangerous part of the mountain is Khumbu Ice Falls. It has seen 19 deaths.

  • Davo Karnicar made the first ski descent on October 7, 2000.

  • The last year without an ascent was 1977.

  • Babu Chiri Sherpa stayed on the summit for a total of 21 and a half hours after reaching it. This is the longest anyone has ever stayed.

  • China took a 410-member team up Everest in 1975. This is the largest amount of people that have gone up at one time.

  • Kushang Sherpa is the only climber to have ever climbed all four sides of Everest. He is now an instructor at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

  • In 1988, Jean-Marc Boivin from France descended from the top by paragliding. He did so in an amazing eleven minutes.

  • The first person to hike from sea level with no oxygen was Tim Macartney-Snape from Australia.

  • The largest amount of people that reached the peak on the same day was forty. It was on May 10, 1993.

  • Nawang Gombu-Nepal was the first person to climb Everest twice. He did it once with Whitaker in 1963 and he did it again in 1965. He is now an instructor at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. 

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

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