Tallest Mountain in the World
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. This mountain is over 60 million years old. It was formed by the movement of the Indian tectonic plate. The mountain grows 4 mm higher every year due to geological uplift. Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal that means ‘Sky’s Forehead’. The height of this mountain is 29,035 feet. On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first ones to climb the Mount Everest. The summit of this mountain is covered with deep snow all year long. The temperature can drop to -80°F.
Fast Facts: –
- Mount Everest was first identified for the western world by a British survey team led by Sir George Everest in 1841.
- Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi hold the joint record for the maximum number of Everest ascents that is 21.
- The wind can blow over 200 mph on the summit.
- Junko Tabei of Japan was the first woman to climb Mount Everest successfully in 1975.
- Miura Yuichiro from Japan was the oldest person to climb the Everest.
- There are total 18 different climbing routes to reach the summit.
- There are approximately 200 dead bodies of climbers on the mountain and surprisingly, these bodies work as waypoints to other climbers.
- The average duration of an expedition to the summit of the tallest mountain in the world is about 40 days.
- More than 150 people have died while trying to climb Mount Everest.
- Till now, more than 2,000 people have reached the summit.
- The cost of a permit for seven people to climb the Mount Everest from the Government of Nepal is $70,000.