17 Interesting Mount Everest Facts
- Andrew Waugh, a British Surveyor had tried to name this mountain but when he failed to get any good name, he just gave this mountain the name of the Surveyor General - George Everest.
- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to climb Mount Everest. They reached the peak on 29 May, 1953.
- The height of Mount Everest is 8,848m (29,029 feet) and it grows 4mm every year due to geologic uplift.
- Although Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth from sea level, Mauna Kea, an inactive Hawaiian volcano, holds the record as the world's tallest mountain.
- Geologically, Mount Everest is about 60 million years old.
- There is only one-third of oxygen present near Mount Everest when compared to the amount of oxygen at sea level.
- The wind speeds of over 160km/h (100mph) are common at this place. The temperature can be -80F.
- There are two main routes to the summit: the south-east ridge from Nepal and the north ridge from Tibet.
- In Nepal the mountain is Known as Sagarmatha. It means Goddess of the sky.
- In Tibet the mountain is known as Chomolangma. It means mother Goddess of the universe.
- With a height of 829.8m (2,722ft) Burj khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Mount Everest is ten times taller than Burj Khalifa.
- Climbing Mount Everest is quite a task; climbers burn over 10,000 calories each day.
- Of every 1 person out of 10 successful summits who reach the peak of Mount Everest, but die there.
- In 1975, Junko Tabei, a Japanese women became the first woman to summit Mount Everest.
- Apa Sherpa, Sherpa Phurba Tashi and Kami Rita Sherpa are the only three people to scale the Mount Everest 21 times.
- There are tons of garbage on this mountain. The garbage includes empty oxygen cylinder, human waste, climbing equipment, empty bottles, etc.
- The Nepalese government now requires climbers to bring down at least 8 kg of waste when descending from the mountain.
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