Facts About Mt. Everest
Tallest mountain in the world.
Number of people to attempt to climb Mt. Everest: approximately
Number of people to successfully climb Mt. Everest:
Number of people who have died trying to climb Mt.
Height: 29,028 feet, or 5 and a half miles above sea level.
This is equivalent to the size of almost 20 Empire
Location: part of the Himalaya mountain range; straddles
border of Nepal and Tibet.
Named for: Sir George Everest, a British surveyor-general
Age: approximately 60 million years old.
Other names: called "Chomolungma" by Tibetans
and Sherpas, which means "Mother Goddess of the
Countries visible from the summit: Tibet, India,
First to climb to summit: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.
1921 Dalai Lama allows British reconnaissance party to
visit Tibet and the northern side of Mt. Everest.
1924 British explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine
disappear near the summit, along the Northeast Ridge.
It is possible that they may have actually been the
first to reach the summit, but they never returned.
1949 Nepal opens its borders, making access to the mountain's
southern peak possible.
1953 Hillary and Norgay reach summit.
1963 First Americans reach the summit.
1989 First two women, both American, reach the summit.
1990 Sir Edmund Hillary's son, Peter, reaches summit.
1996 Eleven people die during spring expeditions.
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