Sixty years after Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary first reached the peak of the highest mountain on Earth. I will be offering some facts about the top of the world.

Mount Everest- Nepal

Universal Fact

Mount Everest is in Nepal.

Fact No 1:

The officially recognised height of Mount Everest is 29,029ft (8,848m) based on a 1954 ground-based measurement. A disputed satellite based measurement in 1999 suggested it was six feet taller.

Fact No 2:

At Everest’s highest point, you are breathing in a third of the amount of oxygen you would normally breathe due to the atmospheric pressure.

Fact No 3:

There are to two major routes to the summit: the south-east ridge from Nepal and the north ridge from Tibet.

Fact No 4:

At least one person has died on Everest every year since 1969, except in 1977.

Fact No 5:

Winds on the mountain have been recorded at more than 200mph.

Updated Facts

Fact No 6:

Sir Edmund Hillray’s son, Peter, has climbed Everest five times. His first summit was in 1990.

Fact No 7:

Tenzing Norgay unsuccessfully tried to get to the top of Everest six times before reaching it with Hillary.

Fact No 8:

Comparatively, the safest year on Everest was 1993, when 129 reached the summit and eight died ( a ratio of 16:1).

Fact No 9:

One in 10 successful climbs to the summit ends in death.

Fact No 10:

The deadliest year for climbers of Everest was 1996, when 15 died.

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Mount Everest from Space

Mount Everest from Space