Here are some fun interesting facts for kids and adults about Mount Everest.
Mount Everest is about 60 million years old !
The Mountain was named after Sir George Everest in 1865 who worked as the surveyor general of India.
Where is Mount Everest ? Located in the Himalaya Mountains, Everest is on the border of Nepal and
The Nepal name is Sagarmatha which means goddess of the sky
The Tibet name is Chomolungma which means mother goddess of the universe
Mount Everest is the worlds highest mountain above sea level and stands at a height of 29,029 Feet or 8848
There are two main climbing routes to the Summit of
Everest, the South East from Nepal and the North East from Tibet.
In 1953 New Zealander Edmund Hilary and Tenzing
Norgay become the first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest. Hilary was the person who peaked
On 11 May 1996 a tragic eight people lost their
lives during a storm on Everest. There was 16 fatalities during the 1996 season in total. The book Into Thin
Air describes these events.
Jordan Romero is the youngest person to climb
Everest at the age of 13.
Min Bahadur Sherchan at 76 years old is the
oldest person to have climbed the tallest mountain in the world.
Almost all climbers use bottled oxygen when they
reach 8000 metres on the mountain. Reinhold Messner reached the top without any oxygen in 1978 and again in
First American to climb Everest was James Whittaker in 1963
The first solo climer to reach the peak was the famous Reinhold Messner in 1980.
The first woman to peak was Junko Tabei from Japan on May 16th 1975
George Mallory and Andrew Irvine were last seen near the top in 1924, it is not known if they peaked.
Mona Mulepati and Pem Dorje Sherpa on May 30th 2005 got married on the Peak !
The Frenchmen Jean-Marc Boivin paraglided from the peak in only 11 minutes in 1988.
Alberto and Felix Inurrategui become the first brothers to peak on September 25, 1992.
The body of George Mallory was found on Everest in 1999. The mystery remains.
The best time to climb is in May before the Monsoon season starts.
Every year the Mountain rises a few milimetres in height.
The first attempted climbs were in 1921.