Mount Everest Overview

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Name: Everest, Mount

29002 feet, measured in 1852 when found as heighest mountain in world.
29028 feet, measured when Hillary and Tenzing reached Summit.
29035.3 feet, measured in 1999 on Expedition.
29078 feet, as measured by recent satellite imaging.

Located: Solu Khumbu, Noth Eastern Nepal, Asia.

First Climbers: Edmund Hillary and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.

Date First Climbed: 1953, May 29th, 11:30 AM.

Approximite Climbers since then: Over 1000 definitly, encounting.

Approximite Deaths: About 150.

Most Summits made by: Apa Shepa, 13, going for 14 and will settle at that number.

Route that most summits are made by: South Side, Nepal.


Mount Everest, is by far the most popular mountain out of the "8000ers". There are all the mountains in the world over the height of 8000 metres. The challenge is to complete them all, and it help by the fact there are only 14 of them. In order of height, they are: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhalulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II, Shisha Pangma. The first person to complete all these climbs successfully was Reinhold Messner (Italian), perhaps the greatest mountaineerer of all time. Another challenge to the extreme mountaineerer is to complete the Seven Summits, and this is done by conquring (spelling) all the highest peaks on every country.
This is still being argued, but they are: Everest (Asia), Aconcagua (South America), Mount McKinley (or Denali, North America) Kilimanjaro (Africa), Cartenez Pyramid (Australisia) and Elbrus (Europe). Mont Blanc is also considered a "Seven Summit" as Elbrus can be seen as an Asian mountain.
Everest consists of three main ridges: West Ridge, South East Ridge and the North Rigde, along with three faces. South Face, Kangshung, or East Face, and the North Face. And not surprisingly, three main glaciers. Khumbu Glacier, (South) Rongbuk Glacier (North) and Kangshung Glacier. (East). As the South Side is techincally more difficult than the north route, we'll start with South.

This route is significantly shorter than the North route, and 'different'. South Everest is much more technical, whereas North Everest is much longer. Before I begin, lets get a few things straight. "Mount Everest is in Nepal." I hear so many people Face. Well, if your looking for the amount of Land taken by countries, we could say Everest is moreso owned by Tibet. The border between nepal and China runs up Everest's West Ridge, to the summit. It continues South, to the South Summit, a minor summit, just below the true Everest summit, (too many 'summit's!) and down the South East ridge, it passes over the South Col, at 26200 feet and countinues on to Lhotse's North ridge, and to the Lhotse's summit. (Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the would is just south of Everest. A few miles seperate them, and a ridge, with a col at the lowest part, connects the two mountains. This ridge never get lower than 26000 feet.)
Teams will fly into Lukla from Kathmandu (Nepal's Capital). Lukla is a small town, with an airstrip, and teams will land here using a Cessna or a Helicopter. From this section, you cannot see Everest. it is 50 miles from Lukla.

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