One of the iconic landmarks on the earth, Mount Everest never fails to enthrall the adventure seekers around the globe. Here we have listed the most amazing facts about Mount Everest which will make you greatly surprised.
1. First Summit
Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norge (Nepal) were the first people to summit Everest from the south side in 1953, May 19. However, there lies a mystery about whether the climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine did successfully climb Everest back in 1924?
2. Mount Everest is Growing
The summit of Everest is just below the cruising height of the jet plane and it is still increasing with the rate of 4mm per year. The reason is due to the tussle between the Tibetan and Indian tectonic plates. A recent survey is carried out by Nepal Government in 2019 to find the actual height of Everest in today’s date which is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
3. Death Zone
Height above 8000m is considered as the Death Zone. It is so because even with the supplement oxygen, the human body starts to give up due to extremely high altitude, thin air, and fierce wind. Many of the death that has occurred in Everest is in this region.
4. Everest still has Dead Bodies
World’s tallest mountain is also known as the World’s highest graveyard as it has got more than 200 bodies over its terrains. Not only this, but the bewildering fact is also the some of the dead bodies are used for direction purposes like “Green Boots”.
5. First Person to Climb without Oxygen.
Summiting the Everest is daring on its own, still, some Adeline junkies push the Abr into the next level by making it more challenging. Reinhold Andreas, an Italian mountaineer along with this Austrian mountaineer Peter Habeler created the history by summiting the Everest without supplement oxygen,
6. Longest Time Spend on the Summit
Babu Chiri Sherpa did another unbelievable act. He managed to spend 21 hours straight on the summit of the Everest without auxiliary oxygen. He managed to get on the top of the summit just in 16 hours and 56 minutes.
7. Youngest and Oldest Climber
Jorden Romero ( USA ) aged just 13, became the youngest human to put his feet on the summit of Everest back in 2010 along with his parents.
The oldest person to complete this dare successfully is Yuichiro Miura from Japan in 2003 at the age of 80.
8. Not the actual highest mountain in the world !!!
Yes, it is. If you calculate the height from the base to summit, Mauna Kea located in Hawaii has got a staggering altitude of 10000m from the bottom. However, most part of this mountain s submerged inside water, with just 4000m above from the surface of the water to its summit, so Everest retains its claim to be the highest point on earth from Sea level.
9. Mount Everest is not the only name it has got
Everest got its name as Everest; when it was given to honor Sir George Everest, the first westerner to discover this mountain. In Nepal, it is called as “Sagarmatha” whereas the Tibetans called it “Chomolungma”.
10. Helicopter Landing at the Everest’s Top
It is a big risk to fly a chopper in such harsh conditions, high altitude in thin air. However, a French pilot named Didier Delsalle become the first person to land at the summit using a helicopter, which is another amazing fact regarding Mount Everest.
EXTRA FACT :
According to the recent survey carried out by the government of Nepal , the official new height of Mount Everest is 8848.86 meters.