16 Interesting And Surprising Facts About Mount Everest

There are some wonders of this world which invoke a great sense of ethereal awe. Mount Everest is one of those awe-inspiring wonders. In fact, what makes the highest point on Earth even more captivating is how its elevation has impacted both inhabitants and the environment.

Moreover, the numerous climbers who have come through Base Camp in an attempt to reach the summit of the mountain. The elevation and the resultant otherworldly backdrop provide a rugged, alien experience as unforgiving as it is awe-inspiring.

‘Amazing is the only word which perfectly describes Mount Everest. Its natural magnificence stands unrivaled and is just an eye-popping, jaw-dropping experience. Remarkably, all 14 of the world’s peaks measuring more than 8000 meters are situated in this area, offering the most extreme mountaineering /climbing challenges in the world.

Although we all mont-everest-mountainknow Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world with an official height of 8,848 meters, there are other interesting facts that can take you by surprise.

Mount Everest is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Each year many people attempt to reach its summit – some lose their lives!

People from all continents are captivated by its magnificent height and the adventurous, driven, mountain climbers who usually take it on embodying the physical and mental challenges which test human abilities.

Mount Everest is part of the Himalayan Alps. The natives of Tibetan, called Sherpa, often call it “Chomolungma” that means “Mother Goddess of the Universe” and in Nepal, it is referred to as “Sagarmatha” that means “Goddess of the Sky.”

Mount. Everest is situated in the mountain range bordering the countries of Tibet and Nepal. Let’s unveil some interesting facts about this great mountain.

Interesting Facts About Mount Everest

  1. More than 5,000 climbers have successfully reached the peak of Mount Everest, including a blind person, a 13-year-old, and a 73-year-old woman.
  2. This mountain is almost 60 million years old and 8848 meters (29, 035 feet) tall. It grows approximately 1 inch in every 4 years. This occurs as a result of the rock upon which it sits steadily moving northwards forcing into the rocks of the European continent.
  3. Mt. Everest is ever covered with ice and snow. Several successful climbs to the summit occur in May due to more favorable weather conditions during this period.
  4. Mount Everest is also habitat to a very minute black-jumping spider. These spiders usually feed on frozen insects and hide in crevices. Their food relies largely upon what is blown by the wind into the particular area. They live as high as 22,000 feet.
  5. The first tweet from the peak of Mount Everest was sent by an enthusiastic climber, Kenton Cool in 2011. He tweeted, “Everest summit no 9! 1st tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G signal.”
  6. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain Range but it likely not the tallest mountain. The tallest mountain currently is Mauna Kea with 4,205 meters above sea level. Are you thinking that M.t Everest is 8,848 meters above sea level, then how can Mauna Kea be considered the tallest? Well, essentially the Mauna Kea extends below the sea level. Therefore, when it is measured from the base on the ocean floor, then its height is 10,200 meters which is almost one mile taller than the Mount Everest.
  7. The year when no one tried to climb Mount Everest is the year 1974. So, it is considered a maiden year for Mount Everest.
  8. Can you guess the speed of the wind over Mount Everest? It is a whooping 200 mph! Imagine standing on the summit in a cold chilly 200 mph wind. Brrr!
  9. Dead bodies are pointing out your direction… sounds like a scene from a horror movie. Isn’t it? However, there are over 200 corpses of climbers on Mount Everest that are used by other mountain climbers as a guide to determine whether they are on the right path or not.
  10. The only individual who has successfully climbed Mount Everest from all 4 sides is Kushang Sherpa. Currently, he is associated with Himalayan Mountaineering where he is an instructor.
  11. Historically, for every hundred climbers who have successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest, four have died.
  12. The boiling point of water at the summit of Mt. Everest is 160 °F (71 °C).
  13. One man rode his bike from Sweden to Mount Everest and then attempted a ride to summit. Unfortunately, he turned about 300 feet from the top!
  14. In 2011, 2 men paraglided from the top of Mount Everest, arriving at the village in about 42 minutes and avoiding the risky conventional 3-day descent.
  15. Mount Everest should be pronounced “Eve-rest”, not “Ever-est” since it is named after George Everest.
  16. In 2005, a Nepalese couple became the first to wed on the summit of Mount Everest.



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