It’s the tallest point on Earth, but we all know that! What you want is to learn about all the amazing little bits and pieces you never heard about in school, which is where we come in. Take a look at these 15 interesting facts about Mount Everest and you’ll be wowing your friends and family in no time at all.
- Mount Everest is located in on the border between Nepal and Tibet in the Himalayas.
- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, doing so all the way back in 1953.
- It’s getting 4 mm higher with every passing year due to plate tectonics.
- Kami Rita Sherpa wasn’t happy with summiting just the once so went on to do climb Mount Everest 24 times, and counting…!
- 1974 was a year off for mountaineers with no one trying to climb the world’s biggest mountain.
Mount Everest, Nepal
- Jordan Romero was just 13 when he reached Everedt’s summit in 2010.
- And Yuichiro Miura was a sprightly 80 when he reached the top 3 years later.
- Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa decided to get married at the summit — as if the adventure itself wasn’t enough for one day!
- George Everest discovered just how tall the mountain was in the 18th century and it was named in his honour.
- Kenton Cool was the first person to tweet from the summit — a true milestone in human history.
- Didier Delsalle didn’t feel like working for days to reach the summit so landed his helicopter there with ease.
- Jumping Spiders make the summit of Mount Everest their home and are unique to the Himalayas.
- The area above 8,000 meters is called the ‘death zone’ due to how oxygen depleted the air becomes. It’s so thin that your body’s cells start dying!
- The surge in adventure tourism is actually causing traffic jams (on foot at least) in the death zone!
- It’s estimated there are at least 200 dead bodies frozen on Everest that no one has been able to retrieve.
Do you know any interesting facts about Mount Everest we’ve not mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below!
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