Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Mount Everest’s north face from the Tibetan plateau.

With 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) (above sea level) at its peak, Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain. It was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh (3 February 1810 – 21 February 1878), the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest (4 July 1790 — 1 December 1866), the Welsh surveyor and geographer, and the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843.

Tenzing Norgay (Sherpa Tenzing, 29 May 1914 – 9 May 1986) and the New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist Edmund Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) made the first official ascent of Everest on May 29, 1953 using the southeast ridge route (now also known as the standard route). Photo: wikipedia

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