Mt. Everest Facts & Figures

Mount Everest is the highest point on the surface of the earth above the sea level. There are several interesting facts & figures associated with the Mount Everest with contribute to its widespread popularity.
  • It is the highest mountain on earth with a height of 8,848m above the sea level
  • The Mount Everest was formed nearly 60 million years ago
  • The mount is named after Sir George Everest, a British general of India
  • Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tensing Norgay where the first to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • Mount Everest is also known by other names as, Zhumulangma (Chinese), Qomolangma (Tibetan), Chajamlungma (Limbu),Sagarmatha (Nepali) orChomolungma
  • The total number of people to successfully climb Mt. Everest is 660
  • The first people to have made a successful ascent to the summit without the help of supplemental oxygen were, Peter Habeler & Reinhold Messner.
  • Mt. Everest is also home to the minute creature known as black jumping spider.
  • The countries visible from the summit include, India, Nepal & Tibet
  • The first solo ascent to the summit was made by Reinhold Messner on 20th August 1980
  • Junko Tabei was the first women to make an ascent to the summit on 16th May 1975
  • The youngest person to have made an ascent to the summit is 15 year old Ming Kipa Sherpa in May 2003, while the oldest person to have achieved the feat is 76 years old Bahadur Sherchan.
  • Erik Weihenmeyer was the first legally blind person to ascent the Mt. Everest on 25 May 2001
  • Tim Macartney-Snape on 11th May 1990 became the first person to hike the summit from sea level, without the use of oxygen.
  • Mount Everest rises a few millimeters each year as a result of geological forces.