History & Facts of Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest point on the Earth above sea level. Owing to its location on the border between Nepal, Tibet, Sagarmatha Zone & China, it is also known by other popular names as Zhumulangma Peak (Chinese), Qomolangma Peak (Tibetan), Chajamlungma (Limbu),Mount Sagarmatha (Nepali) or Mount Chomolungma.

There is an interesting history that goes behind the discovery & expedition of Mt. Everest. Though the mount had been recognized as the highest peak on the Earth's continental crust, naming the mount had become a major problem. Ultimately despite the prevailing objections & oppositions, in 1865 the mountain finally came to be known as Mount Everest named after Sir George Everest, a surveyor general of India in the 1830's.

The history of expedition of Mount Everest is as interesting as the history of the mountain itself. Right from the year 1924 when the first expedition on Mount Everest was done, endless attempts had been made for the summit but success was achieved only in mid 1953. On 29th May 1953, two men named Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay finally made it to the summit. The route that was used by these two men to make it to the top continued to be known as the first out of the fifteen routes recognized to the top by 1996. Thereafter, numerous attempts where made to the summit but Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay continue to rule the history books of Mount Everest.