‘Interesting’ is one word that rightly describes Mount Everest. Its natural beauty stands unrivaled, and is an eye popping, jaw dropping experience. Incredibly, all 14 of the world’s peaks measuring over 8000 meters can be found in this area, providing the most extreme climbing/mountaineering challenges in the world. Though we all know Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and currently its official height is 8,848 meters.There are other amazing facts about the highest mountain of the world that will take you by surprise. Let’s unveil some interesting facts about Mount Everest.
1. Everest’s not so famous era
Before 1856 Everest was known only locally by the surrounding countries. In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of India surveyed and then measured the height of Mount Everest. It was then established as the highest mountain due to which it gained its popularity.
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2. From peak XV to Mount Everest
When the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India established the height of Mount Everest, it was known as Peak XV. Locally Mount Everest was known by many different names. Due to the lack of one common name for Mount Everest it was decided that it should be named after the Welsh surveyor George Everest. In 1865, the Royal Geographical Society officially named it Mount Everest.
Do you know that the modern pronunciation of Everest is quite different from how Sir George pronounced his surname Everest.
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3. The young Everest
One of the many interesting facts about Mount Everest is that even though it is 60 million years old; yet it is quite young as compared to other mountains.
4. Still growing
Mount Everest is young and still growing! Yup Mount Everest grows approximately 0.16 inches i.e. 4 millimeters every year. Even after 60 million years, Everest hadn’t reached puberty yet. (Wink!)
5. Not The Tallest
Mount Everest is the highest mountain Range but it certainly is not the tallest. The tallest mountain is Mauna Kea with 4,205 meters above sea level. Are you thinking that Mount Everest is 8,848 meters above sea level, then how can Mauna Kea be tallest? Well actually the Mauna Kea extends below the sea level. So, when it is measured from the base which is on the ocean floor then its height is 10,200 meters which is about a mile taller than the Mount Everest.
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6. Certainly The Dirtiest
Every year many climbers climb Mount Everest. During the climbing they leave behind many litters and wastes like climbing equipment’s, broken ropes, oxygen bottle and even human feces. Also those climbers who die on the way to the mountain; their bodies are left behind and Everest is now actually littered by corpses of various climbers. It is estimated that Everest is completely littered with about 50 tons of waste. Tallest or not; Everest certainly is the filthiest mountain.
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7. First to conquer the mightiest
On May 29, 1953 history was created by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay when the duo successfully scaled the highest and dreaded mountain peak of the world.
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8. The Maiden Year
The year when no one attempted to climb Mount Everest is the year 1974; making it a maiden year for Mount Everest.
9. The first flight over Everest
In April 1933, two people Charles Douglas – Hamilton (pilot) and David Fowler Maclnytre (fellow pilot) successfully flew the Westland PV-3 biplane over mount Everest making this flight the first one to fly over this summit.
10. The Youngest on Mount Everest
At the age when kids are busy fighting over chocolates and making excuses for no homework, this brave boy- Jordon Romero created history! In May 2010, Jordon Romero got worldwide attention by becoming the youngest person to scale Mount Everest at the age of just 13 years.
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11. Now comes the Oldest
Most people start thinking about retiring at the age of 60 – 65. But this was not the case for Yuichiro Miura. He became the oldest person to scale Mount Everest at the ripe age of 80. After all where there is will there is way.
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12. Wind power on Everest
Can you guess what the speed of wind is over Mount Everest? It is a whooping 200 mph. Imagine standing on the top of Mount Everest in a cold chilly 200 mph wind. Phew!
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13. Dead Bodies Point Ways
Dead Bodies pointing out your way… seems like a scene from horror movie. Isn’t it? But there are more than 200 corpses of climbers on Mount Everest which are used by other climbers as a way point to decide whether they are on right path or not.
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14. Freezing Point
O Yeah, Freezing point is the highest temperature of Mount Everest. The temperature never goes above freezing point on Everest! During summer the average temperature is – 19 degree C and in winter it is – 36 degree C.
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15. Tweet from the Everest
The first tweet sent from the top of Mount Everest was in 2011 by Kent Cool. His tweet: “Everest summit no 9! 1st tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G signal” That’s indeed a cool tweet from Mr. Cool himself.
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16. “Because it is there”
When the legendary English mountaineer George Mallory was asked why so many people climb Mount Everest. He stated as a matter of fact, “Because it’s there”.
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17. Out of Breath!
You are literally out of breath when you climb Mount Everest. This is because the atmospheric pressure at the top is very high. So, you can only breathe one – third of the total oxygen that you inhale at normal elevations.
18. Want to burn calories? Climb Everest!
If you are fretting over getting fat and no diet is working then you should give Everest climbing a serious thinking. People who climb Everest burn 20,000 calories on the day when they summit climb. On an average they burn 10,000 calories per day for the rest of the climb.
19. Scaling all four sides
The only person who has successfully climbed Mount Everest from all four sides is Kushang Sherpa. He is currently associated with Himalayan Mountaineering where he is an instructor.