Mount Everest is a rock and snow peak of the Himalayas. It is in
Nepal and stands on the border of Tibet.
The expedition which first reached the summit, in 1953, was the
eighth to make the attempt; there had also been three reconnaissance
The peak was named after Sir George Everest. Its Tibetan name is
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Its height is
29,028 ft. (8,848 m)
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The highest mountain on the planet, Mount Everest is growing two
inches taller each year. Satellite technology says the mountain
is currently 29,107 feet tall. First recognized as the highest peek
in 1852, it got its western name ten years later in 1862. Mount
Everest was named for Sir George Everest (1790-1866), a British
surveyor. Surveyors don't agree on the height of Mount Everest.
The British government in the 1800's thought the height was 29,002
feet. In 1954 the Indian government said it's 29,028 feet, but a
widely used unofficial figure says it is 29,141 feet!
Everest sits on the border between Nepal and Tibet.
People from the western hemisphere weren't allowed to climb Mount
Everest until the early 1920's. The first known climb that made
it to the top was made by a New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and
a Napalese named Tenzing Norgay. They climbed the mountain in 1953.
Since then Everest has been climbed by 400 people. Access is restricted
by the Nepalese to prevent too much damage to the environment.
Mount Everest is 97 degrees below freezing, talk about cold!
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