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Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Everest

Where is Mount Everest?
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Mount Everest, is the world highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, border between China and Nepal.

What are the original names for Mount Everest? 

Mount Everest, in Nepali known as, Sagarmatha, meaning “Forehead (or Goddess) of the Sky” and in Tibetan known as Chomolungma, meaning “Mother Goddess of the Universe”.

Mount Everest was named after which person?
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The highest mountain in the world is named after George Everest in 1856.

What’s the height of Mount Everest? 

The height of Mount Everest in different measurements are as follows:

  • 8848 Meters
  • 8.848 Kilometres
  • 5.5 miles
  • 29028 feet
Who were the first humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest? 
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From Left to Right, Tenzing Norgay, and Sir Edmund Percival Hillary. Image Source: Wikipedia.org

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Percival Hillary were the first two humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Tenzing Norgay  (29 May 1914 – 9 May 1986), born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali Sherpa mountaineer.

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist.

Who was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest?
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Junko Tabei  (22 September 1939 – 20 October 2016) was a Japanese mountaineer. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.

Who was the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest?
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Arunima Sinha, at age 26, from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, was the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.

Who were the persons to reach the summit of Mount Everest multiple times? 
From Left to Right, Apa Sherpa, Ang Dorje Sherpa, Babu Chiri Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa                                    Image Source: Wikipedia.org and Pinterest.com
  • Apa Sherpa, age 58 years, from Thame, Namche is the person who has ascended the Mount Everest for 21 times. He is a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who, jointly with Phurba Tashi and Shishir Bhattarai, holds the record for reaching the summit of Mount Everest more times than any other person.
  • Ang Dorje Sherpa (born 1970) is a Nepali sherpa mountaineering guide, climber, and porter from Pangboche, Nepal, who has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest 19 times.
  • Babu Chiri Sherpa (June 22, 1965 – April 29, 2001) was a Sherpa mountaineer from Nepal. He reached the summit of Mount Everest ten times.
  • Phurba Tashi Sherpa Mendewa, a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer known for his numerous ascents of major Himalayan peaks. He reached the summit of Everest 21 times, including three times in the 2007 season alone.
Who were the first persons to climb the Mount Everest without oxygen?
From Left to Right, Ang Rita Sherpa, Reinhold Messner and Phu Dorjee. Image Source: Wikipedia.org
  • Ang Rita Sherpa is a mountain climber who has climbed Mount Everest ten times without the use of supplemental oxygen, and is thus known as “The Snow Leopard”.
  • Reinhold Messner, (born 17 September 1944) is an Italian mountaineer, adventurer, explorer.  Reinhold who was the first solo ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, along with Peter Habeler, and was the first climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) above sea level.
  • Phu Dorjee was a Sherpa and the first Indian to summit Mt. Everest without oxygen
Who was the youngest and oldest person to climb the Mount Everest? 
Jordan Romero. Image Source: Green Global Travel

The youngest persons to reach the top of the world; Mount Everest was Jordan Romero 13-year-old with Lama Karma Sherpa. 

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Yuichiro Miura. Image Source: South China Morning Post

The oldest person to climb the Mount Everest was Sherchan, aged 76, who had 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His record was broken by 80-year-old Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura in 2013.

BONUS: Spanish man climbs Mount Everest in fastest known time

Note: Above information have been compiled from various sources – en.wikipedia.org, theguardian.com, cbsnews.com, telegraph.co.uk

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