Today, we will learn about the Top 5 Facts About Mount Everest. Being located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, it has been attracting thousands of people with its beauty. It’s an awe-inspiring giant of 29,035 feet tall above sea level. It is also called ‘Sagarmatha’ and ‘Chhomolongma’ in Nepal and Tibet respectively. Little did you know, more than 4,000 people have stood on the top of Mount Everest and it’s an aspiration for a lot of people. However, because of its harsh and cold weather, and low oxygen environment, it is considered one of the deadliest summits in the world.
There are several misconceptions about Mount Everest. Today, we will learn some of its interesting facts!
Top 5 Facts About Mount Everest
You are surely not aware of these below-mentioned facts!
1. Not the Highest Mountain in the World
Most people have a misconception about Mount Everest being the tallest mountain on Earth. But, that’s not the reality. Mount Mauna Kea, in Hawaii, is 33,500 feet tall and is believed to be the tallest one. However, only 13,796 feet are above sea level.
2. Summited over 9,000 times
We all know Tenzing Norgay and Mr Edmond Hillary to have first summited Mount Everest. Besides them, it has been climbed up by more than 4,000 people 9,000 times. The most interesting fact is, that it’s Kami Rita Sherpa who has reached the summit for the maximum time. On 21 May 2019, it was his 24th time. Little did you know, he has also made it to the peaks of Lhotse, Annapurna, and many other mountains over 8,000 metres.
3. 2’o clock rule
This is the rule followed by each of the climbers of Mount Everest. As per this 2’o clock rule, they need to be sure to get to the summit by 2:00 p.m. Why? Because of the cold and unpredictable weather, they may get caught in the death zone. If not followed, then the climber has to turn back.
4. Permanent Animals
Many people aren’t aware of the animals they have to face while climbing Mount Everest. Jumping Spiders are the permanent animals that are mostly found in the area at the height of 22,000 feet or above. While, below that, you may find animals like Snow Leopards, Himalayan Yak, etc.
5. Climbing Duration & The Fastest Record
Usually, it takes approximately 40 days to summit Mount Everest. However, Lakpa Gelu Sherpa has made the fastest record to climb to the top of this mountain within 10 hours and 56 minutes. Isn’t it amazing?
If ever visited, have you not been awestruck by the beauty of Mount Everest?