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Shocking Facts About Mount Everest

Shocking Facts About Mount Everest

Assistant Editor

10 Oct, 2019

Mount Everest Facts, Sanskrit and Nepali Sagarmatha, Tibetan Chomolungma, Chinese (Pinyin) Zhumulangma Feng or (Wade-Giles romanization) Chu-mu-lang-ma Feng, also spelled Qomolangma Feng, mountain on the ridge of the Great Himalayas of southern Asia that lies on the border between Nepal and the Tibet self – governing Region of China, at 27°59′ N 86°56′ E. embracing a mountain of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

Like another high pinnacle in the region, Mount Everest has long been cherished by local people. Its most common Tibetan name is Chomolungma, which means “Goddess Mother of the World” or “Goddess of the Valley.” The Sanskrit name Sagarmatha means literally “Peak of Heaven.” 

Mount Everest Scary Facts

The thriller of the first climber

Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay - everybody knows them. Who hasn’t heard these names? But do you know about the climber George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who strive to climb Mount Everest back in 1924? 

They both exert themselves to climb the mountain and they were last seen on July 8 regularly forge ahead. However, the fact about even if they made it to the culmination of Everest or evaporate on the way is still a mystery. 

Most monotonous climbers

Mount Everest is enormous attainment for people but for some Sherpa’s it has become like visiting a market for shopping.

Two men from Sherpa society Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa have gone up to Everest 21 times each. They have made a record for the most auspicious crown of Mount Everest.

Wrecked Climbers

Tom Whittaker is the first disabled climber who reached the crown of Mount Everest. He is a mountaineer born in 1948 in York.

In 1979, Whittaker's right foot had to be expunged in a car accident, but this young brave man did not lose belief and sustain climbing. 

There are some other climbers such as a blind Erik Weihenmayer from America and a double amputee Mark Inglis New Zealand. 

4000 Total Attempts

In April 2016, above 4000 people have given a fling to climb Mount Everest. Per year around 800 people who including Sherpas, clients, & professional climbers try to climb Everest.

In 2017 had the second most summits at 648 after 658 in 2013. 61 percent of the climbers who climbed catch up to the top of Everest. 446 of the climbers were from the south side and 202 from the north side.

Mount Everest is growing

You will be shocked to know that Mount Everest grows each year steadily.

The height of Mount Everest is found to be expanding 4mm per year. This growth is due to the constant agitation of rock upon which Everest stands. 

Discoverer of Mount Everest

In 1841, the great mountain Everest or Mount Everest is discovered by George Everest who was a Surveyor, General of India from 1830 to 1843. Thus, it is named after him, and ‘Everest’ is pronounced as ‘Eve-rest’ not ‘Ever-est.’

Flutter on Mount Everest

The speed of the wind on Mount Everest is 200 mph. 

Why only one side, when you can climb from all four sides

The only individual who climbs Mount Everest successfully from all four sides is Kushang Sherpa, who is an instructor at Himalayan Mountaineering. 

Conflicts regarding height 

There isn’t still founded an exact height for Mount Everest. According to the measurement of the Chinese Government, the height is 8844 meters (29016 ft.), and according to Nepal, the height is 8848 meters (29029 ft.).


The mountain spiders which are also named Himalayan jumping spiders are the highest immutable inmates of the Earth, sidewise from a few species of bird.

The scientific name of spiders is Euophrys omnisuperstes, which means standing above everything, is the spider living at the acclivity of up to 6700m (22000 ft.) in the Himalayas.

Cause of deaths on Mount Everest

Since 1969, at least one person has died every year while climbing the great Mount Everest.

The main causes of the deaths are found to be frostiness, snow blindness, suffocation, deprivation, and hypothermia. Most of the people died cause of snow syndrome in the region above 7500 meters thus it is called a Death Zone. And doctors are available only below 5400 meters to monitor climbers.

Dead bodies

There are about 200 dead bodies found in the mountain, and the bodies now help other climbers to know they are on the right path or not. Those bodies are portside there due to the low weather and bucking them down is very dangerous. If we look back to the history of the death on Everest, 4 percent of the climbers who have made it to the crowned have died.

The maximum temperature on Mount Everest

It is shocking to know that the warmest temperature of Mount Everest is 20 degrees so far. Such a temperature makes it hard to stay more than 24 hours on the mountain. In this situation, Babu Sherpa is the only one to make a record by staying at Mount Everest summit for 16 hours.

No Oxygen

The amount of oxygen present near Mount Everest is one-third of the amount of oxygen present at sea level. The lesser oxygen is because of, the less air pressure (i.e., 4.89 psi) while the air pressure at sea level is 14.69 psi.

Interesting records on Everest

The first twins to reach Mount Everest: Tashi and Nungshi Malik, the first twins who reach Mount Everest. The first woman to climb Mount Everest: Junko Tabei, the first woman who climbed Mount Everest. Reinhold Messner, the first clambering who reached Everest without oxygen. Alumina Sinha, the first female amputee who climbed Mount Everest.

Wedding on culmination

In 2005, A Nepalese couple got married on the capstone of Mount Everest. This was the first wedding on Everest.

The couple resides on the crest for around 10 minutes which was utterly suitable for the basic rituals of the wedding.

They had kept this action secret as they have no idea or guarantee to reach the top of Everest.

By: Tripti Varun