Top of the World – 20 Mount Everest Facts


Mount Everest, also known as Chomolungma in Tibet or Sagarmatha in Nepal, is the tallest mountain in the world. Located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, Mt Everest peaks at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. It was more than 60 years ago that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first successful summiteers to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Since then, more than 4,000 people have scaled the summit, yet hundreds have perished in their attempt. The world’s tallest mountain is a constant source of awe for millions of people throughout the world and rightfully so. Here are 20 mt Everest facts you probably didn’t know, facts that are bound to feed your curiosity about it even further.

20It is one of the dirtiest mountains in the world

Because of how difficult the conditions are up there, it is extremely hard for anybody who attempts to climb it to even try and bring back their litter. You can find plenty of pictures around with how dirty the path is with oxygen bottles, climbing equipment, plastic, and even human feces. It is for this reason that the Nepalese government enforced a rule in 2008 according to which climbers have to bring 8 kilograms of waste back with then when they descent.