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.
19The youngest person to climb it was 13 and the oldest was 80
Mount Everest draws climbers of all ages and nationalities towards it, including a 13-year-old boy and an 80-year-old man. The youngest person was an American boy named Jordan Romero who in 2010, beat the record of 15-year-old Ming Kipa from Nepal. The oldest person to have ever reached the mountain’s peak was Yuichiro Miura of Japan, who climbed the mountain in 2013, becoming the oldest person in the world to do so.