Everest – interesting facts about the top of the world

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Everest – interesting facts about the top of the world
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Everest is the most powerful mountain on the planet Earth. It is located in Asia in the Himalayan mountains.

The mountain peak was conquered by hundreds of climbers, but many people died there. Indeed, closer to the top of Everest are slippery stones and ice floes, lack of air, frosty air and prickly air. But brave daredevils conquer the summit almost every week and feel like winners. Climbers against the backdrop of this peak seem like tiny creatures. Everest has a very picturesque nature, and tourists have feelings indescribable in words. There are many interesting facts about Everest.

  • Everest is the highest mountain peak on our planet. But there are several higher mountains in the solar system. For example, on the planet Mars rises the peak of Olympus, which is three times the height of Mount Everest.
  • From a geographical point of view, it is more correct to call Everest Chomolungma.
  • The official height of this peak is 8848 meters, but this figure changes by a few millimeters every year.
  • Closer to the summit, most of the climbers of this summit develop an acute stage of altitude sickness, because the amount of oxygen in the air is catastrophically small.
  • This mountain peak is often hit by hurricanes at speeds up to 190 kilometers per hour.
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  • The air pressure on Chomolungma is three times less than normal. Nevertheless, in the history of mountaineering, there were daredevils who conquered this mountain without an oxygen mask and survived.
  • A few wonderful feature films and animated films of the same name have been shot about Everest in Hollywood.
  • January temperatures are often minus 55-60 degrees Celsius.
  • In 1980, climber R. Messler was the first on the planet to conquer this mountain without an oxygen mask.
  • Conquering Everest is not cheap, equipment and other expenses cost up to $70,000US.
  • Climbing this peak is possible both from the territory of China and from the Nepalese side.
  • The most dangerous mountain peak for climbers is not Chomolungma, but another peak of the Himalayan mountains – Annapurna. There are world statistics that when conquering Annapurna, many more people died than when climbing the highest peak.
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  • All the highest mountain peaks of the planet with a height of more than eight kilometers, including Everest, are located in the Himalayas.
  • Every tenth climber died while conquering Everest, and every third daredevil attempted to climb Annapurna.
  • Over the past half century, only in 1977, no one died while climbing this mountain peak.
  • Twenty years ago, a snowboarder from Italy went down from Everest on a board, but a year later, during the next ascent of this mountain, he disappeared. The body of the unfortunate extreme athlete was never found.
  • Everest was conquered by both 13-year-old teenager and 80-year-old grandfather.
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  • George Everest was a great British surveyor. In honor of this scientist, the highest peak of the planet was named.
  • The evacuation of the dead climbers is not possible. Therefore, there are hundreds of stiffened corpses on Everest. Many are not covered with snow and serve as signs for modern climbers.
  • Most of the dead when conquering Everest are not found, as they break down into deep gorges where even the best rescuers cannot go down.
  • At an altitude of 2-3 kilometers, the Sherpa people live here. These Nepalese are accustomed to mountain air and lack of oxygen. They work part-time as equipment porters and guides for tourists and climbers.
  • The first successful summit was in 1953.
  • On this mountain, at an altitude of more than eight kilometers, there is an Internet connection.
  • Everest annually gets half a centimeter higher. This is due to climate change.
  • Famous survival expert Beer Grylls decided to make a documentary about the beauties of Everest and was the first to climb there on a paraglider.
  • A climber from Nepal reached the summit in just 16.5 hours in 1999.
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  • When conquering Everest, people must gradually get used to the local climate with lack of air. Therefore, at certain heights, they make long stops for acclimatization and spending the night in a tourist camp.
  • The first kilometers of climbing Everest are possible for all people, because there are lifts there. But this adventure is not for real climbers, but for numerous tourists.
  • More than five thousand daredevils have conquered Everest.
  • Climbers are strictly required to bring with them not only their rubbish, but also other waste with a total weight of at least eight kilograms when descending from the peak.
  • Tens of millions of years ago, this peak was the bottom of the ocean.
  • The Nepalese government imposes a large tax on every climber, up to 12 thousand US dollars.
  • At an altitude of 4-5 kilometers on Everest, scientists often discover the fossilized remains of ancient, long-extinct animals – the inhabitants of the ancient ocean.
  • Conquerors of this summit during the ascent and descent lose from 10 to 15 kg of body weight.
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  • The average climber climbs this mountain in 7-8 weeks on average. This is due to frequent stops to get used to oxygen starvation.
  • Brave women also conquer this mountain. The first representative of the fair sex of mankind to successfully climb Mount Everest was the Japanese Junko Tabei.
  • Ekaterina Ivanova became the first Russian woman to conquer Chomolungma. This event took place in 1990, and after it, five more Russian women successfully climbed this peak.
  • Evgeny Vinogradsky from Russia has successfully summited Everest four times.
  • If a climber does not bring 8 kg of garbage during the descent from the top, then the Nepalese will fine him $ 4,000.
  • According to Nepalese myths, there are many yetis living on Everest. But scientists do not believe in the existence of Bigfoot, and photos and videos of Yetis are considered fake.
  • For the Nepalese, Everest is a mystical and sacred place.
  • More than two hundred daredevils conquered Chomolungma without using an oxygen mask, which is about 3% of all conquerors of this peak.
  • Once upon a time, 410 climbers from China climbed Mount Everest at the same time.
  • Even a blind man visited the top of the Chomolungma. In 2001, E. Weihenmeier proved to the whole world that the impossible is possible.