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10 Unknown Facts About World's Tallest Mountain, Everest

Published Fri Jun 28 2019 By Dibas Pratap Basnet
10 Unknown Facts About World's Tallest Mountain, Everest

The pinnacle of the world, Mount Everest is a world-famous peak and on the bucket list of every adrenaline junkie in the world. The highest peak in the world stands over 8,848 (~29,028 ft.) meters tall and is an almost holy place for mountaineers and adventure travelers alike.          

The tallest mountain on earth is famous all over the world and the whole world knows most facts about “Sagarmatha”. Most trekkers and mountaineers consider their mountain climbing incomplete if they do not reach the top of the world.  

Here Are Top 10 Facts That You May Not Know About The Highest Peak On Earth 

Edmund Hillary And Tensing Norgay Are Not The First Climbers But The First Successful Climber

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine were the first people who attempted to climb Mount Everest in 1924. The climbers were seen progressing towards the summit on July 8, 1924, and there are no records if they reached the summit or not.  

Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first people to reach the summit of Everest
Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first people to reach the summit of Everest

They were, however, never seen after July 8. Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay reached the summit on 29 May 1953.

Mount Everest Is Growing Taller Every Year

It might surprise you that the tallest mountain on earth is still growing taller every year, but the giant peak is growing by a minute rate each year.

Mt. Everest is growing by a rate of 4 mm every year
Mt. Everest is growing by a rate of 4 mm every year

Due to the movement of plates and the giant rock formation atop which the mountain sits moving northward every year the height of the mountain is growing by 4mm every year.

People Use The Undecomposed Dead Bodies On Mount Everest For Guidance  

Climbing Mount Everest is no easy task and each year many people lose their lives on the mountain. An estimate made by Nepalsanctuarytreks, reports that there are around 200 dead bodies on Everest.

The famous Green Boots which is used as a sign of being in the right way
The famous Green Boots which is used as a sign of being in the right way 

People on the way to the summit die mostly due to bad weather, lack of oxygen, altitude sickness among others the corpses do not decompose due to the extremely harsh weather and it is extremely dangerous to bring the bodies down from the mountain.

This is why the bodies just lay there and do not decompose, they are then used by others to know if they are going the right way or not.

The 2015 earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes caused an avalanche killing 16 Sherpas and injuring 61 which is considered the greatest tragedy on Everest.

Moni Mulepati And Pem Dorjee Got Married On The Summit Of Everest Making It The First Ever Marriage On Everest

The first wedding on the top of the world was between Moni Mulepati And Pem Dorjee. The couple got married on 30th May 2005. They stayed on the summit for only 10 minutes which was enough for the couple to get married.

Moni Mulepati And Pem Dorjee were the first people to get married on the summit of Everest
Moni Mulepati And Pem Dorjee were the first people to get married on the summit of Everest 

The wedding was also interracial and Dorje said

“With our interracial marriage, we also wanted to give the message that caste and race has no barriers when it comes to marriage,”.

They had not notified any of their friends and family about their plans and had told them they were going to get married in a traditional event in Kathmandu, Nepal.

In Traditional Buddhist Culture, Mountaineers Are Required To Ask Permission From The Gods Before Climbing The Mountain,

The people living around Mount Everest especially the native Buddhists consider the mountains to be sacred and every mountaineer is required to take permission from the mountain gods.

The Puja ceremony is integral to mountain climbing culture
The Puja ceremony is integral to mountain climbing culture

This is done by holding a small puja ceremony asking the gods for permission to climb the mountains.

Everest Is Home To A Special Type Of Jumping Spider

It may come as a surprise to some that there are spiders in the harshest region of Everest. In fact, Everest has a special type of jumping spider which feeds mainly on frozen insects blown into its direction by the wind.

Himalayan Jumping Spiders Are Found In Everest
Himalayan Jumping Spiders Are Found In Everest 

Climbing the mountain was already scary enough without spiders but the jumping spiders might add an extra bit of kick for adventure junkies.

Mount Everest Has Different Names

Everest has a height of around 29,028 ft. and is called the top of the world among other names. People call it using different names in various regions Nepalese call it Sagarmatha which means “the sky’s forehead”.

Mount Everest has many different names
Mount Everest has many different names 

Similarly, it is called Chomolungma which means “mother of the universe”. It was named Mt. Everest after Sir George Everest, the British surveyor-general of India who discovered the mountain in 1856.

People Have Reportedly Had Encounters With Paranormal Beings In The Everest Region

Folklore surrounds the greatest mountain on the planet but alarmingly many reports of ghost encounters and paranormal occurrences have been reported. 

Dead bodies can be found lying around all over the Everest region
Dead bodies can be found lying around all over the Everest region 

The dead bodies lying around in the region also add to the mystery and some climbers have even reported seeing spirits begging for food.

Some have also said that mysterious phantom figures appeared before them guiding them to the summit.

The Height Of Mt. Everest Is A Disputed Issue

The tallest point on earth’s height is a much-disputed issue in the world. In 1856 its height was measured at 29,002 ft.

Mt. Everest stands at a height of 8848 meters
Mt. Everest stands at a height of 8848 meters 

Again in 1955, its height was measured at 29,028 ft. which is officially used by Nepal to date. Similarly, in Chinese officials use 29,015 ft. as the official height. Finally, in 1999 scientists used GPS technology to measure its height at 29,035 feet.

An Estimated 4000 People Attempted To Climb Mt. Everest Only 660 Have Succeeded

Reaching the summit of Everest is one of the most thrilling tasks which only the smallest fraction of the population achieve. As of some official records, an estimated 4000 people have attempted the climb the mountain.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is the first Nepalese woman to climb Mt Everest
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is the first Nepalese woman to climb Mt Everest 

In a similar fashion, only 660 people have managed to climb the summit and more than 200 have died trying. 

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