The majestic Mount Everest is over 60 million years old and is part of the Himalayan range. Its highest peak is at approximately 8849 meters and is still growing higher!
There are about 5000+ people who have climbed Mount Everest but none as memorable as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
𝑴𝒂𝒚 29, 1953
On This Day, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to ever reach the summit of the mountain. Throughout the treacherous journey, they never once decided to give up. Thus, today marks the 68th anniversary of the first successful trip to the top of Mount Everest.
𝑨 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒓𝒔:
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary
“I needed to go . . . the pull of Everest was stronger for me than any force on earth.” – Tenzing Norgay
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay both came from humble backgrounds. Sir Edmund Hillary was a beekeeper in New Zealand, though a phenomenal climber nonetheless. Tenzing Norgay was a sherpa, which an ethnic Tibetan group that live at high altitude and help climbers climb the different mountain treks. They planned this trip for months before.
The two men along with a British exploration team led by John Hunt reached the summit on May 29, 1953. The reason the two men reached first was because the exploration group was split in pairs and Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s pair reached first.
𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑴𝒕.𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒔:
🏔Nepal owns Mt.Everest’s south side while China owns the north.
🏔It rises 40cm per century due to the shifting of the Eurasian Plate.
🏔Everest is 60 million years old!
🏔Due to the harsh climate and lack of oxygen, there is no living species, animal or plant on top of Mount Everest.