Fun Fact 2 Mount Everest is the largest and the highest mountain in the
world. It was naturally formed millions of years ago and continues to
grow in height by approximately 4mm per year!
Fun Fact 3: Mount Everest is known by various names which include 'Qomolangma
Peak' meaning Mother Goddess of the Earth and 'Mount Sagarmatha' meaning
Goddess of the Sky.
Fun Fact 4: The peak of Mount Everest measures 8,848 meters above sea
level. Many people have climbed to the peak, some people have even lost
their lives trying to reach the summit.
Fun Fact 5: The age of Mount Everest is believed to be around 50 million
years old. It was formed when extreme pressure from beneath the Earth's
crust forced the surface above it to expand which created the Himalayan
Fun Fact 6: Mount Everest holds different significance and meanings to
different groups of people. It is a sacred place for Buddhists; which is
why it is home to two momentous monasteries.
Fun Fact 7: The first known mountaineers to successfully reach the
summit were Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who reached the top on
29th May, 1953.
Fun Fact 8: Many attempts to reach the summit had been made by
mountaineers before 1953 which had resulted in some people losing their
lives. The mountain range can be very dangerous with freezing
temperatures, dangerous conditions and extreme weather.
Fun Fact 9: Amongst those who have attempted the climb throughout
history include a 13 year old boy and a 76 year old man. It is estimated
that approximately 4000 people have climbed Mount Everest. It is
believed that around 150 people have lost their lives attempting the
Fun Fact 10: The composition of Mount Everest is formed from different
types of rock including limestone, shale and marble.
Fun Fact 11: The best time to climb Mount Everest usually falls within
the 'summit window'. This period occurs during May time, around the
middle of May. The winds are usually calmer and the temperatures are
warm enough for people to attempt their climb to the summit.
Fun Fact 12: The summit is very high so the conditions can be dangerous.
It is always covered in snow and ice.
Fun Fact 13: One of the main concerns and dangers of climbing Mount
Everest is its jet stream which can be ferocious. The westerly wind can
roar at more at high speed. The highest wind speed recorded at the
summit was 175 miles/hour in February 2004.
Fun Fact 14: The name 'Mount Everest' derives from the British Surveyor
General of India from 1830 to 1843, Colonel Sir George Everest.
Fun Fact 15: The height of Mount Everest was originally recorded as
9,200 meters but was later amended to 8,840 meters in 1856 when it was
more accurately measured.