EVEREST (OR CHOMOLUNGMA As it known IN CHINA), THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN ON THE PLANET, LIES RIGHT AT THE BORDER BETWEEN The TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION of china AND NEPAL. IT’S ACTUAL HEIGHT IS 8,848 M (29,029 FT), WHILE IT’S ROCK HEIGHT WITHOUT SNOW, AS RECOGNIZED BY BOTH CHINA AND NEPAL IS 8,844 M (29,016 FT).
Mount Everest attracts a lot of climbers every year, majority of them are highly experienced and very well-trained for the journey. Its summit is snow-capped throughout the year.
There are two principle climbing routes: the standard route approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal and the alternative one running from the north in Tibet. The climbing on either route poses such dangers as altitude sickness, harsh weather conditions, as well as significant hazards from avalanches and icefalls.
The first official ascent happened in 1953, when Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reached the peak using the southeast ridge route. The first documented ascent from the north ridge was undertaken by the Chinese mountaineering team of Wang Fuzhou, Gonpo, and Qu Yinhua in 1960.
At this extreme altitude, a lot of people die tragically never reaching the top. As of 2016 there are well over 200 bodies found over the years on the slopes of the mountain.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN CHINA:
- Everest – 8,848 m (29,029 ft), in Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
- K2 – 8,611 m (28,251 ft), in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China.
- Lhotse – 8,516 m (27,940 ft), in the Everest massif, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
- Makalu – 8,485 m (27,838 ft), in Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
- Cho Oyu - 8,188 metres (26,864 ft), in Tibet Autonomous Region, China.
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