Mount Everest Fun Facts

1. Why is 1921 an important year for mountain climbers?

Because it was in that year that Dalai Lama gave permission for Everest to be climbed for the first time. This first expedition was mainly to discover if a route to summit could be found from the Tibetan side. However, though many dreamed of standing on the rooftop of the world, they were all doomed to failure. In 1922, seven sherpas died in an attempt by the British expedition led by George Mallory to reach the summit. In 1924, a third expedition managed to reach 8572 meters, but two members of the team, Mallory and Irvine, disappeared into the mist and were never seen again! Mount Everest continued to lure climbers after climbers, but it was only in 1953 that it was finally conquered.

2. Who was the first person to climb Mount Everest twice?

Nawang Gombu: Mountain guide who became the first man to climb Everest twice. Nawang Gombu Sherpa was the youngest member of the 1953 expedition which made the first ascent of Mount Everest. He later reached the summit himself and subsequently became the first person to climb Everest twice.

3. Who is Youngest person to climb Mount Everest?

Jordan Romero from the United States is the first to climb on Mount Everest. He is 13 years 10 months 10 day old when he climbs. Jordan climb on 22 May 2010. The previous record for youngest to climb Everest was held by Ming Kipaof (Nepal) who was 15 years old when she reached the summit in 2009.

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