Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Everest is clearly the most well known of the 7 summits. Since the early 1920’s people have been attempting its summit. Everest is on the border between Nepal and China (Tibet). It is part of the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, which stretches 1500 miles. The top of the world was first summited by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who were part of a British expedition.
Both the Nepalese and Chinese governments strictly regulate climbing on Everest. Permits cost tens of thousands of U.S. dollars and due to its popularity, are difficult to obtain. Even treks to Everest base camp, without any climbing on the actual mountain, are becoming increasingly popular on both the north and south sides of the mountain, and are a great way for people to experience the culture without the commitment or expertise required to climb the mountain.
Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world doesn’t need much more of an introduction. I feel there is not much to be said here as most people have heard about this mountain and have their own views and opinions about it. I am many years away from being ready for such a mountain and would most likely be climbing Cho Oyu (also in the Himalayas) as my first 8000m peak prior to attempting Everest. I expect a lot of change to come with respect to climbing Everest in the coming years, especially in regards to expedition laws and regulations. It will be interesting to follow the developments in the coming years and I will continue to keep my eyes on it and keep you updated.
Height: 8850m (29,035’)
Mountain Range:Central Nepal Himalaya