As you all know, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, and it is as glorious and mesmerizing as its height. But, as eminent the Mount Everest is, it is equally mysterious and full of facts too. So today let us dig in to some facts about the mysterious Mount Everest.
Facts about the Mount Everest Height
The current official elevation of Mount Everest measured by Nepal as well as China is 8,848 meters/29,029 ft. In 1856, the height was propounded to be 8,840 meters/29,002 ft by Andrew Waugh. He came upon his result after several years of calculations based on an observation made by the Great Trigonometric Survey. The current height of Everest was first determined by an Indian survey in 1965 which was subsequently confirmed by Chinese survey in 1975.
However, China remeasured the rock height of Everest and came with a result of 8844.43 meters casing an argument between Nepal and China about the official height. Then, in 2010, both nation agreed upon the height of Mount Everest as 8,848 meters.
And now, here is another interesting fact: it is said that Mount Everest is formed from the collision between the Tibetan plate and Indian Plate and even now as a result of a small collision in tectonic plates, the Everest’s height increases by 0.25 inch every year.
Facts about the name of Mount Everest Height
The name Everest was named by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India, after his surveyor and his predecessor, Sir George Everest. Waugh named the mountain as Everest as several local names existed including Sagarmatha in Nepali, Chomolungma in Tibetan and Deodhunga in Darjeeling and it was very difficult to favor one over others.
Facts about the deaths in Mount Everest
To climb this tallest and glorious mountain is the wish of many, but the wish doesn’t come true so easily. Around 400 people have lost their life trying to climb the Everest. The reasons for deaths avalanches, injury from fall, collapsing of ice, exposure in the higher altitude, frostbite or health problems relating to the conditions on mountains. However, not all the bodies have been found, so the reason for those deaths is not available.
The highest death was on April 25, 2015, during the earthquake which triggered an avalanche and killed more than 22 peoples.
Facts about the total attempts
As I said earlier, Mount Everest is on the list of many peoples. Every year hundreds of them make their attempt to achieve this glory. Around 7,000 summits by 4,000 over people has been on the record.