Mt. Everest, Nepal/Tibet

The youngest person to reach the top of Mt Everest was Malavath Purna, in 2014. She was 13-years-old! But Tibet and Nepal have since instituted regulations prohibiting those under the age of 18, and up to 60 or 75 depending on which side of the mountain you’re on, from attempting to climb the mountain. There are different routes to the summit of Mt Everest. See this blog post for more information about the many ways to climb to the Top of the World.

Watch drone footage of expeditions on Mt Everest. “Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Ice Fall, Cho La Pass, Renjo La Pass, Gokyo, and even capture footage of Kathmandu, Nepal.”

The Queen of the Himalayas, and the top of the world, is Mount Everest — 29,145 feet high. This all-highest of mountains rises on the boundary between Nepal and Tibet. Until recent years no foreigners were allowed by either country to explore the great peak. Not until 1921 did any white man set foot upon its slopes. (CC BY 2.0 ©2012 b1st wang)


The first five attempts (all by Englishmen) to climb Mount Everest ended in failure. In the second attempt, in 1922, seven Tibetan porters were killed by an avalanche. On the third attempt, in 1924, two climbers, within 600 feet of the summit, disappeared behind a veil of mist, and were never seen again. They may have reached the top before the terrible winds froze them to death. From the summit of Mount Everest a never-ceasing cloud of snow and mist, blown by the hurricane winds, streams like a great white banner. (CC BY-SA 2.0 ©2016 juergen_skaa)


In the dizzy altitudes of the Himalayas, the air is so thin, the cold is so intense, and the wind so furious, that climbers suffer from torments of pain and exhaustion. They must wear furlined clothes to keep from freezing. The Everest climbers felt they were moving forward rapidly if they were able to climb 500 feet up the slopes in an hour. This image shows a camp at the base of the Khumbu icefall in 2007. (CC BY-SA 2.0 ©2007 McKay Savage)