The world is full of many natural wonders. Mountains are part of those wonders and Mount Everest is well-known across the world for the sheer size and difficulty of its climb. Although some people may want to hike up and mount and enjoy themselves, they do not know enough in order to be successful in this endeavor.

So much has been discovered and documented about Mount Everest. For an enthusiastic traveler, knowing these recent facts about Mount Everest is crucial and entertaining. It creates room for more discovery and viewing the mountain differently.

10 It Is Also Referred To As Sagarmatha Or Chomolungma

Mount Everest is found in the Himalayan mountains and it is the highest peak of them all. The mountain has been studied and explored by many people over the years. With the mountain located at the border of Tibet (China) and Nepal, it influences both areas. As a result, the Tibetan people called it Chomolungma, meaning “mother of the earth”.

On the other side, the Nepalis gave it the name Sagarmatha meaning “God of the Sky”.

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9 Mount Everest Age

What many people do not know very well is how old the mountain is. According to researchers, and history books, it is a mountain that was formed during India's continental plate crash with Asia. During this time, the push on India’s plate under Asia led to an upward push of land hence the birth of the mountains in the Himalayas. As a result, Mount Everest is 60 million years old.

8 Official Height

There has been so much research going on around the official height of the mountain. At first, the measurements in 1955 arrived at 8848 meters above sea level. However, this remained unofficial for a long time. Later on, in 1999, another study was done and it came to 8849 meters above sea level. Then came the most recent in 2005, which focused on measuring the mountain without accounting for snow and ice, and found 8844 meters. However, the official height is now recorded as 8848 meters above sea level.

7 George Everest Never Saw The Peak

Mount Everest is named after a surveyor-general called George Everest. Reports show that the man wanted to climb to the peak but never got the chance to do it. However, George Everest died before he could climb all the way to the peak of the mountain.

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6 One Person Has Died Every Year Over The Past Year

As much as Mount Everest is majestic and known by so many people across the world, there is something people do not know about the mountain. People do not know that one person has died on the mountain every year for the past decade. It is a very high mountain and people try as much as possible to climb. It is not easy, and it is dangerous. This explains the deaths every year.

5 Mount Everest Is The Highest But Not The Tallest

A fact that many people may be surprised about is that Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level standing at 8848 meters. However, this is just from seal level. For the height from base to its peak, it is not the tallest. The tallest mountain from base to the peak is Hawaii’s Mauna Kea instead. It has a height of 10,210 meters. However, when measured above sea level it is just 4,205 meters. Another interesting fact is that the farthest point from Earth’s center is not Everest’s Summit but Mount Chimborazo peak in Ecuador.

4 Everest's Height May Have Decreased

The last time the height of Mount Everest was measured was in 2005. This means that several years have passed and many things have happened. Notably, is the massive earthquake of 2015. Experts state that the earthquake might have affected the height of the mountain. They believe that the mountain might have lost its height by a small figure. However, that can only be proven by measuring the mountain yet again.

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3 Kami Rita Sherpa Climbed 22 Times

Climbing Mount Everest is not easy. The challenges are many, with the weather being unfavorable. Many people cannot even climb halfway to the peak. However, there are those that feel there is a need to not only climb to the summit peak but also do it several times. Very few people have managed this but climber Kami Rita Sherpa climbed to the peak of Mount Everest 24 times. The climber holds this record in the world. For Lhakpa Sherpa, she holds a record for the highest number of climbs by a woman. It is an impressive figure for sure.

2 It Rises 40cm Every Century

This is yet another interesting fact about Mount Everest. According to experts, the Himalayan mountains were formed by an uplift of plates during the Indian and Asian plate crush. As a result, they believe that the mountain achieves growth of about 40 cm every century. This is attributed to the changes in the plates and the whole earth's physical conditions. Although a century is a long time for people to witness, it is a report by experts.

1 Climbed More Than 9,000 Times!

For many people, they dream of climbing to Mount Everest summit. Although not many people have managed to do this, a total of 5,000 people have climbed the mountain to the top. Then, it has been climbed 9,000 times meaning there are a host of people who have done it more than once!

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