Here we collect 8 Interesting information on Mount Everest that you might be interested in.
1. Other Names of Mount Everest
Tibetans call the highest peak Chomolungma or Qomolangma. It means Goddess Mother of Mountains. The Nepali name of Mount Everest is Sagarmatha, meaning Forehead in the Sky. The mountain is now part of the Sagarmatha National Park.
2. Mount Everest is Originally Named After an Englishman
Mount Everest has been named after George Everest - the director of the governmental Survey of India from 1830 to 1843, who was the first person to organize a team and measure the Himalayas Mountains. Thus, we call it today "Mount Everest". In 1841, this tall mountain was finally recognized for its specialty.
3. Radhanath Sikdar was the First person to Discover Mt Everest
Unlike how most people think, Mt Everest is not discovered by George Everest. Although the mountain is named after George Everest, he was not the first one to identify it as the tallest mountain in the world. Mt Everest was instead discovered by an Indian, Radhanath Sikdar, an Indian surveyor and a mathematician.
4. Mount Everest is in China and Nepal
Mt Everest is located between China and Nepal, China to the north, and Nepal to the south. It spreads across from the spectacular regions of Tibet to beautiful Nepal.
5. Mount Everest Has Two Heights
The snow cover height (total height) used in Nepal and other countries is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). And the rock height announced officially by China is 8,844.43 meters (29,017.2 feet).
6. Mount Everest Camps
There are five other camps on the Chinese side，in addition to Everest base camp (5,150 meters /16,900 feet), Camp 1, at altitudes of 5,800 meters（19,028 feet）, camp 2 - 6,500 meters (21,325 feet), camp 3 - 7,028 meters (23,057 feet), camp 4 - 7,790 meters (25,557 feet), and camp 5 - 8,300 meters (27,230 feet). There are four other camps on the Nepalese side despite the base camp (5,364 meters /17,598 feet). These camps are meant more as stations, breaks, or depots by climbers. And please no worry, you will find the camps while climbing down as well.
7. Mount Everest is Growing
It is estimated that the average height of Mt Everest increases by about 20 ~ 30 meters per 10,000 years. That's to say that the mountain continues to grow a height of 20cm per century.
8. Mount Everest is Not the Tallest Mountain
Although Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth above sea level, the world's tallest mountain is Mauna Kea, an extinct volcano in Hawaii. The mountain extends 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) below sea level. If measured from the ocean floor, its total height would be 10,200 meters (33,465 feet), almost a full mile higher than Mount Everest.