Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. But who was the first man to climb Mount Everest? This post will answer that question and then tell you a few interesting facts about Mount Everest.
Who Was the First Man to Climb Mount Everest?
The first person to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest was New Zealander Edmund Hilary. He and climbing partner Tenzing Norgay (who stepped onto the summit moments after Hilary) reached the top of Mount Everest at 11:30 (local time) 29 May 1953. Three days earlier Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans came within 100 m (300 ft) of reaching the summit but turned back due to exhaustion.
Interesting Facts About Mount Everest
- Italian Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb Mount Everest solo. He did so on August 20, 1980. Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler were the first people to climb the mountain without oxygen tanks.
- 210 people have lost their lives attempting to climb Everest.
- The government charges about US$25,000 for a permit to climb Mount Everest.
- In 1885, Clinton Thomas Dent was the first person to suggest that climbing Mount Everest might be possible.
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