10 Crazy Facts About Mount Everest You Never Knew

10 Crazy Facts About Mount Everest You Never Knew



Back in 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary finished the first confirmed ascent of Mount Everest that stands 29,035 ft above sea level. While Norgay and Hillary spent just about 15 minutes on the snow-covered peak, they managed to eat a bar of mint cake, share a celebratory hug and take some pictures. Also, Edmund, a beekeeper from New Zealand, put a cross nearby, and Tenzing, a Sherpa from Nepal, left some sweets and biscuits as a Buddhist offering. This list contains 10 crazy facts about Mount Everest you probably didn’t know.

Oxygen

At the highest point of Everest, people are breathing in one third of the amount of oxygen they would generally breathe. This is because of lower air pressure.




Death

Since 1969 at least one individual has died on the mountain each year except for 1977.