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“Everest affects one as no other mountain does. It is a graceful, gentle mountain even though it keeps some of us forever… yet far more survive to a whole new vision on life.” 

(Norwegian expedition, 1999)

"I want to climb until either I reach the top of the mountain, or I can go no further ... I'm prepared to endure anything, to risk much.  I am willing to go further than ever I have before ... to stake everything I have."

(Reinhold Messner: 1st ascent of Everest without oxygen in 1978 and 1st solo ascent in 1980)

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Sunset over Mt Everest
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 Mt Everest with Khumbu Glacier
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“It’s also about daring to dream and acting on it.” (Norwegian expedition, 1999)

“It’s not about failure or success, it’s not about living or dying – understand that you have come to Everest to conquer yourself.” (George L Mallory)

"Because it's there" (George L Mallory's most well-known quote)

Everest is 8 848m high, give or take 5m, depending on where you measure sea level, which, surprising to some, is not the same around the world. Its history is Legend and is described in many of the classic books on Everest. It was “discovered” by the Surveyor General of India, a certain Mr Everest. He described a peak “in the north” higher than anything yet measured. His calculation of the height, 29 028 ft. was a height which was quite accurate. Click here to view enlarged version
The South Col - South-East Ridge Route
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Mt Everest's Western Cwm with the giant Khumbu Icefall in the foreground and the north face at the top left
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As can be seen from the safety section, Everest  is a dangerous mountain to climb and yet many have done it successfully by not being too desperate to get to the top. It is located in the Sangamartha National Park, one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees centigrade and any wind chill factor can put this another 20 degrees lower. (The lowest temp in the world, minus 89,4 degrees, was first recorded in Vostok, Antarctica in 1983.) Weather windows usually occur at the change of winds from the Indian offshore monsoon to the onshore monsoon, which starts in June each year.

The mountain, and not the climber, will decide when it it is possible to ascend. Most climbers take three expeditions to Everest before they reach the summit. Respect Everest, and the summit might come. 

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