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One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Mount Everest, is the most desirable spot for every hike-lover. Adventurers dream to step at its peak at least once in their life. Nepal's biggest treasure Everest with the height 8,848 meters is the earth's highest mountain. The fascinating Himalaya witnessed the human ascent for the first time on 29 May 1953. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa are the two heroes who created history.
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Japanese alpinist Yuichiro successfully climbed the Everest at the age of 80 on 23 May 2013 with his physician son, Gota. Before this, he climbed the Everest in 2003 and 2008 as well. Yuichiro is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
She scaled the Everest when she was 13 years and 11 months. Purna reached the peak on May 25, 2014. She belongs to a small tribal village and learned to climb during school days.
Arunima lost her leg after she was pushed from a moving train. In April 2011, while travelling to Delhi from Lucknow in Padmavati Express, looters pushed her out of the train to snatch her gold chain and bag.
Arunima is a former national volleyball and football player. She is inspired by Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh who successfully battled Cancer and thought of doing something big in life. She summited Everest peak on 21 May 2013 with prosthetic legs. Ramakrishna Mission raised funds and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering trained Arunima.
Ralf Dujmovits (Germany) in 2012 captured a shocking photograph of hundreds of mountaineers who were jockeying for the position at the top. Large numbers of climbers climb Everest each year either to fulfil their hiking satisfaction or to hold a record. Ralf is the first German to climb the 14 mountains more than a height of 8km.
During long years of ascent, Everest witnessed huge garbage and trash spoiling its beauty. It dragged Nepal's attention and the cleaning campaign launched in 2010 with the help of Mountaineering Association. Tonnes of litter left at Everest collected during the expedition. The trash included corpses, remains of helicopters, oxygen bottles, cans, tents, etc.
The authorities say around 50 tonnes of litter is left on Everest over the last 60 years. The photograph above shows members of Art Club sorting the trash.
During 'Everest 8848 Art Project', eight tonnes of litter turned into 75 beautiful works of art. The art pieces were displayed in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.
A climber leaves up to 18 pounds of wastage during a trek. Since the extreme collection of trash in the Everest emerged as the serious issue, the Nepal government has announced that every climber has to return with 8 kilograms of litter. Otherwise, they will be charged $4,000.
Tourism plays a vital role in Nepal's economy. Everest climbing has turned commercial and Nepal charges the high amount of money to permit the climbers. One has to manage the money for commercial guides, porters, and other essential stuff as well.
Conquering Everest is not really an easy task. Climbers face chilling wind beyond 200 mph, ice collapse and health problems.
Lastly, 19 climbers died due to the base camp avalanche followed by the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude.
British explorer Kenton Cool has successfully climbed Everest 11 times and holds the British record for the most Everest summits. In 2011, he sent the first tweet from the world's highest peak and also made a 3G call by his Samsung Galaxy S II. According to a British news portal, Samsung sponsored Cool's ascent and gave him a free handset to tweet from.
Apa is nicknamed ''The Tiger Of The Himalayas'' and ''Super Sherpa'' while Tashi is known for a superior climber who holds the record of climbing Everest for three times in a season in 2007.
Nepali people call Everest by the names Sagarmatha i.e. 'forehead of the sky' and Chomolungma i.e. 'mother of the universe'. In the early 1960s, the government of Nepal officially named it Mount Everest.