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- Mountains and Flora - 1st Ascent of MOUNT EVEREST 60 Years
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Mount Everest, at 8848 m the highest mountain in the world, belongs to the Himalayan mountain range and is located in Nepal near the Tibetan border. It was named after the British land surveyor George Everest. Its Nepali name “Sagarmatha (forehead of the sky)“ is far more poetical, as is its Tibetan name “Qomolongma (mother of the universe).“
60 years ago, on May 29th, 1953 to be precise, the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay succeeded in the first ascent to the peak. After his return, Hillary pleased with himself first said to his friend of many years George Lowe: “Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off.“
Although no summit photo of Hillary exists, the Western world insists that he was the first man on Mount Everest. Norgay and Hillary themselves always stressed that the conquest of the mountain was achieved as a team and stayed friends throughout their lifetimes.