Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain above sea level with a height of 8848.86m(29,031.7 ft), located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Located in the northeastern province of Nepal, this region is in a world of its own with vast glaciers, icefalls, the highest mountains, deep valleys, precarious settlements, and hardy people challenging the harshest conditions thrown at them by nature in the thin air of high altitude. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest in 1953. The journey to Everest or Everest Base Camp begins with a dramatic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, after which you hike up the Everest region to reach your destination in the Himalayas.

The Everest region has been valued as the key to the evolutionary history of the Earth and is also a habitat for some rare and endangered species like the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and Himalayan wolves. An alpine cushion plant called Arenaria is known to grow below 5,500 meters (18,000 ft) in the region. Euophrys omnisuperstes, a minute black jumping spider, has been found at elevations as high as 6,700 meters (22,000 ft), possibly making it the highest confirmed non-microscopic permanent resident on Earth.

 

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