Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, above sea level. It is in the Himalayas on the international border between Nepal and China.
It is 8,848 m high. It was named as Everest in 1865, by the Royal Geographical Society on the recommendation of Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. The mountain was named Everest after Sir George Everest, the predecessor of Andrew Waugh.
Conquering the Everest
This is the ultimate dream of every mountaineer. Every year numerous climbers flock the base camps at the foot of the Himalayas with the mission of scaling the Everest. Mount Everest has been a popular subject of fiction over the years. It has found its place in novels, comics, animated series, serials and movies.
There is an element of dramatic adventure to the Mount Everest. There is hardly any other mountain in the world which equals Mount Everest in this respect. Many climbers lose their lives each year in an attempt to scale the mountain. According to official records, 300 climbers lost their lives on the mountain, and many of their bodies have not been retrieved.
Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first to scale the Everest in 1953. Tenzing was a Nepali Sherpa, and Edmund was a New Zealander. There are two main routes for climbing the mountain. One is from the southeast in Nepal and the other from the north in Tibet.
The route from Nepal is generally used by the climbers, and it is known as the “standard Route”. Many experts are of the opinion that technically the Everest is not the most difficult mountain to climb. However, it is extremely hazardous. The climbers are exposed to strong winds, extreme cold, lack of oxygen, icefalls and deadly avalanches.
Scaling the Everest is a costly affair. The cost of the climbing gear, oxygen and permits required for the expedition is quite high. Today guided climbing at the Everest is fully commercialized and is a thriving business. Experienced climbers with adequate knowledge and expertise offer their services as guides to less experienced mountaineers. Their charges are quite high as well.
Other than mountain climbing, many winter sports are organized at the Everest. Extreme sports, paragliding, skiing, snowboarding and base jumping are some of them.
What You Need For The Expedition
Be it any walk of life, without proper equipment and preparation, any pursuit is not only bound to fail but is dangerous as well for sure. Everest is particularly quite hazardous. The gear which you need for mountain climbing is called trekking equipment.
Some of the main equipment required for the purpose are Trekking boots, sleeping bags, duffle bags, hiking poles and appropriate clothing. The boots need to be comfortable and should offer a good grip. The sleeping and duffle bags need to be light and easy for packing.
You also need caps, hats, woollen socks, sunscreens, sunglasses and jackets. As far as proper jackets are concerned, Himalayan mountain Jackets are quite fashionable at present. These jackets can also be bought for regular winter use as well. Three Cranes Gallery is a name you can bank upon when it comes to clothing and accessories. It not only has an ace retail store but also offers an online portal with a wide range of winter wear and other products.
You can try a wool cable knit Himalayan mountain jacket and have it in your bag for your next expedition. Good luck. Enjoy your trekking.