A History of Everest | What it took to Reach the Roof of the World
Hillary and Tenzing made history as the first men to summit Everest. Credit: NatGeoMount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, has captivated mountaineers for decades. Why? As George Mallory had once said, “Because it is there”. It is the ultimate symbol of human endeavour where many mountaineers have gone to fulfil their dreams, resulting both in triumph and tragedy.
It wasn’t until the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India of 1802 that Mount Everest was recognised as the highest mountain in the world. Until then, just an obscure Himalayan peak known as Peak XV, this announcement captured the international imagination, and soon the idea of reaching the summit of the “roof of the world” was viewed as the ultimate geographic feat. Attempts to climb Mount Everest, however, could not begin until 1921, when the forbidden kingdom of Tibet first opened its borders to outsiders.
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