Trivia Tuesday: The first to Climb Mount Everest

Mount Everest, also known as Chomolungma (locally) and Sagarmatha (in Nepali) is one of the major mountains of the Himalayan Range. At 8848.86 m, it is the highest peak in the world. Located in Solukhumbhu district of Nepal, it attracts climbers from all over the world.
Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepal) were the first to reach the peak successfully on May 29, 1953. Their achievement made them legendary in the history of mountaineering. However, their position is not without challenge.
In June, 1924, British climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine ascended the mountain. They were reported to have been sighted by Noel Odell, one of the members of the expedition who remained at the Camp below the summit. Mallory and Irvine, however, never returned.
In 1933, Irvine’s ice axe was found by a Frenchman, Frank Smythe. He disclosed this fact only in 2013.
In 1999, an expedition discovered Mallory’s body in the mountain. Irvine’s body hasn’t still been found.
Since Mallory and Irvine died in the mountain, and their camera/notes have not been found, it’s doubtful if they ever summitted the Everest. But even if they did, Hillary and Sherpa will still be the first to climb the summit and return alive.

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