Mount Everest's Climate  

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Because of its altitude and mass, Mount Everest actually creates its own climate. However, this climate is very unpredictable. At many times in the year, Everest can be dangerous, especially with winds up to 200 mph. This is why you need to choose the right times to go to Mount Everest and prepare correctly.

In May and September, warm monsoon air comes and goes (respectively) into the Himalayas. This creates a warm, calm weather window in Everest. The wind speed can even lower to a measly speed of 5 mph. And so, these are the best times to go to the Himalayas. 

A good way to prepare is to study the mountain before you go there. By doing this, you will have a much better chance of surviving, as you will know what to expect. Also, bring a lot of water. As you reach higher altitudes, the air won't just get colder and thinner, but you may get problems such as headaches and frostbite. Drinking water can actually help counteract these problems. 

Be careful, and good luck!

Maps of Everest  

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You can use these maps to guide you on your way!

The Himalayan Rivers  

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Many of the world's major rivers come right from the Himalayas themselves. These waters are considered to give the already beautiful scenes of the mountain range a whole new level of beauty. The rivers include, but are definitely not limited to:

The Ganges- This river is considered to be one of the holiest in the world. It begins in the Himalayas in the northern part of India's biggest state, Uttar Pradesh.

Indus- It is said that if you drink the waters of this river, you shall become as heroic as a lion. It starts near Mansarovar Lake, located in the Tibetan Plateau.

Brahmaputra- This river originates from the Himalayan mountain Kailash, and rumor has it that once you drink its cold waters, you will be sturdy as a horse.

Spiti- This river comes from the 16,000 foot high Kunzum Pass.

Jhelum- This river originates from the spring of Verinag.

Farms On Mt. Everest Base  

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A modern Sherpa family

You would not guess it, but a lot of farming goes on in Mount Everest. The base, to be exact, as the higher regions would be too cold for any sort of life. The Sherpas, people who live very near to the mountains, are the farmers of what grows on the base. Sherpas farm crops such as corn, barley, wheat, and potatoes, their main crop.

But the Sherpa didn't just farm crops. They also farmed animals! These animals were mostly cows and a special type of animal: the yak. Yaks are long-horned, long-haired types of ox that mostly live in high altitudes in the Himalayas. Sherpas use yaks for many things: their hair is used for tents, their hide for leather into shoes and boots, their milk and their meat are used as food or drink (although they can also use the milk for cheese), and they even use them as transportation.

So there's all the information you need to know about Mount Everest farming and how Sherpas use it. Be alert, because you just might find a yak or two on your way in the mountain!

Just The Facts about the Roof Of The World  

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Latitude: 27°59′16″ N
Longitude: 86°56′40″ E
Height: 29,035 ft. (8,848 m)
Age Created: Over 60,000,000 years ago
Alternate Names: Sagarmatha (Nepali), Chomolungma (Tibetan)
First Successful Ascent by: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Oldest Climber: Min Bahadur Sherchan, 76 yrs. old
Youngest Climber: Temba Tseri, 15 yrs. old
Most Ascents For One Person: Appa Sherpa, 11 times
Extra Fact: Mount Everest rises a few millimeters every year

An Amazing History  

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Nowadays, almost everybody knows the summit of Mount Everest as the tallest point of the world. But few people know its long and great back story.

In 1808, the British started the “Great Trigonometric Survey” to determine the world’s highest mountains. For many years, the search went on, until 1847. Back then, a mountain named Kangchenjunga was considered to be the highest peak in the world. However, an Andrew Waugh noticed a peak behind it, which appeared to be taller. He chose James Nicholson to investigate. Nicholson tried to make some closer observations; however, he came down with a case of malaria and was forced to go home.

A few more years later in 1852, Radhanath Sikdar, a Bengal mathematician, concluded using trigonomic measurements that this mountain, the very Mount Everest, was in fact taller than Kangchenjunga. The data was continually verified again and again until, finally, in 1854, Waugh, using Nicholson's data, ended the Great Trigonometric Survey and confirmed once and for all that Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was the tallest mountain in the world, at 29,002 feet!

Then, more than a century later, in 1953, something amazing happened. John Hunt of Britain was chosen to lead an expedition to the top of Everest. He headed two pairs. One got within 300 feet of the summit, but had to turn back because of exhaustion. However, the other pair was something else.

On May 29, 1853, Sir Edmund Hilary and his partner, Tenzing Norgay, became the first to ever reach the summit of the Roof of the World.

But the story doesn't quite end there. Two years later, yet another Indian survey was conducted, this time closer to the great mountain.Then, when everything was all done, the researchers saw that the mountain was not just 29,002 feet, but 29,029 feet instead- an increase of 27 feet. The measurement has stuck since.

That's just the surface of the great story of hundreds who have felt the excitement and hard work of uncovering this great mountain. Maybe there shall be another chapter in the story. Maybe not. You can be the judge of it.

Why Visit Everest?  

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Mount Everest: The name is known by many. Some know it as the largest mountain in the world; some as one of the most challenging climbs. A select few even view it as their way of life. But among all of these people, there is one thing they cannot deny: with its snowy peak and mystic clouds swirling around it, this mountain is a very mysterious and wondrous landform.

Mount Everest is perfect for the tough climbers who want to go all the way. The mountain, being tall as it is, is the ultimate challenge for many climbers, and if you are one of these climbers, then  once you have completed the treacherous journey, you shall never regret the mighty experience.

However, Mount Everest is not just for extreme adventurers. Normal tourists can go to a part of the mountain too! The best way you can take the trip is by going through the Everest Base camp trek. Note that this trek requires a certain level of fitness, but it does not require any trekking or mountaineering experience.

So, go out there. Visit Mount Everest and experience the world like you've never experienced it before.