Mount Everest Facts

Arguably the most famous mountain in the world, Mount Everest was named in 1856 after George Everest, India's Surveyor General from 1830 until 1843. The mountain's name and that of its namesake are pronounced differently, however: George Everest's last name is pronounced with a long "E" sound, as in the name "Eve." It is also rumored that George Everest objected to having the mountain named after him.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. At Mount Everest's highest point, you're breathing a third of the oxygen you normally get. 00:28

  2. The oldest person to climb Mount Everest was 80 years old. 01:14

  3. The first tweet from Mount Everest was sent in 2011. 01:50

Written by Curiosity Staff September 18, 2015

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