Mountaineers Mark the 60th Anniversary of the First Ascent of Mt. Everest

On May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Nepalese guide Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. They thus became the first known human beings who conquered the world’s tallest peak.

Since then, over 6,000 adventurers from around the world have followed the two pioneers’ example and ascended Mt. Everest.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hillary and Norgay’s feat, a large number of explorers traveled to the mountain located on the Chinese-Nepalese border to demonstrate their own determination and endurance, and they set some new records. On May 20, Canadian citizen Sudarshan Gautam, who had lost both of his arms in an accident, became the first man with no arms who climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest using no prosthetic limbs. On May 23, Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer, became the oldest man ever to ascend the world’s tallest mountain. On the following day, May 24, Nepalese citizen Apa Sherpa made his way to the mountaintop for his 21st time.

Measured 8,848 meters or29,029 feet above sea-level, Mt. Everest is located on the border between China and Nepalese. The mountain’s English name came from an English surveying official stationed in the British colony India in the 19th century. The Nepalese name for the mountain is Sagarmatha whereas the Chinese call it Zhumulangma.