Mount Everest

page 2


Height of
Mount Everest

Not recognized
until 19th century

No one realized until 1856 that this Chinese and Nepalese wonder was the world's tallest peak.

Official vs real stat

The official height of Mount Everest is 8848 meters or 29,029 feet, which is based on a 1954 ground-based measurement. However, in 1999, a National Geographic Society satellite-based measurement indicated that Mount Everest was about 2 meters (6 feet) taller.

Still growing

Mount Everest is not standing still. Due to massive geological forces, it is rising at the rate of almost 1 centimeter (1/3 inch) per year - and moving northeast at about 6 centimeters (2 inches) per year.

Environmental issues


In the last decade, Mount Everest has been attracting too many climbers for its own good, say environmentalists. During the April to May window, base camps are unbearably crowded with hopefuls.


Sadly, mountaineer litter bugs discard plastic packaging and non-biodegradable climbing gear (including empty oxygen tanks) on the formerly pristine slopes.

Native names

Don't call the mountain
"Mount Everest" in
Tibet or Nepal

That's British coinage. Tibetans refer to it as Chomolungma and Nepalese call it Sagarmatha.

Learn More

for next Mount Everest page

Know these China tips and insights

Wonders of China - Top 10 rankings
China Wonder location map
Chinese cuisine guide
Basic Chinese phrases with pronunciations





Share this page

World's Top 100 Wonders
World's Top 1000 Wonders

Site map
My credentials
About my website and criteria
Reader testimonials