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Mt. Everest

Update: Jan. 6th, 2013

Mt.Everest

Mt. Everest is the main peak of Himalayas, located at the border of China and Nepal. It is 8844.43 meters above the sea level, being the highest peak in the world.

Mt. Everest – Brief Introduction

Mt. Everest shapes like a giant pyramid. The topography here is pretty precipitous and the natural environment here is very sophisticated. The snow line on the northern slope is 5800-6200 meters above the sea level on the northern slope while the snow line on the southern slope is 5500-6100 meters above the sea level.

548 giant modern glaciers distributed in among the mountain ridges of Mt. Everest. The average thickness of these glaciers reaches 7260 meters and all these glaciers cover a total area of 1457.07 square kilometers. There are rare and magnificent, varied types and shapes of seracs on the glaciers.

Mt. Everest is grand and magnificent. Numerous mountains and peaks stand with 20 kilometers of Mt. Everest. There are more than 40 mounts enjoy an altitude of over 7000 meters, including the Mount Lhotse (the fourth highest mount in the world with an altitude of 8516 meters), Mount Makalu (the fifth highest mount in the world with an altitude of 8463 meters).

Besides, Mt. Everest also faces several worldly famous high mounts, such as Mount Kanchenjunga (the third highest mount in the world with an altitude of 8586 meters) in the southwest and Mount Gyachung Kang (with an altitude of 7998 meters) in the west. These high mounts formed the most magnificent landscapes on the earth.

Mt. Everest – Name Origin

Jomoglangmari means "mother of the earth" in Tibetan. There is a Tibetan legend goes that Mt. Everest was the residence of Tshering Mchelndga (a famous goddess). Most Chinese called it Mount Qomolangma or Qomolangma Mount.

Generally, the western used to call it Mt. Everest. It was called Mt. Everest in honor of a person named George Everest - an Indian director who guided his team measured the height of Mount Qomolangma when Nepal was occupied by Britain.

Mt. Everest was called Sagarmatha in Nepal means "Goddess of the heaven". It was named by the Nepal Government in 1960s. Chinese Government officially changed its name into Mount Qomolangma from Mt. Everest.

Mt. Everest - Climate

Mt. Everest area is of sophisticated and changeable climate. The weather is unpredictable in a day. Generally, the rainy season here is between early June and middle September. The strong southeast monsoon would cause frequent torrential rain, abnormal ice and snow.

Mt. Everest area would be greatly influenced by the strong northwest cols current from middle November to February of the next year. The temperature here would decrease to -60?, and the average temperature is -40? to -50? while the maximum wind speed reaches 90 meters per second.

The period between early March and late May is the spring of Mt. Everest area and spring is the transition period of wind season and rainy season. The autumn of Mt. Everest area is between early September and late October. Autumn is the transition period of rainy season and wind season. It is also the best season for mountaineering. Mt. Everest is called "the third pole of the world" since it is extremely cold.

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