‘A country of Himalayas’.
Yes, world’s highest peak Mt everest stands with pride here. Did you also know, among the 14 peaks of Himalayas (above 8000m), 8 of them are located in Nepal?
8850m above from sea level, the Everest is indeed “the head of the sky” as its nepali name ‘sagarmatha’ given by historian Baburam Acharya who describes it.
‘Sagar’ means ‘vast’ and ‘matha’ means ‘head’ in Nepali language, hence referring ‘mountain with vast peak as the head of the sky’. Also known as chomolangma (godess mother of the world) in Tibet, it lies at the Nepal-Tibet border in Mahalangur section of the Himalayas.
However the official name “Mt Everest” was named after Col. Sir George Everest, who was the surveyor general of the ‘survey department of the governmet of India’ and who discovered Mt Everest as the highest peak of the world. It is a must know, that despite being the highest peak (8,848m ), Mt Everest is not the tallest. The tallest is actually Mauna Kea in Hawaai, USA with total of 10,205m with only 4,205m of it visible, the rest being submerged underwater.
‘Namche Bazzar’ in solukhumbu district, is considered the gateway to Mt Everest. Hundreds of trekkers gather here for the expedition of claimimg the title of the conquerer and many of them with their eyes set to break a new record.
“Ofcourse the summit must have lured the adventurous folks out there into trying something new..right??” So this thought got me scrolling through the website of Guiness world Record, to know “how many did exactly set the records?” And believe me, I was thrilled to see the list of the names and the number of records that were being made and being broken time and again at the summit.
Here are the intresting set of records that I personally think was worth the chase.
- Sir Edmund Percival Hilary of New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal being the first climbers to reach the summit on 29th may 1953.
- Junko Tabei of japan being the first female cimber to reach the summit on 16th may 1975
- Reinhold Messner from Italy and Peter Habeler from Austria being the first climbers to ascent the summit without supplemental oxygen on 8th may 1978
- Erik Weihenmayer of Hongkong being the first and the only blind climber to conquer the summit.
- Apa Sherpa of Nepal being the most frequent climber to reach the summit with his 21st attempt made on 11th may,2011.
Now to imagine being one of those conquerors, and to be standing on the very summit of the world, looking face to face at the exquisite view of other equally majestic and beautiful Himalayas around it must be blissful. And to watch the clouds pass by below you like soft cotton balls with nothing but cold chilling wind howling to your eardrums while your heartbeat is still racing and your lungs are trying to fill, almost gasping now for more air must be a surreal phenomenon.
For an adventurous person unlike me, who loves the expedition, with ‘the idea of conquering’ then Nepal is indeed the place. And there are lot more of trekking routes to follow too.
Here is the list of others Himalayas, above 8000metres peak located in Nepal.
5)Cho Oyu (8,201m)
Hopefully you know something more now 🙂