Wish you could feel the thrills and danger of climbing Everest…
…From the safety of your home?
Well, click through this gallery of Everest expedition images and you’ll get exactly that!
At 29,035 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is at the top of the world. Climbers around the world put it on their “must do” list as soon it was crowned the tallest mountain in the world.
And of course, many of those Everest expeditions failed. And still fail today.
Over 2,200 people have successfully climbed Everest, but over 200 had died in their attempt.
You might wonder why people want to climb Everest in the first place. Why mount an Everest expedition when the danger is so high?
To quote George Mallory, an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s: “because it is there.” He may have given that answer out of frustration of being asked so many times, but his answer does sum up the sentiment perfectly.
In this photo gallery, you’ll see incredible photos of more than one Everest expedition, witness the difficulty of survival in this rugged terrain, and discover the friendly Sherpa’s who are the lifeline for climbers.
In 1852 a Bengali mathematician and surveyor named Radhanath Sikhdar determined that “Peak XV” was actually the highest point on the earth. Before that, it wasn’t known that Everest was the tallest of mountains.
Sikhdar’s discovery received confirmation in 1865. India’s Surveyor General Sir Andrew Waugh renamed the mountain Mount Everest after Sir George Everest, the previous Surveyor General and the person overseeing the original survey that listed “Peak XV.”
However, the local Nepalese didn’t need to undertake and Everest expedition to know this mountain was special. They call it Sagarmatha, loosely translated as “goddess of the sky”. To the north, the Tibetans call it Chomolungma, or “mother goddess of the world.”
It wasn’t until 1921 that foreigners were welcomed into Tibet. British Everest expeditions took place soon after.
Peruse through this gallery to view incredible pictures of a modern-day Everest expedition.
25 Everest Expedition Pictures
Table of Contents
- 1) Mt. Everest – The Head of the Sky
- 2) 6 day drive to basecamp
- 3) Tengboche Monastery
- 4) Clear Day
- 5) Valleys and peaks
- 6) Annapurna Base Camp
- 7) 22 degree halo
- 8) Everest base camp seen from 5,600m
- 9) Rombuk Monastery
- 10) Prayer Flags
- 11) Enjoying the day
- 12) Sherpas – your lifeline
- 13) Guides
- 14) Make new friends
- 15) Rest up
- 16) Mountain aglow
- 17) Contemplate tomorrow’s expedition
- 18) Dream well
- 19) Blinding light
- 20) Ascent
- 21) Climbing Everest
- 22) Vertical
- 23) Harsh weather
- 24) On top of the world
- 25) Enjoy your triumph
- Until visions of Everest lure you back again
1) Mt. Everest – The Head of the Sky
Whether you’re a climber or just a fan of beauty, this image of Everest is simply arresting.
It may appear black and white, but it’s actually a color picture (see the light blue on the left)
2) 6 day drive to basecamp
Aside from the trek up the mountain, just getting to basecamp takes a while. It’s a 6 hour drive!
3) Tengboche Monastery
The beautiful Tengboche monastery in the area.
4) Clear Day
If you’re luck enough, you’ll have clear weather to enjoy. But remember, the weather can change quick!
5) Valleys and peaks
While you’re here, enjoy a view or two. Such as this wonderful view of the valley below.
6) Annapurna Base Camp
Spend some time Annapurna base camp. Get to know fellow climbers.
7) 22 degree halo
Maybe you’ll see something incredible, like this 22 degree halo!
8) Everest base camp seen from 5,600m
Or perhaps you’ll view the base camp from 5600 meters up!
9) Rombuk Monastery
You can also check out Rombuk Monastery.
10) Prayer Flags
And say a silent prayers while standing under prayers flags blowing in the wind.
11) Enjoying the day
Good weather makes everything better.
12) Sherpas – your lifeline
Enjoy meeting the Sherpa’s. They are your lifeline in this harsh terrain.
As well as your guides and advisors.
14) Make new friends
Make some new friends with the local children while you’re here.
15) Rest up
Then rest up because you have a long day tomorrow.
16) Mountain aglow
Enjoy the glow of lights on the mountain but don’t stay up too late.
17) Contemplate tomorrow’s expedition
Think about what comes ahead tomorrow.
18) Dream well
Then sleep and dream a little dream. Dream of your ascent.
19) Blinding light
Tomorrow is here and your trek begins. Make sure to wear your goggles otherwise you will experience serious snow blindness.
Upwards and onwards. make sure you have your oxygen!
21) Climbing Everest
Do not slip! Just one misstep could spell disaster.
Especially as you climb vertical sections.
23) Harsh weather
As I mentioned earlier, weather can turn nasty on a moments notice!
24) On top of the world
But when you make it to the top, what a view!
25) Enjoy your triumph
Take some time out to breathe, and enjoy your success.
You’ve summited the tallest mountain in the world. Something very people can claim to have done.
Give yourself a pat on the back before returning home…
Until visions of Everest lure you back again
You’ll be back! (Photo flickr/9372441@N07/)