Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at 8844 meters (29016 ft) above sea level, with snow capping all year round. It is located in the Himalaya Mountains on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China. Its north slope belongs to China and south belongs to Nepal. For Tibetans, Mt. Chomolungma (meaning Goddess Mother of Snow) had been in common use for centuries, while for Nepalese, it is called Mt. Sagarmatha. Mount Everest is sacred among the Tibetans and Nepalese.
Around Mount Everest, there are four peaks above 8,000 meters high, including Mt. Makarluh, Gosanthain, Zhuoyo, Shishabanma and other 14 peaks above 7,000 meters, which form an amazing picture of Mount Everest Natural Scenery Area with jokuls, peaks groups, and mountain waves.
As the world’s highest mountain, the peak has been the holy climbing attraction for mountain climbers from all over the world for decades. The largest expedition to climb the Mount Everest was made by a Chinese team of 410 climbers in 1975. On May 8, 2008, the Olympic Torch for the 2008 Beijing Olympics was taken to the peak and lightened there by a group of Chinese mountaineers, making it the first time ever for the Olympic torch to be lightened on the "top of the world".
In recent years, increasing number of mountaineers make adventures to conquer the world’s highest peak, while many tourists go to the foot of the peak to admire its beauty and magnificence. The best time to climb the Mount Everest is in early May before the monsoon season. People usually start from Lhasa, pass Shigatse, Dingri, and Rongbuk Monastery (the highest religious building in the world), and get to the Everest Base Camp at the foot of the Mount Everest. At the base camp, there is a post office where people can mail postcards to themselves or others as a precious souvenir.
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