Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth as measured by

the height of its summit above sea level, which is 8848 meters.

The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in Asia,

is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

Everest was formed about 60 million years ago by the compression

that accompanied a collision of the Indian plate with the Eurasian plate.

The climate of Mount Everest is extremely cold.

As a result of its elevation, when the rain fall, it freezes into ice

and topples down the mountain. The atmospheric pressure at the

top of Everest is about a third of sea level pressure, meaning there is

about a third as much oxygen available to breathe as at sea level.

This makes it very difficult for climbers.

Climbers have dreamed of climbing to the top of the mountain

but few have conquered this near impossible task.

The first persons to scale the summit were Edmund Hillary from

New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay from Nepal.

They reached the summit on May 29, 1953.

At that time, both acknowledged it as a team of effort by the

whole expedition, but Tenzing revealed a few years

later that Hillary had put his foot on the summit first.

Interesting Facts :

Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest, a British Surveyor.

The Tibetan name for Mount Everest is Chomolungma or Qomolangma,

translated as “Mother of the Universe” or “Goddess Mother of the Earth”.

The Nepalese name of Everest is Sagarmatha meaning “Goddess of Sky.”


Linda LeBlnc said...

To learn more about the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Sherpas are the true heroes of Everest. Without their assistance, very few would reach the summit. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to www.beyondthesummit-novel.com

Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
Richard Blake for Readers Views.

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
– John (college professor)

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialog. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

resi said...

thanks linda
for your words
i am from nepal itself though i am not sherpa but i am related to sherpa people
nice to know about sherpa nd nepal by non nepali