Some facts about Mount Ever­est

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Height — 8,840 me­tres above sea level First as­cent — Ed­mund Hi­lary and Ten­z­ing Nor­gay in May 1953 Num­ber of as­cents — 4,102 as of 2008 Name in Nepal — Sa­gar­matha (god­dess of the sky)

Name­sake — Sir Ge­orge Ever­est (1790-1866), first per­son to record the moun­tain’s height and lo­ca­tion Lives claimed — 216 as of 2009 Corpses re­main­ing — 120 Most com­mon cause of death — avalanches, by a two-to-one ra­tion over falls

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