DHARAMSALA, 9 Dec: Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain located at the Tibet-Nepal border, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in Tibetan is 86 cm taller than it’s previous measurement of 8848 Meters above sea level.
The new elevation of Mt. Everest is ‘8,848.86 meters,’ Nepal and China jointly announced on Tuesday after concluding their parallel surveys.
The National Geographic called Nepal and China’s survey, a culmination of a multiyear project to definitively measure the highest point on earth as “the first serious survey of Everest in 16 years.”
Khimlal Gautam, Nepal’s chief survey officer for the project has stated in the report that new elevation of the Everest as the “most probable value” as he pointed out that “no matter how accurate, every survey comes with some margin for error.”
Mt. Everest attracts many mountaineers from across the world every spring when the conditions are most suited to ascent.
The first recorded attempt to climb Everest was made in 1921 by a British expedition who were forced to abort by a raging storm.
Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Nepal’s Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953.
There are two commercial routes on Everest expedition, the south route via Southeast Ridge from Nepal and via North Ridge from Tibet.
Though ascending Mount Everest from the north side was historically seen as cheaper, wilder, freer, and more independent than climbing from the Nepal side, Chinese authorities’ issued a new strict rule in Dec 2018 that made climbing Mount Everest from North Ridge in Tibet more expensive and more difficult to climb.