Mount Everest - Who Was The First?

Who was the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest?

Most people will say 'Sir Edmund Hillary with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay'. Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay certainly did reach the summit of Everest in 1953, but some people believe they may have not been the first. 

30 years before Hillary set off for the Himalayas, English Mountaineers Andrew Irvine and George Mallory climbed Everest, and may have made it to the top. In 1923 the pair attempted to make the first recorded ascent of the mountain, but tragically disappeared somewhere high on the mountain's northeast ridge.

The pair were last seen only a few hundred metres from the summit, and it is unknown if the pair reached the summit before they perished. Mallory's body was found in 1999, but Irvine's body has never been found.

Hillary and Tenzing's ascent was certainly the first recorded ascent of Mount Everest, but since that time there have been numerous other 'firsts'.

In 1975 Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Mount Everest.

In 2013 Tashi and Nungshi Malik were the first twins to climb Everest, and in 2005 Pem Dorjee and Moni Mulepati became the first couple to get married at the top!

There are still many 'firsts' to be made, and the appeal of climbing Everest seems greater than ever.

But as the tragic story of Sandy Irvine and George Mallory shows, climbing Everest is a big risk and should not be taken lightly.

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