Mount Everest, straddling the borders between Nepal and Tibet, is an extremely fascinating yet unfriendly place, “Seemingly insurmountable" is the phrase that Ann Mallory used to describe when she had a view of its visage that confronted her on a hot afternoon in June.
Temperatures at the top of this peak are around 36 degrees C below zero in the winter and can even go lower than that.
Temperatures only rise to approximately 18 below zero degrees during the hottest of the summer.
Monsoon storms make the conditions worse and nearly the worst. They have entrapped many climbers too.
The peak becomes slippery and subject to rolling down of debris in Monsoons.
Avalanches have claimed many lives and can result in fetal deaths.
Shifting glaciers can open suddenly, creating deep crevasses, often obscured by snow.
Lack of oxygen is one of the major challenges posed by Everest, which is called as “Death Zone”, as the oxygen level there is one-third of those present in the sea-level.
But whatever one calls Everest undoubtedly, is “The Himalayan Queen”, a symbol of firm strength and innate courage. It is said, “Where there is a will, there is a way”, the same saying goes for those who have set records by climbing this “Seemingly insurmountable peak” and brought laurels to their nation.