International Everest Day

Mount Everest Day is a holiday observed annually on the 29th day of May. As the name implies, this day honors the iconic mountain known by climbers from around the world. This mountain is recognized for being the highest above sea level, standing at an impressive 29,000+ feet.

Climbing this mountain presents significant risks to those who decide to try, although there are companies that now provide guided trips up the mountain that are somewhat less dangerous than what an individual climber would face.

This holiday is the perfect day for people who want to plan an Everest climbing trip in the future or for those who are simply interested in learning more about this mountain and its history.

The History of Mount Everest Day

This holiday celebrates an iconic moment in history when Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer, and explorer, summited Mount Everest on May 29th, 1953.

He was accompanied by Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, and the two became the first climbers confirmed to have reached Mount Everest’s summit. This holiday has been observed on this day to recall this event and to serve as inspiration for climbers to this day.

Some Fascinating Facts About Mount Everest

To help everyone get a jump on learning more about Mount Everest, we thought we’d take the time to do some research and find out all we could about this mountain. The result is the following list of fascinating facts that anybody who loves mountains or mountain climbing can appreciate.

  • Mount Everest is 8,848 meters high.
  • It’s been estimated that Mount Everest formed when India’s continental plate collided with Asia’s plate approximately 60 million years ago.
  • Tectonic plate shifting is still occurring, so Mount Everest grows by about 44 millimeters every year.
  • Mount Everest is only the highest peak above sea level. The tallest mountain in the world is Mauna Kea, which is 10,200 meters tall, but most of it is underwater.

Observing Mount Everest Day

On this day, people can take the time to learn more about Mount Everest and the wondrous 1953 ascent to its summit. This is also a good day to learn more about mountain climbing in general.

Those interested in this subject can learn more online or watch one of the many mountain climbing documentaries available on streaming services. Additionally, people can take the time to spread the news about this holiday using the hashtag #MountEverestDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 29 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 29 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 29 Monday
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