Ascent to Everest

Ascent to Everest
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Foreboding and beautiful in equal measure, nowhere embodies man’s fascination with nature more than Mount Everest. 
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Rising 8848m above sea level, the highest point on earth scrapes at the heavens, beckoning elite adventurers as well as fascinated tourists to its base camp.
 
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Ever since it was confirmed as the world’s highest peak in the year 1856, climbers pondered the possibility of ascending to the forlorn summit, with the first attempt made in 1922. 
 
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During the following 90 years 219 people have died while attempting to scale Everest, at a rate of 4.3 fatalities for every 100 successful attempts.  
 
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The international border between China & Nepal runs across the mountain’s apex, giving it two other official names: Qomolangma in Tibetan and Sagarmatha in Nepalese. Both of these translate as “Holy Mother”.  
 
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Nepal itself is a melting pot of Buddhism & Hinduism, home to spellbinding Kathmandu, dramatic mountain ranges & Sadhu (holy men). 
 
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For those who aspire to travel’s loftiest heights, World Expeditions offer the Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar tour, priced from $2350.  
 
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