- 1202 Number of Everest summiters
- 64 Number of those who are Indian
- 89 Largest number of people who summited on a single day
- 175 Total deaths on Everest
- 120 Estimated bodies on the peak
- 16 Age of the youngest summiter
- 65 Age of the oldest summiter
- 100 Tonnes of junk on the slope
- $65,000 Amount needed for a person to climb Everest
It's a busy time on the roof of the world. Fifty years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest for the first time, something like 49 different expeditions are attempting to repeat the feat and celebrate half-a-century of extreme endeavour.
All kinds of people from every continent have converged: from dedicated professionals to those with almost no climbing experience at all. Jockeying for elbow room are near-novices who want to reach the summit for personal satisfaction to those who want to save the world. As a symbol, Everest is...