Description of Mount Everest

Mount Everest is located in Nepal. It has an elevation of 8848 meters above sea level. It is located at the following coordinates: (27.9879, 86.9253).
This description was written by jtompson, about Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It is located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, and is part of the Himalaya range. The actual height of Everest is still debated, with various GPS, and other methods of measurement giving heights anywhere from 29,000 to 29,035 feet above sea level. Some measure the height from the highest rock summit, others from the snow/ice cap above the rock.

Everest is the tallest mountain in the world if measured from sea level, however, if measured from the mountain's base, at least two mountains in the could be classified as taller. One is Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and the other is Mt McKinley in Alaska.

As of 2006, over 2,000 people have ascended Mount Everest, and more than 200 people have died in the attempt. Often, bodies are left where they died, as carrying them down the mountain would be quite difficult for fellow climbers. Similarly, controversies have arisen about climbers who leave fallen climbers to die, without attempting rescue.
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