Top 10 Mountains to Climb


Mount Everest

Not many climbers summit Everest without a team of Sherpas, who live in the shadow of the great mountain and are genetically acclimated to the high altitude.
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Rising approximately 29,035 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the ultimate mountain to climb: It's the tallest mountain on the face of the Earth. Since Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay first conquered this peak in 1953, there have only been about 2,500 climbs to the summit. Located in the Himalayas of Nepal and China, Mount Everest is an extremely difficult mountaineering expedition. Climbers have to obtain a permit from the Nepalese or Chinese governments to attempt to climb Mount Everest.

If you don't want to attempt to reach the summit, you can take a trek to the base camp of Everest on the north or south side of the mountain. On the northern side of the mountain, you can visit a Buddhist monastery at the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier. Here, you can contemplate your view of the world's tallest peak.

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Junko Tabei, the First Woman to Conquer Everest, Has Died

Junko Tabei, the First Woman to Conquer Everest, Has Died

Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Everest, died at the age of 77. Learn more about Junko Tabei and Mt. Everest in this HowStuffWorks Now article.