On Top of the World

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Rajkhandari from Nepal sent me this great postcard of Mount Everest in his country. The precise summit of the mountain is where the border between Nepal and China runs through. The official height of the mountain was agreed upon between China and Nepal in 1955 and is 8848 meters, not like the postcard claims at 8874 meters. It still remains the highest peak in the Himalayan mountain range and in the world. The first people to ever reach the summit of this mountain were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, 60 years ago, on 29 May 1953. The mountain was named after George Everest, the surveyor general of India. The name was given to it in 1865. The Chinese have quite recently continued arguing that the mountain’s name in English should be Mount Qomolangma, as they first named it in 1719. Well, personally, I don’t care who named it what, but I cannot pronounce that other name, so Mount Everest it is and to my mind, that is what it will always be called. But whatever its name, I still love this postcard!