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Mount Everest

2003 was the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. Find out about the historic 1953 expedition and discover what has been the impact on the people and places of the Himalaya region since the route to the top of the mountain was opened to the rest of the world.

You can view images from the gallery that show how Mount Everest was measured, the people who live in the region and the attempts to climb Everest.

You can download factsheets for background information on each of the key questions below in either word or pdf format. Use these with the associated downloadable activities to investigate each area in the classroom.

Explore the place...

The Great Trigonometrical Survey of IndiaWhere is the Everest region and what is it like? [Word] [Pdf]

How was Mount Everest formed? [Word] [Pdf]

How was Mount Everest measured? [Word] [Pdf]


Discover the people...

Crossing a crevasseWho live in the Everest region. [Word] [Pdf]

Who first reached the top of Mount Everest. [Word] [Pdf]

Who are working towards a sustainable future. [Word] [Pdf]


Find out about curriculum links in the Teacher's Area or send us your students' work on Everest for the People's Exhibition.