The day the top of Mount Everest was reached – level 1


Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It is 8848 meters high.

It is March 1953. A British expedition comes to the Himalayas. The expedition has 11 climbers, 20 Sherpas, and 350 helpers.

Edmund Hilary from New Zealand is on the expedition, too. He is 33 years old. It is his second attempt to go to the top.

The climbers make a camp at 8,000 meters. First two men try to go to the top. Sadly, they aren’t successful.

Three days later, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay try to go to the top of Mount Everest. It is very difficult. There is a lot of ice and snow on the mountain. They go very slowly.

It is May 29, 1953. Hillary and Norgay come to the top of Mount Everest. They spend 15 minutes on the top. Then they start a very difficult and dangerous way back down.

Difficult words: climber (a person who climbs as a sport), Sherpa (a person from the Himalayas who works as a guide), attempt (a moment when you try to do something), successful (when you are successful, you get what you want).

What challenges did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay face on their journey to the top of Mount Everest and what factors contributed to their successful ascent?


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