The day the top of Mount Everest was reached – level 2


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

On March 10, 1953, a British expedition arrives in the Himalayas. The expedition has 11 climbers, 20 Sherpa guides, and more than 350 helpers. Edmund Hilary from New Zealand is among the members of the expedition. He is 33 years old, and it will be his second attempt to go to the top of Mount Everest.

In the camp at the height of eight thousand meters, it is decided who will try to reach the top. Two men are chosen. Hillary isn’t one of them.

The two men come almost to the top, but they have to turn back because one of their oxygen systems has a problem. Three days later, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are chosen to try to get to the top of Mount Everest.

Step by step, they go up through the ice and snow. The journey is very difficult. They have to stop very often, but they continue climbing.

On May 29, 1953, they reach the highest point on the Earth. They stay on the top for 15 minutes. Then they start a very difficult and dangerous journey back down.

Difficult words: Sherpa (a Himalayan person who works as a guide), attempt (a moment when you try to do something), oxygen (a gas which is important for breathing).

What obstacles did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay face on their journey to the top of Mount Everest?


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