The day the top of Mount Everest was reached – level 3
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It rises to a height of 8848 meters.
On March 10, 1953, a British expedition arrives in the Himalayas. The expedition includes 11 climbers, 20 Sherpa guides, and more than 350 porters. 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 conquer this mountain.
In the camp at the height of eight thousand meters, it is decided that two climbers will try to reach the top. Hillary isn’t among them. The two men come within one hundred meters of the top, but they have to turn back because of an oxygen system failure.
Three days later, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are chosen for the second attempt to get to the top of Mount Everest.
Step by step, they fight their way through the ice and snow. They have to stop and rest very often. The path is steeper and steeper. Yet on May 29, 1953, they reach the highest point on the Earth. They stay on the top for 15 minutes, and then they start an equally exhausting and dangerous journey back down.
Difficult words: Sherpa (a Himalayan person who works as a guide), porter (a person whose job is to carry heavy things), conquer (to succeed in climbing to the top of a mountain), failure (a situation when a machine stops working properly), steep (a steep road goes up very quickly).
What other challenges did Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay have to face while climbing Mount Everest?
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