The Peak Of Heaven: Amazing Facts About Mount Everest

Mount Everest is an incredible force of nature that always seems to wow. The Sanskrit name for the mountain literally means “Peak of Heaven.” Some facts about Everest are pretty well documented, and some are less well known, but they are all super interesting. You’ve probably seen films and documentaries on Mount Everest, but how much do you know about this iconic mountain?

Take a look at these amazing facts about Mount Everest to power up your trivia knowledge and give you a new perspective on one of the most famous mountains on Earth.

It’s not the tallest mountain on Earth

This is the majesty of Mount Everest
Sarah LAI/AFP/Getty Images
Sarah LAI/AFP/Getty Images

We know, right?! Well, this one is much disputed and kind of depends on what you count as the “tallest.” Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth if we’re talking feet above sea level. However, there is another whopper of a mountain that claims to be the tallest too. Awkward!

That mountain would be Mauna Kea, a huge volcano in Hawaii that is, in fact, the world’s tallest mountain when measured from its base to its summit. The jury’s out on this one though…