Photo Essay | Into thin air

A pictorial history of Everest climbs has stunning... more

Tenzing Norgay (in the picture) stands on top of Everest on 29 May 1953, after becoming the first person, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, to reach the summit.
1/7Tenzing Norgay (in the picture) stands on top of Everest on 29 May 1953, after becoming the first person, along with Sir Edmund Hillary, to reach the summit.
In May 2010, a 20-man team removed two bodies and 1,800 tonnes of garbage from the ‘death zone’, areas above 8,000m on the mountain, in a clean-up expedition.
2/7In May 2010, a 20-man team removed two bodies and 1,800 tonnes of garbage from the ‘death zone’, areas above 8,000m on the mountain, in a clean-up expedition.
Italian climbers Hans Kammerlander (left) and Reinhold Messner before an expedition in 1985. Messner is widely considered to be the most accomplished mountaineer in history.
3/7Italian climbers Hans Kammerlander (left) and Reinhold Messner before an expedition in 1985. Messner is widely considered to be the most accomplished mountaineer in history.
Pioneering British climber and explorer Eric Shipton gets his blood pressure checked during the 1938 Everest expedition. Shipton was involved in Everest expeditions throughout the 1930s.
4/7Pioneering British climber and explorer Eric Shipton gets his blood pressure checked during the 1938 Everest expedition. Shipton was involved in Everest expeditions throughout the 1930s.
Norgay (left) and Hillary check their oxygen equipment during the 1953 expedition.
5/7Norgay (left) and Hillary check their oxygen equipment during the 1953 expedition.
Though the sherpa community forms the backbone of any Himalayan climbing expedition, it rarely gets recognition. An exception is Apa Sherpa, who has summited the Everest a record 21 times.
6/7Though the sherpa community forms the backbone of any Himalayan climbing expedition, it rarely gets recognition. An exception is Apa Sherpa, who has summited the Everest a record 21 times.
Howard Somervell (from left), Arthur Wakefield and George Mallory share a lighter moment during the 1922 Everest Expedition, the second attempt at climbing the mountain. Irreverent humour and camaraderie sustained the climbers through the months of harsh and life-threatening endeavours. The team got to 8,230m, but failed to summit.
7/7Howard Somervell (from left), Arthur Wakefield and George Mallory share a lighter moment during the 1922 Everest Expedition, the second attempt at climbing the mountain. Irreverent humour and camaraderie sustained the climbers through the months of harsh and life-threatening endeavours. The team got to 8,230m, but failed to summit.
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