Photo Essay | Into thin air 7 Photos . Updated: 19 Apr 2013, 07:35 PM IST Livemint A pictorial history of Everest climbs has stunning... moreA pictorial history of Everest climbs has stunning photographs of summit attempts, beginning from the first expedition in 1921 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. 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. 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. 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. 5/7Norgay (left) and Hillary check their oxygen equipment during the 1953 expedition. 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. 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.