How many have made it to the top of Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world standing at 29,029 feet or 8,848 metres.

Every climbing season it draws climbers from all over the world to attempt to reach its summit, for some, they fulfil their dream while others sadly do not.

The following information is as of the end of 2017 according to the Himalayan Database.

  • A total of 8,306 ascents have been made to the summit of Mount Everest by 4,833 individual climbers
  • 539 ascents were made by 483 individual woman
  • 8,098 used artificial oxygen
  • 208 did not use artificial oxygen
  • 288 have lost their life on the mountain
  • Out of the 8,306 ascents 410 were made by British climbers

During the main climbing season (April/May) up to a thousand climbers attempt to climb the high slopes of Mount Everest, but only approximately five hundred actually make it to the summit.

Every year more and more people come to Base Camp with the aim of standing on the world’s highest summit. This will probably increase in the years to come due to more people having high altitude experience, being able to afford to climb and wanting to tick it off there ‘to do’ list.

The total of 8,306 ascents is a lot compared with the world’s second highest mountain K2, which has had less than 400 ascents. K2 stands at a height of 28,251 feet or 8,611 metres, which is 778 feet or 237 metres shorter than Mount Everest, but is a more dangerous and difficult climb.

The first to climb Mount Everest *

On the 29th May 1953 at 11am Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to successfully reach the highest summit in the world. They were members of the Ninth British Mount Everest Expedition, which was led by John Hunt.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Photo (C) AP

Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was born on the 20th July 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1951, Hillary was part of a British Reconnaissance Expedition to Everest, led by Eric Shipton. A year later

in 1952, Hillary was a member of the British team, again Eric Shipton in charge, that attempted Cho Oyu.

Edmund Hillary passed away on the 11th January 2008, aged 88.

Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay was born on the 29th May 1914 and raised in Tengboche, Khumbu, in Nepal.

Norgay had been on Mount Everest five times before his successful climb in 1953. In 1935 and 1936 he worked as a high altitude porter on the British expeditions. In 1947 he attempted an illegal climb with Earl Denman and Ange Dawa Sherpa. In 1952 he took part in two (Spring and Autumn) climbs with a Swiss expedition.

Tenzing Norgay passed away on the 9 th May 1986, aged 71.

Tenzing Norgay on the summit of Mount Everest

* Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first confirmed climbers to stand on the summit, that is unless George Mallory and Andrew Irvine did not beat them too it in 1924.