Do you know what it feels like to be on top of the world? Although not many of us do, there are about 300 brave human beings who can say they have done so successfully. Mt. Everest, which boarders Nepal and Tibet, is the highest mountain in the world. It towers over the world at 29,035 feet and never fails to intimidate. Everest is also referred to as the goddess of the sky and the mother goddess of the earth. The first ascent took place in May of 1953 and was achieved by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
More recently, on May 23, 2008, a team of 11 men and 9 Sherpa reached the summit. Out of the 20 successful climbers, 8 of them reached the summit for their first time. As of now, about 4,000 climbers have attempted to climb Everest and about 600 have achieved the ultimate goal of summiting.
There is a large array of individuals who decide to take on an expedition such as this. Climbers have ranged in age from 15 to 64. Imagine a 15 year old, just entering his or her first year of high school, deciding to climb the highest mountain in the world! It is truly unbelievable that someone as young as that would have the courage to take on Everest. Summiting the highest mountain in the world is more than just the physical climb. It means more than that to those who do it. It is spiritually, mentally and emotionally rewarding. To those who accomplish this, they feel that their life has been completed by this brave expedition. It's time to ask yourself, how would it feel to be on top of the world?