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  Mount Everest: 50 years on
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at over 8,850 metres (29,000 ft) high, the same height a plane flies!
1/11 Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at over 8,850 metres (29,000 ft) high, the same height a plane flies!
In the 1920s, Sherpas started to help people try to climb it, but all failed because of the weather and it's hard to breathe
2/11 In the 1920s, Sherpas started to help people try to climb it, but all failed because of the weather and it's hard to breathe
But 50 years ago on 29 May, 1953 two men finally made it
3/11 But 50 years ago on 29 May, 1953 two men finally made it
New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made it to the peak and the top of the world
4/11 New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made it to the peak and the top of the world
On Thursday, Sir Edmund met Nepal's Prime Minister to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the climb
5/11 On Thursday, Sir Edmund met Nepal's Prime Minister to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the climb
Over 1,300 people have reached the top since - many joined in the celebrations, like the first woman and Tenzing's son
6/11 Over 1,300 people have reached the top since - many joined in the celebrations, like the first woman and Tenzing's son
The oldest man to climb it was in Nepal to celebrate too! He is Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, 70
7/11 The oldest man to climb it was in Nepal to celebrate too! He is Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura, 70
The youngest person to climb Everest, 15-year-old Mingkipa, reached the top last week
8/11 The youngest person to climb Everest, 15-year-old Mingkipa, reached the top last week
Locals joined in the week of celebrations, including Tibetan Buddhist monks who played their horns in Katmandu
9/11 Locals joined in the week of celebrations, including Tibetan Buddhist monks who played their horns in Katmandu
And children welcomed climbers from all over the world to the party
10/11 And children welcomed climbers from all over the world to the party
But it's still a dangerous route to the roof of the world: 175 people have died trying to reach the top
11/11 But it's still a dangerous route to the roof of the world: 175 people have died trying to reach the top

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