Everest - Traffic chokes the Hillary Step on May Some climbers spent as long as two hours at this rock wall below the summit, losing body heat. Even so, 234 people reached the top on this day. Four climbers died.
Five climbers can be seen in this photo as they make their way up (Border of Pakistan and China), the second tallest mountain in the world and one the most difficult to climb. The peak of is 8611 metres feet) above sea level.
Sunset, Mount Everest Photograph by Cory Richards, National Geographic The sun sets over the west shoulder of Mount Everest (right) and Mount Nuptse. See more pictures and read dispatches from the National Geographic Everest Expedition.