A report on Ganges and Mount Everest

Aerial photo from the south, with Mount Everest rising above the ridge connecting Nuptse and Lhotse
Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Everest and Lhotse from the south. In the foreground are Thamserku, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
Mount Everest from 12,007 m
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
The name "Mount Everest" was first proposed in this 1856 speech, later published in 1857, in which the mountain was first confirmed as the world's highest
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
Mount Everest relief map
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
Published by the Survey of Nepal, this is Map 50 of the 57 map set at 1:50,000 scale "attached to the main text on the First Joint Inspection Survey, 1979–80, Nepal-China border." At the top centre, a boundary line, identified as separating "China" and "Nepal", passes through the summit contour. The boundary here and for much of the China–Nepal border follows the main Himalayan watershed divide.
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
Kangshung Face (the east face) as seen from orbit
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
Mount Everest with snow melted, showing upper geologic layers in bands.
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
A yak at around 4,790 m (15,715 ft)
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Climbers below the Geneva Spur
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Reunion of the 1953 British team
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
1952 documentary
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Preparations for cremations on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi], 1903. The dead are being bathed, wrapped in cloth, and covered with wood. The photograph has a caption, "Who dies in the waters of the Ganges obtains heaven."]
Confirmation of the summit obtained by Nepal's Ministry of Tourism
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Small avalanche on Everest, 2006
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
Ascents of Mount Everest by year through 2010
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
The sun rising on Everest in 2011
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
Selfie on the summit, 2012
The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges River in Haridwar and its confluences with the Jumna (Yamuna) River in Etawah and with the Ganges in Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
Mount Everest, 2014
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
The location of the fatal ice avalanche on the 2014 route, and the revised 2015 route through the Khumbu.
Ganges from Space
Everest, April 2015
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
Mount Everest in the upper left (March 2018)
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
Looking up along the southern ridgeline, the face of the Hillary Step is visible. The top of the South-West face is on the left in shadow, and in the light to the right is the top of the East/Kangshung face. In 2016 and 2017 there were serious reports that the Hillary Step was changed, which triggered a big discussion in the climbing community. (2010 photo)
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
Overview South Col route and North Col/Ridge route
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
Climber traversing Khumbu Icefall
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
Mount Everest north face from Rongbuk in Tibet
A view from the summit of Mount Everest in May 2013
The summit of Mount Everest from the North side
From Kala Patthar, Nepal
Climber at the summit wearing an oxygen mask
The Ganges at Sultanganj.
Available oxygen at Everest
Everest in September 2006
The Khumbu Icefall in 2005
The Western Cwm ("Coom"), with Everest on the left and Lhotse to the right
Photo of a Eurocopter AS350 B3 "Squirrel"
Top down view showing the location of the summit, and its three main faces/sides
Everest base camp
Gorak Shep is about a three-hour walk to South EBC (Everest Base Camp).
A paraglider at Neustift, Tirol, Austria
The Rongphu Monastery, with Mount Everest in the background
1890 graphic with the Himalayas, including Gaurisankar (Mount Everest) in the distance

Nicolson retreated to Patna on the Ganges to perform the necessary calculations based on his observations.

- Mount Everest

This section of the Himalaya contains 9 of the 14 highest peaks in the world over 8,000m in height, including Mount Everest which is the high point of the Ganges basin.

- Ganges

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Map of the Himalayas (including the Hindu Kush)


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The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

Map of the Himalayas (including the Hindu Kush)
The 6000 km journey of the India landmass (Indian Plate) before its collision with Asia (Eurasian Plate) about 40 to 50 million years ago
Icefall on Khumbu Glacier
Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim

The range has some of the planet's highest peaks, including the very highest, Mount Everest.

Some of the world's major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, and the Tsangpo–Brahmaputra, rise in the vicinity of the Himalayas, and their combined drainage basin is home to some 600 million people; 53 million people live in the Himalayas.

Kangchenjunga and surrounding peaks at sunset from ISS, December 2019


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Third highest mountain in the world.

Third highest mountain in the world.

Kangchenjunga and surrounding peaks at sunset from ISS, December 2019
Kangchenjunga map by Garwood, 1903
Southwest (Yalung) face of Kangchenjunga seen from Nepal
Kanchenjunga-north from base camp in Nepal
Painting of Kanchinjínga as seen from the Singalila Ridge by Hermann Schlagintweit, 1855
Sunset on Kangchenjunga, 1905
South face of Kangchenjunga seen from Goecha La, Sikkim at 4940 m
Kangchenjunga seen from Darjeeling War Memorial
A sign board on the last traversable road to Kangchenjunga
First ascent reunion of 1990– front (left to right): Neil Mather, John Angelo Jackson, Charles Evans and Joe Brown and rear (left to right): Tony Streather, Norman Hardie, George Band, and Professor John Clegg.
Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill at dawn
Kanchenjunga as seen from Gangtok, Sikkim
Five Treasures of Snow
Kangchenjunga seen from Tetulia, Panchagarh, Northern Bangladesh.
East face of Kangchenjunga, from near the Zemu Glacier, Sikkim
View of Kangchenjunga as seen from Darjeeling
North face of Kangchenjunga from Pang Pema, Nepal

Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations and measurements by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1849 showed that Mount Everest, known as Peak XV at the time, is the highest.

Kangchenjunga is one of six peaks above 8000 m located in the basin of the Koshi river, which is among the largest tributaries of the Ganges.