(ORDO NEWS) — How we were all taught, remember? Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on our planet. But no! In fact, this is not the case and there is a mountain higher than Everest, but who cares when there is an ingrained opinion and even well-established phrases. One “conquest of Everest” is worth something. By the way, because of its forced glory, the mountain suffers greatly. Let me try to dispel myths and tell you that in fact the highest mountain in the world is a completely different peak, and at the same time I will explain why it so happened that we lived in ignorance for so many years.
Perhaps the truth will again be somewhere in the middle and everyone will become a little more clear where exactly.
Who was the first to climb Everest
The first people to conquer the summit of Mount Everest were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. They did so on May 29, 1953. By that time, the mountain had already been named Everest by the name of the explorer who discovered it. At the same time, he himself was opposed to giving his name to the grief, but it turned out as it happened.
Since the conquest of the cherished peak, hundreds and thousands of tourists have been able to climb it. Dozens of times more people have tried, but never succeeded. All this could not but affect the ecology of the region. The mountain was just turned into a bunch … well, you get the idea. Here and there garbage is lying around, waste of life is everywhere and much more that a person leaves behind, including trampled paths and felled trees / shrubs.
All due to the fact that the mountain bears the title of the highest in the world and only this name, like a puddle of syrup, attracts fans to prove something to someone. Only in reality they do not conquer the highest mountain in the world, if measured by other, in some ways even more correct, values.
The highest mountain in the world
The highest mountain on Earth is Chimborazo. It is a stratovolcano in Ecuador. What are stratovolcanoes, I talked about in a separate article, where I also talked about the most powerful eruptions in history.
Chimborazo is part of the Andes mountain range. It can be considered the highest mountain due to the fact that its peak is located farthest from the center of the Earth. Consequently, it is she who is the highest mountain in terms of distance, and not any conditional measurements.
If, as in the case of Everest, we measure from sea level, then the height of Chimborazo will be 2,600 meters lower than the Tibetan giant. Its height is only 6,248 meters versus 8,848 meters at Everest.
Since the Earth is not flat, although many really want to believe it, it has a discrepancy in size at the equator and at the poles. That is, it is a little flattened, so to speak.
Technically, this leads to the fact that the mountains are higher at the equator, even if they have the same height relative to the level of the world ocean as they are closer to the poles. It just so happened that Chimborazo is as close to the equator as possible, while Everest is located a full 28 degrees north.
Difference between the tallest mountains in the world
So how much is one mountain higher than the other, you ask, and you will be right. If measured from the center of the Earth, the distance between it and the summit of Everest is 6,382 kilometers, for Chimborazo this figure is 6,385 kilometers. This is enough to cover the difference mentioned above. As a result, Chimborazo is the highest mountain on Earth. Moreover, Everest will not even descend to second place, but much lower, giving way to mountains closer to the equator.
In fact, this cannot be called news, since some scientific publications published information about Chimborazo back in 2007. But why, then, is Everest still so loved and revered by everyone as the highest mountain in the world? And at the same time they strive to climb it.
How to climb Everest
Perhaps the reason for this is the desire of climbers to set themselves a big challenge, because conquering Everest is much more difficult. In order to just start doing this, you need about 10 days to get to the base camp. It will take six weeks at camp to acclimatize. During this time, an ascent plan is also drawn up and physical training is carried out. Only after passing these two stages will it be possible to make the ascent itself, which will take nine days and will be very difficult.
For comparison, before climbing Chimborazo, acclimatization is only two weeks, and the climb itself takes only two days. The difference is more than tangible. Against the background of climbing Everest, climbing Chimborazo looks like just an easy walk that you can take during your vacation.
This can be considered the reason for the popularity of Everest, and at the same time the fact that when measured from sea level, it really is the highest. If you adhere to this particular position and can prove it in our Telegram chat, then it will be interesting for you that Chimborazo is not just below Everest when measuring height from sea level, but is not even the highest peak in the Andes, yielding Mount Aconcagua as much as 713 meters (its height is 6,961 meters above sea level).
All this is another proof that everything in the world is relative. Well, if you have already booked a guide who will take you to Everest, decide whether to climb Chimborazo as well. Let the highest mountain be behind you for sure.
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