Search for the World’s Highest Mountain

By George Manley – Expedition 8848 Artist

Everest Historical Moments

3 Because it is there

In 1808, Great Britain began the great survey of India, this was the task of mapping the whole of India and Nepal.

In 1856 it was discovered by calculating the heights and distances of all the known places, that Everest, then called peak 15, was the highest mountain in the world at a height of 8839m/29’002ft, only 9m/26ft different from today’s accurate height of 8848/29’028ft. An amazing feat considering this survey took place over 100 miles away because Nepal was closed off to outside visitors at that time.




Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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