By George Manley – Expedition 8848 Artist
Everest Historical Moments Series
Peak 15 was first named in 1865, it was named after Sir George Everest who was the leader of the great survey of mapping all of India and Nepal. The sad fact is that George Everest never ever saw Mt Everest.
This is not the real name of the highest mountain in the world, the local Nepalese and Tibetan people who have lived in the Himalaya for thousands of years have their own names.
The Tibetan name is “Chomolungma” this translates as “ Mother Goddess of the World” or “ Home to the Goddess of the Wind “.
The Nepalese name is “ Sagarmatha” this translates as “forehead touching the sky” or “Head in the sky”.