A map showing Everest's 
		location near the border of Nepal and China.

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary (left), a beekeeper from New Zealand, and Tenzing Norgay (right), a Sherpa from Nepal, became the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. They were part of a large British expedition. As the expedition neared the peak, two British climbers were first given the opportunity to try for the summit. Low on oxygen, they had to turn back 330 feet short of the top. The expedition leader then sent Hillary and Norgay, who succeeded. They spent about 15 minutes at the top of the world, before beginning the dangerous journey back.

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