Top Ten Extreme Destinations
|Highest and hardest: Climbers flock to Mount Everest, though few reach the summit. (Christopher Herwig)|
Highest: Mount Everest
There's good reason climbers flock year after year to Mount Everest in an attempt to reach the summit: At 29,017 feet, it's the highest peak in the world and an unbelievable feat to conquer.
The official height was recorded in 2005 and is based on the highest point of rock, not the snow and ice covering it. Until then, the height of the mountain—located on the Nepal-Tibet-China border—was believed to be 29,002 feet.
More than 4,500 climbers have reached the summit; 216 have perished in their attempts. Due to difficult rescue conditions, the majority of bodies are left there; some are still visible on the climbing route today.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication