A trek of redemption through Everest’s sacred landscape

British explorers attempting to climb Mount Everest traveled through sacred land on their own mission of redemption.

Many climbers today refer to Mount Everest as a sacred mountain, but when the 1921 British Everest expedition arrived to attempt a summit, the local Tibetans were indifferent to their goal. In fact, Everest itself is not sacred, but the area surrounding it is.

Author and explorer Wade Davis describes the traditional practices of Tibetan Buddhism in the region, and how the members of the expedition were themselves on a mission of redemption as they crossed through the sacred landscape.

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