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Mount Everest by the numbers

Climbers by country, successful ascents and deaths on the mountain

Last Updated: April 22, 2014

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished the first confirmed ascent of Mount Everest. Since then, thousands of people have followed in their footsteps, driven by a dream to reach the top of the world's highest mountain.

In the past decade, several hundred climbers have accomplished the feat each year - and each year, some die trying. A powerful avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpa mountain guides in April 2014. Other mountain guides have since called for more insurance money and stricter climbing regulations.

More and more people climb the mountain every year and the climbs are a profitable business for Nepal. Mount Everest generates an annual revenue of nearly $100 million, a significant amount in a country where the average Nepali earns less than $700 a year.

Explore the interactive below to see what country climbers typically come from, how many have ascended Mount Everest since the first summit in 1953 and the cause of death for those who never made it back down alive.

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Nations on Everest

Total Ascents


Fatalities by type

Source: E. Jurgalski |


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