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By Robert Subscribe to RSS | April 23rd 2012 | Views:
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The Himalayas mountain range is home to almost all of the tallest peaks in the world, and many have braved these dangerous terrains in order to be included among the few who have conquered these seemingly unconquerable summits. It should be noted that many people have died trying to reach the mountain tops of the Himalayas and that, that place is no picnic ground. Freak accidents have occurred many times, among which includes avalanche, falls, frostbites, faulty equipment, human errors and bad weathers. Climbing these peaks requires a lot of experience and expertise and it is never safe to climb alone, so as much as possible go with a group.

Among the tallest peaks that can be found in the Himalayas include:

• Mt. Everest – 8,848 meters/29,029 feet

• K2 – 9,417.1 yards/339,015.75 inches

• Kangchenjunga – 858,600 centimeters

• Lhotse - 8.516 kilometers/5.29 miles

• Makalu – 5.27 miles

• Cho Oyu – 26,856.64 feet

• Dhaulagiri I – 8.167 kilometers

If in case you’ll find it difficult converting these distances, then you can visit any online conversion website and do the conversions automatically.

Expeditions began back in the 1950’s were people are trying to do many different things for recreation or to make a name for themselves. Just after World War 2 many things occurred like the credit card system was introduced in America for the first time, mass production of computers began, first organ transplant takes place, Queen Elizabeth II crowned, NASA was founded and a lot more. So it was no surprise that people went up to the tallest mountains in the world just for the sake of climbing.

If you were to free-fall from Mt. Everest going down to sea level, it would take you approximately 163.39 seconds or 2.72 minutes to cover the height of 29,029 feet while cruising at 195 kilometers per hour or 177.67 feet per second terminal velocity. That’s how tall these peaks are! They’re literally reaching the skies and depending on weather conditions, the climb could take up about 16 – 20 hours or from 3 – 5 days. A regular helicopter could only take you as high as 8,000 feet, which means you’re 21,029 feet and you will have to climb the rest of the way to Mt. Everest.

Despite the danger, many people are still hoping to visit these towering peaks and as absurd as it may sound some even view it as a tourist attraction. Well certainly tourist guides, local merchants and the governments of India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet makes a handsome compensation from mountaineers, film producers and science expeditions. But we will still have yet to develop more advanced mountain climbing tools to make the trip 90% safe and a lot more enjoyable, if not perilous.

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