Mountaineering & Expeditions

5 Brain-Melting Facts About Mount Everest That You’ve Definitely Not Heard Before

Featuring Big Macs, Eiffel Towers, and the Earth's Moon.

What do we know about Mount Everest? Well, we know it’s in Nepal. We know it’s in the Himalayas. We know it’s the highest mountain on earth (8,848 metres). We know that over 250 climbers have lost their lives attempting to reach the summit, and that a film called Everest has just been released.

We know that in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit. We know that Bear Grylls climbed it when he was just 23, and that over 4,000 climbers have reached the summit in total. In conclusion, we know a lot about it.

But do you, for example, know how many Big Macs you’d need to have a tower of Big Macs as high as the world’s tallest mountain? Or, how many times you’d have to pile Everest on top of itself to reach the moon? Nope? Never fear, Mpora is here.

1) How Many Big Macs?!

If you stacked 126,671 and a half Big Macs on top of each other you’d have a tower of Big Macs as high as Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is 884800 centimetres high.

The average Big Mac is only 6.985 centimetres high.

884800cm/6.985cm = 126,671.4 Big Macs

2) How Many Mount Everests To Reach The Moon?!

If you cloned Mount Everest and stacked 43,445 of them on top of each other…you’d have a tower of Everests that touched the moon

This is based on the average distance between the earth and the moon – 384,400km.

384,400km/8.848km = 43444.85 Mount Everests

3) How Many Average British Males?!

If you took 5,047 adult British males of average height (175.3cm) and then trained them to stand on each other’s head, the chap at the top would be as high as the summit of Mount Everest. Cor blimey!

884800cm/175.3cm = 5047.35

4) Speed Of Sound…From Top To Bottom

If you stood on the summit of Mount Everest and shouted extremely loudly (you’d have to shout really, really, really loudly), it would take approximately 25.78 seconds for your voice to reach sea level.

Sound travels at one kilometre every 2.914seconds.

Mount Everest is 8.848km from top to bottom.

8.848 x 2.914 = 25.78 seconds

5) How Many Eiffel Towers?!

If you stacked 29.5 Eiffel Towers on top of each other and persuaded a Frenchman to climb all the way to the top of them, the Frenchman in question would be as high as the summit of Mount Everest. Bonjour!

The Eiffel Tower is 300 metres high (not including the antenna).

8848m/300m = 29.49 Eiffel Towers

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