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03-29-2008, 05:19 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:

Mount Everest tour (http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile29450/Mount-Everest-tour.htm)

Mount Everest. The World's highest mountain, tallest peak. Also called Sagarmatha (Nepal, meaning "Head of the Sky"), Chomolungma (Tibet, meaning "Goddess Mother of the World"), Qomolangma (China), Zhumulangma (Pinyin) and originally named peak XV, peak 15 when it was discovered and classified. Mount Everest is a part of the Himalaya range in High Asia, located on the border between Sagarmatha zone of Nepal and Tibet.

The mountain was first observed and recorded from great distance as "peak b" in november 1847. In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established, after several years of calculations, the first published height of Everest at 29002ft (8840m). The most current official height is 8848m (29029ft), first determined by an Indian survey in 1955, and subsequently reaffirmed by a 1975 Chinese measurement. Because of the still active geological forces Mount Everest rises by approx. 1 centimeter (0.4 Inch) per year, and move simultaneously towards the northeast at a speed of 6 centimeter (2.4 Inch) per year.

Asked "Why climb Mount Everest?" George Mallory is famously quoted as having replied "Because it's there!". During the British 1924 Mount Everest Expedition Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine both disappeared somewhere high on the North-East ridge during their climb.

The New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest at 11:30 local time the 29th of may 1953 after a climb up the southern face.

The mountain, while not posing substantial technical climbing difficulty on the standard routes still has many inherent dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind. The highest mountain in the world attracts climbers of all levels. By the end of the 2007 climbing season, there had been 3679 ascents to the summit by 2436 individuals and Everest has claimed 210 lives. In average 2 to 4 fatal casualties every year since the start of the mountains exploration.

About the "Mount Everest tour":

This is a series of placemarks and tracks that will give an impression of the climbing tour from basecamp(s) to the top of the world. The 2 major routes (out of at least 18 routes) are (roughly) shown in red (North Col, Northeast ridge) and blue (South Col, Southeast ridge). Camp positions are primary based on locations during the first ascents more than 50 years ago. Up till today both strength of climbers and climbing gear has developed so that a few camp locations may be obsolete at present time. Several places of mountain climbing interest along the two routes are also pinpointed. The tour is divided into 5 main folders; "The Summit (Around the Everest top)", "Southern area including Southeast ridge (South Col) route", "Northern area including Northeast ridge (North Col) route", "Eastern area" and "Peak Pictures - Mount Everest". Additional folders are "Map, Route, Zone Overlays", "Geological Overlays", "Track4Play", "How to get to basecamps on Mount Everest..." and "Historic imagery links" gives various opportunities to explore the area around the highest mountain on earth supplied with on/off clickable grids, maps and images. The 'Play tour' option of GE will take you on a trip on first the south, then the north and then the east approach. Finally we take a flight around the summit. And end up in displaying a series of old and new pictures from around Mount Everest. Also available are 4 tracks, "track4play" each one designed to take you from the south, north, east or west areas, to or very near the top. Just 'play the track' and let GE do the climb! Consider using a viewing angle of 80 degrees or above. To ajust viewing angle, choose menu 'Tools', 'Options', Click the tab 'Touring' and change the 'Camera Tilt Angle' to 80 degrees. The default is 45-60 (below 80) degrees. Please note that all tracks are very much approximations of the plausible route and nothing near the exact climb. No one has been hurt during the use of this for climbing (mostly because no one hopefully has used them), but they will, if they do!!! The 'South Col' tour is considered the 'easy' trip, but I believe that people taking (the real) tour to the top of Everest are really tough people, no matter what route they take! Even from satellite pictures and Google Earth terrain feature you get a feeling (and I guess never near the real thing) of how really really big this mountain is! Tour creator: Tom Kjeldsen, created march 2008. Recommended to be viewed as a 'Play tour' in Google Earth with terrain feature enabled.


04-02-2008, 07:07 PM

The 'Everest tour' is now expanded with a trip of the north track as well as the original, and most used, south track. Take a tour of both tracks, ending up in a flight around the mount everest summit.



Have a nice climb (or a view of it, from the screen)

06-29-2008, 11:08 AM

The 'Mount Everest tour' has had a major update. New information about the mountain and the climbing of it has been added. Several places of climbing and general mountain interest has been added along the two routes. A few camp positions are relocated to more correct positions. Descriptions and additional info are updated and added. Tracks has been more detailed. Views ajusted to (hopefully) most pleasant and interresting view using the 'Play tour' in Google Earth with terrain feature enabled.

Hope you will enjoy the tour, just as much at I have done making it. Have fun!
Tom :yep:


10-02-2008, 02:31 PM
A revision/ajustment of the 'Mount Everest tour' is approved. Among other enhancements is additional pinpoint and information on adjacent peaks/mountains.


10-06-2008, 05:53 PM
The 'Mount Everest tour' has been reviewed to give, hopefully, a better and even more comprehensive impression of the climb from basecamps to the top. Minor errors in additional text is corrected/reviewed.

Furthermore a photo section/folder is now added in the end of the tour with real-life pictures of the Mount Everest peak and surroundings, positioned at best estimate, to place where they actually where taken.


Enjoy, Tom

12-07-2008, 05:15 AM
photos has been ajusted to better and more correct placement/viewpoint


12-31-2008, 09:54 AM
The 'Mount Everest tour' has had a major update.

Major relocation/ajustment of especially placemarks on the routes to the top are done because Google Earth altitude data changed/moved approximately 100 meters. Note that top is where it always has been, very precise pinpointed by detailed coordinates, but it's a bit harder to exactly pinpoint lesser well-known spots on the mountain. And combine them with the altitude display in GE.


Get the new(est) version of the tour here! (http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile29450/Mount-Everest-tour.htm)

04-05-2010, 03:32 PM
The "Mount Everest tour" has been updated several times since initial idea and spotting back in march 2008. I did my best and hope you also feel that this update brings all the previous updates together to provide a current insightful impression of this fantastic mountain.

Thanks, Tom

04-05-2010, 03:59 PM
The "Mount Everest tour" has been updated several times since initial idea and spotting back in march 2008. Now displaying a new imagery of november 2009, again with even better quality! I have done my best to adapt placemarks, tracks, photos and the viewing angle to the optimum bringing all the previous updates together to provide a current and hopefully informational impression of this fantastic mountain.

Enjoy the climb! :-) Tom

08-11-2013, 02:51 PM
The "Mount Everest tour" has been ongoing adjusted and improved and has up till now over the last years been added additional folders like "Overlays", "Track4Play", "How to get to basecamps on Mount Everest..." and "Historic imagery links" which gives various opportunities to explore the area around the highest mountain on earth supplied with on/off clickable grids, maps and images. Just click to start your virtual climb :)

12-27-2013, 10:43 PM
This "Mount Everest tour network links" file include links to all previous published files, with both reference to newest original file and all later additional autoplay files, about the Mount Everest tour post.

By clicking this file you can handy play the autoplay tours and automatically have the original placemark collection displayed along the tour.

Autoplay recordings of tracks/paths from original tour currently include are:

Track4Play - Southern approach from Lukla
Track4Play - Northern approach from Rongbuk Valley
Track4Play - Eastern approach from Kangshung Valley
Track4Play - Western approach from Nangpa and Ngozumba Glaciers

...at the end you'll find included the network linked OP "Mount Everest tour" with all placemarks and information embedded.

Mount Everest tour network links file: http://dooley.dk/Mount-Everest-tour-network-links.kmz

Have a nice tour around the worlds highest mountain.