Also known as Sargamatha, Chomolungma, or just 'the world's highest peak'
Mount Everest needs little introduction. The highest mountain in the world, it stands proud as a hulking mass of a mountain, rearing up between Tibet to the north and Nepal to the south. It attracts hundreds of mountaineers each year, who with the support of an army of local Sherpas attempt to reach the top of the world. There is a long British association with the mountain, with early expeditions to the peak led by Brits, including the ill-fated attempt by George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to reach the summit in 1924. When the mountain was finally climbed in 1953 by Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Kiwi climber Edmund Hillary it was as members of a huge British team led by the army Colonel John Hunt, and was celebrated as a national victory.