Everest reunion scales great heights

29th May 2013

It has fascinated sightseers on trekking holidays to China, Tibet and Nepal for decades.

Now holidaymakers to the world's tallest tourist attraction may be interested to learn that a reunion is being staged on Wednesday (May 29) to mark the first ascent of Mount Everest.

Mountaineers are meeting in London to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historic climb.

Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the top of the 29,028ft (8,848 metres) mountain on May 29 1953.

Its summit - a constant source of fascination for adventurers on private journeys - is the border of Nepal to the south and China or Tibet to the north.

Wednesday evening will see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a reception to commemorate the anniversary at the Royal Geographical Society.

They will watch footage from the climb, see an exhibition, and meet families and guests.

The climb will also be recognised with a signing of a new book on the expedition.

Hillary and Norgay's children, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing Norgay, will be joined by esteemed climbers Sir Chris Bonington, Stephen Venables and Doug Scott.

They have all contributed to the book The Conquest Of Everest - Original Photographs From The Legendary First Ascent, containing previously unpublished photographs from the 1953 climb.

Kenton Cool, who recently became the first mountaineer to scale the three peaks of Everest's Western Cwm in one go, is also set to attend the signing at Stanfords, Covent Garden, at 10.45am.

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