Mt. Everest seen from Druk air flight from Delhi to Paro. Mount Everest (8848m) is called Sagarmatha or head of the sky in Nepali. In 1952 Raymond Lambert, a Geneva mountain guide (my grandmother sometimes climbed with him) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached 8595m. They opened the classic route through the Western Cwm and the face above to the South Col (the rock is called eperon des Genevois). The first successful ascent on 29 May 1953 was made by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing (wearing Lambert's scarf as a souvenir). Next to it Lhotse: (8516 m) 4th highest summit.