Before it was discovered as the world’s highest summit, the mountain peak had several names. The Tibetans called it Chomolungma and in Nepalese it was Sagarmatha. And for the British scientists who were surveying that area, the mountain was known as Peak XV, the king of them all.

It was officially christened Mt. Everest when one of the scientists suggested naming it for Sir George Everest, who had been the Surveyor General of India, many years before.  He didn’t have anything to do with the mountain and accepted the honour with much embarrassment, making him one of the several figures who lent their names to mountains (and other natural sources) without a good enough reason!

George Everest

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