A beekeeper by trade, Hillary became the first human, along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to reach the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. At 29,035 feet, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, as well as one of the most forbidding.
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The Himalayas are the greatest mountain system on Earth and include Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, rising more than 29,000 feet above sea level.
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