Telephoto of South Ridge and Hillary Step of Mount Everest from Scoundrel Ridge in Gokyo Valley in Nepal Himalaya Mountains

- Image ID: JGH59T
Telephoto of South Ridge and Hillary Step of Mount Everest from Scoundrel Ridge in Gokyo Valley in Nepal Himalaya Mountains
Autumn Sky Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: JGH59T
The Hillary Step is, or possibly was, a nearly vertical rock face with a height of around 12 metres (39 ft) located high on Mount Everest at approximately 8,790 metres (28,839 ft) above sea level. It is located on the southeast ridge, halfway between the "South Summit" and the true summit, and is the last real challenge before reaching the top of the mountain via the southeast route. The Step is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first known person, along with Tenzing Norgay, to scale it on the way to the summit. It was suspected in 2016 that the 2015 earthquake had altered the Hillary Step, but there was so much snow it was not clear whether it had truly changed.It was reported in May 2017 by climbers including professional high-altitude expedition leader and six-time Everest summiteer Tim Mosedale that "the Hillary Step is no more", although the full extent and interpretation of the changes are still nascent
Location: Gokyo, Khumjung, Eastern Region, Nepal