Highest place on Earth: Mount Everest, Nepal
The world's highest peak is the summit of Mt. Everest in the Himalaya mountain range, at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). The first people to climb it were Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Nepali Sherpa climber Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953. The earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25, 2015, also sent avalanches down Mt. Everest, killing at least 18 people and ending the climbing season.