Climbers descend from the summit of Mount Everest on May 10, 1996, as the clouds of a storm that killed several other climbers that day gather below them (right). Source: Scott Fischer/Woodfin Camp and Associates.
Wow. What a stunner. This breathtaking video was shot from above 20,000 feet and captures the Himalayas in such clear detail that I actually gasped when I watched it. You get to see Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse in their natural glory and the view is just majestic. I don't think I'll ever get closer than this.
Second step (8,610m-8,650m) is the most difficult part of ascent to Mount Everest from Tibet side. It has 40 metre of almost vertical ascent. Chinese climbers have put an aluminium ladder here in 1975. Still very few climbers could have tackled it without this ladder!