It was today 65 years ago that man finally reached the top of the world, with New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay reaching the summit of Mount Everest. 

After more than three decades of unsuccessful attempts on the summit, it was a British expedition in 1953 that finally completed the feat, with Hillary and Norgay making their way up the southern face.

Reaching the summit at 11.30am local time, both men were only able to stay on the summit for 15 minutes, due to a lack of oxygen, with Hillary describing it as ""a symmetrical, beautiful snow cone summit". There was just time for photos and for Norgay to bury sweets and biscuits as an offering to the gods, before beginning their descent.

News of their incredible feat didn't reach the outside world until 2 June, on the eve of HM The Queen's coronation. Upon return to England, Hillary and Colonel John Hunt, the leader of the expedition, were both knighted.

Hillary and Norgay both went on to other successful adventures, with Norgay again reaching the summit of Everest the following year, as part of a Swiss expedition, and Hillary crossing the Antarctic to the South Pole in 1958.

But they will both be best remembered for their climb to the top of the world, the 29,028 feet (8,847 m) peak of Everest. Named after Sir George Everest, the surveyor-general of India, he was the first man to produce detailed maps of the Himalayas and wider Indian subcontinent.

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