In 1856, the Great Trigonometric Survey of British India established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m). In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries.
The English Channel is called the Mount Everest of swimming.
Mt Everest - Swim for Peace
In May 2010, Lewis Pugh swam in Lake Pumori, a glacial lake, on the Khumbu Glacier on Mt Everest to highlight the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace. The 1 km (0.62 mile) swim, at an altitude of 5,200 metres, in 2°C water, took 22 minutes 51 seconds to complete and was done as part of the Clinton Global Initiative.
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