Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth! The peak at 8,848 metres above sea level and it is located in the Himalayas in Nepal with Base Camp measured at 5554m. In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh. He named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest. Although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Nepal and Tibet were closed to foreigners. Apa Sherpa holds the record for reaching the summit more times than any other person, 21 times between 10 May 1990 and 11 May 2011. The record for a non-Sherpa is held by American climber and expedition guide Dave Hahn, reaching the summit 14 times between 19 May 1994 and 26 May 2012. Mount Everest attracts many highly experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind.