The Peak Of Heaven: Amazing Facts About Mount Everest

You Need To Ask Permission To Climb Everest

Trekkers walk along a path at the Everest region
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Many people don’t know that in order to climb Mount Everest you actually need to attend a ceremony to be blessed by the gods.

If you’ve ever seen images of flags on Everest and wondered what they are, they are prayer flags that are placed there for protection. All mountaineers are required to ask for safe passage before they embark on their climb. The Puja ceremony, as it is known, is held in Base Camp before the climb and must not be missed. It’s an age-old tradition that is thought to bring good luck.