Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain,
is growing!

Millions of years ago, India was an island. Due to the motion of continental plates, India drifted North and crashed (very slowly!) into Asia about forty million years ago. Its northward motion created the Himalayan mountain range, and continues today. As a result of this motion, Mount Everest is growing by an average of about four centimeters (or one and a half inches) per year!

Mount Everest as seen from Drukair

Aerial photo from the south, behind Nuptse and Lhotse [photo source:]