To highlight some notable high-altitude locations:
- The First Step: Short rock buttress about 100 feet high
An effort to bury the body of Fran Arsentiev who died here (located next to the climber) in 1996 was carried out in 2007. The majority of accidents on Everest happen on the way down. photo: mountainguides.com
- The Second Step: Boulders and a rock wall that requires the use of a ladder (yes, there is a man-made ladder on Everest; the first one was placed by the Chinese, and has since been updated)
You can make out the ladders towards the top. photo: project-himalaya.com
- The Third Step: Easiest of the steps which you can climb or go around, followed by a snowfield
Just over the Third Step: it's not over yet! That may look like the summit, but it's not. You have to continue up over the snow-slope and to the right before making a break to the top. citation: siteoneverest.com
- Summit: You're the king of the world, for about 30 minutes, and then you need to come back down or you risk having your oxygen deplete before making it back.