<p><br> Climbers and porters on a 1963 American expedition set off in their bid to summit Mount Everest. The team used 900 porters to carry 27 tons of supplies to base camp. In the end six team members reached the summit with little more than their backpacks.</p>

Team of Everest Climbers, 1963


Climbers and porters on a 1963 American expedition set off in their bid to summit Mount Everest. The team used 900 porters to carry 27 tons of supplies to base camp. In the end six team members reached the summit with little more than their backpacks.

Photograph by Barry Bishop, National Geographic

Early Everest Expeditions Photos

See photos from historic, early Everest expeditions, as selected by National Geographic editors.

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