Mount Everest, was formed when the Indian tectonic plate ploughed into the Eurasian tectonic plate at the blisteringly fast speed of 20 centimeters per year! When the two landmasses smashed into each other they pushed up the Himalayas and forced Mount Everest to its lofty height of 8,848 meters.
Because it is the highest mountain on Earth some people decide to try and climb it. Unfortunately, 179 people have died trying to reach the summit, which sets the fatality rate at around nine percent. Most of these fatalities happened before 1990. In the last ten years, advances in climbing equipment and more experienced guides have resulted in a steep drop in fatality statistics: from 37% in 1990 to 4.4% in 2004.
Either way I don’t think the risk is worth it. Especially when you can see a full panoramic view from the summit by clicking here (don’t forget to scroll to the right to see it all).