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The Khumbu glacier paves the way to Everest Base Camp, and its spectacular icefall is well-known to climbers. With elevations ranging from 4900 m to 7600 m, it is the highest glacier in the world. Our most recent gigapixel photograph of this glacier was captured in the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint.

Photographer Norman Dyhrenfurth joined the Swiss Expedition to Everest in 1952. Eager to explore, he and Sherpa Ang Dawa climbed above the team’s base camp below the Khumbu Icefall to a rocky outcrop at 6000 m. It was from this vantage point that Dyhrenfurth captured his spectacular panorama of the Khumbu Glacier.

Photography 1952: Norman Dyhrenfurth, Archive Norman G. Dyhrenfurth /Salzburg /Austria © SSAF
Photography 2007: David Breashears, GlacierWorks


Khumbu Glacier, 1952


Khumbu Glacier, 2007