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US mountaineers bid to tackle Everest again

As the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest is still considered to be the ultimate test of a climber's skills and endurance.

Although many people visit the Everest base camp in order to take in the stunning views offered by the Himalayas, some explorers are desperate to go a step further by getting to the very top of the peak.

It was first scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 and since then 3,700 people have made it to the summit.

According to Reuters, a number of American mountaineers will attempt to make landmark climbs this year.

Dave Hahn from New Mexico is hoping to conquer Everest for the 16th time - which would put him five behind record-holder Apa Sherpa.

Chad Kellogg from Washington is also embarking on a mission to the top and he is trying to break the record for the fastest ascent. To do so, he must get from the base camp to the top of the mountain in less than eight hours and ten minutes.