The Conquest of Everest

Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent


A remarkable visual testimony that tells the inside story of the conquering of Everest and captures the drama of the expedition and the personalities of those involved


ISBN: 9780500544235 Category:

George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones


On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Mount Everest. Sixty years after that first ascent, the publication of this anniversary book celebrates the most majestic mountains, with exclusive access to the outstanding imagery and private archives of George Lowe, a key climber and photographer on that triumphant expedition.

The Conquest of Everest features a trove of original photographs – many hitherto unpublished – and other rare materials from the Lowe collection. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits and action shots illustrate the decisive moments of this historic expedition as never seen before, bringing a unique and personal perspective and a fresh sense of immediacy to this renowned event.

The extraordinary journey is retold from Lowe’s point of view, including his first meeting with Hillary and thier earlier adventures together, as well as the challenges of the ascent itself, both the climbing and the photography, and the effect it had on all their lives. The result is a remarkable visual and intimate testimony that chronicles the story from inside and captures the drama of the expedition and the personalities of those involved.

Additional information

Weight 1456 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2013
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.9 x 27.9 cm
Weight 1456 g


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Huw Lewis-Jones is former curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and National Maritime Museum. Among his other books are Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, The Conquest of Everest, which won the History Award at the 2013 Banff Mountain Festival and Mountain Heroes.

George Lowe is a New Zealand-born mountaineer, explorer, film director and educator.