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To mark the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest, Russian extreme sport star Valery Rozov BASE jumped off the north face.

Rozov's record-breaking jump was the world's highest BASE jump ever at an altitude of 7220m.

It took him four days to climb from base camp to the jump off point - he was assisted by a team of four Sherpas.

At the time he jumped it was -18C and because of the thin air it took longer than usual for Rozov to go from free-falling to flying.

He reached speeds of up to 200km/h before landing on the Rongbuk Glacier at 5,950m in Southern Tibet.

The jump was two years in the planning and a special winged suit was developed for the event.

The 48-year-old BASE-jumping and skydiving legend currently holds a record of over 10,000 jumps to his name with his first jump in 1993.

It is 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay made the first ascent of Mt Everest.

News of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s achievement came on June 2, 1953 - the day the Queen was crowned monarch at Westminster Abbey.

The mountaineers had made their famous assent four days earlier, reaching the summit at 11.30am local time, but in the days before mobile communication it took time for the news to reach the outside world.

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