This is NOT a View of Mount Everest in the Himalayas during Winter!

International Misleading Nature

Many nature lovers make it a point to capture breathtaking views during their travels; these images go viral on social media. However, at times the public gets misled by some of the narrations associated with such amazing sceneries. This is one of our investigations on a mountain range covered with snow, purported to be scenes of Mount Everest. Let’s look at the claim first.

Social Media Posts

Facebook posts claimed that the photo below depicts the highest peak in the Himalayas Mountain range, Mount Everest, the tallest mountain peak on Earth.

“Mount Everest in the winter. It has snow on top year-round, but it’s far more inhospitable and intimidating when it’s all thickly blanketed of snow. All because avalanches occur if disturbed and bury anything down it’s path.”

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Users commented with mixed reactions to these posts.

Such posts were viral on Facebook, like below.

But is this a view of the tallest point on Earth? Let’s find out.

Fact Check

First, we carried out a Google Reverse Image search and found that the viral image depicts a glacier area located at Haines, Alaska, and not Mount Everest or the Himalayas. The place is named “The Brothel”. The image and related explanation can be read here. Archived.

The original image was posted by Travel Photographer, Film Maker, Director & Producer Greg Von Doersten on his Instagram account, as seen below.

However, we found minor changes in the viral social media image and the close-up of the actual photo captured by Greg Von Doersten. A photo comparison can be seen below.

A detailed explanation of this environment and the location can be read here. Archived.

A video about the above-mentioned geographical area can be watched below video.

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The viral image on social media does not depict the world’s tallest mountain peak, Mt.Everest. It is a slightly modified version of a photo captured by Greg Von Doersten on a  glacier area in Haines, Alaska.


Title:This is NOT a View of Mount Everest in the Himalayas during Winter!

Fact Check By: Kalana Krishantha 

Result: Misleading

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