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10 Highest Mountains In The World

The Himalaya Range, especially in the nation of Nepal, dominates this list, with most first being climbed in the 1950s.

The ten tallest mountains in the world included in the list are those mountains with elevations higher than 7,200 meters above sea level. All 10 summits are found in central and southern Asia, and measured as individual peaks and not as part of mountain ranges. Although the world has many mountainous regions, it is not likely that there are other peaks that have been overlooked for this list. Although Mauna Kea, at 4,207 meters (13,802 feet) and found on the island of Hawaii, which is a dormant volcano, may be considered the highest volcano and mountain in the world. This would be if it was measured from the ocean floor to its peak, for a total distance of 10,203 meters (33,476 feet). Mauna Kea's last eruption occurred 6,000 years ago, and the mountain has three climate zones. Namely, these are alpine and flank forests on its slopes, and a koa forest at its base.

There are also considerations when discussing mountains such as already discussed like the highest mountain would be measured from its surrounding base on land but some tallest mountain peaks on land may not be the highest above the surrounding terrain. Mountain islands are also in a different category as their bases are below sea level. There are also the most voluminous mountains as volcanic and non-volcanic in volume and its surrounding bases. Last but not the least are mountains that are either near or distanced to the centre of the earth.

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10. Annapurna I 26,545 ft (8,091 m) Nepal

Tenth on the list is Annapurna I. It is in the Annapurna Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 28°35′44″ North, 83°49′13″ East. It rises to 8,091meters (26,545 feet) above sea level. The first ascent up it was made in 1950 by Lachenal and Herzog.

9. Nanga Parbat 26,658 ft (8,125 m) Pakistan

Ninth on the list is Nanga Parbat. It is in the Nanga Parbat Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 35°14′14″ North, 74°35′21″ East. It rises to 8,126 meters (26,660 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1953 by Hermann Buhl.

8. Manaslu I 26,758 ft (8,156 m) Nepal

Eighth on the list is Manaslu. It is in the Manaslu Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 28°33′00″ North, 84°33′35″ East. It rises to 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1956 by Norbu and Imanishi.

7. Dhaulagiri 26,794 ft (8,167 m) Nepal

Seventh on the list is Dhaulagiri. It is in the Dhaulagiri Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 28°41′48″North, 83°29′35″ East. It rises to 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1960 by Diemberger, Nawang Dorje, Nyima Dorje, Forrer, and Schelbert.

6. Cho Oyu 26,906 ft (8,201 m) Nepal

Sixth on the list is Cho Oyu. It is in the Mahalangur Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 28°05′39″ North, 86°39′39″ East. It rises to 8,188 meters (26,864 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1954 by Tichy, Lama, and Jochler.

5. Makalu I 27,765 ft (8,462 m) Nepal

Fifth on the list is Makalu. It is in the Mahalangur Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 27°53′23″ North, 87°05′20″ East. It rises to 8,485 meters (27,838 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1955 by Couzy and Terray.

4. Lhotse 27,920 ft (8,501 m) Nepal

Fourth on the list is Lhotse. It is in the Mahalangur Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 27°57′42″ North, 86°55′59″E. It rises to 8,516 meters (27,940 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1956 by Reiss and Luchsinger.

3. Kangchenjunga 28,169 ft (8,586 m) Nepal

Third on the list is Kangchenjunga. It is in the Kangchenjunga Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 27°42′12″North, 88°08′51″ East. It rises to 8,586 meters (28,169 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band.

2. Qogir (K2) 28,250 ft (8,611 m) Pakistan

Second on the list is K2, alternatively known as Qogir and Godwin Austen. It is in the Baktoro Karakoram range. Its coordinates are 5°52′53″ North, 76°30′48″ East. It rises to 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1954 by Compagnoni and Lacedelli.

1. Mount Everest 29,035 ft (8,850 m) Nepal/China

First on the list is Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in the native Himalayan tongue. It is in the Mahalangur Himalaya range. Its coordinates are 27°59′17″ North, 86°55′31″ East. It rises to 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

The 25 Tallest Mountains In The World

RankMountainHeight (ft)
1Mount Everest29,035
2K228,251
3Kangchenjunga28,169
4Lhotse27,920
5Makalu27,765
6Cho Oyu26,906
7Dhaulagiri I26,794
8Manaslu26,758
9Nanga Parbat26,658
10Annapurna I26,545
11K526,509
12K326,414
13K426,362
14Shishapangma26,335
15Gyachung Kang26,089
16Annapurna II26,040
17Gasherbrum IV26,024
18Himalchuli25,896
19Distaghil Sar25,866
20Ngadi Chuli25,823
21Khunyang Chhish25,666
22K125,659
23Nanda Devi25,643
24Chomo Lonzo25,604
25Batura Sar25,574

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