World Facts

The Tallest Mountains in the World

Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, followed by K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

All 10 of the world's tallest summits are found in central and southern Asia. They are measured as individual peaks and not as part of mountain ranges.

Technically, Mauna Kea, a dormant partially submerged volcano in Hawaii, is the world's tallest mountain if measured from the ocean floor to its peak for a total distance of 10,203 m. However, for the purpose of this list, we will only be looking at mountains whose peak can be measured from the ground up. Mountain islands are in a different category as their bases are below sea level.

10. Annapurna I (8,091 m)

Annapurna I is the tenth tallest mountain peak in the world. It is found in north-central Nepal. Like most other mountains of its grandeur, Annapurna has a reputation for being extremely difficult to climb. In fact, it boasts the highest climbing attempt to fatality ratio of any other major mountain on earth. Approximately 32% of climbers who make an attempt to reach the summit of Annapurna I perish.

9. Nanga Parbat (8,126 m)

Ninga Parbat is the world's ninth tallest mountain. It is found in Pakistan in the western section of the Himalayas. It is considered to be one of the world's eight-thousanders.

8. Manaslu (8,163)

Manslu is the eighth tallest mountain in the world. It is in the Manaslu Himalaya range and the first ascent was made in 1956 by Norbu and Imanishi. The mountain has since been climbed just under 300 times. It is considered to be one of the world's deadliest summit treks.

7. Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m)

Seventh on the list is Dhaulagiri I, which rises to a height of 8,167 m. The first ascent was made in 1960 by Diemberger, Nawang Dorje, Nyima Dorje, Forrer, and Schelbert.

6. Cho Oyu (8,188 m)

The sixth tallest mountain the world is Cho Oyu, located in the Mahalangur Himalaya range. It rises to 8,188 meters above sea level. The first ascent was made in 1954 by Tichy, Lama, and Jochler.

5. Makalu (8,485 m)

At 8,485 m, Mount Makalu is the fifth tallest mountain in the world. Makalu is perhaps most notable for its pyramid-shaped peak. It is considered to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the year.

4. Lhotse (8,516 m)

Mount Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world. It was first ascended in 1956, after the excitement surrounding climbing Mount Everest had worn off.

3. Kangchenjunga (8,586 m)

The third tallest mountain in the world is Mount Kangchenjunga. The mountains raises 8,586 m into the sky and straddles the border between India and Nepal. Kangchenjunga is located around 125 km away from Mount Everest and is a part of the Himalayan range. It was previously believed that Mount Kangchenjunga was the tallest mountain in the world.

2. K2 (8,611 m)

Mount K2, the second highest mountain the world, is found in the Baktoro Karakoram range in northern Pakistan on the border with China. K2 is extremely difficult and hazardous to climb and it is impossible to climb the mountain during the winter. Prior to the first successful climbing of K2 in 1954, it was previously believed that the mountain was impossible to climb.

1. Mount Everest (8,848 m)

The tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest at 8,848 m. Perhaps the world's most famous mountain, Mount Everest is also known as Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in the native Himalayan tongue. It is in the Mahalangur Himalaya range and is estimated to be tens of millions of years old.

Although the climbing of Mount Everest is a popular goal held by mountain enthusiasts, it is actually an extremely dangerous endeavour. In fact, since the time of its first recorded successful ascent in 1924, nearly 300 people have died climbing the mountain. Not only are conditions on the mountain extremely windy and frigid, with temperatures reaching -80 degrees Fahrenheit, but climbers are also susceptible to altitude sickness. This makes Mount Everest not only the tallest mountain in the world, but also the world's most dangerous.

The 25 Tallest Mountains In The World

Rank´╗┐MountainHeight (m)
1Mount Everest8,848
6Cho Oyu8,188
7Dhaulagiri I8,167
9Nanga Parbat8,126
10Annapurna I 8,091

More in World Facts