Tallest Mountains in the World

The world’s tallest mountains are some of the most majestic and beautiful things that one can be blessed enough to witness in their lifetime. They are all located in Asia and each reach an altitude of over eight thousand meters in height. There are only fourteen mountains in the world that can boast such a height. Below are the ten highest of these fourteen mountains.

Mount Everest. Standing at about 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), Everest boasts the top spot for the tallest mountain in the world. It is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China and is part of the Himalayan Mountain Range. Although it is the tallest mountain and attracts many climbers of both advanced and limited climbing skill, it is one of the easier mountains to climb. Don’t be mistaken by what we mean by easier, there is still the danger posed by weather changes, winds, temperature and altitude sickness that can make such a long climb difficult, but the terrain is a lot more simple to take than some of the other tallest mountains like K2 or Nanga Parbat.

K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen) is located on the border between Pakistan and China and is part of the Himalayan Mountain Range. It is the second highest mountain in the world and is a far more treacherous climb than Everest. In fact, one of every four people that attempts to reach the summit at about 28,251 feet (8,611 meters), dos not live to see the bottom again. Of all of the highest mountains, above eight thousand meters, K2 has the third highest mortality rate.

Kangchenjunga, once thought to be the tallest mountain in the world, was stated as the third highest mountain at 28,169 feet (8,586 meters) in 1848. Its name translates to “The Five Treasures of the Snow” and each of these peaks is said to represent the five repositories of God: gold, silver, gems, grain and holy books. This mountain is sacred to Kirant religion and because of this when the first expedition to the summit occurred in 1955; the British exploration team stopped a few feet away from the actual summit out of respect. A tradition which most teams that have successfully reached the summit have honorably followed.

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth and is connected to Everest at the South Col. It is located on the boarder between Nepal and China and at it highest peak is about 27,940 feet (8,516 meters) high. This mountain is best known for its close proximity to Everest but is special in own right because it is the home of the steepest face of a mountain that is approximately 1.98×1.4 miles in size. This southern face has been the setting for any failed attempts, some notable fatalities and very few successful summit reaches.

Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is located about 14 miles east of Everest. It is located on the boarder of Nepal and China. It is an isolated peak that has the unique shape of a four-sided pyramid. There is another subsidiary peak that doesn’t quite meet up to the “eight-thousander” reputation called Kangchungtse, or Makalu II. It lies northeast of the main summit and is connected to it by a arrow saddle called Chomo Lonzo.

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world and stands at about 26,906 feet (8,201meters) high. Like most of the other Himalayan Mountains, it lies between Nepal and China (Tibet). Its name in Tibetan means “Turquoise Goddess”. It was used as a warm up for climbing Mount Everest when people were first exploring the Himalayan Mountains and today it is considered the easiest of al of the “eight-thousander” mountains to climb.

Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and is about 26,795 feet (8,167 meters) tall. It is located just north of central Nepal. Its name means “White Mountain”. The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of epic climbs. This mountain, along with Annapurna, is home to a more dramatic scene than most of the other mountains, for they face each other while separated by a valley. This is an amazing sight to see, and one of the main reasons why, for thirty years, it was thought to be the highest mountain in the world.

Manaslu, when translated means “Mountain of the Spirit” and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is a part of the Nepalese Himalayans and stands at about 26,759 feet (8,156 meters) high. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. This is the most dominant feature when viewed from far way.

Nanga Parbat is the world’s ninth tallest mountain and stands at about 26,660 feet (8,126 meters) in height. Although the name is Urdu for “Naked Mountain”, for first half of the twentieth century it was known as “Killer Mountain”. It was called this because it used to be an incredibly dangerous climb to the top. Now however, it is less dangerous to climb, but still very difficult. This mountain is an immense and dramatic peak that rises above its surrounding area in Pakistan.

Annapurna is a series of peaks, the highest of which is called Annapurna I, which is the tenth highest mountain in the world. It is located in central Nepal and is approximately 26,545 feet (8,091 meters) tall. Its peaks are some of the world’s most dangerous to climb. In fact, they have a fatality rate of about forty percent.

31 Responses to “Tallest Mountains in the World”

  1. Charles says:

    Honorable mention to Mauna Kea, Hawaii, 13,796 feet over sea level (when measured from sea floor, it’s the world’s highest); to Chimborazo in Ecuador, 20,561 feet, once thought to be the world’s loftiest, its summit is more distant from Earth’s center than Everest due to equatorial bulge; and McKinley in Alaska, 20,320 feet, which rises about 18,000 feet over its base—the most altitude rise of any peak in the world, including any Himalayan peak! World’s highest coastal peak is Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Columbia, which punches up to 18,947 feet very near the Northern sea coast.

  2. Bridget says:

    Where is Kangchenjunga?

  3. mario toliba says:

    mount everest the tllest mountain in the world

  4. mario toliba says:

    mount everest the tallest mountain in the world

  5. udip says:

    Mount Everest.,Kangchenjunga,Lhotse,Makalu, Cho Oyu,Dhaulagiri ,Manaslu ,Annapurna…… natural beauty
    It is a part of the Nepalese Himalayans
    so that visit nepal …… for all adventure

  6. janrey says:

    how about mt. apo in the philippines..i thought its the 2nd highest..

  7. Hruilqeuthqe;thklwer
    Yesss, That is…
    It was preety nice.

  8. bayer says:

    hi…. my name is bayer.. i really want climb on the Everest that is one of my future plan…. and if anyone wanna do that.. we can do that 2gathere i dont have friends so im looking for serious friends to do that big dream ..so this is my ID yahoo?.scream_man_07 ..i hope i can find some ppl like to do that…

  9. Joshua says:

    I’d really like to thank the maker of this website. Without it I could’nt have done my essay! :)

  10. jordan says:

    everest is the highest mountain not the tallest, it sits on the 15,000 ft plus tibetan plateau, muana kea from base to top is taller, so if you say everest is the tallest is like saying a midget on a ladder is taller thatn a man whose 6ft5, it just makes the midget higher up not taller.

  11. chiran says:

    Nepal is great country in the world. Top 10 Countdown 8 is highest Himalayan in Nepal
    Eg. Mount Everest., Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu ,Annapurna is Nepal.
    It is a part of the Nepalese Himalayans

  12. Calvin/seen/some/amazing/stuff/in/my/life says:

    I have climbed mount Godwin-Austen and would soon hope to clime Mount Everest.

  13. Kai Chongloi says:

    kanchengjunga is on the border between India and Nepal.

  14. Mt. Everest and other 7 mountain are the natural beauty of Nepal, I would like to thank to maker of this web site but I have a comment for you, kanchenjunga, and other peak lies on Nepal,
    why you don’t mention it clearly in web, you wrote all things lies on Boarder of two country, but actually all of these peak lies in Nepal.. Dont make anyone to be confused about Mountain location and Nepal.

  15. Riztys says:

    Most of the mountain ranges do lie between the Nepal & India border. We have no intention confusing anyone. You are welcome to compare with other sources.
    Thanks for your comments.

  16. Junaid Siddiqui says:

    Where is Kangchenjunga?

  17. Riztys says:

    It is part of the Himalayan mountain range that borders Nepal and India.

  18. princexx says:

    beautiful…………………………………..
    k_2 is the most beautiful mountain………………..
    plzzzzzzzzzzz all visit pakistan …………..
    and enjoy the beauty of pakistan……………………………

  19. Rose Lorana says:

    Jungfrau’s in Switzerland ,I heard from friends that it has an altitude of 11,782 feet..what’ s the ranking on tallest mountains of the world?

  20. Taylor says:

    Hola mt Everest

  21. dhruba says:

    Mt. Kanchanjanga is in the east of Nepal.

  22. Ali-Kat says:

    Im gona climb Mt Everest one day!! jk lol kinda scared of hights and dieing!!:)

  23. Rudra Dahal says:

    Thank you guys for all the information. FYI, most of the tallest mountains lies in Nepal-Tibet border and very few in Nepal-India border. The Mountains like, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, I, II, south, Machhepuchhre [Fish Tail] belongs to Nepal.

    Mountains are our showcase of Nepal and wealth of tourism in Nepal

  24. swati says:

    thankyou for this information

  25. StarWish says:

    thank u for this information but i think mount everest is the hardest moutan to climb cause it is soooooooooo big and it is so cold there but if u say it is easy to climb then its up to u but that is just my opinion.

  26. Manmohan says:

    Peack of Mount everest and Kanchanjanga lies in Nepal …
    I born in base of kanchanjanga, nepal ….. India starts only from base of kanchanjanga ……..
    All source of internet are making confused…..

  27. Sigdel says:

    Kanchenjunga doesnot lies in boarder of nepal and india ….
    Whole part of Kanchanjanga lies in (yamphudim and lelep) v.d.c. of nepal…..
    Sikkim of india come only after kanchenjunga mountain.
    Kanchenjunga is fully located in taplejung district of nepal.

  28. usefuul n vry nice..

  29. k2 is best mountain,according to me..guys..

  30. Nitesh Rajbhandari says:

    Dear readers
    Amoung the top 10 tallest mountains in the world, 8 of the highest mountains lies in the lap of mother land Nepal besides number 2 and number 9. All the climbers are only allowed to climb the mountains with the permission of Government of Nepal. Although China claim that the tallest mountain lies between the boarder of Nepal and China, please be sure that Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) is the pride of Nepal, and proud to have 8 tallest mountains amoung top 10 mountains in a small and beautiful country – Nepal.
    I would like to request to the website owner to be sure before giving information to the world. As i would like to say, that India claims time after time that the Great Lord Buddha was born in India though Nepal won the case and proved that He was born in Nepal ( by world heritage committe). And now the China claims that the tallest mountain lies in China. We dont want people to get miconcepted about it since it has always been Nepal’s pride. And the 1st climber to reach the hieght 8848 (Mt. Everest) was Tenjing Norgey Sherpa who was the porter of Admond Hillary of New Zealand. Tenjing helped Admond all the way to the top. People in the world might not know this but i would like to share this information to all of your friends. Its the truth, even BBC knows it, but media rules it.
    Thanking u
    Nitesh Rajbhandari

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