Top 10 Highest Mountains In The World

Mountains are some of the most majestic and beautiful things that one can be blessed enough to witness in their lifetime. Mountains have always fascinated mankind. Reaching up over 26,000 ft (8,000m) towards the sky, these jagged giants awaken our primal instincts to explore and climb. Here is the list of top 10 highest mountains in the world:

10. Annapurna

Annapurna
Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. The massif is 55 kilometers long, and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south. Annapurna is a Sanskrit word that literally means “full of food” but translates to Goddess of the Harvest. Annapurna is a Hindu fertility goddess.  Annapurna  Main is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 meters above sea level.

 

9. Nanga Parbat 

Nanga Parbat 

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain and the 14th most prominent mountain in the world at 8,126 meters  above sea level. It has earned a nickname of “Killer Mountain” among climbers. The mountain lies at the western end of the Himalayan Range in the Gilgit-Baluchistan region of northern Pakistan. It has three major faces, Diamir, Rakhiot, and Rupal. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus river skirts into the plains of Pakistan. It is in the Gilgit-Baluchistan region of Pakistan.

8. Manaslu

Manaslu
 
 

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters  above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal.  It is about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometers.

7. Dhaulagir

Dhaulagir
 
 

Dhaulagiri, mountain massif of the Himalayas in west-central Nepal. It is situated on the western side of the deep Kali (Kali Gandak) River gorge, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of Annapurna. Many of Dhaulagiri’s snow- and glacier-covered peaks exceed 25,000 feet (7,620 meters), including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, and IV. The tallest, Dhaulagiri I, reaches an elevation of 26,795 feet (8,167 meters) and is the world’s seventh highest mountain. It was first climbed on May 13, 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition.

6. Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu
 
 

Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,188 metres  above sea level. Cho Oyu, mountain, one of the world’s highest (26,906 feet), in the Himalayas on the Nepalese–Tibetan (Chinese) border about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Mt. Everest. The Nangpa La, a glacier saddle (pass) 19,050 feet high lying south of the peak, forms part of the trade route between Tibet and the valley of Khumbu. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.


5. Makalu

Makalu
 
 

Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 meters, in the Himalayas on the Nepalese-Tibetan (Chinese) border. It lies 14 miles (23 km) east-southeast of Mount Everest. Makālu had been observed by climbers of Mount Everest, but attempts to ascend its steep, glacier-covered sides did not begin until 1954. On May 15, 1955, two members—Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray—of a French party reached the summit, and seven more arrived within two days. Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.

4. Lhotse 

Lhotse 
 
 

Lhotse, also called E1, mountain massif in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It consists of three summits, the highest of which—Lhotse I at 27,940 feet (8,516 meters)—is the world’s fourth tallest peak. It is located  at south of Mount Everest.  On May 18, 1956, Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss, two Swiss climbers, made the first ascent of Lhotse I.

3. Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga
 
 

Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and second highest in Nepal and is the easternmost 8,000-meter peak. The mountain is in the Kangchenjunga Himal, a high mountainous region bounded on the west by the Tamur River and on the east by the Teesta River. Kangchenjunga lies about 75 miles east-southeast of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The mountain and its glaciers receive heavy snow during the summer monsoon season and a lighter snowfall during the winter.

2. K2

K2
 
 

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at 8,611 meters above sea level. It is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. The glacier- and snow-covered mountain rises from its base at about 15,000 feet (4,570 metres) on the Godwin Austen Glacier, a tributary of the Baltoro Glacier. The mountain was discovered in 1856 by Col. The first attempt to reach the summit was made by an Anglo-Swiss expedition in 1902 that ascended to 18,600 feet (5,670 meters) on the peak’s northeastern crest.

1. Mount Everest

Mount Everest
 
 

Mount Everest is the world’s tallest and most prominent mountain at 29,035 feet (8,850 meters). It lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet/China, in Asia. The first successful ascent was by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal on May 29, 1953. Its identity as the highest point on the Earth’s surface was not recognized, however, until 1852, when the governmental Survey of India established that fact. Everest is shaped like a three-sided pyramid. The three generally flat planes constituting the sides are called faces, and the line by which two faces join is known as a ridge.

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