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Ten Highest Mountains In The World

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Did you know that all the 10 highest mountains in the world are located in Asia? And 8 out of those 10 highest mountains lie in the Himalayas of Nepal? Want to know more? Read about these ten highest mountains below!

Mount Everest

The Mount Everest, needless to mention, is the tallest mountain in the world at a maximum height of 29029 ft above sea level. Located in Solukhumbu District, part of the Khumbu Mahalangur Himalaya Range, this highest mountain in the world offers amazing views and challenging climbing routes making it perfect for adventure seekers.

Mount Everest
Source: The New York Times

Many travellers have tried to climb this majestic mountain but only a few of them have been successful in doing so. It was first summited by Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand climber Mr. Edmond Hillary with a British expedition in 1953 from the South Col route.

Mount K2

Situated on the border of China and Pakistan, Mount K2 is the world’s second-highest mountain (8611m) after Mount Everest. Climbing to K2 is a challenging task, but still, about 250 climbers have successfully reached the top of K2 so far.

Did you know that of the ten highest mountains in the world, K2 is the deadliest to climb? So, it is even called Savage Mountain! As it’s so difficult to climb the mountain, it is the only among the eight thousand peak which has never been climbed during winter from its east face.

mount k2
Source: National Geographic

The first ascent of K2 was completed by an Italian expedition team which was led by Mr. Ardito Desiofinally. His team Mr. Lino Lacedelli and Mr. Achille Compagnoni successfully ascended to the summit of K2 (8611m/28,251ft) via the Abruzzi Spur climbing route on July 31, 1954.

Mount Kanchenjunga

Mount Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world with five prominent mountains and therefore called “The Five Treasures of the Snow”.

It is located in Taplejung District and is the highest peak in India. Kangchenjunga was actually thought to be the highest mountain in the world until 1852. This wasn’t because people didn’t know about Mount Everest, but because they had done their calculations wrong. Mr. Joe Brown and George Band of British Expedition team climbed this peak on 25 May 1955 for the first time.

mount kunchenjunga
Source: NewsTrack

Mount Lhotse

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world and also quite the famous one because of its proximity to Mount Everest. There are three main summits of mount Lhotse – the main summit 8,516 m (27,940 ft.), Lhotse Middle (East) 8,414 m (27,605 ft.) and Lhotse Shar of height 8,383 m (27,503 ft.).  The route up Lhotse is the same as that of Mount Everest from Everest Base Camp until you pass Camp 3 and then depart to the Reiss couloir from the Lhotse Face, from where the peak of Lhotse is reached.

Mount Lhotse
Source: The Himalayan Times

Located on the border of Nepal and Tibet, it is also known as one of the deadliest mountains in the world, because of many failed attempts and fatalities while trying to climb. In addition to this, Mount Lhotse is the most dangerous mount to climb because of Khumbu’s icefall. It was first climbed in 18 May,1956 by Mr. Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss from Switzerland.

Mount Makalu

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world with the height of 8,481 metres (27,825 ft). Named after the Hindu God, ‘Lord Shiva’, this mountain resembles like a four-sided pyramid of snow and ice. It is located 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy successfully climbed this peak in 1955, as first people to climb it.

Mount Makalu
Source: Journeys International

Mount Cho Oyu

The fourth and final member of the Everest region’s 8000m club is Cho Oyu. The sixth highest mountain in the world at 8188m, Cho Oyu is considered the easiest of the 8000m mountains to climb due to the gentler slopes of the ascent. You can climb the mountain from three sides – Northwest, Northeast, and the Southeast. It was first climbed on October 19, 1954 by Australian Joseph Joechler, Herbert Tichy (Italy), Pasang Dawa Lama (Nepal).

Mount Cho Oyu
Source: Alpine Ascents

Mount Dhaulagiri

Mount Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, located in the north of central Nepal. It has its name derived from a Sanskrit word “Dhwala” meaning “dazzling, white, and beautiful” and “Giri” meaning “mountain”. The elevation of this Peak is 8167 meters and it was first climbed on 13 May 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition. The route through Dhaulagiri goes through the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki.

Mount Dhaulagiri
Source: KimKim

Mount Manaslu

Mt. Manaslu, 8,163m, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is located about forty miles east of Annapurna I. It is one of the popular among the 8,000m Peak for climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal and especially for Japanese Climbers. The first successful Manaslu expedition was in 1956 and the ascent was made by T. Imanishi (Japan) and Gyalzen Norbu (Sherpa). As of today, there are at least six routes to Manaslu’s summit.

Mount Manaslu
Source: Manaslu Circuit Trek

Nanga Parbat

Literally translating into the naked mountain and also known as Diamir – the King of the mountains amidst the locals, Nanga Parbat stands tall at a height of about 26,660 feet in the heart of Pakistan. It also known as the ‘Killer Mountain’ because lots of climbers died in the first half of the twentieth century while summiting the mountain. Hermann Bahl from Australia was the first one to ever climb Nanga Parbat in 1953.

Nanga Parbat
Source: Nature Adventure Club

Mount Annapurna

If you want to experience a little bit of everything Nepal has to offer, this is perhaps the best trek to set off on. Annapurna is a series of peaks, the highest of which is called Annapurna I, with the height of 26,545 ft /8,091 m. Annapurna I may be only the tenth highest mountain in the world, but it actually has a higher fatality rate than any other mountain on this list, with 32% of attempts to reach the top of the mountain resulting in a fatality. Maurice Herzog & Louis Lachenal were the first people in the world to climb this mighty mountain om June 3, 1950.

Mount Annapurna
Source: Nepal Adventure Point

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