Mount Everest, which is located in Nepal’s Himalayas at 8,848 meters, is the tallest mountain in the world. You probably already knew that. In the end, the majority of people who are asked to name a peak in the world will respond with Mount Everest. Many people are also aware of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, which is located on the border between China and Pakistan, but considerably fewer are aware of Kangchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. Also, how to spell that. It’s not quite as easy as “K2,” that much is certain. So, how many of the highest mountains in the world are you actually familiar with? Although Everest frequently receives all the attention, Asia’s entire continent is covered in enormous mountains. Asia is home to all 100 of the tallest mountains in the world. Except for Everest, none of the seven summits—the tallest mountains on each continent—are included in this list. Finding someone who is knowledgeable about the sixth, seventh, or eighth tallest mountains in the world is actually extremely uncommon.
There is a reason why climbers spend years training to take on the world’s highest peaks: freezing temperatures, thin air, avalanches. These enormous mountains can be created by tectonic faults, collisions, and volcanic eruptions, some of which may have begun changing the surface of Earth more than 3.75 billion years ago. Following is the list of tallest mountains in the world (measured from sea level to their summit). So let’s get started!
Mount Everest, Nepal/Tibet, China – 8848 m
Of course, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and was the first to be scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Recently, Everest has drawn a lot of attention. Photos of massive lines near the peak have sparked a heated discussion about Everest’s overcrowding. But one thing is certain: Mount Everest’s allure will endure for some time to come. Like moths to a flame, man is drawn to the mountain. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is extremely popular, in addition to those looking to go from there to the summit. In fact, it has grown to be among the most well-known multi-day hikes in the world.
K2 in Karakoram, Pakistan/China – 8611 m
K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and the height of K2 Mountain is 8611 m. The Great Trigonometrical Survey of British India’s notation, which was utilized to name the mountain, served as its inspiration. Because the peak at the time had no obvious local name, it persisted. The ‘Savage Mountain’ moniker for K2 is also cool in a slightly Point Break, over-the-top crazy way. In addition, it is appropriate. Despite being the second-tallest peak in the world, the mountain is frequently regarded as one of the hardest in the world to climb and is reputedly more difficult than Mount Everest. With almost 300 successful summits and 77 fatalities, K2 actually has the second-highest fatality rate per summit attempt of all mountains over 8000m. The tenth-highest peak in the world, Annapurna I in Nepal, has the greatest death rate (warning: spoiler). However, unlike Annapurna, K2 had never been ascended in the winter until this season.
Kangchenjunga, India/Nepal – 8586 m
You were aware that Mount Everest was the highest mountain in the world. Even you knew K2 was the second-highest mountain. However, we wager that if you asked the majority of people what Kangchenjunga was, they would likely say it was a type of fast food. Not at all. The third tallest mountain in the world is Kangchenjunga. Three of its summits are on the border between Nepal and Sikkim in India, and the other two are in Nepal’s Taplejung District. Kangchenjunga is now the highest peak in India as a result. Up until 1852, the peak was truly believed to be the highest in the globe. This wasn’t because people didn’t know about Mount Everest; rather, it was a result of incorrect math. Children all over the world were relieved that they would be primarily learning about Mount Everest instead of Kangchenjunga because it is significantly easier to say and spell. However, after additional research by the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India, it was discovered that Kangchenjunga was actually the third highest mountain in the world.
Lhotse, Nepal/Tibet, China – 8516 m
Because of its proximity to Mount Everest, Lhotse is one of the more well-known summits on any list of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world. From Everest Base Camp, the ascent of Lhotse follows the same path until Camp 3, when it diverges to the Reiss couloir from the Lhotse Face, from which the peak of Lhotse is reached. Lhotse is comparable to Mount Everest’s neglected younger sibling. Lhotse is considerably less busy even though it is frequently thought to be more visually appealing than Everest, which receives all the attention. The Lhotse Middle really remained the highest unclimbed, named point on Earth for decades despite the fact that the main summit of Lhotse was first reached in 1956. Eventually, a Russian team ascended it for the first time in 2011.
Makalu, Nepal/Tibet, China – 8485 m
The third of the four 8000-meter mountains, Makalu is located in Nepal’s Everest Massif. A French expedition headed by Jean Franco was the first to reach the summit in 1955. The fact that all 10 members of the expedition team reached the mountain’s peak during the expedition made their ascent particularly noteworthy. This was a big accomplishment back then because, on an expedition, only one or two climbers from each team often made it to the summit. In addition, it’s just really gorgeous, isn’t it? On May 15, 1955, the first two people to reach the summit were followed by four more climbers the following day and four more the day after that. Really, it’s just pretty wholesome mountain climbing.
Cho Oyu, Nepal, China – 8188 m
Cho Oyu is the fourth and last member of the 8000 m club in the Everest region. Cho Oyu, at 8188 meters, is the sixth-highest mountain in the world and is regarded as the simplest of the 8000-meter summits to climb because to its kinder climbing slopes. Additionally, the Nangpa La pass, a vital trade route between the Tibetan and Khumbu Sherpas, is only a few kilometers away. Cho Oyu would be the easygoing, laid-back backup vocalist in a boyband made up of the four mountains in the Everest region that are higher than 8000 meters. Not the flashiest, but most likely the most relatable. If you’re curious, Makalu would be somewhere in the background just making sure everyone got along while Lhotse would be the best vocalist, constantly having its spotlight stolen by Everest’s outrageous haircuts.
Dhaulagiri, Nepal – 8167 m
With an elevation of 8167 meters, Nepal’s Dhaulagiri is the seventh-highest peak in the world and one of the most beautiful. Although it was first scaled on May 13, 1960, the Dhaulagiri is likely best recognized for its visibility on the well-known Annapurna Circuit, where Annapurna I is only 34 kilometers distant and the Dhaulagiri is a common sight while trekking Annapurna. It’s not a region of the world that lacks for scenery, since the mountains are divided by the Kaligandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
Manaslu, Nepal – 8163 m
The word “Manasa,” which means “intellect” or “soul” in Sanskrit, is exactly where the name of the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Manaslu, originates from. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, who were a part of a Japanese expedition that reached the mountain’s summit on May 9, 1956, were the first people to climb Manaslu. Their ascendancy generated debate. Locals in the region had stopped a Japanese expedition from ascending in 1954 because they thought that earlier attempts had angered the gods and caused avalanches that wrecked a nearby monastery and killed 18 people. The second climb of Manaslu didn’t occur until 1971, when another Japanese team successfully ascended. Although the Japanese gave a significant donation to refurbish the monastery, this did not improve relations with the expeditions.
Nanga Parbat, Pakistan – 8126 m
Nanga Parbat, located in Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan area in the western Himalayas, is the ninth-highest mountain in the world. The words “nanga” and “parvata,” which translate to “naked mountain,” are Sanskrit, as are many of the other mountains’ names. Perhaps the peak’s Tibetan name, Diamer, which means “Great Mountain,” is more suitable (if a little lacking in creativity). In every direction, Nanga Parbat actually towering over the nearby, low-lying valleys. The beautiful Rupal Face on the mountain is frequently referred to as the highest mountain face in the world because it climbs a full 4,600m above its base.
Annapurna I, Nepal – 8091 m
The tenth-highest peak in the world, Annapurna I in Nepal, is also one of the most well-known since Annapurna hiking is well-known throughout the world. Despite being only the tenth tallest peak in the world, Annapurna I has the highest percentage of fatalities of any mountain on this list, with 32% of attempts to reach the summit ending in death. The Annapurna Circuit walk, which circles Annapurna I and offers vistas from Dhaulagiri to the mountain passes of the Annapurna Massif, is much more well-known than the summit attempt. Additionally growing in popularity are treks to the Annapurna Sanctuary, the starting point for ascents to the Annapurna peaks. There you have it, then! The ten tallest mountains in the world are listed above. However, the fantastically titled Gasherbrum I (8080m) near the Pakistan-China border deserves special note. It is the 11th highest peak in the world and, as such, falls only 19 meters short of making this list and the fame and money that go along with it.