Take a look at the below list of the Top 10 Highest Mountains in The World. The “tallest” mountains in the world is quite a relative term, since it all depends on how you measure them. “Highest Mountains” are those that have the highest elevation above sea level or the highest altitude. Keep in mind that the highest mountains above sea level are not necessarily the highest above the surrounding terrain. Moreover, the highest mountains are not obviously with ones with the largest volume, and the highest mountains above sea level are not the ones whose peaks are far from the center of the Earth.
It is very rare that all given heights are correct to the nearest meter; because the sea level is in most cases difficult to define when the mountain is far from the sea. Most of these highest Mountains are located in Himalayas and Karakoram ranges to the south and west of the Tibetan plateau.
List of Top 10 Highest Mountains in The World
1. Everest (Chomolungma)
This is the world’s highest mountain, with its peak at 29,029feet (8,848m) above sea level. It is also the 5th tallest when measured from the center of the Earth, but it has the highest altitude of all. Its location is between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China and it is still part of Himalayan Mountain Range.
The summit wind speed is up to 280km/h (174mi/h); and experiences an average of one hurricane every four days. Given it is the highest Mountain, it attracts both skilled and unskilled climbers because it is an easier mountain to climb. The summit of Mount Everest is the highest point on earth.
2. K2 (Mount Godwin Austen)
This Mountain is located on the border between Baltistan in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Its peak stands on 28,251feet (8,611m) above the sea level. K2 is the highest point of Karakoram Range and the highest point in Pakistan.
K2 is also known as the “Savage Mountain” due to the difficulty of ascent and has the second-highest fatality rate with every one out of four people that have attempted to reach its peak dying in the process. K2 is the highest summit of the Karakoram.
With an elevation of 28,169feet (8,586m) above sea level, Kangchenjunga is located on the boundary between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. The mountain has five peaks called the “The Five Treasures of Snows” and these treasures represent the five repositories of God that are grain, the Holy Books, Silver, Gems, and Gold. Kangchenjunga is the highest peak in India and the second-highest mountain of the Himalayas.
This mountain is connected to Mount Everest via the South Col. It is the fourth highest Mountain in the world after Mount Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga. Lhotse means “South Peak” in Tibetan. Part of the Everest Massif, it stands at 27,940feet (8,516m) above sea level. This summit is on the border between Tibet Autonomous Region in China and Khumbu region in Nepal. Lhoste is the third-highest mountain of the Himalaya.
This mountain is a close neighbor of Mount Everest. The name “Makalu” was derived from the Sanskrit Maha Kala, which was a name for Hindu god Shiva that means “Big Black”. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas, 19km southeast of Mount Everest that borders Nepal and China, it is the fifth highest Mountain in the world at 27,838feet (8,485). This mountain is an isolated peak having the shape of a four-sided pyramid. Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.
Makalu Mountain is notorious for its knife-edged ridges and steep pitches and it is also considered one of the most difficult mountain to climb. This mountain is also known the off beaten area by the trekkers because of the adverse climatic conditions, which normally causes hazardous mountain sickness.
6. Cho Oyu
This mountain is 8,188 meters (26,864) above the sea Level. It is the sixth highest Mountain in the world. The name Cho Oyu means the “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan Chomo translates to “goddess” and Oyu translates to “turquoise”. This Mountain stands out on the Tibet-Nepal border, and it is the major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20km of Mount Everest.
Cho Oyu was the fifth 8,000-meter peak climbed. The west of this mountain is Nangpa La which is major pass and trade route between Nepal and Tibet. This is one of the Top 10 Highest Mountains in The World.
This mountain is located north of Central Nepal, and 26,795feet (8,167) above sea level. Its name Dhaulagiri means “White Mountain”. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, Both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are home to dramatic scene as compared to other Mountains. This two Mountains face each other and are separated by a valley, providing an amazing site to see.
For many years the Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest Mountain in the world.
This mountain is located in the Mansiri Himal a section of the Nepalese Himalayas, specifically the West-central part of Nepal. With an elevation of 26,781feet (8,163m), it’s the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu mountain was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, who are both Japanese. Just like Mount Everest is considered a British Mountain, Manaslu is considered a Japanese Mountain.
9. Nanga Parbat (Diamir)
This mountain is the world’s ninth-tallest mountain with a height of 8126m (26,660feet). It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus River cuts into the plains of Pakistan. The Diamir is quite dangerous to climb to the very top and it has often been referred to as the “Killer Mountain”. Although it is now less dangerous to climb, it is still very difficult. Nanga Parbat Mountain is so big that it rises significantly above the surrounding area of Pakistan.
Annapurna belongs to a series of peaks, and with the it being the highest peak, it’s the tenth highest mountain in the world. This mountain is a part of the Himalayas in North-central Nepal, and is approximately 26,545 feet (8,091m). Located in Central Nepal, the series of peaks in this mountain are the most dangerous to climb in the world, having recorded a percentage fatality rate (40%).
Mount Everest has been the inspiration for many Guinness World records, and has also played a significant part in many human tragedies and triumphs on its slopes. Each listed Top 10 highest mountains has a unique feature that makes it stands out from the rest, The best way to experiencing them is paying them a visit and see for yourself.
So, these are the world’s Top 10 Highest Mountains in current time.