The 10 Highest Mountains in the World

 The 100 highest peaks on Earth are all located in Asia and their altitude does not drop above 7,200 meters. Concerning the first 10, they all reach an altitude of more than 8000 meters above sea level. For some inaccessible and for others a source of challenge, these mountains are and will remain legendary forever. Here are the 10 highest mountains in the world !


10. Annapurna I
Flickr – Andrew Newdigate

Annapurna is part of the Himalayas in Nepal. It 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 measures exactly 8091 meters in height. Its rocky peaks are among the most dangerous in the world to climb. Indeed, the mortality rate speaks for itself with 1 death for 2 successful ascents.


9. Nanga Parbat
Flickr – Marc Ewert

Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world and is 8,126 meters above sea level. Although the meaning of its name in Urdu is "bare mountain", during the first half of the 20th century the mountain was known as the “killer mountain”. Its ascent is extremely dangerous (61 deaths for 186 ascents). Today, however, it is less dangerous to climb there, but it is still very difficult. This immense and spectacular peak rises above Pakistan.


8. Manaslu
Flickr – Matthew Winterburn

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters , and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in Nepal. Its name, which means “Mountain of the Spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, which means “spirit” or “soul”. Manaslu was first ascended on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, two members of a Japanese expedition. If it is said that “the British consider Everest their mountain”, Manaslu has always been that of the Japanese.


7. Dhaulagiri
Flickr – Neil Young

Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and measures 8167 meters in height. It is located in Nepal. Its name means “White Mountain”. The south and west faces of Dhaulagiri are steep and have seen many legendary climbs. This mountain is only separated by a valley with Annapurna and the scenery is absolutely magnificent. For 30 years, it was considered the highest mountain in the world after being discovered by Europeans in 1808.


6. Cho Oyu
Flickr – REMIBRIDOT

Standing on the border of Tibet and Nepal, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,201 meters above sea level. Cho Oyu means “turquoise goddess” in Tibetan. The mount is located 20 km west of Everest and is considered the most affordable to climb.


5. Makalu
Flickr – Deana Zabaldo

Makalu is the fifth highest peak in the world standing at 8485 meters . It is located 19 km southeast of Everest, on the border between Nepal and China . Part of the “eight thousand” like all the other mountains in this top 10, Makalu is an isolated peak in the shape of a four-sided pyramid.


4. Lhotse
Flickr – Antoine SIPOS

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth and is connected to Everest by the South Col (this is called a “satellite peak” of Everest). Lhotse means “southern peak” in Tibetan. In addition to the main peak of 8516 meters , there is also the central Lhotse I (East) measuring 8414 meters and the Lhotse Shar, 8383 meters. It is located on the border between Tibet (China) and the Khumbu region of Nepal.


3. Kangchenjunga
Flickr – lepetitNicolas

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8586 meters . Mount Kangchenjunga lies approximately 20 km south of the Himalayan range, and is located on the border between Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim. Kangchenjunga is the highest peak in India and its meaning in Tibetan language is "the five treasures of snow", as it contains five peaks. The treasures represent the five relics of God, which are gold, silver, precious stones, grain and holy books.


2. K2
Flickr – Ruud

K2 is the second highest peak on Earth. It is located on the border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. With an altitude of 8611 meters , K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram massif and the highest point in Pakistan. It has the nickname "Pitless Mountain" due to the difficulty of its ascent and the second highest mortality rate among the "eight thousand". With 1 death for every 5 people, it is one of the most dangerous mountains. It was climbed for the first time in winter on January 16, 2021, by a team of Nepalese mountaineers.


1. Everest
Flickr – INDIVIDUELL MÄNNISKOHJÄLP

Everest is the highest peak on the globe, peaking at 8,848 meters above sea level. It is located on the border between the Sagarmatha zone of Nepal and Tibet of China, and is part of the Himalayan mountain range. Although it is the tallest mountain and attracts many expert or novice climbers, it remains one of the easiest mountains to climb. The first ascent took place on May 29, 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay.

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