Top 10 Tallest Mountains in the World
Nature is a wondrous creator that spins around the most beautiful of sights in our beautiful little world. Be it the vast and deep oceans, high and mighty mountains, barren and hot deserts or just a lush green and dense forest. Mother Nature is a strong force and she creates all this with love but gives them power to wipe out humanity in minutes. And while we can only be prepared for what is to come, the beauty of nature around us never ceases to amaze or inspire a lost soul. One such wonderful creation of nature are the mighty mountains. Mountains were essentially created millions and millions of centuries and eons ago, when two tectonic plates on the surface of the earth crashed into each other, giving rise to rocky and rough structure that rise above the surface of the earth. The strength of the mountains is immense and even though they cannot move and they do not cause a lot of destruction, they can easily harm human life in forms of landslides and avalanches. Climbing up a mountain is a difficult task but mountaineers say that one discovers oneself while climbing a mountain. Mountains are amazing and here is a list of the world’s 10 tallest mountains-
10. Annapurna (8,091 m)
Now when we talk about mountains, we could be talking about a range or a sole mountain. In the case of Annapurna, it is a mountain range. Located in the north-central Nepal, Annapurna is a 55km long mountain range which forms a part of the might Himalayas. The tallest peak in this mountain range is called Annapurna I and its height is 8,091 meters or 26,545 feet. It gets its name from Sanskrit, where Annapurna is the Goddess of Food or Goddess of Harvests. Thanks to the facility provided the officials of the Annapurna Conservation Area, one can trek along the many ranges in Annapurna. The downside is that due to steep slopes and gusting winds, the fatality rate on Annapurna is very high.
9. Nanga Parbat (8,126 m)
Located in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan is the ninth tallest mountain in the world. Nanga Parbat is a part of the Himalayan Range, situated in the western ends of the Himalayas. The mountain is 8,126 meters or 26,660 feet tall. Nanga Parbat literally means naked mountain but locally it is also known as Deo Mir. It is said that it is one of the most difficult mountains to climb and so far, it has never been climbed in winter season. It saw many deaths of climbers and mountaineers in the 20th century and thus it got its nickname “killer mountain”. The first ascent was made in 1953 by an Austrian climber, Hermann Buhl.
8. Manaslu ( 8,156 m)
Another mountain located in Nepal, Manaslu is the eight tallest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himal part in western Nepal. It stands at a height of 8,156 meters or 26,759 feet above the sea-level. The name of the mountain means “Mountain of the Spirits”. It offers a variety of trekking routes and paths for those who are interested. The mountain is home to some of the world’s most exotic and gorgeous fauna and flora in the summers. Many different birds nest in the mountain. The mountain was first climbed in May, 1956. The Japanese consider this as their mountain, in an ethnical sense, as the first climber to ascent it was Japanese.
7. Dhaulagiri ( 8,167 m)
Located within a very close proximity of the tenth tallest mountain Annapurna is the mountain range of Dhaulagiri, in the northern-central region of Nepal. Daulagiri’s highest peak, Dhaulagiri I stands at a soaring height of 8,167 meters or 26,795 feet above the sea-level. The mountain range is enclosed by tributaries in the north and the south-west part. Daulagiri means dazzling or white mountain. The first ascent was made in 1960.
6. Cho Oyu ( 8,201 m)
It is safe to say that most of the world’s highest mountains belong to the Himalayan range. So does the Cho Oyu. Located in the southern-west region of Nepal to the extreme end of the Himalayan range is the world’s sixth highest mountain, Cho Oyu. It stands 8,201 meters or 26,906 feet tall. The mountain range lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet. In the local Tibetan language, Cho Oyu means Turquoise Goddess. The first successful ascent on Cho Oyu was in 1954.
5. Makalu ( 8,481 m)
Located close to Cho Oyu in the southern-west region of Nepal is another mountain range called Makalu. It is the fifth highest mountain in the world standing at a whooping 8,481 meters or 27,825 feet. The mountain is located on the border of Nepal and China. The peak of the mountain is in the shape of a four sided pyramid. This is truly a wonderful creation of nature. The second attempt made to climb the mountain was successful and it was done so in 1955.
4. Lhotse ( 8,516 m)
Another mountain, another time, in the same country. Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world and it is located in the southern-west region of Nepal. It is situated very close to the Mt. Everest and in fact, it is also connected to the Mt. Everest via the South Col, a pass. It stands 8,516 meters or 27,940 feet tall. The name Lhotse means South Peak in Tibetan, which is a reference to it’s location in the south of the country. The first successful ascent to the main summit was made in the year 1956.
3. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m)
The top 3 mountains in the list of the world’s tallest mountains are nothing but some of the most beautiful and enchanting creations of nature. Number 3 on the list is Kanchenjunga. This mountain range is located on the border of India and Nepal. It was thought to be the tallest mountain for many years before a survey confirmed that it wasn’t so and Mt. Everest was. The height of Kanchenjunga is 8,586 meters or 28,166 feet. Due to a promise made to the Maharaja of Sikkim, none of the climbers have made it to the summit as the Maharaja (king) wanted the summit to be left inviolate. All climbers stop a few distances short of the summit. The first ascent was made in 1955.
2. K2 ( 8,611 m)
Nestled between the borders of Pakistan and China is the mighty Karakorum Range and in the range is the even mightier K2 Mountain. Standing at 8,611 meters or 28,251 feet, K2 is the second highest mountain in the world. It is one of the most difficult and dangerous mountain to climb in the world and that it why, it is famously known as the Savage Mountain. It is all the more difficult to ascent the mountain from the Chinese said so the climbers choose to climb from the Pakistani side. It was first climbed in 1955 and till date, it has never been climbed in the winter season.
1. Mount Everest ( 8,848 m)
No one needs an introduction for Mt. Everest. Located on the border of Nepal and China, sits the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. It stands at a gigantic height of 8,848 meters or 29,029 feet above the sea-level. Before the mid 1980s, Kanchenjunga was considered as the tallest mountain in the word but later thanks to the geographical surveys, it was found that it is Mount Everest which is the highest mountain in the world. It was officially and successfully climbed in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. All the tallest mountains in the world belong to the Himalayan range and hence, we can imagine what great a range it must be!