Top 10 Highest Mountains Around The World

There are around 109 mountains in the world with elevations above 7200m (23,622 ft.) All of the following mountains are located in central and southern Asia. Most mountains listed here are positioned in Karakoram and Himalaya ranges to the west and south of Tibetan plateau. All the peaks above 7000m (23000ft.) in the world are positioned in Central Asia, East Asia and South Asia.

These are the tallest mountains in the world and some of the most exotic and majestic natural wonders in their lifetime. All of these mountains are located in Asia and each access the height of around 8000m above the sea level.

10. Annapurna

It is a massif lies in the north-central Nepal in the Himalayas. Annapurna I is the highest peak among other peaks in this mountain. It is the 10th highest mountain on planet located in the heart of Nepal and it stands tall around 8091m (26545 ft.). The peaks of this mountain are very dangerous to climb. They have around 40% of fatality rate. The 55km long massif is covered by the Marshyangdi River on the east and north, Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west and Pokhara Valley by the south. It encloses high basin on the western side, known as Annapurna Sanctuary.

9. Nanga Parbat

It is the ninth tallest mountain in the world which stands at whopping 8126m (26660 ft.) above the sea level. In English, it refers to “Naked Mountain”. For the initial 20th century, it was called as the “Killer Mountain” as it is known to be very dangerous to climb over the top. Currently, it is less dangerous to climb but still very challenging. It is a dramatic and huge peak rises over its nearest regions in Pakistan. The dramatic, gigantic peak rises far over its nearest terrain and it is also a very difficult climb. It is responsible for several deaths due to mountaineering.

8. Manaslu

At around 8163m (26781 ft.) over the sea level, Manaslu is the world’s 8th highest mountain located in Mansiri Himal, in the west central region of Nepal. Manaslu refers to the “Mountain of the Spirit”. The Japanese mountaineers Gyalzen Norbu and Toshio Imanishi were the first to climb this mountain on May 1956 expedition. Just like British consider Mt. Everest as the mountain of the British, Manaslu is known as the mountain of the Japanese. In Gorkha District, Manaslu is the highest peak around 64km east of Annapurna. The valley glaciers and long ridges of the mountain offer great access from all the directions.

7. Dhaulagiri

At around 8167m (26795 ft), Dhaulagiri massif is world’s 7th largest mountain located in the exact north of the heart of Nepal. Its name refers to “White Mountain”. The west and south of the mountain have massive drops rising around 4000m from the base and each attracts some of the epic climbs. Along with Annapurna, this mountain also houses more dramatic scene than a lot of other mountains. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold and among the major reasons why it was known to be the most giant mountain for 30 years in the world.

6. Cho Oyu

At around 8201m (26906 ft) above the sea level, Cho Oyu is 6th largest mountain on planet which refers to the “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan language. It is the westernmost peak which lies in Mahalangur Himalaya’s Khumbu subsection located 20 km west of Mt. Everest. It stands tall on Tibetan border. A glaciated mountain pass, Nangpa La is located only a few kilometers west which is the major trading route between Khumbu’s and Tibetan sherpas. It bridges the Rolwaling and Khumbu Himalayas. It is the easiest 8000m peak for climbing, thanks to the moderate slopes of the route of northwest ridge and its connectivity to the pass.

5. Makalu

At around 8495m (27838 ft) above the sea level, Makalu is the world’s 5th highest mountain. It is positioned on the Nepal-China border and stands at the Mahalangur Himalayas which is 19km southeast of Mt. Everest. It is a separated peak which is shaped like 4-sided pyramid. It has two remarkable subsidiary peaks. Makalu II or Kangchungtse is located around 3km northwest of the major summit.

4. Lhotse

At around 8,516m (27940 ft.), Lhotse is one of the fourth 8-thousanders in the world and fourth highest mountains connected to Mt. Everest through South Col. In Tibetan language, Lhotse refers to “South Peak”. The main summit is located 8516m along with Lhotse Shar is 8383m (27503 ft), and Lhotse Middle (East) is 8414m (27605 ft.). It is positioned between Khumbu of Nepal and Tibet.

3. Kanchenjunga

The main summit is positioned at 8586m (28169 ft) above the sea level, making it the third highest mountain on planet. It is positioned between Sikkim, India and Nepal. It is India’s highest peak and the surrounding section of the Himalayas is named as the “Five Treasures of Snows” because of having five peaks. It represents 5 repositories of the lord – silver, gold, gems, holy books and grain. Mt. Kanchenjunga is located around 125 km eastern southeast of Mt. Everest. In Himalayas, it is the second highest peak. The Main, South, and Central peaks are located on the Nepal and North Sikkim border. Two peaks are located in Taplejung District of Nepal.

2. K2

K2 is the world’s second highest mountain after Mt. Everest. It is positioned on the Baltistan border in Pakistan along with Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang China. With the elevation of over 8611m (28251ft.), K2 is the top pint in Karakoram Range and highest in Pakistan. It is called as the “Savage Mountain” because it is hard to ascent and it has second highest fatality level among the 8 thousanders for the climbers. For every 4 individuals who reached the peak, one has died.

1. Everest

Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world as it stands proudly at 8848m (29029 ft) above the sea level and fifth tallest mountain from the heart of the earth. It is positioned between Nepal, Tibet, China and Sagarmatha Zone as one of the parts of Himalayan Mountain Range. Despite the fact that it is the tallest mountain in the world which attracts several climbers with both limited and advanced climbing skills, Mt. Everest is among the easier eight thousanders for climbing.

The Royal Geographical Society given Everest its official English name in the year 1865 as recommended by the British Surveyor General in India, Andrew Waugh. The summit is located where the surface reaches highest distance over the sea level. The first summit was occurred in 1953.