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Nature is legendary. It is calming but dangerous, deep and mysterious in its own ways. Humans have penetrated nature to a disastrous and unsustainable extent. But even after thousands of years of development, there are some elements of nature that are still pretty out of common man’s reach. Mountains are one such treasure that nature has given us. Mountains are home to rare flora and fauna. And while we enjoy conquering them, we should also keep in mind that it is our duty to not pollute and crowd them like we did everywhere else. So today we have brought the list of the Highest or Tallest Mountain Peaks in the World that is as mighty as it gets.
The earth is our home. But then there are some terrains that are hard to survive in. Nature is intelligent. Maybe it wanted to keep us away from these tough terrains. But humans take challenges seriously. So it became a trend among us to conquer the tallest mountain peaks in the world. And whoever succeeds in this life-threatening conquest becomes immortal in the nooks of history.
And we have brought the list of such Tallest Mountain Peaks of the World that are literal miracles of nature. You might feel like little ants when around them:
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List of 10 Tallest Mountain Peaks In The World
1. Mount Everest (8,848 m)
Mount Everest, of course, is the tallest mountain on the planet, having been scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay for the first time in 1953. Everest has recently come under a lot of scrutiny. Photographs of massive lines near the peak have sparked a heated debate about Everest’s overcrowding.
But one thing is certain: Mount Everest’s natural allure is not going away anytime soon. The mountain attracts people like moths to a flame. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is also very popular among those who want to take the path from Everest Base Camp to the summit. In fact, it’s become one of the most well-known multi-day treks in the world.
2. Godwin Austen (K2), Karakoram (8,611 m)
K2 is the world’s second tallest peak. The name of the peak comes from the Great Trigonometrical Survey of British India’s notation. There was no obvious local name for the peak at the time, so it stayed. K2 is also known as the ‘Savage Mountain,’ which is kind of cool in a Point Break, over-the-top crazy kind of way. But it’s also appropriate.
Despite being the world’s second tallest mountain, it is widely regarded as one of the most difficult to climb mountains in the world, notoriously more difficult than Mount Everest. With about 300 successful summits and 77 deaths per summit attempt, K2 has the second-highest fatality rate of all mountains over 8000m. The tenth tallest peak in the world (spoiler alert), Annapurna I in Nepal, has the greatest death rate.
3. Kangchenjunga (8,586 m)
So you already knew Mount Everest was the world’s highest peak. You were even aware that K2 was the highest. But, if you asked most people what Kangchenjunga was, we’re guessing they’d say it was some type of street food. It isn’t the case. Kangchenjunga is the world’s third highest peak. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, India, with three peaks on the border and the other two in Nepal’s Taplejung District.
As a result, Kangchenjunga is India’s tallest summit. Until 1852, it was assumed that the peak was the highest in the globe. This was not because individuals were unaware of Mount Everest, but rather because their estimations were incorrect.
4. Lhotse (8,516 m)
Lhotse is one of the most well-known mountains on any ranking of the world’s top ten highest peaks, owing to its proximity to Mount Everest. From Everest Base Camp, climb to Camp 3 and then to the Reiss couloir on the Lhotse Face, where you will reach the summit of Lhotse.
Mount Lhotse resembles Mount Everest’s neglected younger sibling. Everest receives all of the attention, while Lhotse, despite being more visually appealing, is far less crowded. While the main summit of Lhotse was first climbed in 1956, for decades the Lhotse Middle was the highest unclimbed, named point on Earth. A Russian expedition was the first to scale it in 2011.
5. Makalu (8,485 m)
Makalu is the third of the four 8000-meter-high peaks in Nepal’s Everest Massif. In 1955, a French expedition led by Jean Franco became the first to reach the top. The expedition team’s ascent was significant for the fact that all 10 members of the crew summited the mountain during the trip. It was common for only one or two climbers from each team to reach the summit of a mountain on an expedition in those days, so this was a great accomplishment at the time, and it’s just wonderful, isn’t it? The first two summited on May 15, 1955, followed by four more the next day, and four more the day after that. Really, it’s just good old-fashioned mountain climbing.
6. Cho Oyu (8,188 m)
Cho Oyu is the fourth and last member of the 8000m club in the Everest region. Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth tallest mountain at 8188 metres, is considered the easiest of the 8000-meter mountains to climb due to its softer slopes. It’s also within a few kilometres from the Nangpa La pass, which serves as a main trade route for Tibetan and Khumbu Sherpas. Cho Oyu would be the laid-back, easy-going back-up singer in a boyband made up of the four 8000m mountains in the Everest region. It’s not the most flashy, but it’s definitely the most relatable.
The People’s Mountain is a place where people come from all over the world. If you’re curious, Lhotse would be the best vocalist, with Everest’s over-the-top hairdo stealing the show, and Makalu would be somewhere in the background making sure everyone got along.
7. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)
With an elevation of 8167 metres, Nepal’s Dhaulagiri is the world’s seventh highest peak and one of the most artistically gorgeous. The Dhaulagiri was first climbed on May 13, 1960, but it is likely best known for its visibility on the popular Annapurna Circuit, with Annapurna I only 34 kilometres distant and the Dhaulagiri a common sight on the skyline for Annapurna trekkers.
The mountains are separated by the world’s deepest gorge, the Kaligandaki Gorge, therefore this isn’t a particularly scenic portion of the planet.
8. Manaslu (8,163 m)
Manaslu is the world’s eighth tallest peak; its name is derived from the Sanskrit word’manasa,’ which meaning “intellect” or “soul.”
Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition, were the first to ascend Manaslu, reaching the summit on May 9, 1956. Their ascension was contentious. Locals had prevented a Japanese team from reaching the summit in 1954, thinking that earlier attempts had upset the Gods and resulted in avalanches that wrecked a nearby monastery, killing 18 people. The Japanese made a significant donation to rebuild the monastery, but this did not restore goodwill toward the expeditions, and the second ascent of Manaslu did not occur until 1971 when another Japanese team completed the climb.
9. Nanga Parbat (8,126 m)
Nanga Parbat is the world’s ninth tallest peak, located in Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan area in the western Himalayas, in the Diamer District. The word ‘nanga’ and ‘parvata’ signify ‘naked mountain’ in Sanskrit, as do many of the other mountains’ names. Perhaps the Tibetan name for the peak, ‘Diamer,’ which means “great mountain,” is a better fit (if a little lacking in creativity). In every direction, Nanga Parbat rises over the low-lying valleys that surround mountain. The mountain’s spectacular Rupal Face rises 4,600m above its base and is commonly referred to as the world’s highest mountain face.
10. Annapurna (8,091 m)
The tenth tallest peak in the world, Annapurna I in Nepal, is also one of the most well-known mountains on this list due to the world-famous Annapurna trekking. Even though Annapurna I is only the tenth tallest mountain in the world, it has the highest fatality rate of any mountain on this list, with 32 percent of attempts to reach the summit ending in death.
The tallest mountains and the deepest oceans and the narrowest caves are the only places on earth that are saved from human pollution. And here, we would request you, if you ever get a chance to be closer to any one of these, try to protect their pristine beauty. It does not take much. Till then, enjoy.