Scaling the highest mountains in the world is one of the highest accomplishments of mans’ physical dominance over nature.
While some do it to test their physical attributes some see it as a way of challenging their mental fortitude.
Climbing a mountain is no easy feat. You not only require to be in top physical shape but also have to be in the right state of mind. With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 9 highest mountains in the World
Highest Mountains In The World
1) Mount Everest
The highest peak of Mount Everest lies a mind-boggling 8848 meters above sea level.
You would have to line up almost 20 Empire State buildings on top of each other for it to be the same height. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first people to reach the summit in May of 1953.
It’s known as the “Sagarmatha” in Nepalese which means “the worlds forehead”, an apt name for the highest peak in the world.
It’s popular name Mt Everest comes from General Sir George Everest, a surveyor, who was the first person to try and find the peak of this behemoth.
Several people have died while trying to scale the peak, while those that do have their name etched forever in the history books.
2) Mount K2
The second highest peak in the world, it is known as K2 as it is the second peak in the Karakoram Range. With a height of 8611mts, it only a few hundred meters shorter than Mt. Everest.
Lying on the border of China and Pakistan, K2 is one of the most difficult mountains to climb. This is due to the broken rock slopes, mile-long sheets of ice and deadly overhangs.
Ardito Desio and his Italian expedition were the first to climb to the summit in 1954 after several failed attempt preceding them.
Of the entire expedition, only Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli have been credited with reaching the top. Over the years only a handful of the teams that try actually reach the top, while most have to turn back or perish.
3) Mount Kanchenjunga
Standing at 8586 meters, Mt. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world. The range shares its borders with Nepal and India.
For many years this mountain was attributed to be the highest mountain in the world until the survey in 1849 concluded that it was, in fact, Mount Everest. The name Kanchenjunga roughly translates to “Five treasures of snow”.
An astonishing fact is that the area around Mt Kanchenjunga is home to the “Kanchenjunga Demon” is locals are to be believed.
4) Mount Lhotse
Coming in at number 4 on our list is Mount Lhotse also located on the border of Nepal and Tibet. It has a height of 8511 meters.
It is one of the most difficult mountains in the world to try and summit due to its rocky surface and icy peaks. Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger were the first to successfully attain the peak in the year 1956.
5) Mount Makalu
At 8463 meters Mt Makalu is made of sharp edges and steep pitches. Its peak forms a 4 sided pyramid structure which makes it tough to climb even in normal circumstances.
The mountain is constantly being bombarded with heavy winds and hail which make the ascent extremely tough. Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy were the first in the world to reach the top in 1955.
6) Mount Cho Oyu
One of the easiest mountains on the list to climb, Mount Cho Oyu’s highest peak lies at 8201 meters.
Located in the Himalayan range in Nepal it is the sixth highest mountain in the world. The name Cho Oyu can be roughly translated to “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibet. The peak was first summited by H. Tichy, S. Jochler, and Pasang Lama.
7) Mount Manaslu
T. Imanishi from Japan was the first person in the world to conquer this 8163-meter mountain. Located in the Himalayan Range in Nepal, Manaslu means “Mountain Of the Spirit” in the local language.
Many people are fascinated by looking at the rock-hard ice cover which forms the bottom of this mountain.
8) Nanga Parbat
“Naked Mountain” is what the name Nanga Parbat translates to in the language of Pakistan. Standing tall at a height of 8125 meters it is the 8th highest peak in the world.
It is not as naked as the name would suggest, it is covered in sheer ice faces, and treacherous climbs. Several people have been killed while trying to summit it, give it a name “Killer Mountain”. Australian Native Hermann Bahl was the first to successfully reach the top in 1953.
9) Mount Annapurna
There is some debate whether this is the 9th or the 10th highest peak in the world. Standing in at 8091 meters we believe it to be the 9th highest mountain peak in the world.
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which means “Goddess Of The Harvest” as the mountain is a primary source of many rivers flowing through India, China, and Pakistan. It has one of the most dangerous peaks to climb and many have died trying to do so.
Which of these mountains is the most fascinating to you and why? Would you ever think about climbing any of these and if so which one? Let us know in the comments below.