Category: 10 Highest Mountains

Earth’s 10 Highest Mountains

All of the world’s ten highest peaks, based on height above sea level, lie in or near the Tibetan region of the Himalayas, with Everest as the tallest and most of the rest being child mountains of Everest.  The highest peaks of the Himalayan region stretch from India to the southwest of Nepal, to China to …

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Annapurna

Annapurna (अन्नपूर्णा) “Annapurna, to which we had gone empty handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our days. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins. There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.” -Maurice Herzog, first ascender of Annapurna I Annapurna I is the highest …

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Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat (نانگا پربت, Diamir) Nanga Parbat is a western peak of the Himalayas that lies in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, and the Indus River flows around the mountain.  Visitors can get amazing views of Nanga Parbat from Pakistan’s Fairy Meadows. In Sanskrit, the name translates to “Naked Mountain.”  To locals in the region it is …

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Manaslu

Manaslu (मनास्लु, Kutang) Manaslu is the tallest point in the Gorkha District of Nepal, rising as a prominent peak in the Mansiri Himal range, which is part of the Nepalese Himalayas. The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word “manasa,” meaning “intellect” or “soul.”  Manaslu translates to “mountain of the spirit.” Country: Nepal Mountain Range: Manaslu Himalaya, Mansiri Himal, Nepalese Himalayas …

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Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri (धौलागिरी) The mountain’s Nepalese name, धौलागिरी, is from the Sanskrit language where धवल (dhawala) translates to mean dazzling, white, and beautiful, and गिरि (giri) means mountain. The Dhaulagiri range extends from runoffs from Nepal’s Bheri River on the north side of the mountain to the Myagdi Khola River on the southeast side. It is considered …

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Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu (चोयु, ཇོ་བོ་དབུ་ཡ) In Tibetan, Cho Oyu translates to mean “Turquoise Goddess,” possibly named for the crystalline turquoise lake that flows at the base of the mountain. The mountain lies in the heart of Tibet’s Himalayas and hikers of Cho Oyu can get some amazing views of the world’s tallest peaks from the mountain. …

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Makalu

Makalu Makalu is known for being an isolated peak in the shape of a four-sided pyramid. It sits off the path of many of the region’s teahouse trails and is known for being incredibly difficult to climb, even for Edmund Hillary, Everest‘s first summiter, who failed to ascend Makalu twice! The trek to Makalu Base …

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Lhotse

Lhotse (ལྷོ་རྩེ) In Tibetan, Lhotse means “South Peak,” likely getting its name from being connected to the South Col, which is a sharp pass between Mount Everest and Lhotse. It is a challenging climb, like Everest, and mountaineers can access both Lhotse and Everest from one base camp if desired. Countries: Nepal, China Lhotse’s summit …

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Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga India’s Kangchenjunga (sometimes spelled Kangchenjunga) actually has five prominent peaks, and the tallest is the country’s highest point. The mountain is also known as the “Five Treasures of Snow,” named for its glistening peaks. The nickname comes from the Tibetan words “Kang-chen-dzo-nga” or “Yang-chhen-dzö-nga,” which translate to “Five Treasures of the Great Snow” in …

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K2 (Godwin Austen)

K2 (Godwin Austen, Chhogori, چھوغوری) K2, earth’s second highest peak next to Everest, stands in the same plateau as Everest, and climbers can follow the high altitude pass at Kora La to reach Everest from K2.  It is also known as the “Savage Mountain” due to its extreme difficulty to ascend. The ratio of fatalities …

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