A list of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world.
1. Mount Everest – 29,028 feet (8,848 meters)
Located on the continent of Asia between Nepal and Tibet, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. I would highly recommend reading the book Into Thin Air written by journalist Jon Krakauer, a survivor of the 1996 trek where 19 people were reported dead or missing.
2. K-2 (Mount Godwin) – 28,250 feet (8,611 meters)
Located on the continent of Asia, in the country of Pakistan, K-2 is the second tallest mountain in the world. K-2 also goes by the names of Mount Godwin, Austen, or Dapsang. Many climbers practice on K-2 before hitting the steep cliffs of Mount Everest.
3. Mount Kangchenjunga (Kinchinjunga) – 28,208 feet (8,598 meters)
Located on the continent of Asia between Nepal and India, Mount Kanchenjunga is the third tallest mountain in the world. Kanchenjunga is also called Kinchinjunga, although the main difference is just the pronunciation. When translated, Kanchenjunga means “The Five Treasures of Snows”, as it consists of five peaks, four of which are over 27,726 feet (8,450 meters) tall.
4. Mount Lhotse – 27,890 feet (8,501 meters)
Located on the continent of Asia in the country of Nepal, Mount Lhotse is the fourth tallest mountain in the world. Consisting of three summits, the main summit adjoins with Mount Everest and is so sharp that there is literally no place to sit down. Although it is the least climbed 8,000-meter peak in Nepal, climbers are still advised to ascend this peak before tackling Mount Everest.
5. Mount Makalu – 27,824 feet (8,481 meters)
Located on the continent of Asia between Nepal and Tibet, Mount Makalu is the fifth tallest mountain in the world. First climbed in 1955 by J. Franco’s French Exhibition, Mount Makalu has proved to be a challenging climb for only five of its sixteen attempts were successful.