As Tall as the Mount Everest!


How tall is mount Everest

Haven’t you wondered at least once in your lifetime why God had created mountains this tall that man is nothing compared to its eternal beauty! Not only are they the tallest and highest of all things in the world, but clad in different attires and taking extraordinary shapes and forms and with their changing personality with the change of seasons, mountains have always been a fascination for mankind. What more best describes our bonding with mountains than the drawing books from school days. Reminiscing the past brings back a lot of pleasant memories and so does the coloring books of our childhood days.

Wasn’t sketches of brown shaded mountains among one of the first things that we learned to draw? Don’t you remember painting the walls of our sweet homes with inverted V-shaped drawings and taking pride in doing that? In fact, I even considered myself an accomplished painter in those days with all the acclamations my parents used to shower on my hilltop sketches! Looking back, those days and pictures still bring to live the child in me and voila I am smiling. This is the case not just for you or me but with every single individual who has a natural craving for admiring the bounties of nature. Irrespective of whether you are old or young or middle-aged, this is exactly why there is no end to the long stretch of visitors dying to get a glimpse of the great Himalayas or the highest peak of Mount Everest, so to say.

In admiration of this beautiful creation of God, in reverence to its eternal beauty, here is a list of the highest mountains in the world. I suggest you find time for yourselves and give yourselves a relaxing weekend at these places for trust me, you will never regret taking an off from work. After all, so the saying goes: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

1. MOUNT EVEREST: At a height of 8,848 meters from sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth according to Guinness World Records. Also known as Qomolangma, you can catch a glimpse of its magnificence in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. However, the exact location of the highest peak is at the international border between Nepal and Tibet (China). Many sporting adventures organized by the tourism department also makes the trip a very memorable experience. The sight of the small towns and villages bordered by the huge Everest also makes it one of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery.

2. MOUNT K2: Mount Godwin Austen or K2 is the second highest mountain ranges in the world. In addition to being the second highest mountain tops, K2 is also popular as the only one mountain peak outside the Himalayas that has made it to the list of top ten highest mountains. 8,611 meters is the height of its tallest peak and is located on the border between Pakistan and China. It is also the highest peak in Pakistan and is the world’s 22nd most great mountain ranges. It was named Mount K2 by T. Montgomerie (a British surveyor). The ‘K’ stands for the Karakoram ranges where the mountains are located, and ‘2’ is representative of the second highest peak listed in the world.

3. KANGCHENJUNGA: The highest peak of the mountain, at 8,586 meters is located at the border between India and Nepal. The Kirats, a particular sect of Sikhs consider the mountain to be very sacred. It is called Sewa Lungma in their local Limbu language. Kangchenjunga is also the highest mountain in India, and the name means “The Five Treasure of Snow” referring to the five peaks of the mountain. It lies about 75 miles southeast of Mount Everest and is surrounded by the Tamur River on the west and Teesta on the east. Just looking at the snow capped mountain tops of Kangchenjunga surrounded by water on every side makes you feel like this is heaven.

4. LHOTSE: Adjoining the Mount Everest stands the 8,516 meters high Lhotse on the border of China and Nepal. Of the three steep summits that Lhotse is well known for, it is Lhotse Main that has the highest peak. However, the peaks of Lhotse are so steep, in fact, one of the steepest in the world with no place to sit down. Of all the peaks bordering Nepal, Lhotse is also the least climbed 8,000-meter mountain range and has been proclaimed as a rare group of mountains where the solo ascent is considered to be practically impossible. When fierce winds and stinging snow makes the journey difficult to handle for back climber groups, it’s better to forget about a solo adventure.

5. MAKALU: At 8,484 meters above sea level, Makalu located on the border between Nepal and China is the 5th highest mountain range in the world. Makalu got its name from the Sanskrit term ‘Maha Kala’ that stands for the name of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. It can also be translated as the ‘Big Black’. Though located just 14 miles from the Mount Everest, Makalu is, however, an isolated peak. But there needs no mention of how impressive its massive structure is, especially because of the perfect pyramid shape it resembles with four sharp ridges that add to the spectacular view of the mountain.

6. CHO OYU: The 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu is Tibetan for ‘Turquoise God’. It is 8,201 meters high peak and is a part of the Greater Himalayas where the central Asia plateau meets the Indian subcontinent. The highest peak is, however, located on the Tibet/China and Nepal border which is also a major pass; the trade route between Nepal and Tibet crosses this mountain. Though the mountains are covered with ice throughout the year climbers, consider Cho Oyu to be one of the easiest 8000-meter peaks to climb with little objective danger. And with very few sections of the mountain range covered in deep snow and steeper rock, with less need of protection, while climbing, Cho Oyu is the favorite abode of skiers and snowboarders.

The list does not end here. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat and Annapurna come next in line in the list of the top ten highest mountains in the world. Every range has a distinctive feature that differentiates it from the other, and each range has a beauty of its own that can capture the undivided attention of yearning visitors.



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