List of the Top 10 Tallest Mountains in the World

Mount Everest

Before compiling a list of the tallest mountains in the world, you have to define what is considered to be a mountain. A mountain is generally defined as a large land form that stretches above the surrounding land in a limited area usually in the form of a peak. They are scattered all over the world. It is generally steeper than a hill or a mound. The adjective montane is used to describe mountainous areas and things that are associated with them. The study of mountains is called Orography.

List of the World’s Tallest Mountains

Following is a list of the Top 10 tallest mountains in the world:

The following is a list is in descending order and provides the mountain’s name, height and the location.

  1. Mount Everest
    8850 meters or 29,035 feet high
    Located in Nepal/China
  2. Qogir (also known as K2)
    8611 meters or 28,250 feet high
    Located in Pakistan
  3. Kangchenjunga
    8586 meters or 28,169 feet high
    Located in Nepal
  4. Lhotse
    8501 meters or 27,920 feet high
    Located in Nepal
  5. Makalu I
    8462 meters or27,765 feet high
    Located inNepal
  6. Cho Oyu
    8201 meters or 26,906 feet high
    Located in Nepal
  7. Dhaulagiri
    8167 meters or26,794 feet high
    Located in Nepal
  8. Manaslu I
    8156 meters or 26,758 feet high
    Located in Nepal
  9. Nanga Parbat
    8125 meters or 26,658 feet high
    Located in Pakistan
  10. Annapurna I
    8091 meters or 26,545 feet high
    Located in Nepal

As you will notice from the list, eight of the top 10 highest mountains in the world are located in Nepal.

The dormant volcano Mauna Kea (on the Big Island of Hawaii) could be considered the tallest mountain in the world. If you measure it from its base in the Hawaiian Trough (3,300 fathoms deep) to its summit of 13,796 feet, it reaches a height of 33,476 feet, which is even higher than Mount Everest.

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