Mountains are more than just awe-inspiring reservoirs of natural beauty. They are also a source of great adventure and of course, national pride, when it comes to the height of the mountains being discussed. Over the years, mountains have not only protected us but also inspired us by their greatness and endurance. Mountains stand calmly in the face of the blizzards and make way for the sun every morning, never moving, never complaining and always silent—as if smiling down at us and assuring us that nothing can touch the people they guard. The sheer sight of seeing the sun rise over a mountain fills you with peace and determination. The sight calms your senses and tells you that a higher being is in control—that, no matter where you are, the divine follows. Take a look at some of the tallest mountain peaks which have inspired generations of mankind and still stand tall with elegance.
Highest Mountain Peaks In The World
Mount Everest in the Himalayas is the highest mountain peak in the world. It is 29,035 feet or 8,848 metres above the mean sea level. This peak is named after a former British Surveyor General of India, Sir George Everest. While the trek itself is not as dangerous as it is for many other peaks, it is the survival challenge, faced at such great altitude, which pose serious threat to mountaineers. The local names of this peak are Chomolangma or Qomolangma in Tibetan, which means Saint Mother, Zh¨±mùl¨£ngm¨£ F¨¥ng in Chinese, literally "Holy Mother" and Deodungha in Darjeeling meaning "Holy Mountain"
Also known as Mount Godwin Austen and Qogir, K2 is the second highest mountain peak in the world standing 28,251 feet or 8,611 metres above sea level. It is also known as the Savage Mountain, because of its treacherous routes and the high mortality rate. Statistically one of every four people reaching K2’s summit succumbs to its hostile conditions, giving it the 2nd highest mortality rate among eight thousanders or peaks higher than 8000 metres. This mountain is situated on the border of Pakistan and China and has never been climbed in winters.
Kangchenjunga is literally translated to “The Five Treasures of Snow”, as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8,450 metres. The treasures represent the five repositories of god, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Known as Sewalungma in the local language, meaning 'Mountain that we offer greetings to', Kangchenjunga is the third highest peak in world. It is also situated in the Himalayas and stands at a height of 28,169 feet or 8,586 metres. This peak is situated on the mountain range, bordering Sikkim in India and Taplejung District of Nepal.
Mount Lhotse, in the Himalayan range bordering Tibet and the Khumbu region in Nepal, is the fourth highest peak in the world. It is connected to Everest via the pass known as the South Col. The main Lhotse summit stands at 8,516 metres above sea level, while Lhotse Middle’s (East) height is 8,414 metres and Lhotse Shar is 8,383 metres high above mean sea level. Individually all the three summits of Lhotse find their place in the top ten highest peaks and are situated at the border between Tibet (China) and the Khumbu region of Nepal.
Situated in the Himalayan range, bordering Nepal and China, Makalu is the fifth highest mountain peak in the world with a height of 27,838 feet or 8,485 metres above sea level. Makalu happens to be a Nepali name and its Chinese name is Makaru, while it is also called Makalungma in the local regional language. This mountain peak is located about 22 km from Mount Everest. Makalu generates particular interest, because it is shaped like a four-sided pyramid.
Cho Oyu (8201m)
Nanga Parbat (8126m)