to intrigue and amaze us with their imposing presence and grandeur. The tallest peaks in the world all happen
to be situated in Asia, and each of them reaches an impressive altitude of over eight thousand meters (fourteen
mountains in the world can boast such a height). Revered by extreme climbing enthusiasts from around the world,
these mountains are all aligned in the Himalaya range mostly covering Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and China.
Words Alia Fawaz
We Take You Through Five Of The Tallest On Earth…
5 Makalu, Himalayas
(8,485 meters) is on the border between Nepal and China and 14 miles east of Mount Everest. Makalu, which means “spiritual destiny”, is often referred to as the “Great Black One” because of its dark, brooding appearance. It is an impressive mass of red granite with a four-sided pyramid shape peak.
Makalu is fit for extreme climbers looking for some challenge. Because of its exposed ridges, it requires steep climbing.
4 Lhotse, Himalayas
(8,516 meters) sits on the border of China and Nepal and means “South Peak” in Tibetan. Lhotse is the least climbed among the world’s highest mountains because of the degree of difficulty resulting from its sharp, steep summit and dropping vertical ridges. Solo ascent to Lhotse is physically impossible.
This mountain was actually “discovered” after Everest was climbed and it is used as an alternative route in reaching Everest.
3 Kangchenjunga, Himalayas
(8,586 meters) lies between Nepal and India. Its name means the “The Five Treasures of Snows,” as it contains five peaks, with each representing the repositories of God: gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books.
The summit of Kangchenjunga has not been technically reached in order to respect the Sikkimese, the indigenous people living closest to the mountain.
They believe that the summit is sacred; therefore climbers opt to end their climb before reaching its summit.
2 K2, Baltoro Karakoram
(8,611 meters) is found between Pakistan and China.
The “K” stands for the Karakoram Range, where it lies, and “2” stands for the second peak when it was first spotted.
K2 is known as the “Savage Mountain” because of the difficulty of ascent and it has the second-highest fatality rate among the “eight thousanders” for those who climb it (Annapurna, the tenth tallest mountain, has the most fatalities to date).
For every four people who have reached K2’s summit, one has died trying.
1 Mount Everest, Himalayas
(8,848 meters) is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal, and Tibet, China and is part of the Himalayan Mountain Range. It was named after a British General Surveyor serving India in the 19th Century.
Although it is the tallest mountain and attracts many climbers of both advanced and limited climbing skill, it is one of the easier mountains to climb.