Although high and difficult to climb, these mountains are always the dream of thousands of people who are passionate about overcoming challenges. Let’s follow The Broad Life through this blog post, and see the top 10 highest mountains in the world!

10. Annapurna

Annapurna the tenth highest mountain in the world
A different view of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world.

It is the tenth highest mountain in the world. Actually, Annapurna is the name given to a series of peaks. The highest is called Annapurna I, with a height of 8,091m. The peaks in the Annapurna range are among the most dangerous to climb. In fact, they have a mortality rate of about 40%. The Annapurna area has six major peaks, Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gangapurna (7,455m), and Annapurna South (7,219m). Maurice Herzog & Louis Lachenal first climbed on June 3, 1950.

Read more: If you love the adventures on Nepal's mountains, you can buy and read Maurice Herzog's story of her first Annapurna conquest on Amazon.

9. Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat night sky full of stars
One of the highest mountains in the world, Nanga Parbat has a beautiful night sky full of stars.

Pakistan has the ninth highest mountain in the world, the 26,660 feet (8,126m) tall Nanga Parbat. Especially, it was well-known as the “Killer Mountain” because of its high fatality rate until the first half of the twentieth century. However, it is less dangerous to climb now, but still very difficult. This mountain has a vast and impressive peak that rises above its surroundings in Pakistan. It is located south of the Indus River in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Hermann Bahl from Australia was the first person ever to climb Nanga Parbat in 1953.

8. Manaslu

base camp before ascend manaslu mountain peak
A base camp to rest before ascending to Manaslu.

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,163m. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, a mountain range in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “Soul Mountain”, comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, which means wisdom or soul. Manaslu was first conquered on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is often the first choice for adventurous people who want to climb 8,000m mountains.

Read more: In case you want to know more about Manaslu or conquer the mountain, here's a trekking guide to Manaslu on Amazon that you can buy and read.

7. Dhaulagiri

a climber is ascending Dhaulagiri
The beautiful in white of Dhaulagiri, one of the highest mountains in the world.

This 8,167m high mountain is in the north-central of Nepal. It is a very beautiful mountain. In fact, the name Dhaulagiri comes from Sanskrit where Dhawala means “Dazzling, White Beautiful” and Giri means “Mountain”.

The normal climbing route of Dhaulagiri is the Northeastern ridge. Dhaulagiri was first conquered by Austrian, Swiss, German, and Nepalese explorers on May 13, 1960. Also, Dhaulagiri is famous for having the best view towards the Annapurna road, which I just 34 km away. Furthermore, there is Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world.

6. Cho Oyu

a base camp to rest before reaching Cho Oyu
Climbers’ base camp to get ready for reaching Cho Oyu’s peak.

Over 8,201m above sea level, Cho Oyu is located on the border of Tibet and Nepal, in which Tibet has more parts. Cho Oyu means Turquoise Goddess in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost peak of the Khumbu sub-district of the Mahalangur Himalaya, 20km west of Mount Everest.

The mountain is a good starting point for newbies who want to practice conquering the high mountains of the Himalayas. Indeed, Cho Oyu could be the easiest mountain to conquer on this list. Many climbers consider Cho Oyu is relatively more accessible than other mountains. Joseph Jöchler, Herbert Tichy, and Pasang Dawa Lama are the first ascenders of Cho Oyu on Oct 19, 1954.

5. Makalu

The peak of Makalu mountain
The peak of Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain.

Mount Makalu is the 5th highest peak with an elevation of 8,463m above sea level. The mountain’s location is on the southeast of Mount Everest, at the border of China and Nepal. The first ascent to the summit was in the spring of 1954 by a team of American climbers led by William Siri. Compared to the 4 top highest mountains in the world, adventurers have some more favorable conditions to climb Makalu. Particularly, the Southeast Ridge and the Northwest Ridge are the main climbing routes to Makalu’s peak.

4. Lhotse

climbing route to Lhotse peak, one of the highest mountains in the world
Lhotse shares the same difficult climbing route with Mt. Everest.

The Himalayas are home to the world’s highest mountains, including Lhotse, which is 8,516m high above sea level. In reality, it is connected to Everest through South Col. Lhotse means “southern peak” in Tibetan. In addition to the main peak at 8,516m above sea level, there is also Lhotse Middle (East) at 8,414m and Lhotse Shar at 8,383m. It is located on the border between Tibet and the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Lhotse is very close to Mount Everest. Therefore, an interesting fact is that both Mount Everest and Lhotse share the same climbing route. Yes, Lhotse is warned to be one of the most difficult and rarely attempted climbs. Mount Lhotse was first conquered on May 18, 1956, by Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst Reiss from Switzerland

3. Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga's peak is orange when sun rises
A different view of Kangchenjunga’s peak when the sun rises.

This is the third highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,586 m above sea level. The mountain’s location is on the border of Nepal and India, located in the southern part of Mount Everest. In fact, this mountain was once to be the highest mountain in the world until 1852. Interestingly, the name Kangchenjunga means “The Five Treasures of the Great Snows”, because its summit contains five peaks: the main summit Kanchenjunga I (8,586m), Kanchenjunga West (8,505m), the central summit (8,482m), Kanchenjunga South (8,494m), and Kangbachen (7,903m). They represent the 5 storehouses of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books.

Kanchenjunga is known to have a climbing fatality rate of up to 22%. That resulted from poor environmental conditions and often strong avalanches. Joe Brown and George Band of the 1955 British Kangchenjunga expedition are the first climbers to ascend the summit on May 25, 1955.

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2. K2

Mt. K2's peak
The beautiful K2’s peak in view.

K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest. K2 is located in Pakistan in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas. There are many peaks along with the Karakoram range. Yet, K2 is the highest peak of the Karakoram range and also the highest peak in Pakistan. Besides, K2 is known as “Savage Mountain” due to the difficulty of climbing and the second-highest mortality rate on this list. One in four people who have reached the top dies from trying.

K2 was first conquered by an Italian expedition team led by Ardito Desio. His team, Lino Laceselli and Achille Compagnoni successfully reached the peak of K2 (8,611m) via the Abruzzi Spur climbing route on July 31, 1954.

Read more: There is a great book 'K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain' on Amazon's Audiobook, you can download it for free with an audible trial.

1. Everest

a woman is ascending Everest
The highest mountain on Earth, Everest has one of the most difficult routes for an ascent.

Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Mount Everest is located on the Nepal-China border with an elevation of 8,848 meters above sea level. Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet. Even it isn’t easy to climb and there are dangers, this tallest mountain attracts many adventurers every year. Everest was first conquered by Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand mountaineer Edmond Hillary during a British expedition in 1953 along the South Col. Today, climbing Mount Everest is a goal that many people set in life.

Read more: Everest is especially has a collection of different books and audios that you can learn more about the highest mountain in the world. A true adventurer shouldn't miss those.

In Sum Up the Top 10 Highest Mountains in the World

I always feel interested in expanding my knowledge, especially when it’s related to travel and the world. I hope you feel the same. And here’s a general sum up for the world’s highest mountains via this post:

No.Mountains’ NameAltitude (Meters)Location
1Everest8,848Nepal
2K28,611Pakistan
3Kangchenjunga8,586Nepal – India
4Lhotse8,516Nepal – China
5Makalu8,463Nepal – China
6Cho Oyu8,201Nepal – China
7Dhaulagiri8,167Nepal
8Manaslu8,163Nepal
9Nanga Parbat8,126Pakistan
10Annapurna8,091Nepal

It can be seen that Nepal is home to 8/10 of the highest mountains in the broad life, including Everest. Surely, Nepal is the top destination for many adventurers. Hoping one day we will meet each other in the line of climbers who are reaching the roof of the world.


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24 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve only heard of Mount Everest, and wow! Mountain climbing is such an exhilerating sport.

  2. After watching 14 peaks on Netflix the other day I have a new found appreciation for mountaineering..Truly epic.

  3. Wow….Mount Everest never ceases to amaze me. I always think there is a mountain somewhere there that is taller than it but wapi! I guess we will have to see.

  4. Ive just climbed mount Fuji and Im ready to add these to my list. It’s my dream to climb Mount Everest

  5. Nepal has so many amazing mountains that attract tourists. I’d love to visit Kangchenjunga one day. This mountan stands so regal.

  6. I did not know that Nepal has 8 of the world’s highest mountains! They surely are a sight to see, although climbing them is not in my bucket list. I would just love to admire their beauty from the ground level.

  7. Waaa so cool to know about these highest mountains and never expect it would be in these cities. Thank you for sharing!

  8. I definitely knew the top 2, but otherwise I don’t know that I was familiar with the other 8. These are all so impressive!

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