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Five Tallest Mountains in the World

These are the five tallest mountains in the world above sea level. Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii is 13,796 feet tall above sea level, but Mauna Kea is also almost 20,000 feet tall under the ocean. So the total height of Mauna Kea is well over 33,000 total feet, which is taller than any mountain on this list.

The five tallest mountains in the world as measured above sea level. In addition to their height, I've also listed when each one of the peaks was first climbed successfully, and how dangerous they are to climb. I personally love to look a photos of these tallest mountains in the world, but have no desire to climb them. Would you climb any one of them?

Five Tallest Mountains in the World

1. Mount Everest- 29,029 feet

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Located in the Himalayan Mountains on the border of China and Nepal, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world above sea level with a height of 29,029 feet. The first climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest were Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. Over 5,100 climbers have since reached the summit of Mount Everest, while over 220 people have died on Mount Everest.

2. K2- 28,251 feet

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The second tallest mountain in the world is K2 at 28,251 feet in height. K2 is located in the Karakorum Mountain Range on the border of Pakistan and China. The first successful ascent of K2 occurred in 1954. K2 is a much more dangerous mountain to climb than Mount Everest is, as one in five people who have attempted the summit have died. 

3. Kangchenjunga- 28,169 feet

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The third highest mountain in the world above sea level is Kangchenjunga with a height of 28,169 feet. Kangchenjunga is located in the Himalayan Mountains on the border of India and Nepal. The first successful summit of Kangchenjunga occurred in 1955. 

4. Lhotse- 27,940 feet

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Lhotse is the fourth tallest mountain in the world with a height of 27,940 feet. Located in the Himalayas near Mount Everest, Lohtse is also on the border of China and Nepal. The first successful ascent of Lhotse occurred in 1956. Roughly 375 people have ascended Lhotse, while 20 climbers have died on the mountain.

5. Makalu- 27,838 feet

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The firth tallest mountain peak in the world is Makalu at a height of 27,838 feet. Makalu is also located in the Himalayas, about 12 miles southeast of Mount Everest also along the China and Nepal border. The first successful ascent of Makalu was in 1955. Makalu is tough to climb because the peak is a sharp point of rock requiring rock climbing techniques to summit at the end.

For more see Tallest Mountains in North America

Tallest Mountains in Hawaii

Wettest Places on Earth

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Comments (7)

amazing, thank for the pics

Beautiful work.

I am always amazed at people who risk their lives to climb mountians, 1 in 5 is pretty bad odds if you ask me.  I will not be climbing K2 or any of these.

Ranked #21 in Asia

Good pics

Ranked #4 in Asia

Great ! I hope I will be able to see at least one of them in my life time..

They're all so magnificent!  Nice article.

I had not heard of all of these mountains, thank-you