Tall mountains are an incredible way to feel small and to get a sense of the epic scale of nature. If you have ever been to the top of one of the world’s top 10 tallest mountains then you will have felt incredibly at awe as well as incredibly insignificant. It’s a fantastic feeling and one that everyone should experience at some time (being at a high point on a mountain, even if you don’t reach the top of one of the top 10 tallest mountains). At the same time, even from the bottom the top 10 tallest mountains are spectacular views and create amazing backdrops to towns and cities – and for many people they scream ‘challenge’. Here we will look at the top 10 tallest mountains in the world.
Just making the top 10 tallest mountains in the world, Annapurna has a series of peaks the highest of which is at 8,091 meters – meaning it just classes as one of the eight thousanders too (mountains higher than 8,000 feet). It is located east of a great Gorge cut through by the Kali Gandaki River giving it a fantastic view from the top. It translates as ‘Goddess of the Harvests’, named after the Hindu goddess of fertility and agriculture of the same name.
9 Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain peek on Earth and is the second highest in Pakistan after K2. Of the ‘eight thousanders’ it is one of the deadliest and has a very immense and striking peek.
Also known as Kutang, this forms part of the Nepalese Himalayas where many of the top ten tallest mountains are situated. The name translates as ‘Mountain of the Spirit’.
Situated in the ‘Dhaulagiri Himal’ which is a Northern subrange of the Himalayas, this mountain lies North of the important town Pokhara. The name translates as ‘white mountain’.
6 Cho Oyu
Cho Oyuo features a beautiful ice-capped peak and is the fourth highest mountain in Nepal as well as one of the top 10 tallest mountains in the world. It is also known for being particularly difficult to climb and the difficult track is highly popular.
Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is 22km away from Everest (we are beginning to see that all the top 10 tallest mountains are quite close together). It still stands as an isolated peek that looks like a four sided pyramid. It also has two subsidiary peeks that are also impressive.
Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world and is actually connected to Mount Everest via its South col. It has multiple summits, but the tallest is 8,516 meters above sea level.
Kanchenjunga is also in the Himalayas and although few have really heard of it, it really isn’t far behind Everest in the list of the top 10 tallest mountains coming in at an impressive 28,250 feet. As well as being one of the top ten tallest mountains in the world it is also the tallest in India and the second highest in Nepal.
2 K2 (Mount Godwin Austen)
The Mount Godwin Austen is one of the top 10 tallest mountains that is located the furthest from Everest. Though it’s still in the Himalaya range, it is in the karakoram segment between Pakistan and China. It is all the more impressive for being the significantly tallest in the area. Interestingly you need to get access via Pakistan to climb the mountain and the Chinese side is inaccessible.
Mount Everest is well known for being the tallest mountain in the world and it’s snow-capped peak is an iconic image. Its peek sits at 8,848 feet above sea level. Other names for Everest are ‘Chomolungma’ and ‘Qomolangma’. Only around 2,500 people have ever reached the top, and over 200 people have died trying.