World's Highest Mountains in Nepal

29 Apr, 2017  |   By Apar Datta

Nepal is known as the land of the Himalayas the world over. There are 1,310 peaks above 6000 meters of which 238 are already open for climbing. Likewise, out of fourteen 8000 meters above peaks eight of them, including the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest lie in Nepal. Other seven are namely Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Let's know them closely with our blog, Worlds' 8 Highest Mountains in Nepal.

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1. Everest - Highest Mountain of the World

Mount Everest is the highest mountain hit world measuring 8848m (29029 feet) in height. It was first climbed on May 29, 1953 by a New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal. Mount Everest is also known by the Tibetan Name Chomolungma (Goddess Mother of the Snow), and by the Nepali name Sagarmatha (Mother of the Universe).

Everest had been tempted many times before the important expedition being that of 1922, 1923, and 1924, the Body of George H. L. Mallory, who died in an earlier attempt (1924), was discovered not the mountain in 1999. More than 600 climbers from 20 countries have climbed the summit by various routes from both north and south. Climber ages have ranged from twelve years to sixty. Climbing on Everest is very strictly regulated by both the Nepalese and the Chinese Governments.

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Climbing Everest and Everest Base Camp Trek or becoming Increasingly popular on both the north and south side of the Mountain. On the north side, a Buddhist monastery stands at the foot of Rongbuk Glacier, Beneath Everest’s spectacular North face. The monastery is one of two whose locations were selected specifically to allow religious contemplation of the great peak. The other is the Thyangboche Monastery in Nepal the once-active Rongbuk monastery in Tibet has required much rejuvenation from the destruction it experienced following China's invasion of Tibet.

2. Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga (8586m) is the third highest mountain in the world, From 1838 until 1849, it was believed to be the highest. It is an enormous mountain mass, and many satellite pass rises from its narrow icy ridges. It is located on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, just 46 miles northwest of Darjeeling. It is the most easterly of the great 8,000-meter peaks of the Himalayas.


Though not successfully climbed until 1955, it was first attempted in 1905, but four members of that international party were killed in an avalanche. As inspiring as Kanchenjunga's beauty is that at least the first three parties to ascent the mountain never attempted the final few feet to the summit out of voluntary respect for the Sikkimese, who consider the summit sacred. The successful British expedition of 1955 set the standard by stopping a few feet short to the actual summit, in honor of the local religion.

3. Lhotse

Lhotse (8516 m) is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Its long east-west crest is located immediately south of Mount Everest and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000 meters. Lhotse is sometimes mistakenly identified as the south peak of the Everest massif.

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No serious attention was turned to climbing Lhotse until after Everest had finally been ascended. Lhotse was first climbed in 1956 by two Swiss, Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss. In addition to the main summit, there are two subsidiary peaks. Lhotse Shar, which is immediately east of the main summit, and Nuptse, a high peak on the Mountain’s West Ridge.

4. Makalu

Makalu (8,463m) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is an isolated peak, located just 14 miles east of Mount Everest. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges makes this highest mountain of the world all the more spectacular.

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It has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. Previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties, but like so many other giants in the Khumbu region. It was not attempted until the summit of Everest had been attained in 1954, A French group first climbed Makalu in the year 1955. Como Lonzo (35,650ft.) is a subsidiary peak of Makalu, rising just north of the higher summit, separated by a narrow saddle.

5. Cho-Oyu

Cho Oyu (8,201) is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located a short distance to the west of Everest and Lhotse in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. Its towering peak sands, with Everest, will be above the surrounding highest mountains.

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Cho Oyu becomes a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest via the north face. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, a 19,000-foot glacier pass, and the main trade route between Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet in the 15th century. Cho-Oyus' proximity to the Nangpa La has earned it the distinction among some climbers as being the easiest 8,000meter peak. It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed in autumn by two Austrian.

6. Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri (8,167m), also called White Mountain, is the seventh highest mountain in the world. This is an enormous Himalaya massif, located in north-central Nepal. It is replaced by Ecuador Chimborazo (20,561 ft.) as the postulated highest mountain in the world. It maintained this standing for nearly 30 years, until the discovery of Kanchanjunga, which was ten false believed to be the world’s highest mountain.

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Dhaulagiri crest stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise, Four of these summits, numbered from east to west, rise above 25,000 feet. In 1960, the Swiss/Austrian expedition who first the summit did so despite their airplane having crashed during the approach, this was first Himalayan climb supported by an airplane, although the plane was subsequently abandoned on the mountain. You can enjoy the Dhaulagiri South Base Camp with Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trek.

7. Manaslu

Manaslu with the height of 8,163 m is the high peak of the Gorkha massif and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape and is a dominant feature when seen from afar.

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The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can roughly translate as Mountain of the Spirit An all-female Japanese expedition successfully acceded to the summit, thereby becoming the first woman to climb an 8,000-meter peak. This Mount Manaslu offers Short Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days for trekking enthusiasts around the circuit of Larkya La Pass.

8. Annapurna - 10th Highest Mountain of The World

Annapurna (8,091m) is an enormous Himalayan massif is the tenth highest mountain in the world. In 1950, it becomes the first 8,000-meter mountain to be successfully climbed, It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayans by the Kali Gandhi river, the mountain has glaciers on its western and northwestern slopes, which drain into this gorge. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that can be translated as Goddess of the harvests or more simply the provider of grains.

annapurna tenth highest mountain of the world

Annapurna’s many high peaks, five are labeled using some variation of the name Annapurna. Of these, the two highest (Annapurna I and II), stand like bookends at the western and eastern ends of the massif. Base Camp of Annapurna is one of the most popular Base Camp Trek in Nepal also known as ABC Trekking.

Amazing Facts Of Highest Mountains in Nepal

Nepal is a country in South Asia famous for its incredible natural beauty and diverse topography. You get to see plain, hilly, and mountainous regions all in Nepal. Mountains are indeed the sorcerer supremes of the incredible natural beauty Nepal possesses. 8 out of the 14 mountains above 8,000 m are in Nepal. Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Cho-Oyu are the eight mountains that are over 8,000 meters. Each one of these mountains has its own sets of amazing facts and figures that will blow your mind. Let’s dive deep into the amazing facts of the highest mountains in Nepal starting from Everest.

Facts about Everest: Highest Mountain of the World, Not only in Nepal

The highest mountain peak in the world is Everest with a height of 8,848 meters. Everest possesses several facts that will make you feel the awe of it.

Talking about the first solo ascent of Everest, it was done by Reinhold Messner in 1980. Everest is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first people to climb Everest. Meanwhile, Junko Tabei was the first woman to climb Everest. There comes a lot of questions regarding “Are there any other names of Everest?” Well, the answer is yes. There are various names of Everest. The Sanskrit name of Everest is Sagarmatha which means Peak of the Heaven. Chomolungma, The Tibetan name of Everest means Goddess Mother of the World. Everest is the highest point on earth surface but it was not recognized until 1852 when the Governmental Survey of India established the fact.

Facts about Kanchenjunga: Second Highest Mountain in Nepal

One of the eight-thousander mountains in Nepal and also the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga is composed of words- Kang (snow), Chen (big), Ju or Zu (Treasury) nga (five) meaning. In short, The Five Treasures Of Snow. Each of the amazing treasures is believed to have been guarded by God himself. The Five Peaks in Kanchenjunga are namely Kanchenjunga Main, Yalung Kang (West), Central, South and Kangbachen. Kanchenjunga main is the third highest mountain in the world with a whopping height of 8,586 meters. As history suggests, Kanchenjunga was treated as the world’s highest mountain peak until 1852 the Governmental Survey Of India found Everest the highest peak. Two different centuries and Two different highest mountain peaks, things are different. In 1955, George Band and Joe Brown summited Kanchenjunga for the first time. Before that, Kanchenjunga was never summited. The reason for the late ascending of the mountain is the religious belief that it is not to be summited. 

Facts about Lhotse : 3rd of the world, among the Highest Mountains in Nepal

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain peak in the world. In Tibetan Language, Lhotse means South Peak. It is one of the peaks of the Everest Massif. Lhotse stands at an elevation of 8,516 meters from sea level. Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger were the first people to climb Lhotse on May 18th, 1956. Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, Lhotse the south peak of the Everest Massif is indeed one of the most alluring mountain peaks in the world.

Facts about Makalu: Fourth Tallest Mountain in Nepal

The four-sided pyramid-shaped peak of Nepal namely Makalu is the fifth highest mountain peak in the world. Standing at a height of 8,485 meters from sea level, Makalu is situated in the Mahalangur Himalayas situated in the southeast of Everest. Talking about when was Makalu summited. Makalu was summited on 15th May 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy. It was an incredible feat at that time because of the risk and danger the expedition possessed. The best feature about the Makalu mountain is the pyramid shape of the mountain.The knife-edged ridges and steep pitches make Makalu a beautiful trekking destination to have fun and enjoy the hidden natural treasure.

Facts about Cho Oyu : Easiest Towering Mountains to Climb in Nepal

The meaning of Cho Oyu means Turquoise goddess in Tibetan. Lying in the heart of Nepalese/Tibetan Himalayas, Cho Oyu gives you an alluring sight of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, and other incredible mountain peaks. Eric Shipton, Edmund Hillary and George Lowe first summited Cho Oyu in 1952. The height of the Cho Oyu summit is 8,188 meters making it the sixth highest peak in the world. One interesting fact about Cho Oyu is that the Cho Oyu climb is both easy and technical. If you have previous experience of summiting peaks, then Cho Oyu is an easy trek. Meanwhile, if you have no such experience then it can be dangerous.

Facts about Dhaulagiri: 6th Tallest, among the Highest Mountain of Nepal

Dhaulagiri is the world’s seventh-highest mountain peak and also the highest mountain peak enclosed in a border of a single country (Nepal). The first Dhaulagiri summit took place successfully on May 13th, 1960 by a Swiss/Australian/Nepalese expedition. The name Dhaulagiri was derived from the Sanskrit word dhawala meaning white and beautiful whereas Giri means mountain. Kaligandaki River flows between the highest point between, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna I through the Kaligandaki River Gorge. This is also the deepest gorge of the world. Dhaulagiri is situated in Western Nepal at Myagdi District. One of the beautiful, massif and highest mountains in Nepal to experience the immense of nature.

Facts about Manaslu: 7th Tallest Mountain in Nepal, But Climbing is Tough

Manaslu is one of the most dangerous mountains in Nepal to climb among the eight-thousanders. Being part of Mansiri Himal, Manaslu has an elevation of 8,156 meters standing as the eighth highest mountain peak in the world. Among incredible Manaslu Facts, the name is one of the charmers. The word Manaslu is derive from the name Manasa a word from Sanskrit meaning soul. In the same vein, Manaslu refers to the Mountain Of Spirit. This 7 highest mountain of Nepal Manaslu is called The Killer Mountain by the local people because a lot of people have died on its dangerous slopes.

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Facts about Annapurna: 8th Highest Mountain of Nepal, But Most Difficult to Climb

Annapurna as the name refers means “full of food” in Sanskrit. The 10th highest mountain in the world is Annapurna I with a height of 8,091 m. Annapurna II (7937m) is the 16th highest mountain in the world). In addition to this, Annapurna III(7555m), Annapurna IV 7525m, Gangapurna (7455m), and Annapurna South (7219m) are other four important mountain peaks in the Annapurna Massif. Limestone covers the topmost part of Annapurna which is also the reason it is to be believed that Annapurna had been emerged from the ocean then pushed by tectonic plates.

Firstly, one incredible fact about Annapurna includes the danger and risk it has while summiting. Annapurna is the most dangerous mountain peak over 8,000 m to climb. It has just a mere 38% successful climb ratio compared to Everest which has 93%. Even though submitting Annapurna is a hard task. Secondly, People love to trek the region widely known as Annapurna Trekking. Secondly,75% of trekker who comes to Nepal for trekking visits Annapurna Trekking Region. The reasons for Annapurna Trek to be the most popular trek in Nepal are easy accessibility, plenty number of teahouses, favorable climate, diverse sceneries, and alluring vegetation.

Facts of World Highest Mountains in Nepal; At Last

All in all, these are some of the most amazing facts about the highest mountains of Nepal. Every eight-thousander highest mountains in Nepal are unique and have their own sets of interesting features. Nepal is popular for the high pearlfish mountains and whenever you pay a visit to Nepal, Make sure you go on a trek around any mountain you like. In short, Worlds highest mountains in Nepal, are calling and you must go for trekking in Nepal, at least to admire their beauty.

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