There are many mountains worldwide that are referred to as eight-thousanders because they are higher than 8000 meters. The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest, which is located in Nepal. As early as 1953, Mount Everest, which means “forehead of the sky”, was climbed for the first time – by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. The 8848 meter high Mount Everest has always been a very popular travel destination for mountaineers – and a real challenge.
The second highest mountain is the Qogir, which is popularly only called K2. The Qogir is located in Pakistan (right on the border with China), is 8,611 meters high and is rated by mountain climbers as more demanding than Mount Everest. Kanchenjunga is the third largest mountain in the world and it is located in the border area between Nepal and Tibet. The Asian mountain, which is also called Kangchendzönga, is 8586 meters high and is the easternmost eight-thousanders in the world.
Eight of the ten highest mountains are in Nepal
The 8516 meter high Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Like all the mountains already mentioned, it belongs to the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal. Mount Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, is 31 meters shorter than Lhotse. In 1975, Marjan Manfreda was the first to climb the 8485-meter-high Makalu without oxygen bottles.
The Cho Oyu, which also belongs to the Himalayan mountain range, measures 8201 meters. The name means “goddess of turquoise” and those who want to climb it should plan around 26 days. The Dhaulagiri, which is the world’s seventh highest mountain at 8167 meters, was the highest mountain in the world when it was first surveyed – and was only replaced by the Kanchenjunga in 1838.
The highest mountains in the world – places eight to ten
Manaslu, which is 8163 meters high and translates to “mountain of the soul”, is located at number 8 of the highest mountains. If the name Manaslu says nothing: the mountain is also known as the Kutang. Nanga Parbat, also called Diamir, is the ninth highest mountain in the world, measuring around 8125 meters. It is the only one of the fourteen eight-thousanders that exist worldwide that is located in the Western Himalayas (Pakistan). The Nanga Parbat has a sad epithet, namely “mountain of fate of the Germans”, because many German mountaineers have had an accident on this mountain. The Nanga Parbat is considered one of the most difficult mountain ranges in the world. The 8091 meter high Annapurna is the most dangerous eight-thousanders in the world and it is the least frequently climbed eight-thousanders.