The tallest mountains in the world are challenging, and sometimes deadly, climbs. It takes immense preparation, a strong will and excellent skills to scale them and return to base camp without losing a body part to frost bite or worse, losing a friend through hypothermia.
- Mount Everest. Estimated to be 8,850 meters tall, or approximately 29,000 feet, Everest is the highest mountain on earth. This reputation runs alongside the fact that it also has claimed the most lives compared to any other mountain. Named after a British assessor named Sir George Everest, the mountain was eventually scaled for the first time in 1953 by a Kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary, and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay.
- K2. Neighbor to Everest, K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, reaching 8,611 meters or 28,251 feet high. Similar to Everest, it has been immortalized in a number of films, including the 1991 action-adventure movie called “K2” with Michael Biehn.
- Mount Logan. It is renowned as the highest mountain in Canada and second only to Mount McKinley, the tallest in North America. The peak of Mount Logan is estimated at 6,050 meters or 19,850 feet above sea level.
- Mauna Kea. Its name means “White Mountain” and is hailed as the tallest mountain in Hawaii. Mauna Kea is primarily a dormant volcano reaching 4,205 meters or 13,795 feet in height. Its peak is also home to the largest astronomy observatory in the world.
- Annapurna. Located in the Himalayas, Annapurna is ranked as the tenth highest mountain in the world. Its height is estimated at 8,091 meters or 26,545 feet. Annapurna was first scaled by a French team in 1950 three years before Everest.
- Kota Kinabalu. This mountain in Sabah, Malaysia has been touted as the tallest in Southeast Asia. Rising at 4,095 meters or 13,436 feet above sea level, it is a favorite climbing destination for adventurers in the region. It is also located in a resort town providing access to a lot of mountaineering gear and supplies.
- Mount McKinley. It is known as the highest mountain in North America and in the US. Situated in Alaska, McKinley’s peak is estimated at 6,194 meters or 20,320 feet above sea level. Locals affectionately call it “Denali”, which means “The High One.”
- Mount Kilimanjaro. A dormant volcano in Tanzania, Africa, Kilimanjaro is a famous climbing destination. It has a peak that reaches 5,895 meters or 19,341 feet and is known as the tallest in the African continent.
- Mount Rainier. Located around 60 miles from Seattle Airport, Mount Rainier is the tallest in the Washington State area. It is a dormant volcano with a height of 4,392 meters or 14,410 feet. Its glaciers are one of the largest in the US and the level of climbing difficulty varies on the route.
- Aconcagua. Found in Argentina, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America. It is estimated to be 6,962 meters tall or 22,841 feet in height. It is also one of the famous Seven Summits, which are the seven highest peaks of the seven continents.
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