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Description :  Map showing the major mountain Peaks in the World Map. Disclaimer




Asia contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including Mount Everest. Located along the Nepal-China border, Mount Everest is the tallest peak in the world, rising 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level. Also part of the Himalayas is the second tallest mountain on Earth, called K2, or Mount Goodwin-Austen, which stands 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) high in India (presently with in the part of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan). Like Mount Everest, the third tallest mountain on Earth, Kanchenjunga, is also located along the Nepal-China border in the Himalayas, with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 feet).

Outside of Asia, the tallest mountain is Aconcagua in Argentina, which towers 6,958 meters (22,837 feet)above sea level. The tallest mountain peak in the United States is Mount McKinley. Located in Alaska, Mount McKinley rises 6200 meters (20,320 feet) above sea level.

Earth's mountains are typically measured by their height above sea level, but many of the world's tallest mountains actually begin below sea level. For example, Hawaii's Mauna Kea measures at over 10,000 meters (32,808 feet) from its deepest point. Mauna Kea is still the tallest island mountain in the world when measured at sea level, at 4,205 meters (13,796 feet).

Several other peaks, including Ararat, Mount Fuji, and Mount Vesuvius, are significant more for their history and cultural importance than their height.

Checkout some interesting facts about the major mountains here:


  Major Mountains of the World  
Name Height (in mtrs.) Location
Mt. Everest 8848 Nepal - China
K2 (Godwin Austen) 8611 Himalayan Range
Kanchenjunga 8586 Nepal - India
Makalu 8470 Nepal - China
Dhaulagiri 8172 Nepal
Nanga Parbat 8125 Himalayan Range
Annapurna 8078 Nepal
Aconcagua 6958 Argentina
Ojas Del Saledo 6880 Argentina - Chile
Mt. Chimborazo 6050 Ecquador
Mt. McKinley 6200 U.S.A. (Alaska)
Logan 6050 Canada
Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 Tanzania
Citlatepeti 5700 Mexico
Elbrus 5633 Russia
Kenya 5200 Kenya
Other Important Mountain Peaks
Ararat 51.85 Turkey
Cotopaxi 5897 Ecuador
Fuji 3,776 Japan
Jungfrau 4,158 Switzerland
Kosciusko 2,228 Australia
Margherita 5127 Zaire
Mont Blanc 4807 France
Mauna Kea 42 Hawaii (US) (Highest Island Peak in the World)
Orizaba 5,700 Mexico
Popocatapetl 5,452 Mexico
Sukamao Point 5030 Russia
Vesuvius 1,277 Italy

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Last Updated On : October 01, 2012