The world is full of amazing sights. From the Amazon forests to the Niagara Falls and the Great Barrier Reef to the River Nile, there is much to be appreciated. However, if you love heights then it is not necessary to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. There are a number of countries with the highest average elevations in the world. Here we list the top ten.
Located in South Asia, Bhutan is a landlocked country and a popular tourist destination. The average elevation of Bhutan is 10,761 feet, the highest in the world. The country comprises many steep and high mountains with Gangkhar Puensum the highest point in the country. It is also considered the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. The northern parts of the country comprise of tall peaks and meadows and the south has highlands valleys and hilly areas.
Nepal is slightly behind Bhutan with an average elevation of 10,712 feet. Nepal is located in South Asia and is sandwiched between China and India, which are among the largest countries in the world. The country covers an area of 56,827 square miles. Nepal is also home to the Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
At the third place is Tajikistan with an average elevation of 10,453 feet. Located in Central Asia, Tajikistan is a landlocked nation. Covering an area of 55,300 square miles, Tajikistan is mainly a mountainous country. Ismoil Somoni Peak, which has a height of 24,590 feet, is the highest mountain in the country.
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan has an average elevation of 9,803 feet, which makes it the fourth most elevated country in the world. The country is landlocked and shares its borders with Tajikistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It is a mountainous country with the Tian Shan, which is a huge system of mountain ranges, making up around 80 percent of the country.
An enclave within South Africa’s border, Lesotho is the fifth most elevated country in the world. The country has an average elevation of 7,090 feet. Completely encircled by South Africa, this African nation is also the world’s southernmost landlocked country.
Andorra is a European nation. The sixth smallest in the continent, Andorra is located at an average elevation of 6,549 feet. The country comprises rugged mountains as it is situated in the eastern Pyrenees mountain range. With a height of 9,652 feet, Coma Pedrosa is the highest mountain in the country.
Situated in south and central Asia, Afghanistan has an average elevation of 6,184 feet. Afghanistan is a mountainous country covering an area of 251,830 square miles. The Hindu Kush mountain range covers a large part of the country.
Chile is a South American country and is situated at an average elevation of 6,138 feet. The country has an unusual shape and is amongst the world’s longest north-south countries. Chile comprises an area of 291,930.4 square miles.
China, which is among the largest countries in the world, is also the ninth most elevated with an average elevation of 6,037 feet. The country covers an area of 3,700,000 square miles. While the northern part of the country is home to Gobi and Taklamakan Deserts, the south comprises subtropical forests.
The tenth most elevated country in the world, Armenia is situated at an average elevation of 5,879 feet. Located in Western Asia, the country covers an area of 11,484 square miles. Armenia is a landlocked country comprising a mountain area of 85.9 percent.
The Highest Elevated Continent
Antarctica needs special mention as but it among the continents with the highest elevation. It has an elevation of 7,546 feet. The driest, windiest and the coldest continent in the world, Antarctica comprises an area of 5,400,000 square miles. Onyx River, which has a length of 20 miles, is the longest river in the continent.