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The 8,000-Meter Peaks — The World's Highest Mountains

The world's highest mountains, all in central Asia, are the 14 mountains that rise higher than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level. Learn fast facts here about each of these spectacular mountains.

Mount Everest: Highest Mountain in the World
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, stretches along the border of Nepal and Tibet/China in southern Asia. Find out lots of interesting facts about Mount Everest, including its first ascent, the usual climbing routes, and strange feats on the roof of the world.

K2: 2nd Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about K2, the second highest mountain in the world.

Kangchenjunga: 3rd Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

Lhotse: 4th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts about Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.

Makalu: 5th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Makalu, the Fifth Highest Mountain in the World.

Cho Oyu: 6th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Cho Oyu, the Sixth Highest Mountain in the World

Dhaulagiri: 7th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Dhaulagiri, the Seventh Highest Mountain in the World

Manaslu: 8th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Manaslu, the Eighth Highest Mountain in the World

Nanga Parbat: 9th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Nanga Parbat, the Ninth Highest Mountain in the World

Annapurna: 10th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Annapurna, the Tenth Highest Mountain in the World

Gasherbrum I: 11th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Gasherbrum I, the Eleventh Highest Mountain in the World

Broad Peak: 12th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Broad Peak, the Twelfth Highest Mountain in the World

Gasherbrum II: 13th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Gasherbrum II, the Thirteenth Highest Mountain in the World

Shishapangma: 14th Highest Mountain in the World
Facts About Shishapangma, the Fourteenth Highest Mountain in the World

Mount Everest Timeline
Follow this Mount Everest historical timeline from its discovery in 1848 and early explorations through the first British expeditions that attempted to climb the mountain before World War II.

Cho Oyu Climbing Timeline
Follow this Cho Oyu historical timeline from its discovery in the 1850s to lots of interesting stories and facts about its early ascents.

K2--Second Highest Mountain in the World: List of Firsts
K2, the world's second highest mountain, is one of its most difficult and dangerous to climb. Here is a list of all the firsts on K2, including the first attempt, the first ascent, first Americans to climb it, first woman ascent, first ski descent, and first death.

K2: The Abruzzi Spur Route Description
K2, the second highest mountain in the world, is usually climbed by the Abruzzi Spur route up the Southeast Ridge. Read a description of the route and make your own plans to climb to the summit of K2.

Mount Everest News 2011
Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, saw both triumph and tragedy in the spring of 2011. Read four articles about notable achievements and deaths on Mount Everest in 2011.

Death on Mount Everest
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of the most dangerous peaks to climb. One in ten climbers who successfully summit Mount Everest end up dying on the mountain. How do they die? There are several ways climbers die on Everest. Read here about traumatic and non-traumatic deaths on the roof of the world.

Should I Go on a Guided or Non-Guided Expedition to Mount Everest?
How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest? is the first question potential climbers ask. The second question is: Should I go on a guided or non-guided expedition to Mount Everest. Find out all the reasons why non-guided expeditions, despite their cheaper price, might not be the best deal for you to reach the summit and then return safely home.

Highest Mountains in the World: The 8,000-Meter Peaks
The world’s 14 highest mountains are an exclusive club of peaks whose summits tower more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level.The Eight Thousanders all lie in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in central Asia.

The 5 Greatest Mount Everest Climbers
Reinhold Messner, one of the greatest Mount Everest climbers made the first ascent without supplemental oxygen with Peter Habeler in 1978 and then did the first ascent of a new route on the North Face alone.

History of Everest's Northeast Ridge Route
The Northeast Ridge Route on the north side of Mount Everest is one of the two most commonly climbed routes to the summit of Everest. Learn about the history of the Northeast Ridge Route, the first ascent by Chinese and Tibetan climbers in 1960, George Mallory's ill-fated attempt in 1924, and Conrad Anker's free climbing ascent of the Second...

Four Strange Mount Everest Stories
Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is also one of its most storied with many tales of adventure, bravery, strength, daring, and death. Here are four strange yet odd stories about Mount Everest, including an unknown Soviet attempt, a profile of Sandy Irvine, a bizarre solo attempt by a cross-dresser, and the answer to the question: Who was first on Everest's summit?

Facts About Mount Everest: Highest Mountain in the World
Learn more facts and stories about Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, including its first American ascent by Jim Whittaker; the first flight over Everest in 1933; Mount Everest's geology, climate, glaciers; and the answer to the question: Is Mount Everest really the highest mountain in the world?

Survey of India Discovers Mount Everest in 1852
The Great Trigonometrical Survey, beginning in 1800, mapped all of India. In 1852 the Survey calculated that Peak XV was the highest mountain in the world at 29,002 feet high. Another three years of calculations confirmed that the mountain, called by Mount Everest by Surveyor General Andrew Waugh for his predecessor George Everest, was indeed the highest peak. Read the story of Everest's discovery and the Survey of India.

Albert Mummery Profile
Albert Mummery, a British climber from Dover, was one of the leading alpine climbers in the late 19th century. Mummery made many first ascents in The Alps and the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. He died attempting to become the first person to climb an 8,000-meter peak--Nanga Parbat in Nepal--in 1895. Read an Albert Mummery profile and learn about...

Dateline 1902: First Attempt to Climb K2 PART II
In 1902, a, expedition led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley was the second team to attempt to climb an 8,000-meter peak. The goal was K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world. The expedition reached a high point above 21,000 feet but two months of bad weather along with constant bickering doomed the team. Read Part II of the strange story...

Dateline 1902: First Attempt to Climb K2 PART I
In 1902, a, expedition led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley was the second team to attempt to climb an 8,000-meter peak. The goal was K2, 2nd highest mountain in the world. The expedition reached a high point above 21,000 feet but two months of bad weather along with constant bickering doomed the team. Read Part I of the strange story of...

How Many 8,000-Meter Summits are in the World?
How many 8,000-meter summits are in the world? The short answer is 14. That, however, is the number of summits with at least 500 meters of topographic prominence. If every summit above 8,000 meters is considered a separate mountain, then there are 35 8,000-meter peaks. Learn more about all these high summits and the concept of prominence.

Mount Everest 2013: Climbing Highlights of
The year 2013 was filled with climbing adventures, first ascents, deaths, accidents, and a brawl on Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Read this recap of the 2013's best climbs on Mount Everest.

Ueli Steck Speed Climbs South Face of Annapurna
In October, 2013 the great Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck made a 28-hour solo ascent of the huge South Face of Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world. This climb is simply one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering.

List of Firsts on K2--Climbing the World's 2nd Highest Mountain
K2, the world's second highest mountain, is one of its most difficult and dangerous to climb. Here is a list of all the firsts on K2, including the first climbing attempt, the first ascent, the first Americans to climb it, first woman ascent, first ski descent, and first death.

Dateline 2012: Manaslu Avalanche Killed 11 Climbers
In the early morning hours of September 22, 2012, a huge avalanche swept down Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, erasing Camp 3 high on the mountain and killing 11 climbers. Climbers at Camp 2 hurried up and helped save many buried climbers. Read the story of this avalanche disaster.

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