We know that Nepal has the top 8 of the 10 highest mountains of the world. We know about Mt. Everest, the tallest one. We know a few popular ones like Annapurna I or Manasalu. But what are all those top 8 highest mountains that are located in Nepal? What are the 2 that are not located here?
We all know that the 8 of the 10 highest mountain of the world located in Nepal are all over eight thousand feet. In fact, they are also the 8 of the 14 eight-thousanders present on Earth. Today, I try to list them with some additional details besides the height of the mountains.
The top 8 of the 10 highest mountains or 8 of the 14 eight-thousanders located in Nepal are:
1. Mount Everest
Mount Everest, the highest mountain the world, stands at an altitude of 8848 meters or 29m029 feet above sea level. In Nepal it is known as Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा) and in Tibet it is known as Chomolungma. In Nepal, the mountain is located in Solukhumbu District of the Sagarmatha zone.
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Being the no. 1 highest mountain in the world, it attracts mountain climbers and trekkers who want to climb or at least reach the base camp of this great mountain. The peak of the mountain is the international dividing line between Nepal and China, and the mountain can be climbed from both the countries. But the south face of the mountain lies in Nepal and it happens to be the preferred or the safe route to reach the pinnacle of Mount Everest.
To climb this mountain, you have to land in Kathmandu, fly to Lukla (also cited the world’s most dangerous airport by this YouTube video) and then head pass through the popular Namche Bazaar region towards the Everest Base Camp. From there, the actual climbing begins.
This is the third highest mountain in the world and its highest point stands at 8,586 meters or 28,169 feet. In Nepal, the same name is adopted and in Devanagari it is written as कञ्चनजङ्घा (Kanchanjunga). It lies in the Kangchenjunga range and is located between the Nepal—India border. It lies in the eastern border of Nepal and shares the location with Sikkim.
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The entire Kangchenjunga range has a number of peaks that are well above eight thousand feet. Namely they are: Kangchenjunga West (8,505 m / 27,904 ft.), Kangchengjunga Central (8,482 m / 27,828 ft.) and Kangchengjunga South (8,494 m / 27,867 ft.). To get a view of this great mountain, you will have to travel to Antu Dada of Illam, Nepal.Although this mountain stands at a great height, it is comparatively not a popular trekking destination. This is because of the fact that it lies in a remote, hard to access region of Nepal.
This Mountain happens to be the fourth highest mountain in the world. Its altitude reaches as high as 8,516 meters or 27,940 ft. In Devanagari or Nepali, one would write it as: ल्होत्से. It lies in the Mahalangur Himal range and the range happens to be the same as that of Mt. Everest.
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This mountain is also located in the border between Nepal and Tibet. In Nepal, it is located in the Khumbu region. To climb this mountain or Mt. Everest, one has to follow a number of common paths.
Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world. In Nepali it is written as मकालु and the Chinese name for it is also quite similar—Makaru. This mountain’s pinnacle stands at 8,463 meters or 27,766 feet above sea level. It is one of the highest eight-thousander located on this planet.
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This mountain is also located in the Mahalangur mountain range which seems to have a lot of eight-thousanders. Mt. Everest lies in the northeast of Mt. Makalu.
5. Cho Oyo
Another eight-thousander in the Mahalangur Himalaya range, Cho Oyo or चोयु has an altitude of 8,201 meters or 26,906 feet above sea level. The name Cho Oyo is actually a Tibetan name which is also adapted in Nepal.
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Sharing a border with Tibet, this mountain is located in the Khumbu region which is where Mt. Everest is located as well.
6. Dhaulagiri I
The mountain lies in the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range and the highest peak in the several ones in this range is Mt. Dhaulagiri I. The peak is located at 8,167 meters above sea level or 26,795 feet. Unlike other mountains that are located in the border, this one is situated wholly inside Nepal. Hence, this one has got only a Nepali name: धौलागिरी. This mountain can be spotted from several of the popular trekking routes and destinations of Nepal.
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The mountain also hosts the world’s deepest gorge known as the Kali Gandaki gorge. And if you haven’t guessed it already, the river Kali Gandaki flows through this deep gorge.
The highest altitude that this mountain extends to is 8,163 meters or 26,781 feet. This mountain or himal lies in Lamjung District, Gandaki Zone of Nepal and in the Mansiri range. The regions around Mt. Manaslu are famous for trekking and a lot of travelers go to this region.
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The trekking route around this region was started in 1991 which is pretty late when compared to the other popular trekking routes of Nepal. The Manaslu circuit trek usually starts in Arughat Bazaar and ends in Besisahar.
8. Annapurna I
The popular peak Annapurna is the tenth highest and the last on in this list of the top 8 of 10 highest mountains located in Nepal. In Nepali it is written as: अन्नपुर्ण. Standing at an altitude of 8,091 meters or 26,545 feet, this mountain attract a lot if not most of the trekkers that visit Nepal.
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The Annapurna conservation region is the largest and the first one located in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal. There are a variety of trekking routes and circuits that are built around this mountain range (Annapurna Range). The Annapurna range contains a number of peaks Annapurna I, II, III and IV, and Gangapurna and Annapurna South that are over 7 thousand meters. Only Annapurna I is an eight-thousander in this range.
Another popular mountain known as Machhapuchhare or Mt. Fishtail also lies in this range and this one happens to be 6,993 meters or 22,943 feet. It is just a few meters short from being a seven-thousander. There are two other peaks in the Annapurna range known as: Gangapurna and Hiunchuli.
In case, if you are wondering what the two other mountains in the top 10 that is not located in Nepal, they are Mt. K2 (2nd highest: 8,611 m / 28,251 ft.) located in the border between Pakistan and China, and Nanga Parbat (9th highest: 8,126 m / 26,660 ft.) located in Pakistan.