Every continent on Earth has at least one mountain that reaches at least 2km high. These are referred to as the Seven Summits and it is considered the ultimate challenge to climb each one in a lifetime. However, the most difficult climb is the highest mountain in the world. It is approximately 1.8km higher than any of the other seven summits mountains. Which mountain takes the crown? Read on to find out.
What is the highest mountain in the world?
The title of the highest mountain in the world goes to Mount Everest. The peak of Mount Everest stands at an amazing 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. It was in 1852 when Everest was officially identified as the highest peak by an Indian mathematician and surveyor. However, it wasn’t until March 1856, after verification, that it was announced that it was the tallest mountain in the world. At the time it was called “Peak XV” and Mount Everest was officially adopted as the name in 1865. On 29 May 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary became the first person to reach the summit. Since this time climbing Mount Everest has been achieved many times, but it is still seen as one of the ultimate experiences.
There are some other claims for the highest mountain in the world. These include Mauna Kea in Hawaii, when measured from the sea floor and Mount McKinley in Alaska when measured from base to summit. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the further away from the center of the Earth than Everest, but this is because the Earth bulges at the Equator.