For all outdoor enthusiasts, here are some short fun facts on the five highest mountains in the world. Or do you already know them? ;-)

1. Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. Its peak is an eye-watering 8,848 metres above sea level.

2. K2, also known officially as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori, has a summit 8,611 metres above sea level.

3. Kangchenjunga is a mountain that’s impossible to pronounce after a full crate of beers. It’s also, perhaps more importantly than that, the third highest mountain in the world. It sits on the border between Nepal and India, and has an elevation of 8,586 metres.

4. Just missing out on a medal, and a spot on the podium, is Lhotse. Lhotse, elevation – 8,516 metres, is the fourth highest mountain in the world. It neighbours Mount Everest, and forms part of the Everest massif.

5. With an elevation of 8,485m, Makalu is officially the fifth highest mountain in the world. Situated 19km southeast of Everest, on the border between Nepal and China, Makalu is notable for its summit’s iconic pyramid shape. Makalu was first summited in 1955 by Lionel Terray and Jean Couzy, who made up part of a French expedition.

I myself haven’t been to any of them, yet. But Nepal surely is on my bucket list. How about you? Which mountains are on your travel list?


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