This might surprise you, but some of these numbers on this list change year after year! Often by as much as 5%. But as of this moment (2017) these are the ten highest and most challenging climbing mountains in the whole world…
The Top 10 Highest and Most Challenging Mountains in the Entire World
10 – Annapurna (Approximate Height: 26,545 ft)
Wiki Info: Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. Historically, the Annapurna peaks are among the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb, although in more recent history, using only figures from 1990 and after, Kangchenjunga has a higher fatality rate.
9 – Nanga Parbat (Approximate Height: 26,660 ft)
Wiki Info: Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus river skirts into the plains of Pakistan. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and is locally known as ‘Deo Mir’ meaning ‘mountain’.
8 – Manaslu (Approximate Height: 26,781 ft)
Wiki Info: Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.
7 – Dhaulagiri (Approximate Height: 26,795 ft)
Wiki Info: The Dhaulagiri massif in Nepal extends 70 miles from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. This massif is bounded on the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri River and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola.The Kali Gandaki River flows between the two in the Kaligandaki Gorge, said to be the world’s deepest.
6 – Cho Oyu (Approximate Height: 26,864 ft)
Wiki Info: Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.
5 – Makalu (Approximate Height: 27,838 ft)
Wiki Info: Makalu is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 12 miles southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. One of the eight-thousanders, Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.
4 – Lhotse (Approximate Height: 27,940 ft)
Wiki Info: Lhotse is connected to the latter peak via the South Col. Lhotse means “South Peak” in Tibetan. In addition to the main summit at 27,940 ft above sea level, the mountain comprises the smaller peaks Lhotse Middle at 27,605 ft, and Lhotse Shar at 27,503 ft. The summit is on the border between China, Tibet and the Khumbu region of Nepal.
3 – Kanchenjunga (Approximate Height: 28,169 ft)
Wiki Info: Kanchenjunga lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India.It rises with an elevation of 28,169 ft in a section of the Himalayas called Kanchenjunga Himal that is limited in the west by the Tamur River, in the north by the Lhonak Chu and Jongsang La, and in the east by the Teesta River.
2 – K2 (Approximate Height: 28,251 ft)
Wiki Info: K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori is located on the China-Pakistan border between Baltistan, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, and the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China. K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram range and the highest point in both Pakistan and Xinjiang.
1 – Mount Everest (Approximate Height: 29,029 ft)
Wiki Info: Mount Everest attracts many climbers, some of them highly experienced mountaineers. There are two main climbing routes: one approaching the summit from the south-east in Nepal and the other from the north in Tibet, China. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather, and the wind as well as significant hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu Icefall. There are well over 200 corpses on the mountain, with some of them even serving as landmarks.