Everyone would love to “conquer the world” by climbing the highest mountains. However, few have successfully done it. For the not-so-sporty ones, they content themselves with just viewing and getting so awestruck at the mountains’ spectacular beauty and sheer majesty. Here we list the highest mountain on the planet (in no particular order)
Pico Cristobal Colon is the highest peak in Colombia, rising 5,700 meters (18,700 feet) above sea level. It is also the fifth most prominent mountain in the world.
Acongua is located in Mendoza, a province of Argentina. It is the highest mountain not only in Argentina, but also in the entire American continent, measuring 6,960.8 meters (22,837 feet) above sea level.
Vinson Massif is a big mountain massif that is also the highest mountain in Antartica. It measures 21 kilometers (13 miles) long and 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) wide, and rises 4,892 (16,050 feet) above sea level. It soars above the Ronne Ice Shelf, which is just close to the base of Antartic Peninsula.
The highest summit in Indonesia, the Puncak Jaya rises 4,884 meters (16,024 feet) above sea level. It is located in the country’s Papua’s Province (just close to Papua New Guinea). Its other name is Carstensz Pyramid, named after the Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon.
Pico de Orizaba in Mexico is a dormant stratovolcano and the country’s highest peak at 5,636 meters (18,491 feet) above sea level. It is also the third highest mountain in North America. Its Nahuatl name “Citlaltepetl” literally means “star mountain.”
Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world and is located in the western anchor of the Himalayas mountain range. The mountain, which literally means “naked mountain,” is located in Gilgit-Balistan region in Pakistan. Although it is admired for its dramatic, imposing beauty, Nanga Parbat is also notoriously dangerous as several mountaineering deaths occurred during the early to mid-20th century.
Denali, also known by its former official name Mount McKinley, is located in the state of Alaska, USA. It is the tallest mountain in the entire North America, measuring 6,194 meters (20,320 feet) high above sea level. The name “Denali” is a Koyukon Athabaskan word for “high” or “tall.”
Mount Logan is located in the territory of Yukon, Canada. It measures 5,959 meters (19,551 feet), making it the tallest mountain in Canada and the second highest in North America, after Denali (Mount McKinley).
Mount Everest is widely touted as having the highest peak above sea level, at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). It is located in the Mahalangur region of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal and China runs across this mountain’s precise summit point.
Mount Elbrus lies within the Caucasus Mountain range. It is a dormant stratovolcano which rises 5,642 meters (18,510 feet) above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in Russia.
The highest mountain in Iran and in the entire Middle East, Mount Damavand is a potentially active volcano located in Amol County, Mazandaran Province. It rises 5,610 meters (18,410 feet) above sea level.
True to its name (which means “white mountain” in French), Mont Blanc is an Alpine mountain which rises 4,810.45 meters (15,782 feet) above sea level. It is the tallest peak in the Alps as well as the entire Western Europe and European Union.
Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano located in the Kamatchaka Peninsula, Russia. It is the tallest active volcano in the whole Eurasia, measuring 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) from base to the summit.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest summit in the entire African continent, rising 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level. It is actually a dormant volcano located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.
K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest. Its peak measures 28,251 feet (8,611) above sea level. It is located on the border between China and Pakistan; it is extremely difficult to climb and many mountaineers have died trying to reach its ultimate summit. Therefore, K2 has earned the moniker “The Savage Mountain.”