Mountains are some of the most fascinating natural features that attract human beings. There is so much about mountains that people feel the need to explore and climb. Many travelers have been recorded for their great determination to climb even the highest mountains in the world. However, not many people know enough about mountains and their challenges.
For someone interested in traveling and in particular exploring mountains, it is a must to understand mountains. That can only be achieved by knowing more about them, hence preparing better to explore. Here are the 10 highest mountains in the world and the climbing success rate for them.
10 Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world with its peak being 8848m above sea level. The magnificent mountain is found in China, on the border of Nepal and Tibet. This mountain is characterized by a tough topography with rocks and ice. Overall, it has attracted many climbers because of its height and unique conditions. The first climber was Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. On average, it will take a climber 54 days to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. As a result, only the strong can climb to the top.
9 K2 Karakoram Mountain
K2 is the second-highest mountain with a height of 8611m above sea level. The mountain is found on the border of Pakistan and China. It is considered to be among the toughest mountains to climb in the world. This is also because it has been rated second in the death toll of people attempting to climb it. There have been 77 deaths with 300 climbers successfully reaching the summit so far.
The third highest mountain in the world with a height of 8586m above sea level, Kangchenjunga, is found in the Himalayas region and right at the border of India and Nepal. Kanchenjunga is known to be very high with rough conditions. However, when it comes to climbing the mountain, it has several challenges such that only a few climbers have managed to reach the top. It will take a climber an average of 40 to 60 days to climb Kangchenjunga to the summit. There have been 187 climbers who have managed to the top.
7 Lhotse, Himalayas
Lhotse is one of the most famous mountains on this list. It is a mountain found in the Himalayas with a height of 8515m above sea level. It is a mountain that is also very close to Mount Everest such that there is a section where they share the same climbing route. Mount Lhotse was first climbed by Mr. Fritz Luchsinger and Ernst in 1956. It is however a mountain that requires a lot of preparation to climb due to the harrowing incline and intricate shape.
Makalu mountain is also found in the Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal. The mountain stands at a height of 8485m. The mountain was first climbed in 1955 but only one summit was covered during this time, by Jean Franco. However, more attempts followed and in May 1955, the other two summits were explored. Makalu mountain is characterized by a lot of rocks hence it is not easy to climb. Many people have tried and the majority failed. Only 206 climbs have been successful.
5 Cho Oyu Mountain
Cho Oyu mountain has a height of 8188m and it is found on the border of Nepal and Tibet. It is known to be the easiest one to climb due to its gentle slope. Many people have also managed to climb Cho Oyu when compared to other mountains with less difficulty. The first climbing of Mount Cho Oyu was done in October 1954 by Joseph Joechler. It is crucial to note that the climbing is easier for the first 8000m.
Dhaulagiri mountain is found in Nepal and has a height of 8167m. The mountain has stunning aesthetics when compared to the other mountains in the region. Many people know this mountain since it is easy to view it when at the Annapurna circuit. One fact about Mount Dhaulagiri is that it is home to the deepest gorge in the world divided into two- Kaligandaki Gorge. Although not so difficult to climb, it can take up to 50 days.
3 Manaslu, Nepal
Manaslu is a mountain found in Nepal and was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. The mountain was first climbed in May 1956. The Manaslu mountain is also called the “mountain of the spirit”. For many climbers, it is used as the first trail and many get success. However, up to 18 people have died trying to climb the mountain. It will take a period of around 40 days to travel.
2 Nanga Parbat
Nanga Parbat is a mountain found in Pakistan and has a height of 8126m above sea level. The Nanga Parbat is also referred to as the “Naked Mountain” which is what its name means. It is also the mountain with the highest face. Its Rupal face rises to a height of 4,600m. Nanga Parbat is known to have up to 30 climbers trying to climb. The first person to attempt climbing was Albert F. Mummery.
1 Annapurna I, Nepal
Located in Nepa, Annapurna is a mountain with a height of 8091m above sea level. The mountain is also very popular for the sake of trekking Annapurna. The mountain is also known to have some of the most dangerous climbs. Annapurna mountain has six different peaks of different heights. Annapurna I is the highest with 8091m, Annapurna South, 7219m, Annapurna II second with 7937m, Gangapurna 7455m, Annapurna II, 7937m, Annapurna IV, 7555m and Annapurna IV, 7525m.