Highest Mountains of the World

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Feature Name
Highest mountainMt Everest* (Nepal) 8,848 m
Highest mountain in Africa Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) 5895m
Highest mountain in Australia Mt Kosciuszko 2234 m
Highest mountain in Europe Mt Elbrus (Russia) 5642 m
Highest mountain in North America Mt Denali** (Alaska, USA) 6187m
Highest mountain in South America Mt Aconcagua (Argentina) 7021m
Highest mountain in Antarctica Mt Vinson Massif
Highest mountain in Oceania (Australia and New Guinea)Puncak Jaya (Mount Carstensz) 4884m
*Mt. Everest named after Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India is known as Chomolungma in Tibet and Sagarmatha in Nepal.
**Mt Denali was earlier known as Mt McKinley and was renamed in 2015.
Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii is over 10,000 m tall from its base to peak (taller than Mt. Everest) but most of it lies under the ocean and is only 4,205 m above sea level.

Eight Thousanders - Mountains above 8000m in height

Name/ Height Location First Scaled
Mt Everest/ 8,848 m Nepal1953
Mt K2 or Godwin Austin/ 8,611 mKarkoram, POK1954
Kanchenjunga/ 8,586 mSikkim, India1955
Lhotse/ 8,516 mNepal/China1956
Makalu/ 8,485 mNepal/China1955
Cho Oyu/ 8,201 mNepal/China1954
Dhaulagiri/ 8,167 mNepal1960
Manaslu/ 8,163 mNepal1956
Nanga Parbat/ 8,126 m Karkoram, POK1953
Annapurna/ 8,091 mNepal1950
Note: There are 14 eight-thousanders in the world and all of them are located in the Himalayan and Karkoram ranges of Asia



Continents and Highest Peaks

ContinentOptionHighest Peak
1. Oceania a. Mt Everest
2. Antarcticab. Mt Kilimanjaro
3. Africac. Mt Elbrus
4. Europed. Mt Denali
5. Asiae. Mt Aconcagua
6. N. Americaf. Mt Vinson Massif
7. S. Americag. Mt Carstensz