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The Five Tallest Mountains in the World Among the tallest mountains in the world, the top five are all found in Asia. In fact, the fourteen tallest mountains worldwide are all located in Asia. They are all within a specific area called the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges. These mountain ranges span the countries of Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet (China). The five tallest mountains and their heights are: 1. Mt. Everest – 8,850 meters (above sea level) 2. K2 (Godwin Austen) - 8,612 meters 3. Kanchenjunga - 8,586 meters 4. Lhotse I - 8,501 meters 5. Makalu I - 8,462 meters Mount Everest Practically everyone has heard of this tallest mountain the world, which is located in the Himalayan region in Nepal and China. The natives in Nepal call this mountain Sagarmatha, meaning “goddess of the sky.” Himalayas, the mountain range, means “abode of snow.” These names are very appropriate. The snow in the mountain range never melts, even in summer. And Mount Everest is so high up in the sky that many climbers wear oxygen masks to be able to breathe near and at the peak. The higher a person climbs up the mountain, the less oxygen there is, making it harder and harder to breathe. An untrained person will become dizzy and light-headed, and he can die if no medical intervention is given. The first two people to climb Mount Everest were Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide, Tenzing Norgay. They wore oxygen masks when they made their historic ascent in 1953. Mount K2 (Godwin Austen) This second tallest mountain is K2, located in Pakistan and China. It was first scaled in 1954 by an Italian team which included Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli. Before this, many climbers in major expeditions tried to reach the peak, all unsuccessfully, and

The Tallest Mountain in The World

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