19 Highest peaks of the Himalayas – Name, meaning and elevation

The , or form a in , separating the plains of the from the .

The ’s highest peaks

The has many of the Earth’s highest peaks, including the highest, . The Himalayas include over fifty mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in elevation, including ten of the fourteen 8,000-metre peaks. By contrast, the highest peak outside Asia (Aconcagua, in the Andes) is 6,961 metres (22,838 ft) tall.

Spread across five countries

The Himalayas are inhabited by 52.7 million people and are spread across five countries:

The world’s major rivers

Some of the world’s major rivers rise in the Himalayas :

Their combined drainage basin is home to roughly 600 million people.

A profound effect on the climate

The Himalayas have a profound effect on the climate of the region, helping to keep the on the and limiting on the plateau.

The cultures of the Indian subcontinent

The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the of the Indian subcontinent; many are in and .

19 Highest peaks of the Himalayas

Peak Name Other names and meaning Elevation (m) Elevation (ft) First ascent Notes
-“One whose forehead is in the skies”, or -“ 8,848 29,028 1953 World’s highest mountain Located in Nepal(Around China Border.). Till 2010 A.D., about 2305 people, total of 5501 , from 20 different countries have climbed Mt. Everest.
8,611 28,251 1954 World’s 2nd highest. Located in Pakistan. World’s toughest mountain to climb.
8,586 28,169 1955 World’s 3rd highest. Located in Nepal.
8,501 27,939 1956 World’s 4th highest and close to Mt Everest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.).
8,462 27,765 1955 World’s 5th highest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.)
8,201 26,906 1954 World’s 6th highest. Located in Nepal(Around China Border.)
8,167 26,764 1960 World’s 7th highest. Located in Nepal.
– “ 8,163 26,758 1956 World’s 8th highest. Located in Nepal.
or , “ 8,125 26,658 1953 World’s 9th highest. Located in Pakistan. Considered one of the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb.
8,091 26,545 1950 World’s 10th highest. Located in Nepal.
() or K5 8,068 26,470 1958 World’s 11th highest. Located in Pakistan.
K3 () 8,047 26,400 1957 World’s 12th highest. Located in Pakistan.
K4 8,035 26,360 1956 World’s 13th highest. Located in Pakistan.
“Crest above the grassy plains” - for “”, 8,027 26,289 1964
7,922 26,089 1964
7,817 25,645 1936 India
7,756 25,447 1931 India
7,338 24,258 1935
7,161 23,494 1962 Popular climbing peak.


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