25 Highest Mountains In The World

Posted by on January 2, 2013

If we were to measure by peak height above sea level then starting with Mount Everest all 25 of the tall mountains in the world would be in the Himalayas. The problem with doing that, however, is that the dividing line between a mountain with multiple peaks and separate mountains is not always clear. For this reason a better measurement to use is called “topographic prominence” (basically how much the mountain sticks out from the surrounding landscape). So, while Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak is not as far away from sea level as any number of peaks in the Himalayas, the difference between its base and its peak is much greater. With that in mind these are the 25 highest mountains in the world.

Pico Bolívar

Pico BolívarPico Bolívar is the highest mountain in Venezuela, at 4,978 metres. Located in Mérida State, its top is permanently covered with névé snow and three small glaciers.

Volcán Tajumulco

Volcán TajumulcoVolcán Tajumulco is a large stratovolcano in the department of San Marcos in western Guatemala. It is the highest mountain in Central America at 4,220 metres (13,845 ft). Tajumulco has had several historical reports of volcanic eruptions, but none have been confirmed to be true eruptions.

Ras Dashen

Ras DashenRas Dashen is the highest mountain in Ethiopia and tenth highest mountain of Africa. Part of Semien Mountains National Park, it reaches an elevation of 4,550 metres (14,928 ft).


K2K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth, after Mount Everest and is located on the border of Pakistan and China. It is also known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the second-highest fatality rate among the “eight thousanders” for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. Unlike Annapurna, the mountain with the highest fatality-to-summit rate, K2 has never been climbed in winter.

Mount Rainier

Mount RainierMount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle in the state of Washington, United States. It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m).

Mount Kinabalu

Mount KinabaluMount Kinabalu is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the East Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site.

Namcha Barwa

Namcha BarwaNamcha Barwa or Namchabarwa is a mountain in the Tibetan Himalaya. The traditional definition of the Himalaya extending from the Indus River to the Brahmaputra would make it the eastern anchor of the entire mountain chain, and it is the highest peak of its own section as well as Earth’s easternmost peak over 7,600 metres.

Bogda Peak

Bogda PeakBogda Peak or Bogda Feng is the highest mountain in the Bogda Shan range, in the eastern Tien Shan mountains, China, at 5,445 m (17,864 ft).


ChimborazoChimborazo is a currently inactive stratovolcano located in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 AD and with a peak elevation of 6,268 metres (20,564 ft), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador.

Jengish Chokusu

Jengish ChokusuJengish Chokusu is the highest mountain in the Tian Shan mountain system at 7,439 metres (24,406 ft). It lies on the Kyrgyzstan–China border southeast of lake Issyk Kul.

Mauna Kea

Mauna KeaMauna Kea is a volcano on the island of Hawaii. Standing 13,803 ft (4,207 m) above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

Nanga Parbat

Nanga ParbatNanga Parbat (literally, Naked Mountain) is the ninth highest mountain in the world and the western anchor of the Himalayas. Located in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, it has an immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain and has had a notable incidence of tragedy associated with its climbing.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Klyuchevskaya SopkaKlyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano which is the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres (60 mi) from the Bering Sea.

Mount Damavand

Mount DamavandMount Damāvand, a potentially active volcano and the highest peak in Iran, has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore. It is located in the middle Alborz Range, adjacent to the highest volcano in all of Asia.

Mont Blanc

Mont BlancMont Blanc or Monte Bianco (Italian), meaning “White Mountain”, is the highest mountain in the Alps, Western Europe, and the European Union and rises 4,810.45 m (15,782 ft) above sea level.
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  • Den

    “If we were to measure by peak height above sea level then starting with Mount Everest all 25 of the tall mountains in the world would be in the Himalayas. The problem with doing that, however, is that the dividing line between a mountain with multiple peaks and separate mountains is not always clear. For this reason a better measurement to use is called “topographic prominence” (basically how much the mountain sticks out from the surrounding landscape).”

    You guys need to chill out and read before commenting…

  • http://www.vhalaudzi.co.za LLOYD CHISA

    The highest mountain in the world MILIGE at south africa

  • mary

    i need ten examples of rocks and hills

  • arthur

    I thought 2nd highest mountain was K2 at 8,611m.

    • http://www.itsfunny.co Faizan

      I think the writer must be drunk or he is a racist :-/ K2 is 2nd highest and the mountain on 9# is also wrong.. The 9th highest mountain is Nanga Parbat (Naked Mountain) in Pakistan! I

      • Harry

        Why throw in the race card. Pathetic!

    • Varney T.Mason

      The highest mountain in the world is mount.Everest.

  • awi

    dat is rite

  • amoschuks

    i will like to know how this mountains are being clasified

    • chris

      The preamble clearly states the methodology: prominence.

  • http://goegle yahaya sahal

    totally wrong list

    • ME


  • http://www.webaholic.tk atharva

    you should know to arrange them

  • Ukpong Godwin Effiong

    Is part of me to go on deep finding on mountain

    • dujuan


  • Kiyani

    Don’t understand concept behind this list. This list is wrong

  • Engineer ibrahimsayyadee

    Where is kilemanjaro located

  • Anup

    Above stat is totally misleading ……as Tom said 8 out of 10 peak of the world is in Nepal….

    • Nepalese

      That is quite right. 9 out of world’s 11 highest peaks lie in Nepal.

      • Mahmood Ul Hassan

        My dear friends, Let me take this opportunity to clear some of the doubts which have been created by measuring highest mountains as it sticks out to the surrounding area, which is a wrong concept of measuring highest mountains. You may call these peaks anything but the highest mountains. I will come back with each measurement of the mountains later but to enhance basic information for all, I would like to tell you that there are only 11 peaks in the world which are above 8000 meters and they are called the “Eight Thousanders”. 7 of these peaks lie in Nepal and Five are in Pakistan, the 12th peak which sometimes is considered as Eight Thousander is call Gasherbrum 4 but is actually 1 meter short of 8000 meters, due to extreme snow fall it does go just over 8000 meters. I hope my information would give some back ground on the subject.

        • MP

          Did you really not read his introduction? This is a list of mountains ranked by topographical prominence, not actual height.

  • shashi thakur

    this list is wrong…check this list..and admin plz correct your list…

    1. Mount Everest / Himalayas Nepal/Tibet / 29,035
    2. K2 (Mount Godwin Austen) / Karakoram / Pakistan/China / 28,250
    3. Kangchenjunga / Himalayas / India/Nepal / 28,169
    4. Lhotse / Himalayas / Nepal/Tibet / 27,940
    5. Makalu / Himalayas / Nepal/Tibet / 27,766
    6. Cho Oyu / Himalayas / Nepal /Tibet / 26,906
    7. Dhaulagiri / Himalayas / Nepal / 26,795
    8. Manaslu / Himalayas / Nepal / 26,781
    9. Nanga Parbat / Himalayas / Pakistan 26,660
    10. Annapurna /Himalayas /Nepal

  • Tony

    Why did you not put the mountains in order from the highest to lowest? Next time make anotherone with all of the mountains of the world.

  • kimwele

    what about mt kenya

  • Izuchukwu Charles Makaveli

    thanks I appreciate the effort keep it on

  • tim taiwo

    nice work.keep it up.

  • ndungu abraham

    mt KENYA. where?

  • Ed

    Why would you make a list like this and not put them in order… FAIL

    • Asif

      Appreciate what u learned rather asking someone to arrange it in order. Do it by urself if u need it. Everything is not suppose to be spoon fed.

  • Maddie Soard

    I love the list thank you so much!!!

  • amit makwana

    I like watching mountain

  • Sandra Easby

    I very much enjoy
    Looking at the list of 25.

  • tom

    it says hightst mountain in the world out of 10: 8 of the highest mountain are in Nepal.

    • Anup

      Thats true Tom….