Nepal is home to some of the most magnificent, albeit dangerous, mountains in the world. These sky-scraping giants with their icy faces continue to attract intrepid mountaineers and tourists around the world
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Nepal has 8 of the world's 10 highest mountains, including Mount Everest. These iconic peaks with steep faces and high elevations provide extreme climbing challenges. Yet many adventurers are drawn to Nepal's mountains for the thrill and glory of summiting the giants.
At 8,848m, Mount Everest is the tallest peak in Nepal and the world. Climbers face steep pitches, freezing temperatures, and fatal avalanches. Everest was first summited in 1953 and continues to attract hundreds of climbers annually.
1. Mount Everest (8,848m) - World's 1st Highest Peak
Kanchenjunga is Nepal's second highest peak at 8,586m. Its long routes and extreme weather make it very challenging. It was first climbed in 1955 by a British expedition team.
Lhotse is Nepal's third highest peak at 8,516m. Its treacherous South Face has steep ice and frequent avalanches. Lhotse was first summited in 1956.
4. Makalu (8,485m) - World’s 5th Highest Peak
Makalu is Nepal's fourth highest peak at 8,485m near Everest. It has very steep pitches prone to avalanches. Makalu was first climbed by a French team in 1955
5. Cho Oyu (8,188m) - World’s 6th Highest Peak
Cho Oyu is Nepal's fifth highest peak at 8,188m near Everest. Its gentler slopes still have avalanche danger and steep sections. Cho Oyu was first climbed by an Austrian expedition in 1954.
6. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) - World’s 7th Highest Peak
Dhaulagiri I is Nepal's sixth highest peak at 8,167m. Its steep faces and unstable weather make it very treacherous. Dhaulagiri was first climbed in 1960 by a Swiss expedition.
7. Manaslu (8,163m) - World’s 8th Highest Peak
Manaslu is Nepal's seventh highest peak at 8,163m with unpredictable weather. It remains a highly hazardous climb. Manaslu was first summited by a Japanese expedition in 1956.
8. Annapurna I (8,091m) - World’s 10th Highest Peak
Annapurna I is Nepal's eighth highest peak at 8,091m with a dangerous South Face. It has the highest fatality rate among Nepal's 8,000m peaks. Annapurna was first climbed by a French expedition in 1950.
9. Annapurna South (7,219m)
Annapurna South is a 7,219m peak with steep rock faces. The trek to its base camp is popular but climbing it is technical. It was first climbed by a Japanese team in 1964.
10. Annapurna III (7,555m)
Annapurna III is a 7,555m peak known for its steep pitches. It was first climbed in 1961 by an Indian expedition but remains rarely summited.
Nepal's peaks over 8,000m require immense skill and present real dangers. But summiting these sky-scraping giants is an unmatched adventure for bold climbers.