The Seven Tallest Mountains in the World

All of the world's seven tallest mountains are in Asia, in the Himalaya of the Karakoram ranges.

7. Dhaulagiri

This peak, in Nepal, is 26,906 feet above sea level and is the highest point of the Gandaki river basin, which flows into the Kaligandanki Gorge, thought by many to be the world's deepest gorge. Dhaulagiri was thought to be the world's tallest mountain until 1838, when Kangchenjunga was proven to be higher.

6. Cho Oyu

This peak, on the Nepal-Tibet border, climbs 26,906 feet into the sky. The name translates to "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. Not far from Cho Oyu, to the west, is Nanga La, a glacier pass 19,000 feet up that is a main trade to Tibet.

5. Makalu

Makalu is the world's fifth-tallest mountain. The peak, a four-sided pyramid, is on the Nepal-Tibet border and is 27,766 feet above sea level. The peak is part of the Makalu-Barun Valley, a glacier valley that is part of the Makalu Barun National Park.

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