The Eight-Thousanders are the mountain peaks which are above 8,000 meters in height. There are only 14 such peaks in the world, and all of those are located in the Great Himalayas & Karakoram of South Asia.
The first recorded successful ascent of an eight-thousander was by the French climbers, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of Annapurna on June 3, 1950.
Himalaya/Karakoram spans 2,400 km (1,500 mi) from Nanga Parbat on the western front to Hindu Kush range in the east. A splendor and pride of many nations, they are the most sought destinations in the world for adventure travel. Mount Everest at 8,850 meters is the highest point of the greater Himalaya range.
List of Eight-Thousanders
|Mount Everest||8,848 m||Nepal, China|
|K2||8,611 m||Pakistan, China|
|Kanchenjunga||8,586 m||Nepal, India|
|Lhotse||8,516 m||Nepal, China|
|Makalu||8,485 m||Nepal, China|
|Cho Oyu||8,201 m||Nepal, China|
|Nanga Parbat||8,126 m||Pakistan|
|Annapurna I||8,091 m||Nepal|
|Gasherbrum I||8,080 m||Pakistan, China|
|Broad Peak||8,051 m||Pakistan, China|
|Gasherbrum II||8,035 m||Pakistan, China|
- They are the 3rd largest deposit of ice and snow in the world. There are approximately 15,000 glaciers located throughout these ranges, which stores about 12,000 km3 (3,000 cubic miles) of fresh water.
- These are the youngest among the many mountains in the world. The formation of Himalaya dates back only 70 million years, whereas, Appalachian mountainswere formed almost 300 millions years ago.
- The myth of Yeti, an abominable snowman in English literature, is related to the Himalaya. According to the folklore and locals, the Yeti is a revered as the God by many while other regard it as the mountain guards or wild beast.
- Geologists have performed tests over years to prove that The Himalayas are geologically alive. The mammoth mountain range is said to be moving approximately 20 mm every year!
- They span over 2,400 km and covers 6 different countries of South Asia.