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14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters

The 14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters are so unique and tricky that only 44 people have summited them all. We explain why they bewitch rovers across the globe.

14 Peaks over eight thousand meters are the only mountains on the earth with ‘death zones ‘where the oxygen quantum in the atmosphere is inadequate to sustain mortal life (about 30 of that at ocean position).

The mountains are all located in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan and are the only bones in the world over 8000m (26247 ft.).

The first person to climb all 14 peaks of eight thousand meters was the fabulous wayfarer Reinhold Messner who completed the feat on 16th October 1986. To date, there have been 44 rovers with vindicated ascents of all 14 peaks.

In 2019, Nepalese rambler Nirmal‘Nims’Purja completed a new speed record by climbing all 14 wonders peaks in an astonishing 6 months and 6 days, smashing the former record of just under 8 times.

In this article, we will discuss all the challenges and vagrancies of these fearsome peaks along with their elevation, and location. Let’s start with the least dangerous to most adventures peak in 14 to 1 sequence.

Highest peaks in the world:


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8027 m (26335 feet)
  • Position China
  • First ascent 2nd May 1964
  • Ascents 302
  • Deaths 25
  • Duration 43 days

Shishapangma is the smallest among the 14 peaks and benefits from a short approach to base camp as well as a gentle ascent but isn’t inescapably the easiest to peak. Due to its position entirely within the Tibetan region of China, it was actually the last of the eight-thousands to be climbed.

It isn’t a technically delicate mountain, making it an ideal first eight-thousand-meter peak to attack, but its closeness is a major consideration.


  • Elevation 8035m (26,362 feet)
  • Position Pakistan/ China
  • First ascent 7th July 1956
  • Ascents 930
  • Deaths 21
  • Duration 50 days

GASHERBRUM II Located in the Karakoram mountain range of the Himalayas on the Pakistan-China border, Gasherbrum II has some enough emotional neighbors with Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I, and the redoubtable mammoth of K2 putatively within touching distance.

Gasherbrum II isn’t in the same league as K2. Regarded as a good training peak for Everest, Gasherbrum II is climbed using three camps with the peak attempt mounted from camp three. Like Shishapangma, the climbing isn’t exorbitantly steep.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8051m (26,414 feet)
  • Position Pakistan/ China
  • First ascent 9th June 1957
  • Ascents 404
  • Deaths 21
  • Duration 47 days

Broad Peak is Part of the same massif as the Gasherbrum’s, Broad Peak has a peak crest over 1.5 kilometers (0.93 country miles) long, hence its name. It’s frequently used by K2 campaigners as a precursor as it offers good training and altitude adaptation.

Again, codified as a lower specialized rise than numerous of the eight-thousand-meter peaks, Broad Peak frequently appeals to the lower technically-professed wayfarer wishing to climb in the shadow of K2 and the Karakoram range.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8080m (26,444 feet)
  • Position Pakistan/ China
  • First ascent 5th July 1958
  • Ascents 334
  • Deaths 29
  • Duration 53 days

It was originally designated K5 (meaning the 5th peak of the Karakoram).

It was frequently referred to as Hidden Peak in reference to its extreme closeness and moment remains one of the least popular of among 14 peaks, incompletely due to its closeness but also its outstanding neighbors. Private guided peregrinations tend to concentrate on either Gasherbrum II or Broad Peak, while K2 is the real draw for serious perambulators.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8091m (26,545 feet)
  • Location Nepal
  • First ascent 3rd June 1950
  • Ascents 298
  • Deaths 75
  • Duration 54 days

Annapurna 1 is regarded as the most dangerous among the 14 sisterly peaks. It has a high casualty-to-peak rate (298 summits and 75 losses) and the smallest overall summits.

Annapurna I and  Annapurna Massif both are extremely dangerous peaks to go for climbing. The massif is generally reserved for only the veritably stylish perambulators with just a sprinkle of intimately guided peregrinations ever taking place on the range.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8126m ( 26,660feet)
  • Position Pakistan
  • First ascent 3rd July 1953
  • Ascents 335
  • Deaths 68
  • Duration 43 days

Nanga Parbat was formerly known as ‘Killer Mountain’. Don’t let this mountain’s beauty fool you Nanga Parbat is a notoriously delicate rise. It was formerly known as ‘Killer Mountain’ and is the third most dangerous m peak after Annapurna and K2.

Before 1990, Nanga Parbat had an astonishing death rate of 77, meaning summiteers were more likely to die than survive. Nanga Parbat is the westernmost peak. Girdled by lush timbers and glacial lakes, the mountain halls with tremendous perpendicular relief over the original terrain in all directions.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8163m ( 26,781feet)
  • Location Nepal
  • First ascent 9th May 1956
  • Ascents
  • Deaths 83
  • Duration 42 days

Manaslu is a more ‘attainable’ rise.  Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, is described as a “pleasurable passage in an exceedingly scenic region”.

Despite its dominating peak, Manaslu boasts long crests and vale glaciers that offer generally doable approaches from all directions. Rovers arrive at the base of the mountain via copter before acclimatizing with day hikes around the girding pitches. The rise, partitioned by four camps, ascends moderate pitches before a final steep snow arête below the peak.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8167m (26,795 feet)
  • Location Nepal
  • First ascent 13th May 1960
  • Ascents 544
  • Deaths 84
  • Duration 50 days

Dhaulagiri is one of the lower climbed in 14 peaks of 8000 meters. Frequently overlooked for its more accessible counterparts, the remote Dhaulagiri is considered one of the lower climbed despite 544 ascents.

Dhaulagiri is the highest mountain lying entirely within Nepal and was the penultimate eight-thousand-meter peak to be summited. Dhaulagiri’s unforeseen rise from the girding terrain is nearly unrivaled. It ascends an astonishing 7000 m ( 22,970 feet) from the Kali Gandaki River just 30 kilometers to the southeast.


  • Elevation 8188m (26,864 feet)
  • Location Nepal/ China
  • First ascent 19th October 1954
  • Ascents
  • Deaths 51
  • Duration 44 days

The sixth-highest mountain in the world is the easiest eight-thousand-meter peak. The mountain is frequently appertained to as the ‘mock test’ or ‘stepping-gravestone’ for Everest, as the high camp at m provides excellent practice for using oxygen and refining chops, apparel, and outfits.

Coming to Everest, Cho Oyu is the most constantly climbed peak. The climbing route is fairly straightforward and hazard-free with only many short specialized sections.

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  • Elevation 8485m (27,838 feet)
  • Location Nepal/ China
  • First ascent 15th May 1955
  • Ascents 486
  • Deaths 45
  • Duration 60 days

Makalu is notorious for its steep pitches and cutter-edged crests. Makalu is a handsome mountain with an insulated peak shaped like an aggregate. Positioned just 22 kilometers (14 country miles) east of Everest in the Khumbu region, its prominent shape has long impressed rovers on the pitches of Everest.

With its good aesthetics, still, come exposure and peril. The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and cutter-edged crests that in places are fully exposed to the rudiments, making it one of the harder to climb. The final ascent of the spectacular peak aggregate demands some largely grueling specialized gemstone and ice climbing.


  • Elevation 8516m ( 27,940feet)
  • Location Nepal/ China
  • First ascent 18th May 1956
  • Ascents 813
  • Deaths 30
  • Duration 56 days

Lhotse is frequently part of a ‘quintet rise’ with Everest. Lhotse is statuesque If Makalu is handsome. Its striking silhouettes make it one of the popular peaks of 8000 meters in height. As part of the Everest massif, it’s frequently climbed as part of a ‘quintet rise’ with Everest.

The rise follows the Everest route as far as Camp Four before unyoking off along a narrow gully which makes for a stirring homestretch to the rise. Lhotse is frequently climbed incontinently after an Everest peak from South Col which connects the two peaks.


  • Elevation 8586m ( 28,169feet)
  • Location Nepal/ India
  • First ascent 25th May 1955
  • Ascents 491
  • Deaths 58
  • Duration 52 days

Kanchenjunga is the easternmost of the eight-thousand-meter peaks. Lying on the India-Nepal border, Kangchenjunga is the loftiest mountain in India, second-loftiest in Nepal and third-loftiest in the world.

The Kangchenjunga area is remote and has only lately opened up to tourism. The mountain itself isn’t largely specialized but has been summited only 491 times.

2. K2

14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8611m ( 28,251feet)
  • Position Pakistan/ China
  • First ascent 31st July 1954
  • Ascents 306
  • Deaths 81
  • Duration 68 days

K2 is known as” Savage Mountain”.A bare citation of this legend is enough to make one’s blood run deep freeze. K2 is known as ‘Savage Mountain’ due to the extremely delicate ascent and one of the loftiest casualty rates among the 14 highest peaks.

Unlike its unfaithful peer Annapurna, it was not until lately that K2 was climbed in downtime. In January 2021, a platoon of 10 Nepali rovers led by Nims Purja made history with the first successful downtime peak of K2.

Changeable avalanches mean that around one in four summiteers die on the pitches of this murderous mountain. K2 demands lesser specialized climbing chops than Everest and all of the troubles that come with climbing over m remain.


14 Highest Peaks in the world over 8000 meters
Highest Peaks in the world
  • Elevation 8848m ( 29029feet)
  • Location Nepal/ China
  • First ascent 29th May 1953
  • Ascents
  • Deaths 295
  • Duration 45-63 days

Adventure Advisers describe it well when they say Everest is “ still the ultimate mountaineering adventure and to stand at the zenith of the Earth is one of life’s most satisfying guests”. It may not be the hardest, most grueling, or most dangerous, but it’s the loftiest mountain in the world.

The last many times have seen the mountain shaken relatively literally by natural disasters. In 2014, a slide of large masses of snow killed 16 people; it was a huge disaster in history. A time later, the Nepal earthquake started an avalanche, killing another 18 people and breaking another woeful record.

When Japanese rambler Nobukazu Kuriki abandoned his peak attempt in the afterlife in 2015, that was the first since 1974 (41 times) without a successful peak of Mount Everest.

A sense of normality returned in 2016 with 657 people reaching the peak. The following three times were record-breaking with 674 successful summits in 2017, 802 in 2018, and 876 in 2019. The climbing season was closed in March 2020 due to the epidemic.

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