Mount Everest in the Himalayas in Asia, with its peak at 8848 m above sea level. Mount Everest, China-Nepal border Syncline Anticline.

If you ask almost anyone to name the highest mountain in the world, their answer will probably be “Mount Everest.” Mount Everest, located on the border between China and Nepal, has an altitude of 8,848.86 meters (29,031.69 feet) – making it the highest mountain in the world. The altitude of 8,848.86 meters is officially recognized by China and Nepal. Both countries agreed to use the elevation of the mountain’s snow cap, rather than a bedrock elevation of 8,844 meters.

Mount Everest is called the world’s highest mountain because it has the “highest elevation above sea level.” We could also say that it has the “highest altitude.”

The peak of Mount Everest is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.69 feet) above sea level. No other mountain on Earth has a higher altitude. However, some mountains might be considered “taller” (with taller being “the total vertical distance between their base and their summit”)

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