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Top 10 Highest Mountain Peaks In The Himalayas

Whenever we talk about Himalayas, we can imagine some majestic peaks with heavenly cloudy skies. Not everything that existed before we obtained planet earth, can be savoured and appreciated with our own eyes. Only some can!!! Mountains sure are one of those magnificent impediments. I can’t say about you, but a sense of calmness and serenity infuses me in any such exploration. Don’t mind me going gaga over mountains, the thing is, sitting on a mountain-top, looking down the valley, I usually feel more connected to myself. The true beauty of nature can literally pause every minuscule affair of our day-to-day existence.

Taking a halt from appreciating mountains just from my eyes, let me also apprise you with the 10 highest mountain peaks of Himalayas some of which also, are the highest peaks in the world.

List of 10 highest mountain peaks of Himalayas

 

1. Kangchenjunga

 

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Kangchenjunga, which means, “The Five Treasures of Snows” is the third highest mountain in the world (after Mount Everest and K2). Located in the great Himalayan range of Sikkim, Kangchenjunga rests on the border of India and Nepal. Almost like the roof of India, it has an elevation of 8,586 meters.

The Mountain has five summits:

  • Kangchenjunga Main: 8,586 meters
  • Kangchenjunga West: 8,505 meters
  • Kangchenjunga Central: 8,482 meters
  • Kangchenjunga South: 8,494 meters
  • Kangbachen: 7,903 meters

Three of these, including the highest one, is in India while the other two roar in Nepal.

The first humans to climb the Kangchenjunga peak were George Band and Joe Brown, on May 25, 1955.

 

2. Nanda Devi

 

 

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Situated in the Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttrakhand, Nanda Devi is the first highest mountain in the Garhwal Region and second highest in India, with an elevation of 7,817 meters. It is also titled as the “Blessed Goddess” by many. In fact, many of the highest mountains in the world are believed to be the homelands of the omnipresent Gods. Also, Nanda Devi is the 23rd highest mountain in the world.

The Mountain has two summits:

  • Nanda Devi: 7,817 meters
  • Nanda Devi East:  7,434 meters.

The first humans to climb the Nanda Devi peak were Noel Odell and Bill Tilman, in 1936.

 

3. Kamet

 

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After Nanda Devi, Kamet is the second highest mountain in the Gharwal region of Uttrakhand. With an elevation of 7,756 meters, the standard route begins from the East Kamet Glacier, which is little remote and therefore the peak is less accessible as compared to some other Himalayan peaks. Also, it is the 29th highest mountain in the world and 3rd in India.

The Mountain is surrounded by three subsidiary peaks:

  • Murbat: 7,242 meters
  • Abi Gamin: 7,355 meters
  • Mana: 7,272 meters

The first humans to climb the Kamet peak were Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, R.L. Holdsworth and Lewa Sherpa, in 1931.

 

4. Saltoro Kangri

 

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Located in a remote location of Karakoram, Saltoro Kangri is the 31st highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 7,742 meters. In the whole Saltoro Range, Saltoro Kangri is the highest of all the peaks. It is mostly covered with rock, ice and snow.

The Mountain is surrounded by three subordinate peaks:

  • k12: 7,428 meters
  • Ghent Kangri: 7,401 meters
  • Sherpi Kangri: 7,380 meters

The first successful climbers of Saltoro Kangri were from a Japanese-Pakistani expedition, in 1962.

 

5. Saser Kangri

 

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Saser Kangri, which is derived from two words- ‘Sato’ meaning heaven, and ‘Panth’ meaning path, is the 35th highest mountain peak in the world and 5th in India. It is situated in Jammu and Kashmir, which is ‘the paradise on earth’. In the whole Saser Muztagh range, “Saser Kangri I” is the highest of all the peaks with an elevation of 7,672 meters. The path to the peak also includes crossing many beautiful glaciers.

The Mountain is surrounded by Five subordinate peaks:

  • Saser Kangri II East: 7,518 meters
  • Saser Kangri II West: 7,500 meters
  • Saser Kangri III: 7,495 meters
  • Saser Kangri IV: 7,416 meters
  • Plateau Peak: 7,287 meters

The first successful climb of Saser Kangri was in 1973.

 

6. Mamostong Kangri

 

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Mamostong Kangri falls in Rimo Mustagh, which is a subrange of Karakoram range, located in Jammu and Kashmir. With an elevation of 7,516 meters, it is ranked as the 48th highest mountain in the world and 6th in India.

It is a lone wolf, with no other surrounding peaks, though four additional ascents of this peak have been listed by the Himalayan Index.

The first successful climb on the Mamostrong Kangri was by Col. Balwant Sandhu & Yoshio Ogata, in 1984.

 

7. Rimo

 

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Rimo I is the chief and the highest summit of the Rimo Massif. It is ranked as the world’s 71st highest mountain peak and 7th Indian Peak. It lies in the Siachen Area of Jammu and Kashmir, and it was almost unvisited until the twentieth century.

The Rimo Massif comprises four peaks:

  • Rimo I: 7,385 meters
  • Rimo II: 7,373 meters
  • Rimo III: 7,233 meters
  • Rimo IV: 7,169 meters

The first humans to climb Rimo were Tsewang Smanla, Yoshio Ogata, Nima Dorje Sherpa and Hideki Yoshida, in 1988.

 

8. Hardeol

 

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Hardeol Peak, which is one of the major peaks of the Kumaon Himalayas, guards the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Although its listed rank is unclear, Hardeol has an elevation of 7,151 meters. The peak is also considered as ‘Temple of God’.

The best way to climb the mountain is through the Ikualari glacier.

The first successful climb was in the year 1978 by an Indo-Tibetian Expedition.

 

9. Chaukhamba

 

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Chaukhamba, also known as the mountain on the far horizon, has an elevation of 7,138 meters. Among the group of Gangotri, it is the highest peak in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. It has four summits, out of which Chaukamba I is the highest.

Brief of the four summits:

  • Chaukamba I: 7,138 meters
  • Chaukamba II: 7,070 meters
  • Chaukamba III: 6,995 meters
  • Chaukamba IV: 6’854 meters

The first successful ascent was on 13th June 1952, by Lucien George and Victor Russenberge.

 

10. Trisul

 

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Someone says Trisul and we instantly think of Lord Shiva.

Trisul Peak whose name is perhaps derived from Shiva is a formation of three Himalayan peaks of western Kumaun. Out of the three subordinate peaks, Trisul I is the highest with an elevation of 7,120 meters. Situated near to the Nanda Devi sanctuary, the three peaks resemble the trident, Trishula.

The two other summits:

  • Trisul II:  6,690 meters
  • Trisul III: 6,007 meters

 

Blown away??

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