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Δευτέρα, 2 Νοεμβρίου 2009

Τα ψηλοτερα βουνα του κοσμου

 

1. Everest

Everest is the highest mountain in the world. It was named after George Everest, a geographer who studied India in the 19th century. The mountain is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet, and its height is 29,035.44 feet (8,850 meters) which is like 17 Taipei Towers! Everest is the sacred dream of all the mountain climbers. Every year despite all the dangers and high costs, hundreds of people try conquering the mountain.
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2. K2

K2 peak, located on the territory of Pakistan, is 28,169 feet (8,611 meters) high and is the second highest mountain in the world. People also call it the “Savage Mountain” since the ascent is very difficult. The death statistics are terrifying — for every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying.
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3. Kangchenjunga

In the Nepali language “Kangchenjunga” means “The Five Treasures of Snows.” That is because the mountain has five peaks which are believed to represent the 5 repositories of God — gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Elevation of the highest peak is 28,169 feet (8,586 meters).
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4. Lhotse

Lhotse is 27,940 feet (8,516 meters) high and is seen as being in the shadow of Everest. “Lhotse” is literally translated from Tibetan to mean “South Peak”. The south face of the mountain is very steep, so the climbing routes are mainly to the northwest.
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5. Makalu

Makalu, also known as “The Great Black,” soars 27,762 feet (8,462 meters) high and is the fifth highest mountain in the world. Made of an impressive mass of red granite, it’s no wonder it deserved such a name. Makalu is one of the harder 8000-meter peaks and is considered to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world.
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6. Cho Oyu

Cho Oyu, which means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan, is the 6th highest mountain in the world. Though its height is 26,905 feet (8,201 meters), the mountain has the highest success rate of all the 8000-meter peaks. The quality of its route, the good conditions, and its ease of access make it one of the most popular mountains to climb.
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7. Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri is a “white mountain.” Its elevation is 26,795 feet (8,167 meters).
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8. Manaslu

The “Mountain of the Spirit,” Manaslu, is not one of the better-known mountains in the world, but it’s one of the most dangerous with the 4th-highest fatality rate of all the 8000-meter peaks. The height of the mountain is 26,759 feet (8,156 meters) above sea level.
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9. Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat, also known as the “Naked Mountain,” was one of the deadliest mountains to climb in the first half of the 20th century. The height of the mountain is 26,660 feet (8,126 meters) and it’s a truly awesome spectacle. The south face is the largest in the world, extending over four kilometers above base camp.
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10. Annapurna

Annapurna means the “ Goddess of the Harvests.” The mountain’s height is 26,545 feet (8,091 meters) and its peaks are among the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb.
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11. Gasherbrum I

“Beautiful mountain” Gasherbrum I is 26,509 feet (8,080 meters) high. It’s probably the least climbed 8000-meter peak and has the lowest fatality rate, since most climbers tackling it are experienced.
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12. Broad Peak

Broad Peak is located about 5 miles from K2 and was originally named K3. It was later given the name of “Broad Peak” since its summit is over 1 mile long. The mountain is 26,414 feet (8,051 meters) high and comparatively safe, with a death rate of only 7%.
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13. Gasherbrum II

Gasherbrum II is part of the greater Gasherbrum group of 5 peaks, 2 of which are over 8000 meters. It is the world’s 13th highest mountain. By Himalayan standards it is one of the most remote and arduous to approach.
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14. Shishapangma

Shishapangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world and the lowest of the 8000 meter climbs. When translated to English, it means “Crest Above The Grassy Plains” which sounds so charming. With a height of 26,289 feet (8,013 metes), Shishapangma is one of the easiest in it’s class to climb.
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15. Gyachung Kang

Gyachung Kang is the highest peak between Cho Oyu and Mount Everest. It’s 26,089 feet (7,952 meters) high.
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