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Top 14 Highest Mountains in China

Mountainous areas make up 69 percent of China's land territory. Top 10 Highest Mountains in China here will show you the 10 of the highest mountains of mainland China, among which, Mt. Everest is absolutely the tallest mountain of China. Then what else?

Top 1 Mt. Everest 珠穆朗玛峰——8848m

With a height of 8,840 meters above sea level, Mt. Everest is absolutely the highest mountain of the world. It lies in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas which bordering China and Nepal. Its Tibetan name is Qomolangma, meaning "Mother of Earth”, while Sagarmatha is another name of this mountain in Nepali, which means “the Goddess of Sky”. 

Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds. The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers. 

There are four available camps, situated at heights of 6,100m, 6,500m, 7,400m and 8,000m and of course the summit, at 8850m. Here, at the summit, you can expect temperatures of minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you have luck the temperature can reach also minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Learn more about How Mt.Everest was formed.

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Mt Everest
Mt. Everest

Top 2 Mt. Qogir 乔戈里峰——8611m

Mt. Qogir is the second highest mountain on earth, also known as K2, Savage Mountain, Mountaineer's Mountain, Mount Godwin-Austen or Chogori. It is part of the Karakoram Mountains. With a peak at 8,611 meters above sea level, this mountain is located on the border between Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Xinjiang, China and Baltistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

Mt Qogir
Mt. Qogir

Top 3 Mt.Lhotse 洛子峰——8516m

Mt. Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world at 8516 metres above sea level. It is located only 3 km south to Mt Everest. It sits on the border between china and Nepal with its east side belongs to china and the rest facing Nepal.

Mt Lhotse


Top 4 Mt. Makalu 马卡鲁峰——8485m

Mt. Makalu belongs to the Himalaya Mountains. It is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is located 24km northwest to the Mount Everest on the border between Nepal and China. The north side belongs to China while the other side faces in Nepal. It is also one of the eight-thousanders.

Mt Makalu


Top 5 Mt. Cho Oyu 卓奥友峰——8188m

Mt. Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border between China and Nepal at 8188metres above sea level. It is 30km west to the Mt. Everest.

Mt Cho Oyu

Mt. Cho Oyu

Top 6 Mt. Broad Peak 布洛阿特峰——8051m

Mt Broad Peak is the twelfth highest mountain in the world and also the third highest peak in the Kunlun Mountains. It is located 12km southeast to the Mt. Qogir at 8051 meters above sea level. It sits on the border between China and Pakistan Kashmir.

Mt Broad Peak

Mt.Broad Peak

Top 7 Mt. Xixabangma 希夏邦马峰——8027m

Mt Xixabangma also called Shishapangma or Gosainthān, is the 14th highest mountain in the world. Though it stands at 8,027 metres above sea level, it is the lowest among the eight-thousanders. It is located 120km away from Mt. Everest and it is the only one of eight-thousanders who sits entirely within Tibet China.

Mt Xixabangma


Top 8 Mt. Gyachung Kang 格重康峰——7952m

Mt Gyachung Kang is the 15th highest mountain in the world at 7998 metres above sea level. It is located on the border between china and Nepal east to the Mt. Cho Oyu, the highest mountain between Mt Everest and Mt Cho Oyu. 

Mt Gyachung Kang

Mt. Gyachung Kang

Top 9 Nancha Barwa 南迦巴瓦峰——7785m

Namcha Barwa, or Namjagbarwa, is a legendary mountain with a height of 7,785 meters above sea level. It stands inside the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River as the river enters its notable gorge across the Himalaya. Namcha Barwa in Tibetan language means “the war spear pierces into the sky”. It kept its record as the highest unclimbed independent mountain in the world until 1992 conquered by a Sino-Japanese mountaineering expedition.

mt Nancha Barwa
Mt. Nancha Barwa

Top 10 Mt. Gongga 贡嘎山——7556m

Mt. Gongga, also known as Minya Konka, is the highest mountain in Sichuan Province with a peak of 7,556 meters, which located on the eastern margin of Tibet-Qinghai Plateau. In Tibetan language, “Gong Go” means “the Highest Snow Mountain”. It is also known to locals as "The King of Sichuan Mountains". It is a fully development maritime glacier mountain, a hot potato for mountaineers to conquer.

Mt Gongga
Mt. Gongga

Top 11 Kunlun Mountains 布喀达坂峰——6860m

Also known as Buka Daban or Bokalik Tagh or Xinqing Feng. With a height of 6,860 meters, is a remote peak on the border between Xinjiang and Qinghai Province and the highest peak of the latter. It is part of the Kunlun Mountains of East-Central Asia.

mt Buka Daban
Kunlun Mountains

Top 12 Meili Snow Mountain 卡瓦格博——6740m

With a height of 6,740 meters, also known as Kawa Garbo or Khawa Karpo is the highest peak of Meili Snow Mountain, among the 13 main peaks. It is the highest point of Yunnan Province. Kawagarbo is one of the most sacred mountains for Tibetan Buddhism as the spiritual home of a warrior god of the same name.

Meili Snow Mountain

Top 13 Mt. Kailash 冈仁波齐峰——6656m

Mt. Kailash or known as Gangs Rin-po-che in local, is the main peak of the Gangdisê Mountains, which are part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet. Standing in Pulan County, Ali Region, with a height of 6,721 meters, it has entitled the “Top of Ali”, while Tibetan Buddhists called it "precious jewel of snows".

Mt. Kailash

Top 14 Qilian Mountains 祁连山——6644m

With an altitude of 6,644 meters above sea level, also known as Tuanjie Peak is the highest point of Qilian Mountains. Qilian Mountains is a northern outlier of the Kunlun Mountains, forming the border between Qinghai and the Gansu provinces of northern China. Tuanjie Peak is located on the section within Gansu Province.

mt qilianshan
Qilian Mountains

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