Nepal, China announce new mountain at Everest peak

Everest in 2016; Photo credit: Mário Simoes

After two years of surveying and years of deliberation, Nepal and China have announced the new official height of Everest (and guess what, it’s bigger!).

You have probably heard us say several times: Mount Everest is 8,848 m high – that has a nice sound. But as it turns out, Everest is higher than we thought. The mountain, which lies in the Himalayas in Nepal and borders Tibet via tectonic plates, has shifted in the last decade.

For years Nepalese officials in the land reform ministry and in the surveying department have worked to find out sure how high the mountain is.

The new height is exactly 8,848.86 meters, which is 29,031.7 feet. The generally accepted height of the mountain. Everest was previously 8,848 m (29,029 feet) high (declared by the Survey of India in 1954). It might be a small difference, but it’s a difference nonetheless.

The department performed four different methods for geological surveys the Kathmandu Post: Precise leveling, trigonometric leveling, gravity measurement and GNSS surveying.

Last year China and Nepal signed an agreement that they would announce the new height together. “The Sagarmatha / Zhumulangma mountain is an eternal symbol of friendship between Nepal and China,” it says in Joint announcement.

While Mt. Everest is still the highest peak in the world (measured by its height above mean sea level). Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the tallest from base to summit at over 33,500 feet.

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