Monday, 20 December 2010

The Great 8000m Peaks

As most people will know the tallest 14 mountains in the world are the fourteen 8000 metre peaks. Climbing the 14 is probably the greatest climbing achievement there is and signifies a truly great person and a very skilled mountaineer. Below is a map of the 14 8000m peaks:

Image courtesy of Wikipedia (Click to Enlarge)

The 14 peaks are confined to the Himalayas and the Karakoram as you can see from the diagram. They include Everest, K2 and Cho Oyu along with the 11 others. The size and difficulty of the task of climbing them all is shown by the fact that only 21 people have achieved the feat (certain other climbers claims are disputed). The first to climb them all was Reinhold Messner, widely believed to be the greatest Mountaineer of all time having been the first person to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen. 

Death rates are extremely high on many of these peaks making the challenge extremely difficult as well as being time consuming and costly anyway. I'm sure over time we won't see too many people achieving the status of having climbed them all; we only recently saw the first woman to do so. Nowadays it is always recommended that people attempting Everest have climbed one of the lower and more straight forward 8000m peaks such as Cho Oyu. 

The achievement of climbing all the fourteen 8000m peaks is an incredible feat and probably the envy of all climbers and mountaineers across the world; the huge huge majority of whom will never step foot on top of one of them, let alone all 14! I could see myself reaching the summit of maybe 2 of them if I was extremely lucky! To stand on one would be amazing, to stand on all would be spell binding. One of the greatest things man can do; I'm jealous of those who have done and are able to do so!


  1. good luck to you on your steps towards your first 8000m peak!

  2. Thanks Alastair! It's a long way off but hopefully one day! Hope you enjoy the blog and the best of luck with your adventures!

  3. Just discovered your blog.
    Good luck.
    If you want a very easy climb with great views, I just did Mount Jbel Toubkal in the high Moroccan Atlas. Recommended!

  4. Thanks a lot. Morocco is amazing, didnt get a chance to see the Atlas mountains when i was there sadly! Enjoy the blog!


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