Nepal and China on Tuesday jointly announced the revised height of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, as 8,848.86 metres. The Nepal government decided to measure the exact height of the mountain amid debates that there might have been a change in its height due to various reasons, including the devastating earthquake of 2015.

Nepal recalculated the height of Mount Everest at 8,848.86 metres, the country’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali announced. The new height is 86 centimetres more than the previous measurement.

 


According to the measurement done in 1954 by Survey of India, the height of Mount Everest is 8,848 metres.

According to China’s past measurement, the height of Mount Everest is 8844.43 metres which were four metres less than Nepal’s calculations.

Earlier, the media reports said Chinese surveyors have conducted six rounds of scaled measurement and scientific research on Mount Everest and released the height of the peak twice in 1975 and 2005, which was 8,848.13 metres and 8,844.43 metres respectively.

In Tibetan language, Mount Everest is known as Mount Qomolangma. China and Nepal settled their border dispute in 1961 with the boundary line passing through the summit of Mount Everest. Mount Everest is located in the collision and compression zone between the edges of the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate.

“Accurately measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma is helpful to the study of the elevation changes of the Himalayas and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,” Gao Dengyi, an atmospheric physicist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences told the Chinese state media earlier.

Sushil Narsingh Rajbhandari, Deputy Director General at the Department of Survey, had stated that “people who actively took part in this procedure” would be felicitated at the announcement ceremony.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2019, Nepal and China had agreed to jointly announce the revised height of the world’s tallest peak.

 

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