Nepal measurement to decide Everest height

KATHMANDU Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:08pm IST

Travellers enjoy the the view of Mount Everest at Syangboche in Nepal December 3, 2009. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar/Files

Travellers enjoy the the view of Mount Everest at Syangboche in Nepal December 3, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Gopal Chitrakar/Files

Related Topics

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal will measure the height of Mount Everest afresh, an official said on Tuesday, a survey that could end confusion about the exact height of the world’s tallest peak.

The official height of Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) from the sea level as determined by the Survey of India in 1954.

In 1999, an expedition by the National Geographic Society and Boston's Museum of Science used satellite-based technology to measure the height of the snow covered peak, and determined the mountain stood 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) high.

Nepal has stuck to the snow height determined in 1954.

"This is part of our ongoing scientific research,” Raja Ram Chhatkuli, director general of Nepal's survey department, said of the latest measurement.

“The findings can take up to years to be known.”

Mount Everest straddles the border between Nepal and China and its height has always been a hotly debated issue between the two countries.

Chinese mountaineers and researchers climbed Mount Everest in May 2005 to determine its height and concluded that the rock height of the peak was about 3.7 meters (11 feet) less than the estimates made in 1954, or the summit was 8,844.43 meters (29,017 feet), with a margin of error of about 0.21 metres.

More than 3,100 climbers have climbed Mount Everest since it was first summited by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in May 1953.

Eight of the world's 14 tallest peaks including Mount Everest are in Nepal or on its borders with China and India.

Some recent climbers say the mountain's glaciers are shrinking and portions of the trail leading to the summit are losing snow and turning rocky due to climate change.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Bollywood Update

Bollywood Update

Movie Review: Happy New Year.  Full Article 

School Shooting

School Shooting

Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shooting.  Full Article 

Bigger Role

Bigger Role

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services.  Full Article 

Diwali Glitter

Diwali Glitter

Gold sales jump about 20 pct for Diwali - trade body  Full Article 

Ebola in U.S.

Ebola in U.S.

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones.  Full Article 

New World Bank Rival

New World Bank Rival

Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia  Full Article 

Assault on Pires?

Assault on Pires?

ISL probes allegation of assault on Pires  Full Article 

Kalki Interview

Kalki on Margarita

Kalki on her role in “Margarita, With a Straw”  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage