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Highest Continental Mountains

Published 25th May 2015 by The Times Atlas  

The new Times Mini Atlas of the World and The Times Desktop Atlas of the World are out now. To celebrate their quality, authority and prestige, here are the Earth's highest points: the Seven Summits.


Mount Vinson

4,897 metres, 16,066 feet

Lying in the north part of Vinson Massif’s summit plateau in Antarctica is its highest peak, Mount Vinson. Vinson Massif was discovered in January of 1958 by U.S. Navy aircraft, and Mount Vinson was first climbed in 1966 by the American Antarctic Mountaineering Expedition.


Puncak Jaya

4,884 metres, 16,023 feet

In the western central highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia, is Mount Carstensz, whose highest summit is Puncak Jaya. The highest point of Puncak Jaya was first climbed in 1962 by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer’s expedition.


Mount Everest

8,848 metres, 29,028 feet

The Earth’s highest mountain is Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Everest’s summit point marks the international border between China and Nepal. The first ascent of Mount Everest was in May 1953 by New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepali Tenzing Norgay from Darjeeling, India.



5,642 metres, 18,510 feet

El’brus is a dormant volcano in Russia. It was first climbed in 1829 by Khillar Khachirov, a guide for an Imperial Russian army scientific expedition.



5,892 metres, 19,330 feet

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania, Africa. Although Mount Everest is the highest mountain which is part of a mountain range in the world, the highest free-standing mountain (not part of a mountain range) is, in fact, Mount Kilimanjaro. Its first ascent was by German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.


Mount McKinley

6,194 metres, 20,321 feet

Mount McKinley is located in the Alaska Range in Alaska. Its first ascent was by climbers Harry Karstens, Hudson Stuck, Robert Tatum and Walter Harper in June, 1913.


Cerro Aconcagua

6,959 metres, 22,831 feet

Cerro Aconcagua is located in the Andes mountain range in Argentina. The first to climb Aconcagua was the guide of a European expedition, Matthias Zurbriggen, in January, 1897.

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