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10 Tallest Mountains in the World

You might think the mountains wherever you live are tall, but unless you live in the Himalayas, chances are they are dwarfed by the tallest mountains in the world. We're talking heights where you might as well be closer to space than you are to sea level. Whether you're a seasoned mountaineer or just want to admire the majesty of these mountains from afar, you'll almost assuredly be in awe of these sky-piercing peaks.

Annapurna

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Despite being the shortest mountain on this list, at 8,091 meters (26,545 feet), Annapurna is still quite tall. It's worth pointing out that we're technically talking about Annapurna I, which is the highest peak on the Annapurna massif, which consists of many mountains, 30 of them higher than 6,000 meters.

Located in Nepal and initially summited by an expedition led by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950, Annapurna remains a challenging and dangerous climb. The fatality-to-summit ratio is a staggering 32 percent, meaning this one is better left for experienced mountaineers.

Nanga Parbat

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Just a little taller than Annapurna at 8,125 meters (26,657 feet), Nanga Parbat is another dangerous mountain. One of the mountain's many nicknames is the "Killer Mountain," which helps to give an indication of just how dangerous the mountain is for climbers.

Located in the far western Himalayas, and the furthest west of all the world's mountains over 8,000 meters, Nanga Parbat is an impressive mountain for many reasons. Just one of these is the mountain's Rupal Face, which is located on its southern side and reaches 4,600 meters (15,000 feet) from top to bottom. That's quite the fall.