Kathmandu; Nepal and China, the two countries that share a border on Mount Everest, announced a new official measurement of the mountain’s height is 8,848.86 meters, or 29,031.69 feet.
That’s about three feet higher than the most commonly used measure of Everest’s height dating back to a survey conducted by India in the early 1950s.
The announcement — which was broadcast live on national television in Nepal — is the culmination of an exhaustive process involving two trips to the summit and years of measurements to calculate Everest’s precise height above sea level.
- Mount Everest Updated Official height: 8,848.86 meters
- Co-announced by China and Nepal (they disagreed before)
- Everest rises about half a metre per century
- Formed out of the collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.
- The summit is a dome of snow, with space for 6 people standing.
- Some geologists believe the 2015 earthquake may have changed Everest’s height
A proud and happy moment as the new height of Mt. Everest has been announced just in time to celebrate International Mountain Day!