The highest mountain outside of Asia is Aconcagua (6,961 m or 22,838 ft), the 189th highest in the world. So why does Everest continue to get all the love, while Chimborazo goes relatively unnoticed? Before the age of exploration, no geographer could make any plausible assumption. Well, it all comes down to how hard the climb is. Kangchenjunga, 8,586 metres (28,169 ft). Also, it's important to mention again that Everest still takes the cake when measured at sea level. Presumed highest from 1808 until 1847. This means that mountains near the equator are technically higher than those in other areas, and it just so happens that Chimborazo is almost smack-dab on our planet's waistline, while Everest is 28 degrees north. So how much higher is it? Basically, since Earth isn't flat (sorry, B.o.B), it bulges outward at the equator and flattens near the poles. That title belongs to Mount Aconcagua, which rises 22,828 feet (6,961 metres) above sea level. So, if you've already made plans to climb Everest and earn your name a place alongside Sr Edmund Hillary's, fear not, because you are still climbing the tallest mountain in the world - if sea level is your metric. Meanwhile, Chimborazo stretches 3,967 miles (6,384 kilometres). (David Torres Costales/WikiCommons). Mount Everest, 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). In fact, those 2 miles are enough to put Chimborazo at number one, and kick Everest out of the top 20. Now known to be the 7th highest mountain in the world. This isn't exactly news, though - NPR ran a report about Chimborazo back in 2007. Now known to be the 3rd highest mountain in the world. It takes 10 days to merely make it to Everest's base camp, six weeks to acclimatise, and then the arduous nine-day climb to the top. If you're using that as a metric, Chimborazo wouldn't even rank as the tallest peak in the Andes. List. The most recent peak to have its first ever ascent is Saser Kangri II East, in India, on 24 August 2011. Everest owes its popularity to the impressive title of 'highest mountain in the world', but in reality, it isn't - not according to science. The examples and perspective in this article, "List of past presumed highest mountains", Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_past_presumed_highest_mountains&oldid=980971419, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from September 2013, All articles needing additional references, Articles with limited geographic scope from September 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 September 2020, at 14:59. After that, you might as well hit up Chimborazo, because that climb will seem like a walk in the park. On the other hand, Chimborazo takes about two days to climb after acclimatising (about two weeks), reports Rosenberg. Yup, the world's highest mountain is actually Chimborazo - a stratovolcano in Ecuador that's part of the Andes mountain range - because it's the furthest point from Earth's centre and, therefore, the highest in terms of distance. Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary reached its peak back in 1953, thousands of adventures have set out to conquer the deadly summit of Mount Everest. A version of this article was first published in May 2016. Established as highest in 1852 and officially confirmed in 1856. The tallest peak or peaks on worlds where significant mountains have been measured are … If you're a mountain climber, you want the hardest challenge, which is what Everest offers. Mount Chimborazo. the impressive title of 'highest mountain in the world', but in reality, it isn't - not according to science. Presumed highest from 1847 until 1852. Well, according to one report, Everest stretches a distance of 3,965 miles (6,382 kilometres) from Earth's centre. © ScienceAlert Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Though it's only a 2-mile (3.2 km) difference, it means everything when it comes to crowning height titles. The following is a list of mountains that have been presumed, at one time, to be the highest mountain in the world. How general the following presumptions were is unclear. According to Eli Rosenberg for The New York Times, Chimborazo's summit rises 20,500 feet (6,248 metres) above sea level, which is shorter than Everest by 8,529 feet (2,600 metres), but that all changes when measured from the centre of Earth. In fact, so many people give it a shot every year that this Himalayan beauty is slowly turning into a literal pile of crap. Everest owes its popularity to the impressive title of 'highest mountain in the world', but in reality, it isn't - not according to science.. Yup, the world's highest mountain is actually Chimborazo - a stratovolcano in Ecuador that's part of the Andes mountain range - because it's the furthest point from Earth's centre and, therefore, the highest in terms of distance.