World’s tallest peak Mt. Everest in the Himalayas was declared almost a meter taller after both Nepal and China released the revised measurements to assign a new height of 8,848.86 meters (29,032 feet).
The announcement was made here by the Department of Survey in a virtual program attended by Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
Both officials read out their respective statements representing their heads-of-the-states, President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“8848.86 meters is the newly-measured height of Mount Everest,” Mr. Pradeep Gyawali stated while reconfirming the actual measures.
Earlier both Nepal and China had decided to remeasure the mountain after widespread debates raged about the actual height of the peak deemed to be influenced by several factors including the 2015 earthquake.
Officials at the Nepal government coordinated with China to sent their own team to measure the height of the Everest. An earlier survey done by Survey of India in 1954 had measured the peak at 8,848 meters.
In 2019, Nepal and China had agreed to jointly announce the revised height during President Xi’s visit.
Mount Everest is a mountain on the crest of the Great Himalayas of southern Asia that lies on the border between Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. On average, the annual number of tourists who visit the Everest region each year is around 35000 in total.