Nepal, China Claim Mount Everest is Now Even Taller

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Mount Everest, on the Nepal-China border, was declared the world’s tallest peak in 1954, standing at 8,848 metres according to the Survey of India. However, due to the deadly Gorkha earthquake that rocked Nepal in 2015, it was thought the famous mountain may have lost some height, but new measurements show it's actually a few centimetres taller.

After working for almost a year to find out the exact height of the world's tallest peak Mount Everest post 2015 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal and China jointly announced its new height which is 8,848.86 metres. This retains its position to being the tallest peak in the world.

In 1954, the Survey of India measured the height of Mount Everest which was marked 8,848 metres. Chinese researchers had claimed 8844 meters height in 2005, while Nepal said it was a little taller, at 8847 meters. 

Due to the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, a number of scientists had speculated that the height of the mountain could have been reduced.

To know its exact height, Nepal had signed an agreement with China in 2019 during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

​Nepal's Department of Survey deployed its officials and experts to re-measure the mountain's height with the help of China’s hi-end technology measures, technicians and surveyors.

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