Nepal and China jointly announce revised height of Mount Everest after separately spending months measuring the world’s tallest peak.
China and Nepal jointly announced a new height for Mount Everest, ending controversy surrounding the exact height of the world’s highest point.
The new official height is 8,848.86 meters (29,032 feet), China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday, slightly more than Nepal’s previous measurement and about four meters higher than China’s.
The new height would be based on trigonometric and GPS measurements made by Nepal and China. Nepal sent a team of surveyors to the top of the peak in May 2019, while China sent a team earlier this year.
It was the first time Nepal had independently carried out such measurements amid speculation about a possible height change due to global warming and the 2015 earthquake.
Nepal previously recognized 8,848 meters as the official snow depth for Mount Everest, which was the conclusion of a survey conducted by the Survey of India in the early 1950s. But more recent measurements had yielded different figures. .