Mount Everest ‘adds’ 1 metre: World’s tallest mountain now officially measures 29,032ft

China Telecom broadcast images of Mount Everest via 5G 

China and Nepal have now agreed on an updated new height for Mount Everest, ending a decade-long inconsistency between the two. Mount Everest is now recognised at standing 29,032ft (8,848.86m) tall, slightly more than Nepal’s previous measurement and adding approximately 13ft (4m) taller than China’s.

Nepal previously measured Everest’s height as 29,028.87ft (8,848m), while China had the height measuring 29,017.16ft (8,844.43m).

The new agreed official height was finally confirmed after the pair this year sent surveyors to their respective sides of the mountain.

Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali announced their surveys’ results in a video call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Mr Gyawali said: [Everest is] “an eternal symbol of … friendship between Nepal and China.”

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The pair unveiled Everest’s new height on-screen after simultaneously pressing buttons during the live-streamed conference call.

Situated in the Himalayas between China and Nepal, Everest has been the epicentre of an enduring dispute between the two countries.

There had been an ongoing debate over the actual height of the peak, with theories including Everest may have even shrunk following 2015’s major earthquake.

This quake killed at least 9,000 people and damaged approximately 1 million buildings in Nepal.

And at the same time, the violent tremors triggered an avalanche on Everest, killing 19 people at Everest’s base camp.

Then, following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Nepal in October, the two countries agreed to remeasure the height of the mountain to finally end the long-standing dispute.

The launch of this year’s scientific research project to confirm the exact height of Everest was described by Chinese government as “an eternal symbol of the friendship between the two countries.”

Nepal sent its first team of surveyors in May 2019 to measure Everest.

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These Nepali surveyors used Global Navigation Satellite System to obtain “the precise height” of the giant peak, Nepal’s Department of Survey spokesperson Damodar Dhakal said.

Chinese surveyors then proceeded to ascend Everest in spring 2020, when the mountain was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Video released by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV captured the moment the Chinese climbers reached the summit point buried in deep snow on May 27.

Everest’s height commonly accepted was 29,028ft (8,848m), determined by 1954’s Survey of India.

In 1999, a National Geographic Society team calculated a height of 29,035ft (8,850m).

And a Chinese team in 2005 calculated Everest at 29,009ft (8,844.43m) after not including the snow cap.

China has previously conducted six major surveys of the mountain, known in China as Qomolangma, since 1949’s establishment of the People’s Republic, with the most recent summit marking the communist state’s seventh conquest.

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