Kathmandu: The Government of Nepal on Tuesday announced the newly-measured height of Mount Everest. At 8848.86 metres, Mount Everest continues to be the tallest mountain on Planet Earth.
Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the height of Mount Everest has increased by 0.86 centimetres.
The height of the world’s tallest mountain was measured in 1954 by the Survey of India. The mountain was then found to be 8,848 metres tall and this was so far the widely accepted and recognized height of Sagarmatha, the Nepali name for the famed peak.
Nepal undertook the initiation to measure the height of the world’s tallest peak after speculations that widely accepted that the height of 8,848 metres might not be the actual length after the 2015 earthquake which shook the nation.
Nepal’s Department of Survey had begun the exercise to measure the height of the Mt Everest two years ago.
Sushil Narsingh Rajbhandari, Deputy Director General at the Department of Survey, had stated that “people who actively took part in this procedure” would be felicitated at the announcement ceremony.