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Seven Summits

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Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in Asia, and the world.

The following article lists the Seven Summits and Seven Second Summits. Climbing each of the summits is a mountaineering challenge.

Map of Seven Summits

Seven First Summits[edit]

The Seven Summits are the tallest mountains on each continent. The summits are:

Australia's tallest mountain, 7 Mount Kosciuszko Mount Kosciuszko on Wikipedia (2,228 m), was on the original Seven Summits list. As this mountain is considered a rather trivial challenge, 8 Puncak Jaya Puncak Jaya on Wikipedia on New Guinea (4,884 m) is considered to represent Oceania.

9 Mont Blanc (4,810 m) is occasionally regarded as Europe's tallest mountain, as Elbrus, and nearby peaks, are on different sides of the Europe-Asia border, depending on definition. However, the mountain is not on any of the Seven Summits lists. It is however a classic in mountaineering, and an alternative to Elbrus, due to the often unstable political situation in the North Caucasus.

Seven Second Summits[edit]

Some mountaineers attempt to climb the second highest peak on each continent. While the peaks are at lower altitudes than the Seven Summits, some of them are more technically difficult, so the Second Summits are considered a greater mountaineering challenge than the Seven Summits.

Once again, there's some disagreement about the seventh mountain on the list. If you prefer a mountain in Australia, it's 7 Mount Townsend Mount Townsend on Wikipedia (2,209 m); otherwise, it's 8 Puncak Mandala Puncak Mandala on Wikipedia (4,760 m) in Indonesia.

Those who consider Mont Blanc the tallest mountain in Europe would consider 9 Monte Rosa Dufourspitze on Wikipedia (4,634 m; Switzerland's tallest mountain) to be the second tallest.

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