Guwahati: Nepal and China on Tuesday jointly announced the revised height of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, as 8848.86 meters.
The Nepal government decided to measure the exact height of the mountain amid debates that there might have been a change in its height due to various reasons, including the devastating earthquake of 2015.
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 meters tall and this was so far the widely accepted and recognised height of Sagarmatha, the Nepali name of the famed peak.
The new height is 86 cms more than the previous measurement. Mount Everest isn’t the first peak to see its height revised but it’s probably the first to get taller rather than shrink.