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Huge List of Famous Mountains

Can you guess the names of these 43 notable mountains?
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Highest in the world
8848
Mount Everest
Second highest in the world
8611
K2
Third highest in the world, thought to be the highest until the
Great Trigonometrical Survey of the 1800s
8586
Kangchenjunga
Fourth highest in the world
8516
Lhotse
The first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed. Nevertheless, one climber
has died for every three who reach the summit.
8091
Annapurna
Highest in South America
6961
Aconcagua
This Ecuadorian peak is the furthest from the center of the Earth
6268
Chimborazo
Highest in North America
6190
Denali
Highest in Africa
5895
Mount Kilimanjaro
Caucasus volcano that is the highest mountain in Europe
5642
Mount Elbrus
This volcano is the highest peak in Mexico
5636
Pico de Orizaba
Second highest in Africa. Gave its name to a country.
5199
Mount Kenya
Turkish volcano theorized to be the landing place of Noah's ark
5137
Mount Ararat
Highest in the D.R. Congo and Uganda, named for a famous explorer
5109
Mount Stanley
Highest in the Alps
4809
Mont Blanc
It is estimated that 500 people have died trying to climb this
pointy peak in the Swiss alps
4478
Matterhorn
This California peak is the highest U.S. mountain outside of Alaska
4421
Mount Whitney
Huge volcano visible from Seattle
4392
Mount Rainier
Some people call this Hawaiian peak the world's "tallest" mountain when
measured from its base on the sea floor
4207
Mauna Kea
This shield volcano on the same island is the world's largest by volume
4169
Mauna Loa
Volcano near the Gulf of Guinea which shares its name with a country
4040
Mount Cameroon
Most active volcano in Antarctica
3794
Mount Erebus
Highest in Japan
3776
Mount Fuji
Highest in New Zealand
3724
Aoraki / Mount Cook
Highest in the Canary Islands
3718
Teide
Very active volcano in Sicily
3326
Mount Etna
Home of the Greek Gods
2918
Mount Olympus
The eruption of this Indonesian volcano in 1815 caused the
"Year Without a Summer"
2850
Mount Tambora
Volcano in Washington state that erupted in 1980
2549
Mount Saint Helens
Highest in the Azores
2351
Mount Pico
Egyptian mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments
2285
Mount Sinai
The highest peak in New Hampshire, it once held the record for
highest wind speed ever recorded
1917
Mount Washington
Has the faces of four U.S. Presidents
1745
Mount Rushmore
This peak on Baffin Island is named for a Norse God and has the
world's largest vertical drop
1675
Mount Thor
Philippines volcano that erupted in 1991, briefly lowering global temperatures
1486
Mount Pinatubo
Highest in the U.K.
1345
Ben Nevis
Volcano that destroyed Pompeii
1281
Mount Vesuvius
Flat-topped mountain overlooking Cape Town
1085
Table Mountain
The 1883 eruption of this volcano could be heard over 3000 miles away
813
Krakatoa
The Dome of the Rock can be found on this hill in Jerusalem
740
Temple Mount
Highest peak in Antigua. Temporarily renamed for a U.S. President in 2009.
402
Boggy Peak /
Mount Obama
Peak located in Rio de Janeiro's harbor
396
Sugarloaf Mountain
The city of Montreal takes its name from this "mountain" - more of a hill, really
233
Mount Royal
86 Comments
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Level 76
Dec 19, 2018
Brilliant idea for a quiz. Please accept 'Cook' for Mount Cook - thanks.
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2018
Fixed
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Level 77
Dec 19, 2018
Annapurna? It's one of the higher ones that I can actually spell and remember.
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2019
It's well known for being the first 8000er having been climbed and the deadliest one (32% of ascents)
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2022
Added!
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Level 68
Apr 19, 2022
I was expecting Stromboli too :)
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2018
Surprised so few people knew Tambora - arguably a far more significant eruption than Krakatoa.
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Level 87
Dec 19, 2018
Well, I think that's because they made the movie "Krakatoa, East of Java" (even though it's west of Java) but no film about Tambora.
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2018
Huh, I've never heard of that film.
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Level 62
Feb 3, 2021
Me neither, but I remembered Krakatoa and not Tambora. It's probably because of the sound record it produced.
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2022
My guess is it's because of that Spongebob episode where Squidward gets volcano powers and yells "Krakatoa!" when he uses them
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Level 83
May 14, 2020
better represented in recorded history
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Level 83
Mar 14, 2022
The 'Year without a Summer' is pretty famous - it's well-known for indirectly being the reason Frankenstein was written.
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Level 58
Dec 19, 2018
No Sugarloaf? No Olympus Mons?

Space Mountain? Mount Doom. Lonely Mountain

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Level 79
Dec 19, 2018
No Fuji?
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2022
Added Fuji and Sugarloaf!
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Level 95
Dec 19, 2018
Or Whistler?
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
I was shocked to not see Fuji
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Level 66
Feb 21, 2019
Ditto
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Level 83
May 14, 2020
I added all of these now in my Really huge list of famous mountains
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Level ∞
Mar 14, 2022
Nice quiz! I used the stats from your quiz to add 7 more mountains to our list.
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Level 83
Mar 14, 2022
Thanks!
+18
Level 79
Dec 19, 2018
How about that mountain my partner made of a molehill? Geez, forget to pick someone up at the airport ONE time.....
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Level 83
Dec 19, 2018
With a title like that I expected at least 100 mountains
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Level 72
Dec 19, 2018
Please be more generous with the spellings of Kangchenjunga. The Wikipedia article begins "Kangchenjunga, also spelled Kanchenjunga, is the third highest mountain in the world," yet when I tried Kanchenjunga, it did not work.
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Level ∞
Dec 19, 2018
All we require is Kang + one or more letters + Ga
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Level 90
Dec 19, 2018
In other words, I could spell it "Kangandafallaalkndalakdnadga" and that counts, but "Kanchenjunga" (a correct spelling) doesn't? That seems a bit off.
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Level 76
Dec 19, 2018
But ^KANG[A-Z]+JA still misses out Kanchenjunga!
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Level ∞
Dec 20, 2018
Kanchenjunga will work now
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Level 85
Dec 19, 2018
I don't think it's fair that Elbrus and Erebus have such similar names. Someone ought to do something about that.
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Level 74
Dec 24, 2018
I'm on it!

Just need to find a big enough eraser.

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Level 85
Dec 19, 2018
I think it should be "highest in the contiguous US" since continental US includes Alaska.
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Level ∞
Dec 20, 2018
Changed the clue slightly
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Level 70
Dec 20, 2018
Wow, I expected the penultimate one to be much higher. Also, can you accept "Kibo" for Kilimanjaro?
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Level 83
Dec 20, 2018
It is, QM was looking at the wrong number apparently. 332 m is the prominence, but Jebel Musa is actually 2,285 m high
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2018
Fixed, thanks.
+1
Level 83
Dec 20, 2018
Baffin Island's highest peak also fits the description
+1
Level ∞
Dec 21, 2018
Changed the description - thanks.
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Level 83
Dec 21, 2018
Here we go, 101 mountains:

Really Huge List of Famous Mountains

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Level 59
Feb 21, 2019
Please accept Kanchanjunga or at least Kanchenjunga because that's what we call it in India
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Level 66
Feb 21, 2019
Only hiked three of these (Mont-Royal, Mount Washington and Mount Whitney). Lots of hiking still to do...
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Level 33
Jan 23, 2022
Ive Hiked Mt Washington too
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Level 83
Mar 15, 2022
I cheated, took the cog railway to the top. Windy up there!
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Level 83
Feb 21, 2019
Today I learned that I am woefully pathetic in regards to mountain/volcano-based trivia.
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2019
Great list. A lot that I knew, but a few I hadn't heard of (Mount Thor is awesome). I would have added Mount Fuji, Vinson Massif, and Mount Mitchell (highest U.S. peak east of the Mississippi--though I'm biased, being originally from North Carolina).
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2022
Yes I thought both Vinson and Mitchell were missing. Then again I am also a North Carolinian, but I still feel it is a significant enough peak to add to the list. Mount Washington, a smaller Appalachian peak, also appears, so I feel that it is justified as the largest in a major region.
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
The Temple Mount doesn't really exist as a hill anymore. It's a manmade stone platform. Could have put on Mount Scopus, Mount Zion, Mount of Olives, Cavalry Hill, Mount Moriah, if you wanted something from Jerusalem.
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Level 75
Feb 22, 2019
I think it's Calvary Hill or Mt. Calvary, not Cavalry, unless there is a place there dedicated to horse soldiers that I'm unaware of. :) I agree, any of those would be good substitutions.
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Level 82
Feb 24, 2019
yes, Calvary. I think that might have been auto-correct. Though I guess Calvary Hill doesn't really exist anymore, either. You can see a bit of it under glass inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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Level 64
Feb 21, 2019
Can someone explain how Chimborazo is the farthest from the center of the Earth when it's not the highest peak on Earth? Does it have to do with the thickness of plate tectonics? I am curious to know.
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2019
No it has to do with the fact that the Earth is not a perfect sphere. Chimborazo is in Ecuador sitting almost exactly on the equator.
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Level 77
Apr 19, 2022
To be specific, the Earth's spin makes it bulge a little at the equator, like how spinning pizza dough makes it flatten out. The Earth's radius at the equator is about 3963 miles (6378 km), while the radius at the poles is about 3950 miles (6357 km). This means that something at sea level on the equator is about 13 miles (21 km) further away from the center of the Earth than something at sea level at the poles.

Of course, the difference is less drastic the further away you are from the poles, but with Everest being about 5.5 (8.8 km) miles above sea level, the addition of even a couple more miles from the Earth's center makes a big difference. In fact, Mount Everest is the tenth furthest point from the Earth's center, beaten by Chimborazo by about 1.3 miles (2.1 km), even though Everest is about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) higher above sea level.

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Level 65
Feb 21, 2019
100% Know the tallest mountain in the world. 96% know the second tallest mountain. 16% know the third tallest mountain. We really only like winners.
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Level 65
Feb 21, 2019
Nice quiz, I think "El teide" should be accepted for "teide".
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Level 84
Feb 21, 2019
This is a longshot, but could "Mount Doom" be accepted for NZ?
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Level 83
May 14, 2020
Mount Doom is not the highest.
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2019
Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa clues look like "hey i'm the world's best at this made-up stat!" to me.

Gotta be the something-est!

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Level 83
May 14, 2020
Mauna Kea not really. It's a valid measure to start from the bottom.
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Level 79
Mar 15, 2022
Disagree, Mt Everest would be even taller than listed here if you started counting somewere in the depths of the Indian Ocean. Which would just be silly.
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Level 56
Apr 19, 2022
Yes, I agree, I've never understood the rationale for Mauna Kea
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Level 77
Apr 19, 2022
It's two different ways of measuring height: distance above sea level, and distance above the surrounding land. Think about it this way: Everest (and the rest of the Himalayas) were created by the collision of the Indian tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate, so they started growing from land at or above sea level. Mauna Kea, on the other hand, grew as a volcano from the ocean floor, so it had to do a lot more growing to get to its height.
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2023
How about Mason Mount in England?
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Level 79
Aug 20, 2019
Great Quiz, Thanks
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Level 69
Mar 31, 2020
got 20 and for me that is not bad. Really not my subject. But there were 2 more I could/should have gotten, matterhorn and erebus. I only now realize elbrus and erebus are not the same thing!! I just always thought I was bad at spelling/remembering. I hadnt even heard of them before this site (so a year max) btw.

Missed the bottom 12 (besides temple mount, got that one), and Loa, Aconcagua Saint Helens and well, Matterhorn

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Level 66
Jun 1, 2020
Please accept "Six Grandfathers" for Mount Rushmore.
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Level 77
Jun 7, 2020
You may consider accepting "Citlaltépetl" as an alternate answer for Pico de Orizaba, as it is a commonly seen native name for the mountain.
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Level 93
Mar 15, 2022
Also may be better to have Mt Pico before that one or take it out to avoid the freebie
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Level 73
Jan 26, 2021
No Eyjafjallajökull?
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Level 70
Nov 23, 2021
Can you accept Aorangi for Mount Cook? Aoraki is what it is called in the southern dialects of Maori
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Level 82
Mar 14, 2022
in last second...0:01
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Level 89
Mar 15, 2022
Please can you add 'Pao de Acucar' for Sugarloaf Mountain - that is the local name
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Level 69
Apr 19, 2022
Agreed, you should accept Pão de Açúcar as a valid answer
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2022
You should accept Cervino (Italian) or Cervin (French) for Matterhorn (German).
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2022
Amazing quiz! I had a lot of fun with it
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Level 88
Apr 19, 2022
You should add the Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Level 71
Apr 19, 2022
Didn't realize the hill in Rio was called Sugarloaf Mountain. Whenever I hear Sugarloaf Mountain, I think of the one in Florida. Admittedly though, the Florida one isn't really a mountain.
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Level 74
Apr 19, 2022
Could add Puncak Jaya and Vinson Massif
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Level 23
Apr 20, 2022
You cold add Rysy Mountain on Polish-Slovakian border, which is 2 501 meters (1 mile 975 yards)
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Level 23
Apr 20, 2022
Also you could add Giewont in Poland
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Level 64
Apr 20, 2022
Very fun and challenging quiz! Mahalo!

One suggestion:

1. According to the Old Testament, Mount Zion was where the temple in Jerusalem was built. (Isaiah 60:14)

2. Also according to the OT, Mount Moriah where Abraham put Isaac on the altar was where Solomon's temple was built. (2 Chronicles 3:1)

I tried both Mount Zion and Mount Moriah unsuccessfully, and then used the modern term Temple Mount.

Could you add Zion and Moriah?

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Level 45
Apr 24, 2022
capital G should be used for the real God of the bible not the false "gods".
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2024
Your god isn't any truer than the other gods. What gives yours the right to be capitalized?
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Level 83
Apr 6, 2024
While the argumentation is sus, I do believe than Norse Gods and Greek God shouldn't be capitalised according to English language rules.

It's not because the monotheistic God is better than others, it's just a name of a mythological being in this case i.e. proper noun.

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Level 67
Mar 23, 2023
Somebody should make a quiz on 'Highest Fountains', I would defiantly take it.
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2024
Please accept Citlaltepetl for P. d. Orizaba
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Level 54
Mar 24, 2024
I think you should've added Mount Vinson Massif. It's the tallest one in Antarctica at 16,050 feet.