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March 30, 2013

Great slopes of the world

Filed under: geography — ckrao @ 9:40 am

Below are a few images collected via Google Earth of significant elevation gains.

In North America two of the most significant slopes Mt McKinley in Alaska and Mt St Elias on the Alaska-Yukon border. For the former, the base-to-peak rise is something like 5500m while the latter is one of the closest big mountains to the ocean.

McKinleyMt McKinley, USA

StEliasMt Saint Elias, Canada-USA

In Peru the Cotahuasi Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. The following shows a rise of almost 5,500m up to Coropuna.

CoropunaCotahuasi Canyon to Coropuna, Peru

The remaining images are from Asia. For sheer rise it’s hard to go past Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. The following shows a gain of close to 7000 metres.

Nanga ParbatNanga Parbat, Pakistan

The south-eastern slope of this mountain (Rupal face) has been called “the largest mountain face in the world” [1] rising some 4.5km in just 7km of horizontal distance!

Nanga Parbat SE faceRupal face of Nanga Parbat, Pakistan

Finally we turn to the mighty Himalayas. There are numerous large elevation gains here Рamong the most notable are the area among the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Machhapuchhare. The Kali Gandaki River flows through this region.

DhaulagiriDhaulagiri, Nepal

Dhaulagiri-AnnapurnaDhaulagiri to Annapurna I, Nepal

MuchhapuchhareMuchhapuchhare, Nepal

Finally, one of the world’s deepest canyons is Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet, China. Near Namcha Barwa the drop to the Yarlung Tsangpo River is more than 5000m.

Namcha BarwaNamcha Barwa, China

Here is a world map of the mountains mentioned in this post.


Two oceanic rises that I could not gather images for are:

  • Mauna Kea in the biggest island of Hawaii, which has the largest elevation gain anywhere on earth from the ocean floor – 10,200m, though this is over a distance of more than 100km.
  • From Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, to a point about 65km north west there is a rise of some 9500m from 11900m below sea level to 2400m below sea level.


[1] World Top 25 by Reduced ORS

[2] discussion thread: Great Elevation Gains : General –

1 Comment »

  1. You forgot Rakaposhi

    Comment by Leo — June 21, 2017 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

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