After more than a decade of dispute and controversy, China and Nepal have finally agreed on how tall Mount Everest is, writes CNN.
The world’s highest peak, which sits at Nepal’s border with Tibet in the Himalayas, stands at 8848.86 meters (about 29,032 feet), officials from both countries announced on December 8, 2020. This is less than a meter higher than the previously recognized height.
The agreement marked the end to a long-running debate over the precise dimensions of the mountain, known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Qomolangma in Tibet. Over the years, the two countries - as well as other governments around the world - have offered up differing estimates of the mountain’s height.