SunstarTV Bureau: China and Nepal jointly announced world’s tallest peak Mount Everest’s new height 8,848.86 meters, today.
This also marks a new peak in the two countries’ increasingly close ties.
Nepal until now had recognised the height of the mountain as 8,848 meters as measured by the Survey of India in 1954. This is the first time that Nepal itself has measured its height.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari announced the new height of the tallest mountain in the world through an exchange of letters, Chinese official media announced.
Mount Everest straddles the two countries- Nepal and China. It is from the Nepalese side that climbers mostly make it to the peak. Previous calculations by Chinese researchers from a 2005 survey put the mountain’s height at 8,844 meters while Nepal had maintained it was a little taller.