Kathmandu: The government of Nepal and China through a virtual program on Tuesday officially announced the new height of Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) to be 8,848.86 meters.
According to the joint proclamation made by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali during a press meet held in Kathmandu Tuesday by the Department of Survey Nepal and China, the height of Mt Everest or Sagarmatha (Chomulungma) has increased by 86 centimeters.
The previous height was recorded as 8848 meters which were speculated to have undergone changes after the earthquake of 2015 by most of the geologists.
Chinese president Xi Jinping during his visit to Nepal last year had indicated to undertake the venture to measure the height of Mt Everest jointly with Nepal.
Nepal has measured the height of Mt Everest for the first time by utilizing its own resources and human resources.
In 1949 the first measurement of Everest height was carried out under the leadership of George Everest in whose name the world’s highest peak was named.
In 1954 Survey of India from Bihar had measured the height of Everest which was revealed to be 8848 meters. However, both the Chinese side and Nepal were skeptical about the exact height of Everest.
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