The tall of Mont Everest (known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Qomolangma in Tibet) was finally found and accepted by China and Nepal with the same value, after a dispute during a decade. The world’s highest peak stands at 8848.86 meters (about 29,032 feet), which is less than a meter higher than the previously recognized height. Over the years, the two countries ,as well as other governments around the world , have offered up differing estimates of the mountain’s height. The new height was calculated using a combination of geodetic data received from three mechanisms: leveling instrument, gravity meter and GPS. The team placed a signal receiver at every station, and measured how much time it took for signals to travel between the receiver and satellites, then converted that measurement into height.
The new measurement will have little practical impact. K2, the world’s second highest mountain, is 237 metres lower. Everest is an “eternal symbol of (…) friendship between Nepal and China”, said the Nepali foreign minister, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali. In March 2020, the governments of China and Nepal announced a cancellation of all climbing permits for Mount Everest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.