Top 10 Highest Countries in the World

By | February 11, 2023

Extensive mountain ranges, many height differences and mountain peaks that rise above the clouds: who doesn’t love it? Some countries simply have more of this kind of natural beauty to offer than others. This often means that the average altitude of a country is also much higher. Do you want to know which countries have the highest elevation in the world? You can read that in this top 10. Check aristmarketing for list of highest mountains in the world.

10. China – 1,840 meters above sea level

In China you will find an area called the Tibetan Highland. Some people also call this the roof of the world, as the mountain peaks here are kilometers above sea level. China has another asset that makes the average height of the country impressive: Mount Everest. This mountain is officially in the Tibet Autonomous Region, but it is part of China. If the tallest mountain in the world is in your country, you’ve definitely earned a spot on this list.

9. Chile – 1,871 meters above sea level

Wherever you are in Chile: you are always well above sea level. Even the flat parts of the country have an impressive height. In addition, there are also the many mountain areas in Chile. Both in the east and in the west of the country you will find long mountain ranges with peaks that are kilometers high. The literal highlight of Chile is still the Andes Mountains. Here you will find mountain peaks of more than 4.5 kilometers high.

8. Afghanistan – 1,885 meters above sea level

Afghanistan does not border water anywhere and is therefore landlocked. In these types of countries the terrain is often more hilly, so mountains are no exception. This certainly applies to Afghanistan, because no less than 75% of the country consists of mountain areas. From the northeast to the southwest runs a mountain range that is also called the extension of the Himalayas: the Hindu Kush. These mountains can reach a height of almost eight kilometers, directly raising the average height of Afghanistan.

7. Andorra – 1,996 meters above sea level

It is one of the smallest countries in the world , but Andorra knows how to compensate for that. With an average height of 1996 meters above sea level, this country is impressively high. When you travel through Andorra, you will encounter rugged mountain peaks in every corner. For example, the Pyrenees run directly through the country, with a maximum height of almost three kilometers. The valleys between all the mountains are small and narrow, so that the vast majority of Andorra has a considerable height.

6. Lesotho – 2,161 meters above sea level

Like Afghanistan, Lesotho is also a country completely surrounded by other countries. Or actually country, Lesotho is completely enclosed by South Africa. So there is no coastline, which significantly reduces the amount of flat land. Much of Lesotho’s landscape consists of mountains, which run from east to west, but also from north to south. Only a small part consists of lowlands. These are the places where the vast majority of the population lives. In the east of the country is the highest point in all of South Africa: Thabana Ntlenyana.

5. Antarctica – 2,300 meters above sea level

Officially, Antarctica is not a country, but a continent . Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning this area on this list. The average altitude of Antarctica is impressive: 2,300 meters above sea level. That immediately makes it the highest continent in the world. When you go around the South Pole, the average height is around 2.8 kilometers. That is by no means the highest point in Antarctica. You will find that point around the Vinson massif . The top of this mountain range is 4.9 kilometers high.

4. Kyrgyzstan – 2,988 meters above sea level

The landscape of Kyrgyzstan (or Kyrgyzstan) consists largely of young mountains. These have a considerable height, but also have steep and sharp cliffs. This makes the difference between the top of a mountain and the adjacent valley very large. Nevertheless, the average height of Kyrgyzstan can be called impressive. Mountain ranges such as the Tian Shan and Pamir determine 65% of the landscape. In addition, there are also several glaciers in the country. Engilchek Glacier is the largest.

3. Tajikistan – 3,186 meters above sea level

Tajikistan – 3,186 meters above sea level

Whether you are in the lowlands or in the high mountains of Tajikistan: you are always far above sea level. This country also has no connection with a sea or ocean, so you can forget about low coastal landscapes. The Turkestan Mountains are mainly responsible for the considerable average height in the country. This mountain range can reach more than 5.5 kilometers in height at some points. These many mountains did not just arise by accident. Tajikistan is located near a fault zone, which means that many landslides occur.

2. Nepal – 3,265 meters above sea level

Nepal – 3,265 meters above sea level

The landscape in Nepal is incredibly versatile. There are several lowlands around the rivers in this country. These rivers are almost all offshoots of the Ganges that runs through India and Bangladesh. Central Nepal is hilly, without many extremely high peaks and valleys. Then there is the north of the country, which is home to one of the most famous mountains in the world. Mount Everest is one of the highest mountains you can find on earth, and is partly located in Nepal. It is therefore not surprising that this country has an average altitude of more than three kilometers.

1. Bhutan – 3,280 meters above sea level

Bhutan – 3,280 meters above sea level

The Himalayan Mountains run through the north of Bhutan, with steep cliffs and high peaks. In this area you will find the Gangkhar Puensum: a mountain that is considered the highest in Buthan. It is also the highest unclimbed mountain in the world . The government of the country has banned this. For spiritual reasons it is not allowed to climb mountains higher than six thousand meters. In addition to these high mountains, Bhutan also has many hilly areas. Bhutan is also one of the safest countries in the world . It is shielded by the high mountain ranges and the religious population believes in the peaceful resolution of conflicts.