Meanings of the Names of Peaks
Most of the people who aren’t from countries/areas where these languages are spoken, the names sounds strange and they don’t know what the names mean. The almost all the names of peaks came from languages such as Nepali, Tibetan, Hindi and Urdu, etc. Only few of them have English names like Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha which means the forehead of the sky and in Tibetan as Chomolungma which means the mother goddess of the earth. Everest is an English name given to the world’s highest peak after the first Surveyor General of India.
K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori. K2 doesn’t have any specific meaning. An early explorer named it as K2 in his sketch with another nearby mountain as K1.
Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, it means five treasures of snow.
Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world, it means “South Peak” in Tibetan.
Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world, it means big black.
Mt. Cho Oyu:
Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world, it means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan.
Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world, it means White Mountain.
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world, it means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.
Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world, it means Naked Mountain.
Annapurna is the tenth highest peak in the world, it means full of food but often it is translated as goddess of the harvests.
In this blog post, we have collected a list of the names of peaks and their meanings. All the mountains are not included. Only 10 of them are here.