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On Tuesday, Nepal and China jointly announced that the height of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, is 8848.86 metres. The announcement ended the long term debate regarding the height of the tallest mountain in the world.

Today at a briefing, Pradeep Gyawali, the foreign minister of the country informed that the new height of Everest is 86 cm (a little less than 3feet) more than the previous measurement.

The mountain’s height, which stands in the Nepal-China border, was simultaneously announced in Kathmandu by the foreign minister of Nepal, Pradeep Gyawali and in Beijing by the Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. Today, while declaring the much-awaited announcement, the Foreign Minister of Nepal described the day as a “historic day”.

Since 2011, Nepal had been measuring the appropriate height of Mt Everest. In 1954, the Survey of India measured the official Everest snow height of 8,848 meters which is 29,028 feet. A group of British surveyors had first opposed the exact height of Everest, which was initiated in 1847 called to be 8,778 metres.

The Survey of India observed between 1849 and 1855 from Dehradun, India base to Sonakhoda base in Bihar, where Nepal’s Himalayan peaks were also noticed. It was unknown at that time that this peak in the Himalayas was the highest in the world.

The lowest computed height of Mt Everest came out to be 8839.80 metres, which was named after the ex surveyor-general of India, Sir George Everest. In 1954, the Survey of India determined the height of 8,848 metres, by using the trigonometric method from Bihar, which was the widely accepted height of Mount Everest.