China, Nepal say Everest a bit higher than past measurements

BEIJING (AP) — China and Nepal have jointly announced a new height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two nations.

The new official height is 8,848.86 metres, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday, slightly more than Nepal’s previous measurement and about four metres higher than China’s.

There had been debate over the actual height of the peak and concern that it might have shrunk after a major earthquake in 2015.

Nepal previously measured Everest’s height as 8,848 metres, while China put it at 8,844.43, because it did not include the snow cap.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping said the two sides were committed to jointly protecting the environment around Everest and cooperating in scientific research, Xinhua said.

File photo shows, a member of a Chinese surveying team setting up a survey equipment on the summit of Mount Everest. PHOTO: AP