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Lonely Planet's photographers have been all around the world, and it's never more evident than here, with their selection of the world's highest peaks.

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Framed Pictures of the World's Highest Peaks

Lonely Planet's photographers have been all around the world, and it's never more evident than here, with their selection of the world's highest peaks.

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Framed Pictures of the World's Highest Peaks

The world’s 14 highest mountains are an distinctive club of peaks as their summits tower far more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level. These mountains, in addition to their highest main summit, also have 22 additional summits, many of which have not been climbed. The Eight Thousanders all lie in the lofty Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in Central Asia.

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More on Annapurna and Everest

The first 8,000-meter peak climbed was Annapurna, the 10th highest peak, by French mountaineers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, who arrived at the summit on June 3, 1950. Herzog went on to write Annapurna, a best-selling and yet controversial account of the ascent.

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More on Annapurna and Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to stand on top of Mount Everest, the roof of the world, on May 29, 1953.

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The Supreme Climbing Challenge

Going up the all 14 of the 8,000-meter peaks is a tough undertaking, definitely one of the most difficult human endeavours possible. It would be simpler and, of course, much more secure to win a Super Bowl or Stanley Cup or even a Golf Grand Slam. As of 2007, only fifteen climbers have successful climbed and descended all the 8,000-meter peaks. Reinhold Messner, the great Italian mountaineer, was the first person to climb all fourteen mountains.

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The Supreme Climbing Challenge

He finished the task in 1986 at age 42, taking sixteen years. The next year Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka was the second, taking only eight years. The first American to climb them all is Ed Viesturs, who completed his venture in 2005.

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Visit our site,

http://www.lonelyplanet.imagesandprints.com to see more images below of the 8,000 metre peaks (about 12 in total), and perhaps capture a favourite in one of our framed wall art formats, such as canvas art prints, art blocks or traditional framed prints.

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Our website, http://www.lonelyplanet.imagesandprints.com is a high end printing and framing collaboration between Lonely Planet Images and http://www.imagesandprints.com. we offer high quality Lonely Planet images in theof framed prints, canvas art prints, framed pictures and canvas wall arts. These are all Ideal as gifts or will serve as travel memories for your home and office.