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Everest Gets an Altitude Adjustment: Nepal and China Agree on Height

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KATHMANDU, Nepal—How tall is Mount Everest? Until now, it depended on whom you asked. China said it was 29,017 feet. Nepal said it was a little taller, at 29,028 feet.

The countries have closed that 11-foot gap and reached an agreement.

The world’s tallest peak this week will get a new, unified official height from the two nations it straddles. After yearslong surveys, China and Nepal will announce the peak’s stature Tuesday, Susheel Dangol, the man in charge of Nepal’s Everest-measurement project, said Sunday.

“The challenge for us was to prove we could do it,” he said.

Measuring Everest has always been a challenge, taxing the latest surveying technology since the 1800s. And it created a disagreement between the mountain’s two homelands.

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