Top 10 Countries With The Highest Average Elevations

The average locations in Nepal and Bhutan lie in the sky more than 2 miles above sea level. These are the countries with the highest average topographical elevation of all landmasses inside their borders. Although Himalayan countries dominate the list, it also includes countries from Asia, Europe, Africa, Antarctica, and South America. The following is a list of the top ten countries with the highest average elevations.

Highest Average Elevations
Highest Average Elevations ( Image Credit: Flickr )

10. China (6,035)

The Tibetan Plateau, sometimes known as the “Roof of the World,” is the highest point in China, rising more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak above sea level, is also located on the Sino-Nepal border. Aside from these well-known topographical features, China has high heights over the majority of its territory, with the country’s average elevation being 6,035 feet above sea level.

9. Chile (6,140 feet)

Chile has a generally high terrain, with an average height of 6,140 feet above sea level. The towering Andean cordillera in the east and the low coastal mountains in the west shape the country’s high landscape. The Andes feature average summits that climb 15,000 feet above sea level.

Ojos del Salado is pictured.

8. Afghanistan (6,180 feet)

Afghanistan is a landlocked country that is 75% mountainous. The average elevation for 49% of the country is 6,650 feet above sea level, whereas the whole elevation is 6,180 feet. The Hindu Kush, which are considered extensions of the Himalayas and cover the country from north to south, are among Afghanistan’s highest mountains. The Wakhan Corridor (pictured) has the highest peaks in the Hindu Kush.

7. Andorra (6,550 feet)

Andorra, one of the world’s smallest countries, is located in southern Europe and is dominated by rugged mountains. The Pyrenees Mountains run the length of the country, with small, narrow valleys in between. The Pic de Coma Pedrosa (pictured) is the highest mountain in the country, standing at 9,665 feet. The average elevation in the nation is 6,650 feet above sea level.

6. Lesotho (7,090 feet)

Lesotho’s terrain is dominated by the Drakensberg and Maloti mountain ranges. The Thabana-Ntlenyana, the tallest peak in southern Africa, is also in eastern Lesotho. The mountain ranges of the nation span from north to south, with the terrain gradually descending westward. Two-thirds of Lesotho’s population, however, lives and works in the country’s lowlands. The average elevation of the African country is 7,090 feet above sea level.

5. Antarctica (7,545 feet)

Although Antarctica is not a nation, but rather a continent, its name deserves to be featured on this list. With an average elevation of 7,545 feet above sea level, it is the world’s highest continent. The South Pole in Antarctica is 9,300 feet above sea level. The Australian Antarctic Territory has the highest point on the continent’s icecap, at 13,451 feet. Mount Vinson (pictured) is Antarctica’s tallest mountain peak, rising 16,050 feet above sea level.

4. Kyrgyzstan (9,805 feet)

Kyrgyzstan’s landscape is peppered with young mountain ranges with tall, sharp peaks separated by wide valleys. The Tian Shan and Pamir mountain ranges encompass over 65% of the nation. The region is also home to massive glaciers, the most notable of which is the Engilchek Glacier (pictured). The average elevation in the nation is 9,805 feet above sea level.

3. Tajikistan (10,455 feet)

Kyrgyzstan’s landscape is peppered by relatively young mountain ranges with lofty, sharp peaks separated by vast valleys. The Tian Shan and Pamir mountain ranges encompass around 65% of the country’s geographical area. The region also includes massive glaciers, the largest of which is the Engilchek Glacier (pictured). The country’s average elevation is 9,805 feet above sea level.

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2. Nepal (10,715 feet)

With a total height of 10,715 feet, Nepal ranks second in the world in terms of average elevation above sea level. The landscape of the nation is varied, with the flat Gangetic River plain to the south, a hilly center, and a mountainous northern region. The latter is dominated by some of the highest peaks in the planet, including the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest (29,035 feet). Ama Dablam in Nepal is depicted here.

1. Bhutan (10,760 feet)

The tall, steep peaks of the Greater Himalayas dominate the northern regions of Bhutan, with the highest point in the country being the Gangkhar Puensum. Many consider this mountain, which has a peak elevation of 24,840 feet above sea level, to be the world’s tallest unclimbed mountain. Bhutan’s climate and geology have made mountain-loving yak rearing (pictured), as well as other agricultural commodities suitable for the Himalaya, an important economic activity. The bulk of Bhutan’s population lives in the rugged mountains, highlands, and valleys of the country’s southern regions. Bhutan has the world’s highest average land elevation above sea level (10,760 feet).

Which Countries Have the Highest Elevations?

The nations with the highest heights are Bhutan, Nepal, and Tajikistan. The Tibetan Plateau, which is part of China, is commonly referred to as “the Roof of the World.”

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