Everest is not the world’s highest mountain! Strange bulge in the Earth’s shape means a volcanic peak in Ecuador actually sticks out further into the atmosphere. Since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, conquering the world’s highest peak has been a goal of almost every mountaineer on the planet.
But it seems they may have been targetting the wrong mountain – scientists say the title of the world’s highest mountain should go to a volcanic peak in Ecuador.
They say that when measured from the centre of the planet, Mount Chimborazo extends further out into the atmosphere than Mount Everest.