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What are the "Seven Summits?"
The world has seven continents, each with its highest mountain peak. It is becoming more and more popular for climbers to try and climb all seven summits, which are also known as the Seven Sisters. Only a handful of people has succeeded. To reach the top of any of these is a huge achievement.
The continental Seven Summits are well known because of the popular challenge to conquer them all, but the world's highest peaks—those that reach 8,000+ meters (over 26,000 feet)—are all found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in the Himalayan and the Karakoram mountain ranges of Nepal and Pakistan.
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