Top 10 Cities With The Highest Elevation In The World 2020

Ranking of Cities with the Highest Elevation in the World – To the vast majority of those of us who call planet earth our home, it is normal to live on low altitude plains and regions. Those who live in lands that are slightly higher or just on sea-level are used to the advantages and problems commonly associated with such environments. When faced by our common environmental enemy: flooding, the people of flood-prone states in the United States, Lagos in Nigeria, and Jericho, Palestine and other such cities on sea level must dream about what life must be like in places where the ground is so high that the people have never experienced flooding.

Well, in this post we bring those cities to you. We highlight the cities with the highest elevation in the world and look into them one by one, what makes them tick, and what life is like for those living in them.

What makes a city? In this post, we define a city as a place that has a permanent community of people who live there. Of course, we would prefer the community to be large, but one must understand that in the particular circumstance we are addressing it is not always possible for such a large number of people to live in such areas.
In any case, for the purpose of information and entertainment, we are happy to bring the 10 Cities with the Highest Elevation to you. Enjoy.

Top 10 Cities With The Highest Elevation In The World 2020 

  • 1. La Rinconada

A town in the region of Peru called the Peruvian Andes. It is near a gold mine. At 5,100 meters (16,700 ft) above sea level, it is the highest permanently inhabited community in the world. Between 2001 and 2009, the population of La Rinconada increased to 30,000 people from just a small group of gold prospectors. The gold-rush happened because the price of gold rose about 235% over that period.

La Rinconada is quite cold, being situated at the foot of La Bella Durmiente ( which translates to The Sleeping Beauty) glacier- a permanently frozen body of ice.

High in the Peruvian Andes, La Rinconada has an alpine/tundra climate, with no month having an average temperature even close to 10 °C. The climate is so cold that tree growth is nearly impossible and the city is classified as a subtropical highland. ————–
Life is not easy in La Rinconada, The town lacks plumbing and sanitation systems. There is also significant contamination by mercury, which could cause serious poisoning, due to the heavy use of mercury in mining practices. {{Local miners refine the ore by grinding}} and treating it with mercury and pressing the mass through a cloth to filter it. The resulting mass is passed through a heating process, to remove the mercury.

  • 2. Tuiwa, Tibet

Tuiwa is a Tibetan village located in Daglung Town, Nagarzê County, Shannan, Tibet, which is currently under the provincial administration of the government of China. Tuiwa is located at the northeast shore of the famous Lake Puma Yumco. T{{{he village is located at an elevation of about 5,070 meters above sea level and is often referred by information and travel guides as the “rooftop of the world}}. It is the second-highest village by elevation in the world, but being part of a much larger settlement of Dalung Town, in Nagarze County, Tuiwa merits its place in this list without any doubt.

  • 3. Rongbuk Monastery, in Tibet.

Rongbuk, also called Dzarong, which was established in 1902 is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery which is located in Basum Township, Dingri County, in the Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet. This part of Tibet is called the Tibet Autonomous Region, although still regarded as part of China. The monastery which once held about 500 Buddhist Monks and Nuns was attacked by the Chinese Government and was completely destroyed by 1974, it was then left in ruins for several years. Presently, there are still some people living there permanently, and many more come for religious visits, and even more, people come for sightseeing.

Rongbuk Monastery lies at 4,980 metres ( which is 16,340 ft) above sea level and is situated at the base of the north side of Mount Everest.

  • 4. Wenquan, Tibet.

Wenquan is a small settlement in the Qinghai province of the country of China. Wenquan is one of the highest elevations in the world. Administratively, it falls under the management of Tanggula Town, which is an exclave of Golmud County. So, technically, Wenquan is part of Golmud, Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The town was originally constructed in 1955, as one of the small settlements serving China National Highway 109 (the main road into Tibet).

Some houses in the town are as high as 4,870 meters (15,980 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest settlements in the world. Bicycle tourists who visited the place in the year 2000 commented that the settlement was small and that there were just a few buildings. It is confirmed that there are warm springs in the area, and this could boost tourism in the near future.

  • 5. Damxung County

Damxung is a region in the City of Lhasa, which is situated to the north of its main center of Chengguan, which is in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Its administrative capital is Damquka. The terrain is rugged and rocky and includes the western Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, which have their highest peak rising to 7,111 meters (23,330 ft). The population about 40,000 (figures are given in 2003) and most of the people engage in animal husbandry.

Damxung (and the entire Lhasa City) is cold and dry in the winter, and then cool and wet in summer, with a weather that varies very much in between. The average annual temperature is 1.3 °C (just about freezing temperature), with only 62 frost-free days in a year. The land is frozen with ice from the start of November till March the following year. Pasture has only 90–120 days for growth, and so must be harvested and dried. Average annual rainfall is 481 millimeters (18.9 inches) a year.

  • 6. Yanshiping, Tibet

Yanshiping, the sixth city with the highest elevation in the world,  which is also called Yan Shi is a settlement which is located in the southwest of Qinghai province, in the People’s Republic of China. However, it is under the administrative jurisdiction of Amdo County which is in the Nagqu Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region. At an altitude of 4,720 meters (15,490 ft), it is one of the highest settlements in the world where people live throughout the year. The principal economic activity is animal farming.

  • 7. Amdo, Tibet

Ando, which is sometimes also called Anduo, is a town and administrative seat of Amdo County in the Nagqu Prefecture of the northern Tibet Autonomous Region of the Peoples Republic of China. It is sited 464 kilometres north of Lhasa City and 138 km to the north of Nagqu. At an elevation of 4,710 meters (15,450 feet), Amduo is one of the highest year-round settlements on planet earth. It was once a tourist attraction but is now closed to tourists. Ando is mostly occupied by animal farmers.

  • 8. The Tangyud Monastery

The Tangyud Monastery (also sometimes called Tangyuth Gompa or Sa-skya-gong-mig Gompa {Gompa means monastery or temple}) is a Tibetan Buddist monastry located at the village of Komic, which is two km southeast of Hikkim in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, which is India. The monastery is built like a fortified castle and is sited on the edge of a deep canyon. It has massive slanted mud walls and battlements with vertical red ochre and white vertical stripes which add to the appearance of grandeur. It is one of the gompas (monasteries) in India with the highest elevation, with an altitude of 4,520 meters (14,830 ft) above sea level.

The Tangyud Monastery is pointed to as evidence of the influence of ancient Tibetan civilization on what is now India. The village of Tangyud is at the foot of the monastery and has an elevation of 4,470 m or 14,665 ft.

  • 9. Karzok, India.

Karzok which is sometimes also called Korzok is a village in the district of Leh, in the province of Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under the governance of India. It is located in the Nyoma tehsil area, in Rupshu region, on the shore of lake Tso Moriri. It is among the highest towns in the world. Different sources give slightly different measurements of the elevation from 4,595 meters (15,075 ft.) to 4,570 meters (14,995) feet above sea level. The Drukpa Buddhist Korzok Gompa (Monastery) is located there.

  • 10. Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, often called J&K is a large region in the southern portion of Kashmir which is governed by India as a state. It is located mostly in the (high) Himalayan mountains and shares borders with the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south.

This is a wider area which includes the town of Karzok, listed above, and other towns such as Takh, Yelchang, Niagsu, and others are also assigned varying figures as per its actual elevation. Some sources say 4,548 meters while others say 5,595 meters.

The above ranking is the highest permanent settlement in the world as given by many trusted sources, but below we give some of the highest elevated cities with large populations.

Cities With The Highest Elevation In The World And High Population

1. El Alto, in Bolivia with an elevation of 4,150 m (13,615 ft)
2. Potosí, in Bolivia with an elevation of 4,090 m (13,419 ft)
3. Shigatse China with an elevation of 3,836 m (12,585 ft)
4. Juliaca, in Peru with an elevation of 3,825 m (12,549 ft)
5. Puno, in Peru with an elevation of 3,819 m (12,530 ft)
6. Oruro, in Bolivia with an elevation of 3,706 m (12,159 ft)
7. Lhasa, in China with an elevation of 3,658 m (12,001 ft)
8. La Paz, in Bolivia with an elevation of 3,640 m (11,942 ft)
9. Cusco, in Peru with an elevation of 3,399 m (11,152 ft)
10. Huancayo, in Peru with an elevation of 3,052 m (10,013 ft)


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