List of highest cities

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For a list of most elevated settlements by country, see List of highest towns by country.

This is an incomplete list of the highest settlements in the world. Only settlements that are permanently occupied all year long with a significant population and lying at least partially above an elevation of 3,700 metres (12,140 feet) are included.

Highest settlements[edit]

This section lists all the settlements with a significant year-round population above 4,500 metres (14,800 ft).

Elevation Name Country               Comments
5,100 metres (16,700 ft) La Rinconada  Peru [1] The highest in the world according to National Geographic Magazine (May 2003) (30,000 inhabitants), (2012)(50,000 inhabitants). 5,052 metres according to the INEI in Peru.[2]
5,070 metres (16,630 ft) Tuiwa, Tibet Autonomous Region  China [3]
5,011 metres (16,440 ft) Chasangcun, Tibet Autonomous Region  China [4]
4,980 metres (16,340 ft) Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet Autonomous Region  China
4,920 metres (16,140 ft) Domar, Tibet Autonomous Region  China Population 1,488
4,870 metres (15,980 ft) Wenquan, Qinghai  China [5] This small settlement is the highest "city" in the world according to The Guinness Book of World Records.[6] Highest in the Eastern and Northern Hemisphere.
4,770 metres (15,650 ft) Santa Barbara, Bolivia  Bolivia Miners' village
4,735 metres (15,535 ft) Lungring, Tibet Autonomous Region  China 31°07′30″N 91°42′17″E / 31.12500°N 91.70472°E / 31.12500; 91.70472
4,720 metres (15,490 ft) Yanshiping, Qinghai / Tibet Autonomous Region (de facto)  China Population 2,919 (2017).
4,710 metres (15,450 ft) Amdo, Tibet Autonomous Region  China Population 3,327 (2017).
4,700 metres (15,400 ft) Phinaya, Cusco District  Peru Population 339[7]
4,660 metres (15,290 ft) Condoroma  Peru Population 533
4,660 metres (15,290 ft) Ananea  Peru Population 1,729
4,570 metres (14,990 ft) Karzok, Ladakh  India Population 1,291 (2011).
4,530 metres (14,860 ft) Komic, Lahaul Spiti  India Population 114
4,500 metres (14,800 ft) Hanle, Ladakh  India
4,500 metres (14,800 ft) Nagqu, Tibet Autonomous Region  China Population 42,984 (2010).[8]

Settlements below 4,500 metres (14,800 ft)[edit]

This section lists selected settlements with a significant year-round population between 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) and 4,500 metres (14,800 ft).

Elevation Name Country               Comment
4,410 metres (14,470 ft) Dingboche    Nepal
4,400 metres (14,400 ft) Parinacota  Chile Small Chilean hamlet in Putre, Parinacota Province, Arica and Parinacota Region and had 29[9] inhabitants in 2002.
4,350 metres (14,270 ft) Cojata  Peru
4,338 metres (14,232 ft) Cerro de Pasco  Peru Mining town with a population of 66,860 (2007).[10]
4,340 metres (14,240 ft) Mina Pirquitas  Argentina Mining company town and municipality in Jujuy Province, and the highest settlement in Argentina.[11]
4,349 metres (14,268 ft) Achirik, Ladakh  India
4,315 metres (14,157 ft) Macusani  Peru
4,310 metres (14,140 ft) Hankar, Ladakh  India
4,300 metres (14,100 ft) Pagri, Tibet  China Town in Yadong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang Zizhiqu), China, near the border with Bhutan. Population 2,121 (2004).[citation needed]
4,279 metres (14,039 ft) Ating, Ladakh  India
4,272 metres (14,016 ft) Khuldo, Ladakh  India
4,270 metres (14,010 ft) Kibber, Himachal Pradesh  India
4,226 metres (13,865 ft) Demchok, Ladakh / Dêmqog, Tibet  India /  China Hamlet between Ladakh of India and Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The combined Chinese-Indian village has a population of about 150.[12]
4,200 metres (13,800 ft) Ngari (Shiquanhe), Tibet  China Population 10,282 (2010).[8]
4,170 metres (13,680 ft) Colquechaca  Bolivia Small town in Bolivia. Population 4,272 (2012).[13] It is the highest city in Bolivia.[14]
4,100 metres (13,500 ft) Jama  Argentina Border post and settlement in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[15]
4,150 metres (13,620 ft) El Alto  Bolivia Population 846,880 (2012).[16] It is part of La Paz and contains La Paz's El Alto International Airport.
4,105 metres (13,468 ft) Junín  Peru
4,100 metres (13,500 ft) Durbuk, Ladakh  India Village in the territory of Ladakh in India that has a recorded population of 300 people, though the actual figure may be higher.[citation needed]
4,105 metres (13,468 ft) Ampultun, Ladakh  India
4,090 metres (13,420 ft) Potosí  Bolivia Population 176,022 (2012).[16] City and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia.
4,100 metres (13,500 ft) Nyoma, Ladakh  India
4,014 metres (13,169 ft) Gaocheng, Sichuan  China
4,013 metres (13,166 ft) Chatyndy  Kyrgyzstan
3,980 metres (13,060 ft) El Aguilar  Argentina El Aguilar is a mining company town in Jujuy Province. 3,655 inhabitants (2001)[15]
3,977 metres (13,048 ft) Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir  India
3,970 metres (13,020 ft) Huanuni  Bolivia Population 20,336 (2012).[17]
3,963 metres (13,002 ft) Dolpa, Karnali Zone    Nepal
3,956 metres (12,979 ft) Castrovirreyna  Peru
3,950 metres (12,960 ft) Catua  Argentina Rural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[15]
3,940 metres (12,930 ft) Coranzuli  Argentina Rural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[15]
3,924 metres (12,874 ft) Yauri  Peru Population 24,566 (2007).[10]
3,907 metres (12,818 ft) Ayaviri  Peru Population 18,881 (2007).[18]
3,895 metres (12,779 ft) Llallagua  Bolivia Population 25,166 (2012).[13]
3,892 metres (12,769 ft) Lampa  Peru
3,878 metres (12,723 ft) Putina  Peru Population 14,318 (2007).[10]
3,871 metres (12,700 ft) Viacha  Bolivia Population 62,516 (2012).[19]
3,862 metres (12,671 ft) Ilave  Peru Population 22,153 (2007).[10]
3,851 metres (12,635 ft) Rinconada  Argentina
3,869 metres (12,694 ft) Juli  Peru
3,859 metres (12,661 ft) Azángaro  Peru Population 16,035 (2007).[10]
3,850 metres (12,630 ft) Laya  Bhutan
3,850 metres (12,630 ft) Tiwanaku  Bolivia Population 860 (2013)
3,847 metres (12,621 ft) Yunguyo  Peru Population 11,934 (2007).[10]
3,847 metres (12,621 ft) Huarina  Bolivia
3,836 metres (12,585 ft) Shigatse, Tibet  China Population 63,967 (2010).[8]
3,825 metres (12,549 ft) Huancané  Peru
3,824 metres (12,546 ft) Juliaca  Peru Population 216,716 (2007).[10]
3,819 metres (12,530 ft) Puno  Peru Population 120,229 (2007).[10]
3,809 metres (12,497 ft) Desaguadero  Peru Population 14,365 (2007).[10]
3,775 metres (12,385 ft) San Antonio de los Cobres  Argentina
3,760 metres (12,340 ft) Olacapato  Argentina
3,753 metres (12,313 ft) Badrinath, Uttarakhand  India
3,745 metres (12,287 ft) La Oroya  Peru Population 29,417 (2007).[10]
3,706 metres (12,159 ft) Oruro  Bolivia Population 264,943 (2012).[16]
3,700 metres (12,100 ft) Gyêgu, Qinghai  China
3,678 metres (12,067 ft) Santo Tomás  Peru
3,676 metres (12,060 ft) Huancavelica  Peru Population 41,331 (2007).[10]
3,660 metres (12,010 ft) Uyuni  Bolivia Population 18,068 (2012).[13]
3,658 metres (12,001 ft) Lhasa, Tibet  China Population 216,663 (2010).[8] The capital city of Tibet.
3,650 metres (11,980 ft) La Paz  Bolivia Population 758,845 (2012)[16]Bolivian seat of government; the highest capital city in the world.
3,548 metres (11,640 ft) Sicuani  Peru Population 42,551 (2007).[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John B. West (6 July 2004). "Highest Permanent Human Habitation". Retrieved 18 June 2020.
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  5. ^ 1World2travel - All Continents - basic facts and extremes Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine Walter Vaerewijck, 1world2travel.com, 2006-07-13
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  8. ^ a b c d http://www.citypopulation.de/China-Xizang.html
  9. ^ Censo INE 2002 in Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.citypopulation.de/Peru-Agglo.html
  11. ^ http://www.silverstandard.com/_resources/pirquitas_technical_report.PDF p. 187
  12. ^ hindu.com - Ladakhis await re-opening of historic Tibet route
  13. ^ a b c http://www.citypopulation.de/php/bolivia-potosi.php
  14. ^ World Gazetteer Archived 2008-10-24 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b c d Ministerio del Interior (in Spanish)
  16. ^ a b c d http://www.citypopulation.de/Bolivia-Cities.html
  17. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de/php/bolivia-oruro.php
  18. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de?Peru-Agglo.html
  19. ^ http://www.citypopulation.de/php/bolivia-lapaz.php