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 most geologically elevated settlements in the world. Only settlements that are permanently occupied all year long with a significant population and lying at least partially above an altitude of 3700 meters (12,140 feet) are included.

Highest settlements[edit]

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

Altitude Name Country               Comments
5,130 metres (16,830 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 INEI- Peru[2].
5,070 metres (16,630 ft) Tuiwa, Tibet  China [3]
4,980 metres (16,340 ft) Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet  China
4,870 metres (15,980 ft) Wenquan, Qinghai  China [4] This small settlement is the highest "city" in the world according to The Guinness Book of World Records.[5] Highest in the Eastern and Northern Hemisphere.
4,735 metres (15,535 ft) Lungring, Tibet  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  China
4,710 metres (15,450 ft) Amdo, Tibet  China
4,570 metres (14,990 ft) Komic, Himachal Pradesh  India Population 350 (2011).
4,570 metres (14,990 ft) Karzok, Jammu and Kashmir  India Population 1,291 (2011).
4,568 metres (14,987 ft) Takh, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,556 metres (14,948 ft) Yelchang, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,548 metres (14,921 ft) Niagsu, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,568 metres (14,987 ft) Kushol, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,500 metres (14,800 ft) Hanle, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,500 metres (14,800 ft) Nagqu, Tibet  China Population 42,984 (2010).[6]

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

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

Altitude 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[7] 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). [8].
4,340 metres (14,240 ft) Mina Pirquitas  Argentina Mina Pirquitas is a mining company town and municipality in Jujuy Province, and the highest settlement in Argentina. [9]
4,349 metres (14,268 ft) Achirik, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,315 metres (14,157 ft) Macusani  Peru
4,310 metres (14,140 ft) Hankar, Jammu and Kashmir  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 2121 (2004).[10]
4,279 metres (14,039 ft) Ating, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,272 metres (14,016 ft) Khuldo, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,270 metres (14,010 ft) Kibber, Himachal Pradesh  India
4,226 metres (13,865 ft) Demchok, Jammu and Kashmir/ Dêmqog, Tibet  India /  China Hamlet between Jammu and Kashmir state of India and Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The combined Chinese-Indian village has a population of about 150.[11]
4,200 metres (13,800 ft) Ngari(Shiquanhe), Tibet  China population 10,282 (2010).[12]
4,170 metres (13,680 ft) Colquechaca  Bolivia Colquechaca is a 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, Jammu and Kashmir  India Village that falls under the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state in India and has a recorded population of 300 people, though the actual figure may be higher than 300.
4,105 metres (13,468 ft) Ampultun, Jammu and Kashmir  India
4,090 metres (13,420 ft) Potosí  Bolivia Population 176,022 (2012).[17] City and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia.
4,100 metres (13,500 ft) Nyoma, Jammu and Kashmir  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. 3655 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).[18]
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).[19]
3,907 metres (12,818 ft) Ayaviri  Peru Population 18,881 (2007).[20]
3,895 metres (12,779 ft) Llallagua  Bolivia Population 25,166 (2012).[21]
3,892 metres (12,769 ft) Lampa  Peru
3,878 metres (12,723 ft) Putina  Peru Population 14,318 (2007).[22]
3,871 metres (12,700 ft) Viacha  Bolivia Population 62,516 (2012).[23]
3,862 metres (12,671 ft) Ilave  Peru Population 22,153 (2007).[24]
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).[25]
3,850 metres (12,630 ft) Laya  Bhutan
3,847 metres (12,621 ft) Yunguyo  Peru Population 11,934 (2007).[26]
3,847 metres (12,621 ft) Huarina  Bolivia
3,836 metres (12,585 ft) Shigatse, Tibet  China Population 63,967 (2010). [27]
3,825 metres (12,549 ft) Huancané  Peru
3,824 metres (12,546 ft) Juliaca  Peru Population 216,716 (2007).[28]
3,819 metres (12,530 ft) Puno  Peru Population 120,229 (2007).[29]
3,809 metres (12,497 ft) Desaguadero  Peru Population 14,365 (2007).[30]
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).[31]
3,706 metres (12,159 ft) Oruro  Bolivia Population 264,943 (2012).[32]
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).[33]
3,660 metres (12,010 ft) Uyuni  Bolivia Population 18,068 (2012).[34]
3,658 metres (12,001 ft) Lhasa, Tibet  China Population 216,663 (2010). [35]
3,650 metres (11,980 ft) La Paz  Bolivia Population 758,845 (2012)[36]Bolivian seat of government; the highest capital city in the world.
3,548 metres (11,640 ft) Sicuani  Peru Population 42,551 (2007).[37]

See also[edit]

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