List of highest cities in the world

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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 4,700 metres (15,400 ft).

Altitude 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).
5,070 metres (16,630 ft) Tuiwa, Tibet  China [2]
4,870 metres (15,980 ft) Wenquan, Qinghai  China [3] This small settlement is the highest "city" in the world according to The Guinness Book of World Records.[4] 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

Settlements below 4,700 metres (15,400 ft)[edit]

This section lists selected settlements with significant year-round population between 3,700 metres (12,100 ft) and 4,700 metres (15,400 ft).

Altitude Name Country               Comment
14,995 feet (4,570 m) Karzok, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,986 feet (4,568 m) Takh, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,947 feet (4,556 m) Yelchang, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,921 feet (4,548 m) Niagsu, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,986 feet (4,568 m) Kushol, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,764 feet (4,500 m) Hanle, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,764 feet (4,500 m) Nagqu  China
14,470 feet (4,410 m) Dingboche    Nepal
14,435 feet (4,400 m) Parinacota  Chile Small Chilean hamlet in Putre, Parinacota Province, Arica and Parinacota Region and had 29[5] inhabitants in 2002.
14,370 feet (4,380 m) Cerro de Pasco  Peru Highest city of over 50,000 inhabitants (population 70,000).
14,240 feet (4,340 m) Mina Pirquitas  Argentina Mina Pirquitas is a mining company town and municipality in Jujuy Province, and the highest settlement in Argentina. [6]
14,238 feet (4,340 m) Caylloma  Peru
14,268 feet (4,349 m) Achirik, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,157 feet (4,315 m) Macusani  Peru
14,140 feet (4,310 m) Hankar, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,100 feet (4,300 m) Pagri, Tibet  China Town in Yadong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang Zizhiqu), China, near the border with Bhutan. Population 2121 (2004).[7]
14,038 feet (4,279 m) Ating, Jammu and Kashmir  India
14,015 feet (4,272 m) Khuldo, Jammu and Kashmir  India
13,865 feet (4,226 m) 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.[8]
13,680 feet (4,170 m) Colquechaca  Bolivia Colquechaca is a small town in Bolivia. In 2009 it has an estimated population of 1753. It is the highest city in Bolivia[9]
13,500 feet (4,100 m) Jama  Argentina Border post and settlement in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[10]
13,615 feet (4,150 m) El Alto  Bolivia At the 2001 census, the population was 649,958. In 2010, the population may be nearly 900,000, or more. The city contains La Paz's El Alto International Airport.
13,500 feet (4,100 m) Zumbahua  Ecuador It has a population of around 12,000
13,500 feet (4,100 m) 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.
13,467 feet (4,105 m) Ampultun, Jammu and Kashmir  India
13,420 feet (4,090 m) Potosí  Bolivia City and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia.
13,300 feet (4,100 m) Nyoma, Jammu and Kashmir  India
13,169 feet (4,014 m) Gaocheng, Sichuan  China
13,166 feet (4,013 m) Chatyndy  Kyrgyzstan
13,083 feet (3,988 m) Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan  Pakistan
13,060 feet (3,980 m) El Aguilar  Argentina El Aguilar is a mining company town in Jujuy Province. 3655 inhabitants (2001)[10]
13,047 feet (3,977 m) Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir  India
13,001 feet (3,963 m) Dolpa, Karnali Zone    Nepal
12,959 feet (3,950 m) Catua  Argentina Rural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[10]
12,927 feet (3,940 m) Coranzuli  Argentina Rural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[10]
12,723 feet (3,878 m) Putina  Peru
12,634 feet (3,851 m) Rinconada  Argentina
12,630 feet (3,850 m) Laya  Bhutan
12,621 feet (3,847 m) Huarina  Bolivia
12,549 feet (3,825 m) Juliaca  Peru
12,531 feet (3,819 m) Puno  Peru
12,385 feet (3,775 m) San Antonio de los Cobres  Argentina
12,336 feet (3,760 m) Olacapato  Argentina
12,313 feet (3,753 m) Badrinath, Uttarakhand  India
12,287 feet (3,745 m) La Oroya  Peru
12,159 feet (3,706 m) Oruro  Bolivia
12,140 feet (3,700 m) Gyêgu, Qinghai  China

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