List of highest cities in the world

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This list is about the highest towns in the world; for a list of highest 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 population above 1,000 and lie at least partially above an altitude of 3700 meters (12,140 feet) are included.

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This section lists all the settlements above 15,000 feet, with disregard to population thresholds. Only cities with permanent year-round populations should be included.

AltitudeNameCountry              Comments
16,728 feet (5,099 m)La Rinconada Peru[1] The highest in the World according to National Geographic Magazine (May 2003) (30,000 inhabitants)
16,467 feet (5,019 m)Wenquan China[2] Highest city in the world according to The Guinness Book of World Records.[3]
16,059 feet (4,895 m)El Aguilar ArgentinaEl Aguilar is a mining company town in Jujuy Province. 3655 inhabitants (2001)[4]
15,393 feet (4,692 m)Colquechaca BoliviaColquechaca is a small town in Bolivia. In 2009 it has an estimated population of 1753. It is the highest city in Bolivia[5]
15,285 feet (4,659 m)Ukdungle IndiaUkdungle is a small settlement in Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir in northern India near the border with Tibet. It lies only 22.7 miles south-west of Dêmqog, Ngari Prefecture in western Tibet. Hanle Observatory and Demchok village on LAC are close by. It is the highest city in India
15,049 feet (4,587 m)Tanggulashan ChinaIt is in the southwest of Qinghai province, Western China. It forms the southern exclave of the county-level city of Golmud, in Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Before the local administrative reform of 2005, it was known as Tanggulashan Township (唐古拉山乡).
15,000 feet (4,600 m)Pagri ChinaTown in Yadong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang Zizhiqu), China, near the border with Bhutan. Population 2121 (2004).[6] It is one of the highest and coldest towns in the world, being 15,000 feet above sea-level.

Cities below 15,000 ft[edit]

AltitudeNameCountry              Comments
14,986 feet (4,568 m)mallasandra India
14,986 feet (4,568 m)Takh India
14,947 feet (4,556 m)Yelchang India
14,921 feet (4,548 m)Niagsu India
14,908 feet (4,544 m)Olaroz Chico ArgentinaRural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[4]
14,986 feet (4,568 m)Kushol India
14,764 feet (4,500 m)Hanle India
14,435 feet (4,400 m)Parinacota ChileSmall Chilean hamlet in Putre, Parinacota Province, Arica and Parinacota Region and has 29[7] inhabitants as of 2002.
14,370 feet (4,380 m)Cerro de Pasco PeruHighest city of over 50,000 inhabitants (population 70,000).
14,238 feet (4,340 m)Caylloma Peru
14,268 feet (4,349 m)Achirik India[8]
14,140 feet (4,310 m)Hankar India[8]
14,038 feet (4,279 m)Ating India[8]
14,015 feet (4,272 m)Khuldo India
14,012 feet (4,271 m)Mina Pirquitas ArgentinaTown and municipality in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[4]
13,865 feet (4,226 m)Demchok / Dêmqog India /  ChinaHamlet in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The combined Chinese-Indian village has a population of about 150.[9]
13,651 feet (4,161 m)Mina Providencia ArgentinaRural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[4]
13,615 feet (4,150 m)El Alto BoliviaAs of 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)Durbuk IndiaVillage that falls under the Ladhak 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 India
13,420 feet (4,090 m)Potosí BoliviaCity and the capital of the department of Potosí in Bolivia.
13,300 feet (4,100 m)Nyoma India
13,231 feet (4,033 m)Catua ArgentinaRural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[4]
13,215 feet (4,028 m)Coranzuli ArgentinaRural municipality and village in Jujuy Province in Argentina.[4]
13,153 feet (4,009 m)Olacapato Argentina
13,116 feet (3,998 m)Santa Ana Argentina
13,083 feet (3,988 m)Baltistan Pakistan
13,047 feet (3,977 m)Amarnath India
13,001 feet (3,963 m)Dolpa Nepal
12,782 feet (3,896 m)Susques Argentina
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
12,313 feet (3,753 m)Badrinath 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 China

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