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I'm looking for something like this page of Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_by_elevation

but with coordinates so that I can load the resulting file in a GIS.

Does somebody now if there is a global mountain peaks database?

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peaklist.org has a georeferenced dataset of "ultras" (peaks above 1500 meters in prominence) available as KMZ.

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  • thanks for the answer. Yep this is a solution, not exactly what I'm looking for because I need all the peaks, also the ones with small prominence. – matteo Oct 4 at 7:05
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The user manual of geonames.org shows a mountain as one of its examples, so it does seem like their data includes mountains. It looks like mountains will have the following data field values:

  • name: [mountain name, eg 'Säntis']
  • class: mountain,hill,rock,...(T)
  • code: Mountain (MT)

You can download the latest datadump of all geonames data here (this is a direct download link to a 344MB file called allCountries.zip).

Then filter the data to features with featureCode = 'MT' and/or featureClass = 'T'. Just filtering by feature code will sufficient if the mountain peaks are always categorized as MT, but it depends on how consistent the data is. I wasn't able to open the dataset so I couldn't check on that. If the dataset is really messy you might need to filter it by your list of mountain names, possibly with some fuzzy matching.

It might be advisable to download the data for one country at at time. My GIS program froze when I tried to load the allCountries file. It appears to be in the form of tab-separated values, without a column header line. The latitude and longitude are in fields 6 and 5, respectively. Load it as you would a CSV file, and choose "tab" as the delimiter.

It also looks like you can get this data in the form of a Web Service, but you need to register and create a username. So it's free, but not open. Here's the documentation about how to write a web service URL query. Here's the list of feature codes. These URLs should work if you substitute your username (but I don't have an account so I wasn't able to test them):

XML format: http://api.geonames.org/search?featureCode=MT&username=YOURUSERNAME

JSON format: http://api.geonames.org/searchJSON?featureCode=MT&username=YOURUSERNAME

You should be able to load those into a GIS as a Web Feature Service (WFS) layer. Then export it in another format if you want access to the data offline.

OpenStreetMap also has some mountain peaks. You can download them by constructing an HTML query. See the wiki for documentation about constructing an OSM download query, or use Overpass Turbo.

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