Oh, the mighty mountains. The feeling of freedom and superhuman strength and resiliency climbers get when they reach the summit. The unparalleled views those unique landscapes can give you.
No one said climbing a mountain was easy, right? But some mountains are much more accessible and manageable than others. If you’re fit or in the process of, and you’re prepared to sweat, there are 10 mountains around the world every climber should try.
10. Mount Khuiten – Mongolia
The hike up Mount Khuiten is enjoyable and as scenic as the climb itself. The mountain joins the corners of Russia, China, and Mongolia. To reach it, hikers must cross vast, golden, barren terrain, one of the last remote regions on the planet. This breathtaking journey is enhanced by the gracious hospitality of the Kazakh nomads.
9. Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
Kilimanjaro, with its flattened summit, is the highest mountain in Africa. Located on the northern border between Tanzania and Kenya, the mountain is formed by three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
Summiting Kilimanjaro is amazing. If all goes according to plan, you will reach Stella Point and may be able to continue along the rim of Kibo to Uhuru.
8. The Andes – Peru
The Inca Trail is a journey where you will be immersed in a variety of ecosystems, from plains to deserts to tropical cloud forests. You will encounter views of snow-capped mountains and rushing rivers. But the star of the show is Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas – discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham – You will then continue your journey to the Inca Empire, Cuzco.
7. Matterhorn – Switzerland
Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn is the most recognizable mountain on the European continent. It is shaped like a rustic rock pyramid, and its peak is a geographical landmark that defines the region. For many mountaineers, climbing the Matterhorn – the birthplace of mountaineering – represents a return to the purest traditions of the sport.
6. Elburz Mountains – Iran
The Elburz Mountains rise imposing and massive, leaning against the Caspian Sea, northeast of Tehran. Steam can be seen emanating from the hot springs and fumaroles that mark this dormant volcano, and its two small glaciers provide an amazing view.
5. Mount Elbrus – Russia
Mount Elbrus rises like a watchtower in the Caucasus Mountains between Europe and Asia. Elbrus is a huge double-cone volcano with a summit varying by about 787 inches. For a climber with moderate skills, Europe’s highest mountain generates a strong attraction because it represents an arduous but very satisfying achievement.
4. Citlaltépetl & Iztaccíhuatl – Mexico
In the heart of Mexico, some 1287 kilometers south of the U.S. border, Citlaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl are the third and seventh highest mountains, respectively, in North America. Climbing these two volcanoes is, without a doubt, among the most attractive activities in Mexico.
3. Denali – Alaska
Mount McKinley, also called Denali in the Athabascan language, in Alaska’s Denali National Park is 6194 meters high and is the highest mountain in North America. There is no need to explain why it is a good idea to climb this massif.
2. Annapurna – Nepal
As you circle the massive Himalayas, you’ll see everything from lush bamboo forests to arid mountain landscapes. Most visitors of the Annapurna choose to climb the famous Thorung La. The trail up this glorious mountain offers rewards such as spectacular orange brushstrokes at sunrise, which illuminate the white Himalayan peaks with a fiery glow.
1. Mount Everest – Nepal
At 29.032 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on the planet. For decades, reaching the summit of this giant was considered one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay first conquered it in 1953, when they reached the summit following the South Col route.