Climbing a mountain is something many people want to do, but very few actually brave the difficulties to make it to the top. If you dream of tackling some of the world’s most amazing and challenging mountains, these are climbs you won’t want to pass up.
Trek through the Andes to watch the active volcano Tungurahua shoot lava, spot exotic birds, and explore the historic Machu Picchu. The climb can take weeks, but the combination of history and natural beauty involved makes it well worth the effort.
Did you really think Mount Everest wouldn’t be on this list? This is the climb of all climbs. At 29,029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain, so make sure you’re physically prepared before leaving for the Himalayas.
Denali National Park is arguably the best place to mountaineer in the United States. Also known as Mount McKinley, the actual mountain is taller than Everest, though not nearly as high above sea level. You’ll be in for a tough yet rewarding excursion.
Located in northern Colorado, Longs Peak reaches an elevation of 14,259 feet and stands as the highest peak within the Rocky Mountain National Park. The trek is tiring, but the good news for you is that you’ll have the opportunity to recover after the hike at one of the many nice hotels in Denver, and you can also rejuvenate your body by visiting a sports massage complex and eating at one of the city’s great restaurants.
Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, is located in Kluane National Park. Though challenging, the picturesque views and the chance to ski once you’ve finished makes the hike very rewarding.
As the highest peak in all of Mongolia, Kuiten Uul measures 14,350 feet and is one wild climb. It takes loads of equipment to manage the climb itself. Come equipped with rope and ice axes, and be prepared to take in some incredible vistas of the Mongolian countryside.
Half Dome (Yosemite National Park)
Half Dome, which sits 8,800 feet above sea level, is an icon of Yosemite National Park. The hike to the peak of this granite rock may not be as physically taxing as Everest or Denali, but the views are so splendid that you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. What’s even better is that you can combine a trip to Yosemite with sightseeing in San Francisco, which is just a few hours away. The culture, landmarks, dining, nightlife and comfortable hotels in San Francisco will invigorate you after tackling the big Half Dome.
Sitting at 19,336 feet and widely regarded as the best climb in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a tour of climates. One moment you’ll feel like you’re in the Arctic, and the next you’ll be dumped into the tropics. The best part is that the trek is plenty doable even for the less experienced.
Located near Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in China, Mount Emei is one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains. Its peak not only showcases an amazing view above the clouds but also features a mammoth statue of Samantabhadra.
While these are technically dunes, no dunes on the planet are higher than those at Sossusvlei in Namibia. Some reach nearly 400 meters, which is awesome enough for them to make this list.
When it comes to climbing in the Alps, the Matterhorn, by Italy and Switzerland’s border, is a serious climb. Be warned: the mountain peaks at 14,692 feet, and it’s definitely a more challenging trek.
Mount Fuji is a gem in East Asia. Rising to 12,388 feet, the views at the peak will make even the most pessimistic stop in contemplation. Despite its steepness, even beginners can manage this climb, though reaching the peak is a whole other matter.
From the Americas to Asia, the world is full of exhilarating peak for the intrepid climber. Which will you attempt next?
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