Do you dare heed the call of the world’s mighty mountains?
From Ecuador to Indonesia, these amazing climbs tempt the fit and fearless to scale and summit their peaks. Some require technical skill, while others only demand stamina and a head for heights. Whatever the case, you’ll be rewarded with astonishing mountain scenery, a thrilling adventure, and summit views at sunrise.
Pack a camera and some swimming gear alongside your walking boots– here are The World’s Nine Best Mountain-Climbing Destinations!
Mont Blanc, France
The Mother of all European massifs will surely be a difficult feat, but this challenging climbing experience is rewarding, especially after a successful summit of this 4,810m peak!
Mont Blanc is covered in snow and ice year-round, so climbers would have to use ice picks, crampons, alpine skills, and intermediate climbing experience. Summiting will take over three days, but a weeklong trip will give you ample time to prepare.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
While a successful climb at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro will need bouts of stamina and determination, climbers without technical skills need not worry about surviving the difficult journey, as it will be more of a hike than a climb. You’ll also get to choose among a few routes, each with its own merit, taking you from grassy cultivated slopes to the icy snow of the summit at 5,895m.
Mount Aconcagua, Argentina
Although considered to be the highest mountain outside of Asia at a whopping 6,961m, Mount Aconcagua’s main route isn’t too technically demanding– but don’t expect it to be an easy journey!
Climbers who choose to summit this beautiful climb should be up for a physically strenuous challenge, with a high altitude and extreme weather at that! If you’re fit and have some experience with trekking and camping in remote mountain areas, you’ll survive.
Mount Kenya, Kenya
Known as Africa’s second-highest peak, Mount Kenya boasts spectacular flora and fauna, an ever-changing scenery, and fewer trekkers than its more famous neighbor, Mount Kilimanjaro. To reach the summit of Point Lenana, make sure to up your fitness regimen– you’ll need a sleeping bag and a sense of adventure, too!
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
To say that the 3-day trek at Mount Toubkal is challenging is an understatement. The summit will best fit healthy climbers with mountain experience, and they’ll need to be confident enough in facing altitude, too, since the mountain soars at 4,176m!
The reward after a treacherous climb? The unforgettable views across the plains to Marrakech and the pre-Sahara.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
At 5,364m, the Everest Base Camp is over half the height of its namesake, Mount Everest. The climb demands no technical skills, but you’ll need excellent fitness to cope with 13 days of strenuous ascents and descents and a high altitude. From the base camp, head higher to Kala Patthar for views of Everest or head into the Gokyo Valley to see the Gokyo Lakes and cross the lofty Cho La Pass at 5,420m.
Pico Turquino, Cuba
The steamy two-day hike through a virgin rainforest takes you to the tip of Cuba’s highest peak, Pico Turquino, a climb set in the verdant Sierra Maestra Mountains, where Fidel Castro kept his secret mountain headquarters. Hikes along the Pico Turquino trail can be risky, but the chance of encountering colorful Birds of Paradise along the way makes it all worth it.
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Let the gradually winding trails leading up to Kinabalu amaze you, the landscape transforming from a green jungle to barren rock as you climb higher and the mist lifts. A day’s hike will take you to a rustic mountain cabin where you can rest before tackling the summit in time to see the sunrise. You can go on an alternative route via the Ferrata route up the mountain, too.
Cayambe Volcano, Ecuador
While Mount Cotopaxi is popular with climbers, its volcanic activity can render it out of bounds. You can try Mount Cayambe instead, a 5,790m volcano you can climb near Pichincha (4,784m) and Iliniza North (5,126m). The three summits can be tackled in a challenging six-day epic Andean climbing. You don’t need mountaineering experience, but guided ascents will include instructions on climbing on ice.
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