The World’s Best Places to Go for Mountaineering

Mountaineering is an adventurous activity that many people would love to do now and then. If you are also passionate about it, then here are the best destinations in the world where you can test your physical condition and skills in conquering peaks.

  • Mount Khuiten

This mountain in Mongolia, which also straddles the corners of China and Russia, can easily sweep you away with its endless green steppes and the rolling landscapes that define the Altai Mountains, making your trek scenic and enjoyable. To reach its summit, you must cross a vast, golden and barren landscape that is one of Earth’s last remote regions. Your journey would also be made more remarkable by the hospitality of the Kazakh nomads.

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  • Mount Everest

The highest mountain on Earth that rises 8,856 meters above sea level, Everest saw one of the greatest mountaineering achievements in history, when its summit was reached by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay in 1953 taking the South Col route, which has become the most successfully climbed route on the mountain by far. Since then, thousands of other climbers had successfully ascended the mountain through this trail.

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  • The Andes

Following the Inca Trail will be a journey through an array of ecosystems, including plains, a desert and tropical cloud forests, with the famed lost city of the Inca, Machu Picchu, as the highlight. Passing views of rushing rivers and snowcapped mountains, you can continue your trek to Cusco, which was the heart and soul of the Inca Empire.

  • Kilimanjaro

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Located on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya, this flat-topped mountain is the highest mountain in Africa, made up of 3 extinct volcanoes. The highest peak, Uhuru, is 19,340 feet (5,899 meters) high. You can take the exhilarating Machame Route, where you can see wonderful animals and birds, and then trek across the Shira Plateau to reach its peak.

  • The Matterhorn

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As the birthplace of the sport of mountaineering, this most recognized mountain in Europe, of which peak serves as a defining geographical landmark, will present you a return to the purist traditions of mountain climbing.

There you have it—consider these destinations the next time you plan for a mountaineering trip!

Photos by: Gary CrawfordGunther HagleitnerStig Nygaardalex.ch

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