Better than mountains can only be mountains that have never been before,” Vladimir Vysotsky once sang. It’s impossible to fight the temptation to ascend others until swept away by mountaineering and taking the first peak. You will progressively experience up to 8,000 people, but ascending any of them would not be the same as climbing the stairs up the ninth floor if you do not have a lift. For mountain and hiking, we assembled a list of the best mountains. Many of them even to average people with moderate preparation are very available.
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1. Monte Rosa, Pennine Alps, Switzerland
Travel the highest peak in the Dufour mountains is 4634 meters in altitude. In the same chain as the Pennine Alps’ summit, Monte Rosa is situated on the Matterhorn. In the immediate vicinity is Zermatt’s popular tourist resort. It has nice amenities and good mountain views.
A broad glacier named Horner is situated in the north of Monte Rosa. It’s just more than 14 kilometers in total. The Monte Rosa Mountain range is very high and moderately rough, but there are problems during the climb from local landscapes.
2. Belukha, Gorny Altai, Russia
To feel like a climber, you don’t have to go far. On the Kazakhstan-Russia border is the highest point of the Altai Mountains with an altitude of 4509 meters. Eastern Belukha is named. The Delone peak (4260 m) and Western Belukha are nearby (4435 meters). They shape three summits together, so Belukha is sometimes referred to as the “sacred Three-headed Mountain”
This mountain is considered holy as the goddess Umai resides in this location according to the legend. This is the highest female goddess of Turkish cultures and the patron of working women and girls. On the opposite, Altaians don’t want to join the divine realm, they are wary of her and therefore usually do not climb to the top.
2. Island Peak, Himalayas, Nepal
The height of the mountain – 6130 meters. Given the challenge perceived by skilled climbers of the ascent, which often is synonymous with air conditioning, the Island Peak is known as a warm-up before trekking Everest.
This portion of the Himalayas can be reached by air. The decision on such a flight is also an accomplishment, not to mention the Island Peak climb. It is correct that the airport of Lukla is almost on a mountain ridge and the runway length is just 527m. On one side there is a cliff and on the other side, there is a steel wall.
The first conquered Island Peak was in 1953. The mountain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Himalayas.
3. Stok Kangri, Himalayas, India
Stoke Kangri, like Island Peak, also works as a testing place for accomplished climbers before they ascend tougher mountains. You won’t have to overcome a lot of equipment: people say the trek sticks and “cats” are enough to be there. However, protection should be noted, particularly if it was not before -6137 meters that you climbed such high mountains.
In the vicinity, there are many places where anything you need to ascend is sold. The town of Stok is situated at an altitude of 3700 meters and a base camp is set up higher (5000 meters).
4. Dolomites, Italy
There are 12 ski resorts here concurrently, so it is certainly not difficult to find a spot to rest. The lower slopes are lush – plenty of woodland and wilderness. In the Dolomites, you can go for a walk before or before the top of Marmolada. the national park Dolomiti Bellunesi (3342 meters).
The well-defined infrastructure is a major plus to this collection. There are several restaurants, sitting, and stopping spots. It shouldn’t be a challenge to climb Mount Marmolada, but you can’t call this a hike, both glaciers, and dangerous cliffs are there.
5. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A stratovolcano is Africa’s tallest point (5895 meters). Kilimanjaro is not only very powerful, but it’s best not to go without the support of professional climbers, considering the impressive height. Like every other peak, though.
The mountains are very popular, tourists flow stable and it won’t be a challenge to find a suitable all-inclusive tour.
6. Yangshuo, China
As with the eastern names typically, Yangshuo is written and spoken in either way; Yangshuo, Yansu, and Yangshuo. The neighborhood of the city is made of green mountains. Some of the climbers are more unprepared, while some have to work hard to overcome.
What if the mountains love you but don’t want to tolerate harsh, snowy waves, kilos of equipment, and kilometers of ice and rock? More definitely, you should pay attention to climbing – you won’t need to be overpowered or immune to frost in this bright and wonderful sport, since the best places are in wet, seay regions, and the simplest routes are quite within the power of any person. We will tell you about the three most notable areas.
7. El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite National Park’s highest peak in California. The height is not too high – around 900 metres only – compared to some other points on the list, but this does not indicate the easiness of the roads. A party of climbers took the first ascent in 1958 for 47 days! Of course, our time is refining the techniques of climbing and sloping, and now ElKap (as it is politely called) is a little less than 2 and a half hours record for high-speed climbing!
Alex J. Honnold climbed the Capitan in 2008 alone, that is, without delay and without any supplies but hiking shoes and a bag of magnesia.
8. Kalymnos, Greece
Kalymnos is not a mountain, it is a Greek Aegean island, which is well recognized among the worldwide climbers. Delicious food, warm sea, good weather – basically a perfect spot to rest not only on the sand but also to take a stroll.
By the way, several climbing routes: the so-called “guide book” a book containing all the routes on the island, has a description, for all rock climbing lovers, of tens of thousands. Professional as well as a novice – everybody would be able to find a track in the mood! After a busy day of sports, you can sit with friends in one of the many cozy cafes, and on a day of rest – scuba diving for sponges or go sailing around the island.