Mountain climbing can become an extremely fun sport, especially if you love nature and the delightful view of the sky at the summit. It’s a challenging experience that is worth the while, just imagine the moment when you finally get to the top of the mountain and get to see the world in its splendor! If you have the time and the budget to go international, there’s always the option staying fit while you travel.
If you ever get to some of these countries, then here are some of the best mountains to climb in the world-ones that will certainly test your skill and adrenaline:
Mount Fuji is not just Japan’s tallest peak, but it’s also an extremely important cultural and spiritual symbol for the country. It’s by far the most popular tourist site in the country, as more than 200,000 visitors climb to the mountain’s summit almost every year. There are a ton of huts around the area that can provide climbers with food and water, basic medical care, and even places to rest.
Historically-speaking, Mount Fuji has been considered a sacred site for religious practices ever since the 7th Century, as Shinto shrines are found dotting the base of the region.
If you’re wondering why Japan got its name as “Land of the Rising Sun,” then Mount Fuji might have the answer for you. In fact, a lot of people climb the majestic mountain so they reach the summit by sunrise, which in itself holds in store a breathtaking view.
- Mount Fuji stands at 12,388 feet. Its presence is both a beautiful and daunting sight.
- You can try to arrange for independent ascents, but organized tours can be a much cheaper choice.
- Options for climbing packages include transport, lodging, and food.
Mount Whitney is perhaps the tallest mountain located in California. The trail itself that leads to the summit is filled with the beauties of Californian life, including flora and fauna that will let you see the true beauty of nature. Climbers don’t necessarily need any form of technical knowledge or experience in order to climb the mountain. However, those who research and plan their journey will see have a memorable journey, even if they don’t reach the summit.
- The popularity of Mount Whitney makes it a popular destination for climbers, especially during August and September. If you ever want to climb Mount Whitney, then you may want to clear up your schedule fast.
- Mount Whitney is considered as the continental United States’ highest summit at 14,505 feet.
- You can only climb the mountain if you obtain a permit that can be acquired from the Forest Service.
Mount Temple is the most accessible peak along the Canadian Rockies, and it’s the most frequently climbed of all of them. However, despite the number of people climbing at any given time, the journey seems to be worth the wait. The trails around the mountain are well-defined, but the existence of loose and scrambling rock around the area can be a challenge to those who want to test their physical prowess. Both the ascent and the descent contain their fair share of challenges, and there’s equally a beautiful sight waiting for you either way. Nature and fresh winds wait for you as you climb and descend Mount Temple, which makes for a perfect getaway, especially if you want some time for yourself.
- Mount Temple stands at 11,624 feet.
- While the trail itself isn’t difficult to trace for both newcomers and veterans, it still can be tricky especially if you’re not familiar with the area.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, which already makes it a sight to behold from afar. However, those who want to take on a challenge may want to consider climbing it. Its summit is covered with snow, and it’s isolated due to the plains surrounding it. If you want to feel like the world is yours for the taking, Mount Kilimanjaro is the mountain for you. The mountain has forests rich with species that you may not have even seen before, and a lot of them roam around you (and at safe distances!), regardless of the tracks and trails you choose.
- Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a whopping 19,308 feet. It’s no doubt it’s the highest mountain in Africa.
- Climbers love the popular “Coca-Cola” trail or the Marangu. There are huts all around the area for climbers to sleep.
- Other routes also offer opportunities for small groups to camp together.
Pokalde Peak may not be a perfect cone, but it has its own majesty. It stands tall with snow that curves along its rocky path, which already makes it a sight to behold. Pokalde Peak can be climbed without any sophisticated climbing gear, but you may need ropes if you want easier access to the peak. The entire journey, given the option to try to tackle it without gear, can make for quite a challenging experience. There are exposed terrains that can allow you to appreciate the sheer beauty of the sight, but it’s not recommended to climb this peak if there’s bad weather around.
- Pokalde Peak, or Dolma Ri, stands at 19,048 feet. It’s located in Nepal, along the Himalayas.
- As expected from a mountain in the Himalayas, it’s no easy feat to climb the mountain and there are however many avenues for assistance, such as guides.
- You may need around USD$350 to $400 to secure the necessary permits.
Quick Note: Safety First
Before you go adventuring to these challenging climbs, always make sure you are more than prepared with your gear and safety precautions. Your climbs won’t be as fun if you’re not safe for the entire journey.
- Get your equipment sorted. Always ask for advice as to the kind of equipment you might need for the entire trip. How long is the climb going to be? You can assess your gear from there.
- Follow the rules. Always ask the authorities if there are special “rules” when it comes to climbing a certain mountain. Are there strict paths to follow, among other things?
- Security matters. If you’re off to climb a mountain, always let someone know what you’re up to and where they can find you. This is important as mountain climbing is no easy feat. If you get lost, or something goes wrong, then at least someone on the ground can help.
- Company is fun. If you’re a solo climber, that’s alright – but if you’re with company, then it can transform into an experience you won’t forget. Plus, it’s always useful to have a helping hand.
If climbing has always been an intrinsic part of your identity, or if you’re growing bored with merely betting on tennis and other sports, then perhaps climbing mountains and the above list can jumpstart your interest. These mountains aren’t a walk in the park, though, as they offer challenges that can test your wits, strength, and reflexes. The thrill these mountains can offer is second to none, which is perhaps one of the reasons why mountain climbers almost never get bored with their sport. Have you ever climbed any of these mountains? How was your experience?
All photos provided by the author.