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Best Mountains to Climb: Top 9 Peaks to summit before you Die!

Explore awe-inspiring mountains around the world for an epic adventure.

 

Many dreams of summiting the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, which soars to 29,035 feet, and straddles the Nepal-China border. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay first accomplished the feat in 1953 via Nepal’s South Col, which remains one of the most common routes today. The Nepali government relies on the tourism revenue generated by Everest, and in 2019 it issued a record 381 permits to climbers and a nearly equal number to local Sherpas, who set up the camps and lead the climbers up the mountain.

Besides the glory of standing on the roof of the world, climbing Everest comes with a significant amount of controversy. Over the years, the large number of climbers and support staff have left massive amounts of trash and waste on the mountain, though in recent years the Nepali government and private organizations have taken steps to clean up the area around base camp. This year critics cited a large number of permits as a possible contributor to some of the season’s 11 deaths on the mountain. The large number of people seeking to make the summit combined with fewer windows of favorable weather created traffic jams on the route to the summit.

Until conditions improve at Mount Everest, beat the crowds and help preserve the environment by looking to other epic climbs around the world. Here are nine of our favorites.

Mount Khuiten, Mongolia

In Mongolia, it’s easy for a traveler to be quickly swept away by the endless green steppes, the heartiness of the Kazakh nomads, and the rolling landscapes that define the Altai Mountains. This makes the trek to Mount Khuiten as enjoyable and scenic as the climb itself. The mountain straddles the corners of Russia, China, and Mongolia. To reach it, trekkers must cross a golden, vast, and barren landscape that is one of the last remote regions on Earth. This remarkable journey is enhanced by the gentle hospitality of the Kazakh nomads.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Mount Khuiten, Mongolia

Mount Khuiten, Mongolia

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Flat-topped Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. Located on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya, the mountain is made up of three extinct volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The highest peak, Uhuru, is 19,340 feet high. Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro is exhilarating. Take the Machame Route up so you can see the region’s wonderful animals and birds. Then you’ll begin the trek across the Shira Plateau through the Grand Barranco Canyon and on to the top. If all goes as planned, you’ll reach Stella Point with a chance to continue around Kibo’s rim to Uhuru.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The Andes, Peru

The Inca Trail in Peru is an in-depth journey through a variety of ecosystems, from plains to desert to tropical cloud forests. You’ll pass views of snowcapped mountains and rushing rivers. The highlight is Machu Picchu, the famed lost city of the Inca that was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Then continue your trek to what was the heart and soul of the Inca Empire, Cusco.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-The Andes, Peru

The Inca Trail in Peru

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn is the most recognized mountain on the European continent. In the shape of a roughly chiseled rock pyramid, this peak serves as a defining geographical landmark. For many climbers, ascending the Matterhorn, the birthplace of the sport of mountaineering represents a return to the purest traditions of climbing.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Matterhorn, Switzerland

Matterhorn, Switzerland

Mount Elbrus, Russia

Dynamic in both region and terrain, Russia’s Mount Elbrus stands as a watchtower in the Caucasus Mountains between Europe and Asia. Elbrus is a large, double-coned volcano, whose summits vary by about 65 feet. For the climber with moderate skills, the highest mountain in Europe has great appeal because it presents a strenuous, yet rewarding climb. The mountain’s location affords visitors excellent opportunities to see the region’s large melting pot of ethnic groups, such as Turkish, Georgian, Azeri, and Russian.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Mount Elbrus, Russia

Mount Elbrus, Russia

Cilaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, Mexico

In the heart of Mexico, about 800 miles south of the United States border, Citlaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl are the third and seventh highest mountains respectively in North America. The first is 18,406 feet tall, while the second is 17,159 feet tall. Ascents of these two volcanoes are by far the most attractive climbs in Mexico. From a distance, it’s easy to see how Iztaccíhuatl or “white woman” got its name; the snowcapped peaks look like the head, breasts, and feet of a sleeping woman.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Citlaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, Mexico

Citlaltépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, Mexico

Denali, Alaska

Mount Denali, located in Denali National Park, Alaska, is the highest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet. This massif needs no explanation as to why it should be climbed. From its base to its apex, it rises nearly 18,000 feet, an elevation-gain unsurpassed anywhere in the world. No other mountain offers such breathtaking and diverse views each day of an ascent. Mount Denali’s tremendous size and beauty create a magnetism that continually draws climbers from around the world. Choice months for attempting Denali are May and June, before the threats of avalanches and open crevasses become too severe. The mountain provides an unforgettable experience, touching the psyche of all mountaineers who have undertaken its challenges.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Denali, Alaska

Mount Denali, Alaska

Annapurna, Nepal

In terms of sheer geological and cultural diversity, a trek to Nepal’s Annapurna region is unbeatable. By circumnavigating the giant Himalaya, you’ll see everything from lush bamboo forests to arid high mountain landscapes. Most visitors here climb over the famous Thorung La, which is 17,599 feet. The hike into this glorious mountain pass rewards one with spectacular blazes of orange as the sun rises, casting the white Himalayan peaks in a fiery glow.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-mount Annapurna, Nepal

mount Annapurna, Nepal

Damavand, Iran

The Elburz Mountains stand huge and stunning as they lean against the Caspian Sea northeast of Tehran. Damavand’s peaks range in altitude from 18,400 feet to more than 19,000 feet. Steam rises from the hot springs and fumaroles that pockmark this dormant volcano, and two small glaciers provide dazzling views. Learn more about Damavand Mountain or Checkout Damavand Tours.

9 peaks to summit in a lifetime-mount damavand mountain trekking tour-Damavand, Iran

Mount Damavand, Iran

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Mount Damavand Fake Summit or Triangle Shaped Rock at 5300m - Damavand Tour Trekking

Damavand Fake Summit

The summit you can see standing near Bargah-e Sevom hut is actually a fake summit with 5400 m of elevation. 

Taking the southern Damavand trekking route, the most commonly used route, you’ll reach Bargah-e-Sevom hut, the nearest hut to the summit, after passing by Goosfandsara hut. The summit visible from this point is actually a fake summit with 5400 m of elevation and is located right before Damavand sulfuric hills. The real Damavand summit won’t be visible until arriving near Damavand fake summit. The reason for this is the gentle slope of the last part of the Damavand trekking route. Therefore, the sulfuric hills near the Damavand summit are hidden behind the fake summit from the trekkers’ perspective.  Read more

5-Acclimatization above Bargah-e sevom Hut-Mount Damavand Difficulty Trekking Tour Climbing Guide,

Mount Damavand Difficulty

The difficulty level of climbing any mountain depends on the pressure applied to the mountain climber when ascending and descending it and how difficult the trek is for them. Many factors determine the level of difficulty of a mountain such as the technique that the mountain climber uses for his trek. In this article, we’ll discuss the three main factors that are important for determining Mount Damavand difficulty: The Mountain itself, the climbing season, and the trekking route. Read more

A brilliant view of Damavand (5610m) from the top of Doberar Peak (4250m) Mount Damavand Elevation height relative

Mount Damavand Elevation

Mount Damavand (5610 m) is the first natural attraction in Iran to be declared a national heritage. The unique Mount Damavand is the tallest mountain in Iran, the tallest volcano in Asia and the tallest conical mountain in the world. If you’re a meticulous person, you may be confused by the different numbers referring to Damavand height you’ve seen in photos, signs, etc. The question here is: how tall is Mount Damavand? .We intend to uncover the reality of Damavand elevation in this article. Read more

7-Frozen Sheep on the top of Damavand (5610m)

Mount Damavand Frozen Animals!

Standing on Mount Damavand summit, you may realize several frozen sheep carcasses resembling mummies next to the signs marking Damavand summit. The remains of these sheep have been perfectly preserved due to the existence of sulfur and the low temperature of Damavand peak. The reason for their existence has been unknown for the past 20-30 years that they’ve been on Damavand peak; however, it’s estimated that a sheep herd had been lost in the fog. The sheep have possibly died due to gas poisoning, hypothermia or starvation and their carcasses have remained this long because of the cold and the sulfuric gasses. Read more