There are few places as perfect for communing with nature than half way up the side of one of the world’s many majestic mountains.
These beautiful and awe-inspiring pieces of landscape present the perfect challenge to climbers but can also be enjoyed by holidaymakers who’re more concerned with finding fabulous scenery.
Whether you’re a serious climber or you prefer a hike around the foothills, the world’s most beautiful mountains ranges make wonderful holiday highlights. Plan a trip to visit stunning landscapes and scenic holiday spots by setting out to see unforgettable mountain ranges.
Getting started on the world’s most gorgeous mountains
The challenges presented by some of the world’s most famous mountain ranges have offered irresistible temptation for many climbers over the years. That said, the heights of the world’s most dramatic and tallest mountains are best left to people who have been training and perfecting their skills for a long time. Don’t plan a trip to the toughest mountains as chosen by Xtreme Sport unless you’re primed. However, if you’ve been bitten by the climbing bug and want to start exploring, there are plenty of perfect places to start.
Despite being a truly epic trek and one of the world’s most recognisable mountain ranges, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is actually an excellent choice for beginner climbers. While you may not need much in the way of skill, you will need to be fit and able to enjoy something like six hours of hiking a day – and be prepared for potential altitude sickness. The stunning variety of landscapes and breath-taking views you’ll be treated to on the way will more than compensate for your hard work. Want to know more? The BBC asks just how hard it is to climb Kilimanjaro.
Mount Elbrus in Russia may be Europe’s tallest mountain, but it’s another outstanding experience for beginners. The route to the top is moderately steep and its 22 layers of glaciers are crevasse free – find out more at Russia Climbing. A trip to Washington in America is also an excellent idea if you’re new to the world of climbing, as it offers Mount Baker and Mount Rainier – both well known as great places to get started. Check out the Climbing School and prepare yourself for some unforgettable sights.
Excellent climbing extras
Climbing or hiking holidays aren’t all about hard work, however, and you’re sure to want to know you’ll have somewhere comfortable and welcoming to lay your head after your journey. Matador Network has put together a nice list of top hiking towns, designed to help you pick the perfect spot to holiday the next time you’re planning a climbing holiday and want to find a welcoming starting and finishing point.
If you’re not able to scale the peaks of the world’s highest and most recognizable mountains, there’s an alternative at hand. Geek Wire explains how a Google Maps update makes it possible to climb atop famous mountains without ever leaving the comfort of your own living room.
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