One of the first things that kids learn in geography classes is how high them mountains in their respective countries are, and of course all of them are compared to Mount Everest, or some other peak that is among the highest in the world. Mountains have somehow become a reason for national pride in many countries, and woe is the country that is unfortunate enough to have only plains and hills on its territory. So naturally, when we visit another country, mountains are an instant attraction (well, maybe only for those who are into hiking and trekking). In any case, should you wonder which mountains are famous enough to be checked out during your travels, here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of the most famous peaks in the world.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is one of the most widely known symbols of Japan, and not only is it easily recognizable, but it is also fairly accessible. The recommended climbing season is in July and August, when the slopes are pretty much snow-free and the weather is good for climbing. There are 10 stations on the mountain, and there’s a paved road leading up until the fifth station.
2. Popocatepetl, Mexico
The volcano of the unpronounceable name is still active, and you can’t climb to the summit, but a good portion of the slopes can still be accessed. The last major eruption was in 1994, but the volcano has been a bit cranky the past few years. Nevertheless, you can visit the interesting monasteries located at a lower altitude.
3. Lhotse, Tibet/Nepal
Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain in the world, and it can offer some amazing views if you are not too afraid of heights (it has the steepest face on the planet, so looking down can make your stomach a bit queasy).
4. Mount McKinley, USA
Mount McKinley is located at the center of the amazing Denali National Park, and while it looks really nice from afar, e prepared to face some insanely low temperatures. Only about half of those attempting to climb the mountains actually reach the top.
5. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and it has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. There are several trails to the summits, ranging from really difficult to fairly easy, and as long as you have some kind of altitude sickness medication with you, you’ll be fine.
6. Mount Logan, Canada
Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada, and one interesting fact about it is that it is still “growing”, thanks to the active tectonic uplifting in the area.Visit our northern neighbors with these cheap Canada deals:
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7. Kanchenjunga, India
Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, and despite the fact that it is not as well known as Everest or K2, climbing this mountain is an awesome experience, especially if you start off from the charming panorama base located at 5180 m.
8. Aconcagua, Argentina
Climbing Aconcagua on your own usually means suicide if you are not a really experienced climber, but luckily there are many expeditions leaving regularly from the nearby city of Mendoza.
9. Mont Blanc, France
Mont Blanc has quite the history – the first Winter Olympics in the world were held here. While technically speaking, climbing the mountain is nothing out of the ordinary, it does have the benefit of being located between two beautiful little resort towns: Chamonix in France and Courmayeur in Italy.Browse the best France deals our deal hunters could find:
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10. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Russia
Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest active volcano in Eurasia, and while the intense volcanic activity (over 50 eruptions in the past 200 years) might sound scary, thousand of climbers visit this mountain every year.