Mountains throughout the world
Below is a list of Mountains throughout the World
that attract many climbers from their region and
around the world.
The most climbed mountains are normally the
highest mountains in that region, as most climbers
want to conquer the highest peak in the region they
Mountains are normally listed by height above sea
level, or, height above their base. Mount Everest on
the China and Nepal border is the highest mountain
above sea level, Mount McKinley in Alaska USA is the
highest above its base. Everest at 29,000 feet sits
on a plateau that is about 15,000 feet above sea
level, so from base to peak is about 14,000 feet.
McKinley is 20,300 feet above sea level, 18,000 feet
above its base.
Both measurements are useful as height above base
shows how far you have to climb, and how impressive
the mountain looks before you climb.
Height above sea level is extremely important when
the mountain exceeds 8,000 feet as, altitude sickness
can begin at this height. Bewteen 12,000 and 14,000
feet, altitude sickness becomes a real problem. From
this height up, normally requires a day or two stop
every now and again to aclimatise. Above 26,000 feet
is regarded as the Death Zone. Oxygen in the death
zone is about one third of that at sea level. Only
top climbers can survive above 26,000 feet for a few
days, all others have to carry bottled oxygen.
Any injury or illness in the death zone makes
rescue extremely difficult. Many people that take ill
at that height have to be left to die, their bodies
are then left where they died, or are buried in the
snow or under rocks close to where they died. Everest
has well over 100 bodies laying around above 26,000
feet. Climbing the highest mountain means passing
numerous bodies along the route. One part of Mount
Everest has been named Rainbow Valley, due to the
number of corpses laying around that area with their
different coloured climbing jackets.
Most mountains of a few thousand feet have a
number of areas that can be deadly. Mountains with
tourist trails up to a 5,000 feet climb, 3 - 8 hours
in time, can attract climbers with very little
climbing experience, or none at all. Mist and cloud
lead to some novice climbers, and intermediate
climbers, straying off the main trails and falling
The mountains listed below start in the UK where a
mountain over 3,000 feet is regarded as high and a
good challenge taken in one day. The list then shows
European mountains that work up to 15,000 feet, then
Africa, Americas, and finally the Asian mountains
over 29,000 feet. Feet above base listed below may be
from where the walking route starts from.
Scafell Pike 9 miles south
of Keswick, in Cumbria / England 3,209 ft above sea
level, 3009 ft above its base. Scafell Pike is the
highest mountain in England at 978 metres or 3,209
ft. The second largest mountain in England, Sca Fell,
is net to it. These moutains are poplar from the
north 9 miles south of Keswick, and from the west
from the remote Wasdale Head area. The west route is
normaly used by people travelling up from the
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Carrauntoohil / Southern
Ireland, 3,406 ft above sea level, 3,330 ft above its
base. Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in
Ireland, 15 miles west of the town of Killarney on
the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range in the southwest of
Ireland. This mountain takes 3 hours plus to climb
and is described as can be dangerous with areas of
loose rock. There have been a number of fatalities on
the mountain, so the climb should be taken seriously.
There are narrow roads that lead into the mountains
from all directions to a car park close to the base
of Carrauntoohil. There are 13 mountains in ireland
above 3,000 feet.
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Mount Snowdon / Northwest
Wales, 3,560 feet above sea level, 3,220 ft above its
base. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales,
probably the most climbed mountain in Britain. It is
in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd. The Snowdon
Mountain Railway (a rack railway) now runs to the top
for anyone not fit enough to walk to the top. A
restaurant and shop can be found at the top station,
just below the summit with incredible views. The easy
walking routes take about 6 hours to the top and
back. A few people die on this mountain each year.
There are 15 mountains in Wales over 3,000 feet. The
railway and tourist paths start from the town of
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Ben Nevis / Scotland
Highlands, 4,408 feet above sea level, 4,340 feet
above its base. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in
the British Isles, situated by the town of Fort
William. Most hikers use the Mountain Track. Novice
walkers following this Tourist Trail take about 3 to
5 hours to reach the summit. Climbers and
mountaineers use the 2,300 ft high cliffs of the
north face. Most fatalities are from climbing the
cliffs, and many by straying off the main trail in
bad weather. It is said there are more deaths on Ben
Nevis than on Mount Everest. There are 283 mountains
in Scotland over 3,000 feet.
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Kebnekaise / Northwest
Sweden, 6,909 feet above sea level, 4,662 ft above
its base. Kebnekaise is the highest mountain in
Sweden situated in Lapland, about 800 miles north of
Stockholm. This is a popular climb in summer with the
main tourist route departing from the very small
village of Nikkaluokta. There are
regular planes, trains and buses to the village from
southern Sweden. From Nikkaluokta, it is about 12
miles to the start of the trail up the mountain from
the Kebnekaise Mountain
Lodge, that is 2,264 ft above sea level.
Getting to the lodge is an adventure in itself, as
you can hike the 12 miles, take a boat trip part of
the way and hike the rest, or take a helicopter that
operates all day in summer. The climb to the summit
from the lodge takes 4 - 6 hours, and can be
dangerous in parts with ice. The closest town with a
number of hotels is Kiruna 40 miles east of
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Galdhopiggen / Central
Norway, 8,100 feet above sea level, 2,000 feet above
its base. Galdhopiggen is the highest mountain in
Norway situated about 240 miles northwest of Oslo.
The main tourist route is from the Juvasshytta Mountain Lodge that is
about 6,000 ft above sea level. You can make the
climb yourself or join a guided tour that departs
most days. There is ice so can be dangerous in
Regular buses run from Oslo and other Norwegian
towns to the tourist village of Lom and Juvasshytta
Lodge, that are 20 miles apart. The area is a popular
tourist destination and there is a Ski Centre on the
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Aneto / Pyrenees, France
& Spain border, 11,168 feet above sea level,
4,100 ft above its base. Aneto is the highest
mountain in the Pyrenees mountain range that runs
along the border between southern France and northern
Spain. The area has a Ski Resort and
National Park, so there are plenty of buses that run
to the area from Spain and France.
For the climb, many people base at the closest
town of Benasque in the Hotel Aneto, they
then take a bus from Benasque into the Natural Park of
Posets-Maladeta to the area named La Besurta,
then walk about 30 minutes to the Refuge of La Renclusa
at 7,000 feet. The climb to the summit begins at the
refuge and crosses a glacier on the way. Close to the
top is a narrow ridge named The Bridge of Mohamed,
with extremely high drops either side as can be seen
on the video. You can also stay at the refuge.
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Mulhacen / Southern Spain,
11,413 feet above sea level, 6,700 ft above its base.
Mulhacen is the highest mountain in Spain, situated
in the Siera Nevada Mountain Range in the Granada
region of southern Spain, about 80 miles northeast of
Malaga. The popular route to the summit is from the
village of Capileira at 4,700 ft above
Most summit attempts depart Capileira and spend a
night at the mountain Refuge at Poqueira at
8,100 ft, but some try it in one day. The mountain is
classed as dangerous with ice, snow, avalanches and
strong winds much of the year. Also, it can get
extremely warm in the height of summer.
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Mount Cook /
New Zealand, 12,316 feet above sea level, 5,500 feet
above its base. Mount Cook is the highest mountain in
New Zealand, situated on South Island in the Aoraki,
Mount Cook National Park, about 7 miles north of
Mount Cook Village,
223 miles west of Christchurch. To climb the
mountain, you have to travel by road to mount Cook
Village, then fly to the Plateau Hut on The
Grand Plateau on Mt Cook at about 7,000 feet above
Most people climbing this mountain use a company
like Alpine Guides that
take 6 days to prepare and climb the mountain. The
climb is about 5,500 feet, and takes about 15 - 18
hours. This can be an extremely dangerous mountain
with changing conditions and strong winds.
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Mont Blanc / Alps, France
& Italy border, 15,782 feet above sea level,
8,000 ft above its base. Mont Blanc is the highest
mountain in Western Europe. The main climb route is
from the scenic French town of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains at 4,200 ft
above sea level. From the village you take the
Tramway du Mont-Blanc
up to the Eagle's Nest at 7,800
ft above sea level.
From there, the climb begins and passes through
the Gouter corridor then up to the Refuge on the
mountain Dome du Gouterat 14,121 ft, where you stay
overnight. From the refuge, you make the final 1,600
ft climb to the summit of Mont Blanc. This is
reported to be the deadliest mountain in the world,
with about 60 deaths in one year alone.
Many climbers visiting this region also want to
climb the fearsome looking 14,692 ft Matterhorn and the 13,025 ft
Eiger with its deadly north
face, 6,000 ft almost straight down.
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Mount Ararat / Turkey
& Iran border, 16,854 feet above sea level,
10,000 ft above its base. Mount Ararat is a dormant
volcano with two peaks, Greater Ararat and Lesser
Ararat at 12,782 ft. To climb this mountain you need
a permit and use a certified Turkish guide. The
guides offer 4 - 9 day excursions of the local area
and the climb to the top.
The adventure starts from the Turkish town of
Dogubayazit at 5,300
feet above sea level. You take a truck from the town
to the bottom of the mountain at 6,500 ft. The first
overnight camp is at 10,500 ft. The next part of the
climb is to another camp at 14,000 ft. The next day
you climb to the summit. The climb is fairly straight
forward with the main hazards being snow, ice,
exhaustion and altitude.
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Mount Elbrus / Eastern
Russia, 18,510 feet above sea level, 7,100 ft above
its base. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano in the
western Mountain Range close to the Russian border
with Georgia. The main route to the top is from the
Mount Elbrus Ski Resort of Azau Village. You
take a cable car from the village to the MIR Station
at 11,400 ft. You then climb to the Barrel Huts at 12,300
ft and spend time acclimatizing to the altitude.
The first part of the climb is to Priut 11 at 13,600 ft and
again spend time acclimatizing to the altitude. The
final climb to the summit from Priut 11 is about
5,000 ft. The closest town to Azau Village, and
gateway to the region is Mineralnye Vody,
about 150 miles north. The climb is fairly straight
forward with the main hazards being the snow, ice,
exhaustion and altitude.
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Mount Kilimanjaro /
Tanzania, Africa, 19,341 feet above sea level, 14,000
ft above its base. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano
situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park in
Tanzania, East Africa. There are six official
trekking Routes to the Top
taking between 5 and 9 days. Most people climbing
this mountain do through an agency as it has become a
really busy mountain and you can only climb the
mountain with reputable guides.
The most popular routes have huts at the end of
each stage. Other less popular routes mean sleeping
in tents. The way to the mountain is normaly fly to
Nairobi in Kenya,
then travel by road 128 miles south to one of the
villages at the base of the mountain. Some airlines
fly direct to the smaller Kilimanjaro Airport.
The climb is fairly straight forward with the main
hazards being exhaustion and altitude.
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Mount McKinley / Alaska,
USA, 20,320 feet above sea level, 13,000 feet above
its base camp. Mount McKinley is the highest mountain
in North America and the United States, the highest
mountain on land when measured from its base to the
summit, 18,000 ft. To climb this mountain takes
between 2 and 3 weeks, with the most popular route
having base camp at 7,800 ft, and other camps at
9,500 ft; 11,000 ft; 14,200 ft; and 17,200 ft.
The route to the mountain is fly to Anchorage, main town
in Alaska, then drive/bus 113 miles north to the
village of Talkeetna where you
take a ski plane up to base camp at 7,800 ft. Most
people climbing this mountain use guides as it is
extremely dangerous with 11 climbers dying in one
season alone. There is a high altitude helicopter
that can be used for rescue, when the weather is
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Huascaran / Western Andes,
Peru, 22,205 feet above sea level, 12,000 ft above
its base. Huascaran is situated in the Cordillera
Blanca range of the Western Andes, the highest
mountain in Peru. To climb the mountain after
altitude training of 2 or 3 weeks, is to start from
the village of Musho at 10,000 ft and climb up to
base camp at 14,000 ft on day 1, climb to 18,000 ft
on day 2, climb to 20,000 ft on day 3, then to the
summit on day 4.
This is a dangerous mountain with strong winds,
ice falls, and avalanche zones, so most people use
guides. The way to the mountain is fly to the city of
Lima, travel by bus 260
miles north to the city of Huaraz, then taxi 50 miles north to
the village of Musho.
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The most climbed mountains in Peru are the ones on
the Inca Trail over 10,000 ft leading to the Inca
town of Machu Picchu located on a
ridge at about 7,700 ft, a 4 day climb. Machu
Picchu is about 800 miles southeast of Huascaran.
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Aconcagua / Andes,
Argentina, 22,831 feet above sea level, 14,600 ft
above its base. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in
the Americas, situated in the Andes mountain range in
western Argentina, 70 miles northwest of the city of
Mendoza, 750 miles
west of Buenos Aires, close to the border with Chile,
140 miles northeast of Santiago in Chile. The way
to the mountain is fly to Santiago or Mendoza, or to
Buenos Aires then
Mendosa, then a bus from Mendosa into the Aconcagua Provincial
Park for the beginning of the climb at 8,200
You need a permit and most climbers use guides.
There are two main routes that are described as
fairly straight forward with the main hazards being
ice and altitude. The Polish Traverse route takes
about 14 days, moving your gear up, plus resting and
getting used to the altitude. The first 6 days are
spent getting yourself and gear up to camp 1 at
16,200 ft. By the 10th day, everything needed should
be at camp 2 at 19,200 ft. After a rest and weather
permitting, on day 12 you go for the summit taking
between 10 and 12 hours for the round trip.
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K2 / China & Pakistan
border, 28,251 feet above sea level, 19,100 above its
base. K2 is the second highest mountain after Mount
Everest, situated on the Karakoram Range, on the
border between Pakistan and China. This mountain is
considered the most dangerous to climb of the 26,000
ft plus mountains with about a 23% Death Rate.
Eleven climbers of a 31 strong team died here 3rd
August 2008 close to the summit, one died by falling
on the way up, one trying to recover his body, and
the rest on the way back down towards top camp due
mainly to ice falls. See the video below for the
fateful climb. Most of their bodies, and body parts,
ripped apart in the ice falls, remain high on the
There are a number of routes to the top with the
most popular now becoming the Abruzzi Spur, taking
about 70 days all in, and costing about £8,000
for the package.
The way to K2 is fly to Islamabad northeast
Pakistan, make your way 207 miles northeast to the
village of Askole at 9,100 ft by jeep, then trek
for about 14 days to base camp on the Godwin Austin
glacier at 16,700 ft.
Between camp 2 and 3 is the most difficult part of
the climb, consisting of about 1,300 ft of near
vertical climbing on mixed rock and ice. Top camp 4
is at about 26,000 ft. The final 2,200 ft push to the
summit takes about 12 hours from camp 4 and is where
most people die by falling or by ice falls.
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Everest/ China & Nepal
border, 29,029 feet above sea level, 19,600 ft above
above its base. Mount Everest is the worlds highest
mountain with two main climbing routes, the North
Ridge from Tibet, and the slightly easier and more
popular Southeast Ridge from Nepal, first climbed by
Edmund Hillary in 1953. Packages for this up to 70
day climb can cost between £30,00 and
£40,000. You can obtain more basic packages of
around £7,000 that get you and your equipment
onto the mountain, then you are on your own.
The southeast base camp is at about 18,000 ft, and
top camp 4 at about 26,000 ft. The final 3,000 ft
push for the summit normally starts about midnight,
and takes about 10 hours.
Above Camp 4 at 26,000 ft, you are in the Death
Zone, where you can only survive for a day or two
using up your bottled oxygen. You pass Greenboots Cave at 27,890 ft
where a dead Indian climber with green boots has lay
since dying there in 1996. You then cross the knife
edge ridge named Cornice Traverse with an 8,000 ft
fall on one side, and a 10,000 ft fall on the other,
climbers that fall to their death from here are said
to have taken the Grand Tour.
Just above the Cornice Traverse is the Hillary Step, a 40 ft
rock wall at 28,740 ft.
Just before the summit, you pass Rainbow Valley,
so named as there are many bodies lying around with
different coloured climbing jackets. There are well
over 100 bodies laying around above 26,000 ft, so the
climb can be traumatic. Although there have been over
200 deaths on
Everest, the percentage rate is only about 6%,
low compared to other mountains close to this height
with death rates over 20%.
Over 3,600 people have now made the summit of
Everest.. The summit is so cold at times, severe
frost bite often occurs leading to toes, fingers,
feet or nose having to be amputated. It is just your
luck how cold it is when you reach the summit,
temperature at the top cannot be predicted.
To get to the Everest Southeast Ridge route, make
your way by airlines to Katmandu capital of Nepal,
take a small plane to a scary airstrip at Lukla 73 miles east at 9,380 ft, then trek
for about 10 days, 38 miles to Everest Base Camp at
18,192 ft. Many people do the trek to base camp only,
just for the experience.
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