As human beings, we are naturally drawn to the heights. Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful and remind us how small we are. At the same time, when we look up at mountaintops, a part of us feels like we are standing there, surveying the world from high above, which can make us feel mighty. And for mountaineers who take on that challenge, summiting a mountain can be a life-changing experience.
Our planet is scattered with spectacular mountains – some worldwide known, others obscure, but all beautiful in their own way. So let’s start a journey to discover 10 of the most beautiful mountains on Earth.
1. Cerro Torre, Argentina and Chile
In Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile, there is a very steep mountain, often hit by fierce storms: Cerro Torre.
Writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer describes in the book “Into Thin Air” experience that he had when he conquered the peak extremely difficult: “I climbed on a high granite peak over a mile in height named Cerro Torre. Hit by winds of 100 knots and covered by frost, the mountain was once considered as the most difficult mountain on Earth”.
On top of the highest peak of a cap of frost is formed due to strong winds, which is why mountain climbing is very difficult. The peak was first conquered in 1974 by the “Ragni di Lecco” consisting of Daniele Chiappa, Mario Conti, Casimiro Ferrari, and Pino Negri.
2. Alpamayo, Peru
This pyramid of ice, long considered one of the most attractive mountains in the world, is in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of Peru. Because of its unique beauty and shape, Alpamayo is very popular among climbers.
In July 1966, the German magazine “Alpinismus” conducted an international survey among photographers and climbers, and the conclusion was firm: Alpamayo was named “the most beautiful mountain in the world”.
3. Matterhorn, Switzerland
Matterhorn is a superb peak in the Swiss Alps in the shape of a pyramid, steep slopes, whose eastern wall is almost vertical, and rises to an altitude of almost 1000 meters above the glacier.
Andrew Evans, journalist magazine “National Geographic” nicknamed the “digital nomad” from his many travels, describes the unique experience he had when he saw for the first time this peak: “For three days I did not see anything when out of the blue, there it was – the most real mountain I have ever seen, glorious and worth all the souvenirs in the world”.
4. Licancabur, Chile/Bolivia
Located close to the gorgeous green Laguna Verde, Licancabur could be the most volcanic-looking volcano ever. It is 5,920 meter high, the peak was first conquered in 1884.
5. Kirkjufell, Iceland
Throughout the year, Kirkjufell is a miracle. When the weather is hot, the mountain is green and the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall rages. In cold weather, snow covers the mountain making it shine, the sky is coloured by auroras and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is frozen. No wonder that this sleek and symmetrical mountain is one of the most photographed places in Iceland.
6. Ama Dablam, Nepal – Himalayas
The Himalayas are a formation of many huge peaks, including nine of the 10 highest peaks in the world. Ama Dablam, a mountain whose name means “mother’s necklace” is not found even in the top 100 highest peaks of this mountain range, but offset by its extraordinary beauty. Most mountain rises gradually, but Ama Dablam rises sharply towards the sky, calling the attention of the viewer.
7. Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy
The Dolomites of northeastern Italy can be seen three massive rocks that seem to spring from the ground. These incredible mountains, lined up like bowling, are admired by cyclists, travellers and nature lovers traveling through this region of Italy.
8. Mount Kailash, China
A Tibetan peak and important place of pilgrimage – the Chinese have banned attempts to climb it. The great mountaineer Reinhold Messner said: “If we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people’s souls… go and climb something a little harder. Kailash is not so high and not so hard.” Elevation: 6,638m
9. Table Mountain, South Africa
An obvious choice, but one that can’t be ignored. It is one of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions, with a cable car taking visitors to the top. it is 1,084 meter high.
10. Mauna Loa, Hawaii, USA
Mauna Loa means “Long Mountain”, is the largest volcano on Earth, occupying an area of 5,271 square kilometers. The volcano covers half of the Big Island, the largest island in Hawaiian, and erupting for at least 700,000 years. Measured from the bottom of the ocean, where it gradually rises, the volcano Mauna Loa is ranked 10 in the top of the mountains in the Solar System, with 9168 meters height (of which only 4,170 meters are above sea level).