Mountain climbing is a popular sport and hobby and is a more advanced trail for all those hikers.
Humans, for centuries, have always wanted to be on top of the world… or at least as high as possible.
Maybe it’s the exact feeling of being on top of the world, maybe it’s just a glimpse or maybe being the first to reach the top.
All these reasons are what make mountaineering adventures so popular in the world among many, many others.
The mountains themselves have different aspects and elements. One mountain may be dense forest or forest growth while another is full of glaciers and ice-covered mountain peaks.
While most mountaineers or hikers will climb almost any mountain they can, perhaps locally or internationally on their vacation, there are sure to be a few mountains that stand out, high above the rest.
The first and most obvious of course Mount Everest which divides Nepal and Tibet.
The mountain was named after Sir George Everest in 1865 who was a British surveyor-general at the time in India. Locally Everest is known as ‘Sagarmatha’ in Nepal which means Goddess of Heaven, while in Tibet they call the mountain ‘Chomolungma’ which translates to ‘Mother Goddess of the Universe’.
The mountain has a height of 8,840 meters (over 29,000 feet) above sea level, making it the highest mountain above sea level. So that this height is what drives mountain climbers to the location to climb the mountain.
The hikes here are expensive and can be very dangerous with the unpredictable climate, so for most climbers they make the shorter trek to Everest Base Camp. Tour operators visit this place very often and can even be picked up in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The more accessible mountain peak, which I think is second only to Everest is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa.
The mountain is nicknamed the White Mountain, with ‘Kili’ meaning mountain and ‘Manjaro’ meaning white. Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,582 meters (19,000 feet) high so it is still a bit challenging for many people, so fitness will be required.
Climbing the mountain here is also often done but the cost is much cheaper, especially when compared to Mount Everest. But one of the best parts, I think about Mount Kilimanjaro is the ability to combine your mountaineering with an African Safari.
Another mountain… also nicknamed the ‘White Mountain’ is the very popular Mont Blanc, in the European Alps.
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the entire Alps located between France and Italy and stands at an altitude of 4,810 meters (15,000 ft).
This place is most popular for its mountaineering and of course its skiing and/or snow sports. The first ascent was completed in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard who gave birth to the modern sport of mountaineering.
Wherever you climb, each mountain will bring something new, unique and amazing. I encourage you to climb the mountain on your next trip and see what the fuss is all about.
If you have the fitness, vision and determination, this can make your next vacation/vacation one you will never forget.