The 10 Most Beautiful Mountains To Visit
The Matterhorn is an iconic Swiss mountain that stands proudly at a height of 14,960 ft (4478m). Whilst not the tallest of the Swiss Pennine peaks, it’s dramatic, pyramidal shape has led to it being the subject of more photographs and paintings than any other natural land formation in the world. The biggest vertical drop is approximately 7,200 feet (2195 meters).
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Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand, rising 12,316ft (3754m). It is situated in the Southern Alps mountain range, which spans the entire length of the South Island. The mountain is known as Ao-raki to the Maori, which means ‘cloud piercer’. Consistently covered in snow and ice, Mount Cook provides a stark contrast to the turquoise waters of lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, which lie beneath its eastern flank.
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Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, is situated in Nepal and forms part of the Dhaulagiri mountain range. Its name is derived from Sanskrit, where it means ‘white beautiful mountain’. First ascended in 1960 by a Swiss-Austrian team, the mountain has since been successfully climbed hundreds of times.
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Laila Peak is a 20,000ft (6096m) high mountain, part of the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. Well known for it’s beautiful, distinctive spear-like shape, Laila Peak has only been climbed a few times.
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K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, with a peak of 28,251ft (8611m). Situated on the border of Pakistan and China, it is commonly known as the ‘Savage Mountain’ due to its difficult ascent and high fatality rate. The first successful ascent was by an Italian expedition in 1954, though not every climb has been as successful. In fact, a quarter of those attempting to climb K2 have died.
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The Eiger forms part of the Bernese Alps mountain range in Switzerland. At 13,025ft (3970m), the mountain is a challenging ascent, and should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers. The north face, in particular, is known to be a very dangerous climb. This is evident by the statistic that, since 1935, at least 64 climbers have died attempting it.
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At 17,057ft (5199m), Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa. An extinct volcano, created approximately 3 million years ago, also known as the ‘Place of Light’. Situated just north of the equator, in central Kenya, the mountain is part of the Mount Kenya National Park, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Upon seeing this majestic mountain, it is not hard to understand why the local people believe that their God resides at its peak.
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The ice-clad Alpamayo Peak (5947m) is part of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. It’s a steep mountain, famous for its almost perfect pyramidal structure and beautiful top cone. Remotely located, the ascent should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers with proper climbing equipment.
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Mount Assiniboine, at 11,870ft (3618m), is the tallest mountain in the southern region of the Canadian Rockies. The distinctive pyramidal shape has led to it being referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of North America’. Visible for many miles in every direction, the mountain soars well above other nearby peaks. The mountain serves as the focal point of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, a 386 sq km reserve that was created in 1922.
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Castle Mountain was named as such due to its castle-like or fortress appearance. Situated in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, with a peak of 9075ft (2766m), the mountain is widely photographed and a favorite of local artists. In addition to the peak, the massif contains multiple high points such as Stuart Knob (2,850 m (9,350 ft)) and Helena Ridge (2,862 m (9,390 ft)).
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