From rain forests to icy glaciers to shining temples, the path to reach the top of the world is not at all easy. However, there are quite a few routes available to different destinations which do not require professional training or assistance. Provided below is a list of 10 of the most exciting sites to climb.
1. Sossusvlei, Namibia
This place boasts of having the highest dunes in the world. The dunes can reach a height of 1,000 feet and makes it extremely difficult to climb to the top of the dune. But the view from the dune is mesmerizing and dawn is considered to be the ideal time for dune-viewing.
2. Tikal, Guatemala
The 1,250 year old temple of Tikal, part of Mayan Civilization is located within the Peten jungle. Temple IV is the tallest and offers view of three other Tikal’s temples. The journey is thoroughly exciting and adventurous as one ascends the steps of temple part of ancient Mayan megacity, Tikal.
3. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
The 5 hour glacier trek to this icy frontier at a height of 9,842 feet offers spectacular view of the fissures, myriad peaks and even ice caverns. Those who feel that the vertical challenge is not sufficient, can try ascending the sixty five feet tall ice wall.
4. Mount Khuiten, Mongolia
The Mount Khuiten trek requires crossing a vast, barren and golden landscape which is arguably among the most remote regions present on Earth. The trek is scenic and enjoyable offering great view of Mongolian landscape.
5. Matterhorn, Switzerland
This Mountain is no doubt among the 10 of the most exciting sites to climb as it is considered as the birthplace of mountaineering. The pyramid shaped Matterhorn Mountain is regarded highly by climbers from all over the globe.
6. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The highest mountain of Africa with an elevation of 19,340 feet includes three extinct volcanoes namely Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. Reaching the top is exhilarating and offers a bird’s eye view of savannah below.
7. Mount Everest, Nepal
Reaching the top of the highest mountain in the world is considered a great achievement. Since, Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary accomplished the feat in 1953; thousands of mountaineers have made it through South Col.
8. Mount McKinley, Alaska
The inclusion of this mountain among 10 of the most exciting sites to climb is mainly because of the fact that there is probably no other mountain which offers such diverse and breathtaking views with each day of ascent. The beauty and size of this mountain attracts mountaineers from different countries.
9. Annapurna, Nepal
The Annapurna region trek involves circumnavigating the magnificent Himalayas where one can enjoy the high mountain landscapes and lush bamboo forests.
10. Mount Elbrus, Russia
Located in the Caucasus Mountain range between Asia and Europe this is actually a double coned volcano. The climb is quite strenuous but definitely worth the effort.