When you think of people attempting to summit a mountain, it’s likely you’re thinking of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak.
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At 29,035 feet tall, Everest straddles the Nepal-China border and remains one of the most popular mountains for adventurous climbers. However, over the years, efforts to scale Everest have drawn criticism, since a large number of climbers and support staff have left enormous amounts of trash in the area. The Nepali government and private organisations have taken steps to clean up the area around base camp, but the fact remains – Everest is getting littered and overcrowded. With a large number of people attempting to reach the summit, and fewer windows of favourable weather leading to traffic jams enroute, it’s time people look for other peaks to scale.
Here are other epic climbs around the world that are just as grand and challenging:
1. Mount Khuiten, Mongolia
Mongolia is known for its endless verdant steppes, and the rolling landscapes that lead to the Altai Mountains. It’s why the journey to the peak is just as enjoyable and picturesque and the view from the top. Mount Khuiten borders Russia, China and Mongolia, and to reach the top, hikers cut across a vast, barren landscape that resembles fields of gold at sunset – it’s considered to be one of the last remote regions on Earth. On the way, trekkers may meet Kazakh nomads and enjoy their gentle hospitality – another reason to journey to Mount Khuiten.
2. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Africa’s highest mountain is flat-topped and located at Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya. Made up of three extinct volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, the highest peak, Uhuru, is about 19,340 feet high. It’s no small feat to climb Kilimanjaro, and the trek up Machame Route puts you in close proximity to the region’s wonderful animals and birds. Trekkers cross plateaus and canyons on their way to the top, with stellar views all around.
3. The Andes, Peru
If you’re interested in exploring several ecosystems in a single trek, head to the Inca Trail in Peru. Hike through plains and desert, marvel at tropical cloud forests and pass views of snow-capped mountains and rushing rivers. In the midst of it all is the famed lost city of the Inca – Machu Picchu – which was discovered in 1911.
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