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14 Mountains You Should Climb In Your Lifetime

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Dreams have no limits and nothing is impossible. If you have ever doubted your ability to achieve your goals, then Nirmal “Nimsdai” Purja's extraordinary achievement of the 14 highest mountains in the world in just six months ago was certainly inspiring. Originally from the Nepalese Himalayas, Nimsdai broke the previous record by seven by taking on the challenge of climbing all 14 peaks above 8,000 m (26,247 ft).

Rise to the top:

A mountain summit does not have to be a multi-day wild camping trip or even require specific equipment. There are numerous mountains to climb in december, and hills that you can summit in less than 24 hours, getting a massive sense of accomplishment without missing a night in your own bed. All you'll need for these excursions is a good pair of walking shoes, plenty of food and water, and an unbreakable determination.

14 Mountains You Should Climb In Your Lifetime


Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:

If you take the train into Edinburgh, you'll wind your way around the rocky base of Arthur's Seat, Scotland's tallest Marilyn (a British hill higher than 500 feet/150m). This city centre climb, which rises over 825 feet (251m) above the Firth of Forth, is ideal for beginners: there are three alternative paths that will take you to the summit in no more than two hours - and considerably less on the way down. You can go any time of year as long as it isn't too cold or too windy.

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:

Whatever path you pick, you'll find something spectacular to look at while raising your heart rate. The views of Edinburgh from the high Salisbury Crags are unrivalled, and they only get better as you rise. On the way down, stop at the wrecked St. Anthony's Chapel or make a sandwich beside one of Holyrood Park's many.

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Mount Fuji, Japan:

This 12,355-foot (3,766-meter) monolith is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) from Tokyo. If you start at the Subaru Fifth bus stop, you can scale in as little as eight hours (return). The climbing season lasts from July to September, and if you're brave enough to ascend the 11.6-mile (18.7-kilometer) Yoshida Trail at night, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise at the peak of Japan's highest mountain.

Half Dome, California, USA:

Half Dome, which towers over Yosemite National Park, is a vertical slab of granite that rises about 5,000 feet (1,500m) above the verdant Yosemite Valley - and more than 8,800 feet (2,694m) above sea level. The difficult walk to the peak and back is 17 miles (27 kilometers) long and will take the typical hiker about 12 hours to finish.

Half Dome, California, USA:

Climbing Half Dome, which offers breathtaking views of the American West, is a trip you won't soon forget. The ascent is difficult, so it's not for the faint of heart. The iron wires (via ferrata) leading to the summit are the climb's defining feature, allowing you to reach the summit without rock climbing experience. Simply bring a harness or go with an experienced guide.

Jebel el Kest, Morocco:

At 7,740 feet (2,359m), Jebel el Kest is the tallest mountain in Morocco's Anti-Atlas region. Finding the untrodden road to the summit can be challenging without a competent local guide. People usually begin in Tagdicht, where the return climb is around five miles (8 km). Visit during the milder months of March through April and October through November.

Jebel el Kest, Morocco:

Staying in this remote region of Morocco allows you to immerse yourself in Berber culture, dance, and delectable food. In addition, Jebel el Kest's peak is a local pilgrimage site, thus there are a handful of shelters to rest in. Would-be geologists will be enthralled by the amethyst quartzite mountain, while nature lovers will appreciate the slopes' argan trees and daffodils.

Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland:

Hvannadalshnkur is Iceland's highest point, rising approximately 7,000 feet (2,106m) above sea level. It's part of an active volcano and lies high above Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. There are two primary routes to the peak that take about 12-14 hours each, and beginners are strongly encouraged to go in the summer with an experienced guide.

Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland:

As you make your approach to the top, your guide will assist you in avoiding the hazards of treacherous crevasses. From here, one may see the freezing views of Vatnajökull (which has appeared in two James Bond films), the south coast of Iceland, and the Raefajökull volcano, Europe's second largest active volcano.

Snowdon, Wales, UK:

Snowdon is a beginner's mountaineer's dream. This Welsh rock, at an elevation of 3,560 feet (1,085m), is the ideal first ascent, being low enough to avoid altitude sickness but high enough to be beautiful. There are six routes to select from, with distances ranging from seven to nine miles (11-14.5km) and taking approximately seven hours round trip. Clouds can quickly cover the peak, thus it's better to climb it between late April and early September.

Snowdon, Wales, UK

You'll want to climb just for the bragging rights of having climbed the highest point in England and Wales. A hike along the ridge will take you past tranquil mountain llyns (lakes), and the summit contains a trig point that indicates how far you are from other British monuments. Are you tired? Travel all the way down the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Kékes, Hungary:

Kékes, Hungary's highest point, stands 3,326 feet (1,014m) tall. The mountain may be conquered in a day trip from Budapest, as it is just 62 miles (100 km) away, and you'll be back in time for a substantial goulash meal. Committed hikers can trek 11 miles (17.7km) from the adjacent village of Gyöngyös to the peak, or they can cheat and reduce the distance to just a few steps by driving to the top.

Kékes, Hungary:

When you reach the summit of Kékes, you can add 577 feet (176m) to your altitude by taking the lift to the top of the Soviet-era TV tower. Stop in the tavern for a bite and a glass of local wine (made on the sunnier side of Kékes). You may even snowboard down the mountain if you visit in the winter.

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What is - 14 means mountains?

In short, A "fourteener" is a mountain that rises above 14,000 feet above sea level. That's 4,267.2 meters, 2.6 miles, 46.6 football fields, nine and a half Empire State Buildings, 2,089 NBA players stacked.

What is the easiest mountain to climb at 8,000 m?

Cho Oyu It is the sixth highest mountain in the world and is considered the lowest of the fourteen thousand.As with all high altitude climbs, the climb is strenuous and requires a high level of physical fitness, but as a peak to experience for the first time the rarefied air at 8,000 m, Cho Oyu is ideal. 

Is it difficult to climb Everest or Kanchenjunga?

Kanchenjunga is- This mountain is more difficult to climb from the last camp than any other 8,000 meter peak and also takes longer.

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