Most Beautiful Mountains You must Visit
From the tallest peak to breathtaking beaches, here are some of our favorite mountains around the world.
Dull and uninspiring? No way! From all different shapes and sizes, they’ve got something for everyone—from a day hike on Mt Rainier to gazing at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park (you won’t regret it!).
1. Matterhorn, Switzerland/Italy
The Alpine peak of Matterhorn is smaller than the famed Mont Blanc, but it has a striking pyramidal shape. This mountain lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy and overlooks Zermatt, a Swiss ski town that lets tourists enjoy its cozy atmosphere. A Brit named Edward Whymper was credited as the first person to reach the summit at 4478 meters after climbing with his team; this triumph came with tragedy, though since four climbers fell off during their descent from atop!
The climb to the peak of Mt. Matterhorn is one that many people dream about but few ever accomplish. Those who are brave enough and determined will find themselves amongst a hardy group at 2,000 or more strong each year looking for this challenge up in Europe’s Alps near Zermatt Switzerland called Hörnli Ridge Route on their way to stand atop what some say was named after Sir George Everest (the man behind Mount Everest). If you’re not ready for such an intense feat, then take a funicular ride from town instead for jaw-dropping views without any work!
2. Denali, USA
The 6,190 meters high Denali is the highest summit in North America. Rising from the pristine valleys of Alaska’s National Park, it was once named Mt McKinley. Still, after decades worth of debate and controversy, its name has been changed to become known by native people – Denali.
Denali is one of the most well-known mountains in North America. Denali National Park, which contains some 92 miles of road and nearly 20% (by acreage) of Alaska’s landmass, offers beautiful views year-round for visitors willing to brave it through cold temperatures or winter storms. As you drive along the winding roads from mile nine onward towards mile fifteen, you’ll be able to see grizzly bears that roam around near their dens in search of food!
Alaska is big. Really, really, BIG! And no matter how much you learn about it or explore the land on your own two feet- there’s always more to find and experience. You can’t see everything in one day – but if that’s what you’re looking for, then hop aboard a tour bus operated within Denali National Park, which takes visitors by Reflection Pond near McKinley Village, where they get an up-close look at Mount McKinley (Denali) reflected perfectly into its still water surface.
3. Kirkjufell, Iceland
The Kirkjufell mountain, or “church mount,” is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland. With its lovely waterfall and sandy beaches nearby, it’s no wonder that this dramatic landmark has been featured on the popular television show Games of Thrones.
Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and for a good reason. The hike up to its top takes about an hour and a half, but you won’t regret your decision if you make it there. It’s a steep climb with challenging terrain, so we recommend hiring a guide unless you’re experienced enough as a climber!
Park up at Grundarfjörður (the small seaside town) before following the trail on foot that will take around one hour and thirty minutes of hiking time – which isn’t too bad considering how stunning this view seems from afar once atop its summit! You’ll find Kirkjufell decorated all over Instagram due to both its unique shape and popularity; don’t.
The Colorado Mountain Loop trail is perfect for those who fear heights. The low-lying path takes visitors around the mountain, letting them enjoy views of both sides and all the treetops along their way up without having to look down from a height. For people looking for an experience outside of just gazing at nature, there’s always hiking above the tree line where you can catch this natural phenomenon in action with minimal dizziness!
4. Table Mountain, South Africa
The Table Mountain is part of the world’s most famous pinnacles. It stands 1,085 meters tall, and it’s known for its distinctive flat top. The mountain also has diverse wildlife, including dassies, cute-as-a-button furry mammals that look a little like plump meerkats.
The Table Mountain is actually one of the Earth’s oldest mountains. It has been around for more than 200 million years, and António de Saldanha was the first to record a successful ascent back in 1511 AD, which means that this mountain could have shaped him into who he became. Today!
Today, 800 people can be taken to Table Mountain’s summit every hour in just five minutes. Book tickets ahead of time for the day so you’ll have more time at the top – panoramas await!
If you’re up for a challenge, then take the 2-3 hour hike to enjoy some of nature’s finest moments! The Platteklip Gorge trail is perfect any time between November and February.
Your next destination offers an arduous hiking experience that lasts anywhere from two hours to three, depending on your fitness level. Summertime (November–February), when conditions are dry and sunny, is best if you want the optimal weather while trekking down this zigzagging gorge in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park.
5. Vinicunca, Peru
Peru’s rainbow mountain is not just a place people can visit, but it offers an experience that feels like you are visiting another planet. The colors come from minerals, and when the sun hits them, they change color in ways no one has seen before. It’s also filled with Spanish Colonial buildings, making for great photo ops to show off on your Instagram!
Peru’s Vinicunca or “Rainbow Mountain” seems to belong in another world. Although Peru is only part of our Earth, this daring landscape contains some raw beauty that will leave anyone speechless as soon as they set eyes upon its colorful valley slopes. This three-to-four hour drive southeast of Cusco takes visitors through green valleys where herds.
The journey to the summit of Vinicunca is an arduous six-day trek that will take you through beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes. Along the way, parts are more than 4,800 meters above sea level where altitude could be a challenge – drink plenty of water for hydration purposes; take regular breaks so your body does not become overheated; carry paracetamol with you in case headaches or dizziness set in.
The Ausangate Trek provides hikers with one unforgettable experience after another as they travel from village to village at altitudes up to 4100 meters (13000ft). It also offers views into valleys below them which are often covered by fog during this time period because it lies on the equator.
It’s worth it, though; the views and relative quietness of this trail compared to Machu Picchu are well-worth trekking for. The best time to hike is during Peru’s winter months: April–November.