Earth is full of natural beauty, from its deep blue oceans to its awe-inspiring mountains. In this post we have listed 5 mountains that you simply have to visit in your lifetime.
The Atlas Mountains
The three ranges of The Atlas Mountains separate the Atlantic coastlines and Mediterranean from the Sahara Desert.
Africa’s greatest mountain range, is full of most intriguing and beautiful regions. Its valleys and their inhabitants are completely away from the modern urban life. This place offers great trekking destinations with amazing peaks and well-known passes for everybody – simple hikers as well as serious mountaineers. Regardless of your experience it is important that you have the appropriate gear.
Close to the city of Marrakesh you will find the Toubkal National Park, with the impressive Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in the range. There you can visit villages that look as if they have been frozen in time. They are ideal to stay on your visit to the beauties of the Atlas Mountains. There are numerous sites to visit: stunning valleys, waterfalls and gorges and activities to enjoy: hiking, riding, mountain-biking, rafting and kayaking. You can stay in one of the attractive guest houses, luxury boutique hotels or luxury Kasbahs.
Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain Kilimanjaro attracts mountaineers and trekkers from all over the world. The mountain boasts beautiful a landscape with mesmerizing flora and fauna.
If you are not a true mountaineer, then Kilimanjaro is the right place for you since it is perfect for regular tourists with no experience in climbing high mountains, and provides a phenomenal and unforgettable experience. The “roof of Africa” is the most accessible summit with stunning views extending as far as you can see. So you can choose one of the offered routes and enjoy all that Kilimanjaro has to offer.
The Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps represent one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The region is known for its spectacular views, wonderful mountains, untouched nature and sparkling lakes.
If you decide to visit these mountains, choose the summer season if you prefer warm weather, and if you enjoy cold weather and snow, choose the winter season. Either way you won’t regret it.
In summer you can decide to do some of the numerous activities offered. You can go hiking along the trails, visit the mountain tops, swim in lakes, or take a ride on a train and enjoy the stunning views from the mountain.
Winter is ideal if you are into winter sports and activities. You can go along winter hiking trails or take your skis and snowboards and enjoy the ride down the great ski tracks, if you’re lucky you might be able to attend one of the World Cup Races.
All highest peaks in the world are in the Himalayas range, including the highest, Mount Everest.
The range offers some of the most beautiful and dramatic sites in the world from the ice-capped peaks to the wonderful forests and deserts. If you are adventurous enough you can walk along the world’s most dangerous and daring roads, or if not, you can choose to trek along yak pastures or red pandas and snow leopards’ paths.
Since it is a huge area you should plan your holiday and carefully decide on what you want to see and where you really want to go. Those most adventurous will go climbing Mount Everest. Others will choose less daring, old pilgrimage or trading routes to follow.
You can visit the Himalayas on holidays to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet or India. If you want to experience some of the Buddhist culture and visit numerous monasteries, go to the Tibetan plateau or Ladakh and also enjoy the beauty of some of the mountain lakes and valleys. And there is no better place to feel the Himalayan heart and soul than Nepal.
Table Mountain is very unique and one of the most attractive places in South Africa. It is a protected park which offers some of the most extraordinary sights and activities. It is perfect for hikers and true lovers of nature.
There is a cable car ride to the top, but the mountain offers numerous trails and forest walks with incredible views. You can choose some of the routes from those fitted for light walks to most challenging hikes. There are great accommodation facilities all over the park, as well as fine picnic spots. You will be dazzled by the variety of wildlife and plants and enjoy the rare and unique plant species found only there.