9 Of The Most Beautiful Mountains On The Planet
6. Kirkjufell, Iceland — Elevation: 1,519 feet
Kirkjufell is located in western Iceland near the small town of Grundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. What this mountain lacks in height, it more than makes up for in symmetry, natural beauty, and location. Its striated sides bear testament to the ebb and flow of frozen glaciers over the region and it is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. It is surrounded by beaches and walking trails, and an ascent to the summit is challenging thanks to steep, smooth slopes, but possible with the help of a guide.
Your reward at the summit is a treasure trove of bird and fish fossils that have been carefully preserved for thousands of years by nature. Its name means “Church mountain,” which seems particularly fitting when viewed against the colorful backdrop of the northern lights.
5. Ama Dablam, Nepal — Elevation: 22,349 feet
This mountain’s name translates to “Mother’s necklace,” and a classic view depicts two long ridges that resemble the arms of a mother, outstretched to protect her child, and a hanging glacier that resemble a double pendant worn by Sherpa women suspended from a chain.
Climbers often refer to Ama Dablam as “the Matterhorn of the the Himalayas” due to its steep faces and pyramid shape. It is the third most popular for climbing in the region, and climbers access the summit via a southwest route that offers permanent base camps at various levels along the journey.
4. Fitz Roy, Argentina-Chile — Elevation: 11,171 feet
This mountain goes by the name Cerro Chaltén, which in Tehuelche means “smokey mountain.” It is also referred to as Mount Fitz Roy, after Robert FitzRoy, who chartered the Patagonia coast and sailed up the Santa Cruz River in the early nineteenth century. Its summit forms a portion of the border between Chile and Argentina, although a large portion south of the summit is so remote that neither country claims it. This incredible mountain is instantly recognizable for its steep slopes that make climbing it extremely challenging. It was not until 1952 that the mountain was first scaled.
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