TOP-10 Amazing Mountains to Climb

Last Updated on January 14, 2024

In this photo report, I present a list of inspiring mountains I’ve visited, ranging from the stunning to the truly surreal!

10. The Pyrenees

Location: France, Spain, Andorra

Height: 2500 meters (average), the highest point – Aneto peak, 3404 meters

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

They are considered the most inaccessible mountains in Europe, although they are not very high.

Andorra is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in a small mountain valley. This is a tiny but very lively country! The cheapest way to hike in the Pyrenees is from Andorra because the country has very cheap prices for everything, much lower than prices in Spain.

Read more about my trip to Andorra – HERE!

You can get to Andorra by bus from Barcelona or Toulouse – 36 euros one way. You can find the schedule here. You can reach it hitchhiking or via BlaBlaCar.

The Pyrenees Mountains

Trip to Andorra

9. The Tatras

Location: Slovakia, Poland

Height: 2500 meters, the highest point – Gerlachovsky Stit, 2655 meters

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

They are considered part of the mountain system of the Carpathians. From my point of view, mountains are very accessible, both from Poland and Slovakia.

From Slovakia, the closest you can get to them is in the towns of Tatranska Lomnica, Vysoke Tatry, and Srbske Pleso. A train from the city of Poprad runs along this route, every half hour (1.5 euros). In each village, there are several lifts directly to the mountains (some take you to the very peaks, but cost 25 euros). And you can go on foot and after a couple of hours be already at the viewpoint.

Very interesting and quite easy mountains. There are many mountain hikes for a day or two, you can even cross the border from Slovakia to Poland and vice versa.

The Tatras, Slovakia

Bystra Lavka pass, 2314 m

Trip to Tatry

Slovakian Mountains

The Tatras in Slovakia

8. The Dolomites

Location: North of Italy

Highest point: Marmolada, 3342 m

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

The mountains, unique in structure, were formed from corals several million years ago. Over time, the corals were compacted, and the sea receded. That’s how the entertaining peaks of the Dolomites came to the surface.

Getting to the Dolomites is easy, but it can take about 3 hours from Venice. Learn more about my mountain trip here. Accommodation is not cheap: hostels from 30 euros a night. Getting to the mountains on your own is easy, but it’s a summer option when all public buses circulate. In autumn, many routes are only on foot, hitchhiking, or by car.


On the way to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Dolomites Alps

Croda da Lago hike

7. The Southern Alps (New Zealand)

Location: New Zealand, South Island

Highest peak: Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori language) – 3724 m (maximum in New Zealand)

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

The New Zealand Alps are complex mountains. The weather on the South Island is constantly changing and very windy, even in summer in the fjord area, there are only a couple of days a week without rain. Mount Cook is generally quite technical as well as Mount Aspiring nearby.

There are several easy routes to the lakes in this area but there are always crowds of tourists. Read about TOP-5 mountain hikes in New Zealand.

New Zealand

Mountains of New Zealand

Lakes around Mount Cook.

6. Mountains in Canada and Alaska

Location: the Rocky Mountains in Canada and Denali in Alaska

Height: Denali’s highest peak – 6190 m (this is also the highest peak in all of North America)

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

You can only get to Denali National Park by car or by bus. (a detailed article about Alaska is here). At the entrance to the park, you need to go through a detailed briefing and then take a bus that runs along the park. Of course, it does not come straight to the peak. There are a few more days of travel. Although they say that Denali is not a very difficult mountain if you’re lucky with the weather.

In general, the mountains of Alaska are accessible but the weather is often bad and there are lots of wild bears, and sometimes moose (which are especially shy and aggressive during the mating season).

Traveling in the mountains is easier in Canada. Here Greyhound buses go everywhere, and local buses go to the very beginning of the tracks. The tracks are all marked, and most of them have a lot of tourists.

Hiking in Alaska

In the center of Denali National Park

Canadian Lakes

Lake Moraine in Canada

Lakes of Canada

Lake Louise in Banff National Park

5. Caucasus

Location: Georgia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia

Height: Elbrus, Kazbek – more than 5000m

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

You can get to the Caucasus in different ways and places. I visited it from the Svaneti region. There are many routes from the cities of Georgia to the Svaneti mountain region. From there you can walk to the lakes of Koruldi, the glaciers. On the other hand, you can climb Kazbek (the route starts at the Gergeti church). The Caucasus Mountains are also quite unpredictable.

The bus from Batumi (where my flight arrived) to the Svaneti region costs 20 euros. You arrive in the beautiful town of Mestia. From there, the high mountains (for example, Koruldi Lakes) are just a couple of hours away on the well-marked trail.

Mountains of Caucasus

Trip to Georgia

4. The Alps

Location: France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy

Height: Mont Blanc 4810 m in France, other peaks – 3-4 thousand meters

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

Switzerland has a system of lifts and trains that combine access to all mountains. You can even buy a single Swiss Travel Pass for several days, which includes most lifts and all trains. You can travel all over Switzerland in a week and hike several peaks. The Swiss Pass for 4-5 days costs 300 EUR to travel in 2nd class.

Swiss Alps

3. Tien Shan

Location: Kyrgyzstan, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Height: the highest is Victory Peak 7439 m in Kyrgyzstan, most of the mountains are above 3000 m.

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

You need good preparation to hike in the Tien Shan mountains. The main peaks are spread between Kyrgyzstan and China. From the side of Kyrgyzstan, there are lots of tourists and mountaineers, there are many hikes to mountain lakes and peaks. The routes are not always well visible and you can easily get lost. Tourists mostly go with guides.

Getting to the start of the mountain hikes is easy with local buses and taxis. There are cheap overnight stay options in hostels as well as forest houses along the route during the warmer months.

We took a minibus from Bishkek (the capital) to Karakol which was 5 euros and 6 hour ride. From Karakol, we got a lift up in the mountains in a little rough car and on a super bumpy road for 2 hours. You can also walk that distance. We just wanted to complete the hike in a day. From there we walked to Ala Kul Lake and back. Hostels in Karakol are about 10 euros a night.

Tien Shan

On the way to Ala-Kul – 3560 m

Tien Shan Mountains

Driving to Song-Kul lake – 3016 m

2. The Andes

Location: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina

Maximum height: 6961 m (Aconcagua in Argentina)

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

In Peru and Ecuador, it is very easy to go on long mountain trips. Many cities and capitals (Quito in Ecuador, La Paz in Bolivia) are already above 3000 m. On a weekend, you can safely imagine a trip to any of the nearby peaks.

At the same time, unlike the commercial mountains of Nepal or Argentina, in Ecuador, for example, there is no need to pay for climbing to the top. To compare, getting to Aconcagua costs at least USD 800, which includes all sorts of government and insurance costs.

Ecuador is not so vigilant about security. They assume that the tourist is responsible and can take a guide or join a group. My story about the mountains of Ecuador is in this article.

Trip to Ecuadorian Mountains

Mountain Trip Ecuador

1. The Himalayas

Location: Nepal, Pakistan, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar

Highest point: Everest 8848 m

Difficulty / Accessibility / Cost:

In Nepal, mountain travel is becoming more affordable. Even the highest mountains can be done by ordinary people, however, it is expensive. Hiking to Everest costs at least USD 30,000.

Hiking in the Himalayas always takes at least a few days. On the way, you can make stops in guest houses or in tents. higher than 4000 m in the tent only. Read more about Nepal in this article.

Mountains of Nepal

Hiking around Annapurna

Hiking in Nepal

Hiking in the Himalayas

The highest lake in the world – Tilicho at 4919 m.

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