When you think of an inspirational landscape, what comes to your mind? Everyone has different preferences, but a lot of people will immediately think of mountains. Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful and can remind us how small we are when we look at it. Great scenic mountains have little trouble making us stop and stare. Here are the top 10 beautiful mountains in the world for your next vacation!
THE MATTERHORN, SWITZERLAND
Located between Switzerland and Italy. It is immediately recognizable, even if you have only seen it in photographs a handful of times. This mountain is iconic of the Swiss Alps, and also serves as a very exciting and dangerous climb. This place is subject to very unpredictable weather. This can make it difficult for climbers sometimes.
If you want to see a truly tremendous mountain which dominates a skyline like no other, you will want to go to Denali, Alaska. Highest peak in all of North Amercia. Featuring amazing views of the mountain which towers 20,320 feet above the landscape. Just imagine how you would feel in its presence, standing near the base and looking up toward the sky. You’ll likely get the best views of the mountain in winter, when the cloud cover is less.
Known as “church mountain”, Iceland’s most photographed sight. It is one of the most recognizable sights in all of Iceland. The mountain even made a cameo in series seven of TV show Games of Thrones. The route is steep and challenging, so best travel with a guide unless you’re a seasoned climber. Despite the fact that it is not particularly vast, it has its own unique, almost architectural beauty!
TABLE MOUNTAIN, SOUTH AFRICA
Watches over the South African city of Cape Town. Table Mountain is among the planet’s oldest peaks too. It’s more than 200 million years old. A horizontal peak which does not reach particularly high. It rises against the sea, echoing the strong horizontal of the ocean. It is a unique peak which is different from any other in the world. You can look out for unique fury mammals here!
Peru’s pink and yellow-streaked “Rainbow Mountain”. The mountain’s colours are caused by mineral deposits. Vinicunca’s summit is reached by the challenging, it’s worth it. This place is much more quiet compared hot place like Machu Picchu.
MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL
No list of the world’s great peaks would be complete without Everest. The mother of all mountains. Climbing Everest is an extreme and costly undertaking, but still hundreds of adventurous souls brave it each year. Follow the shorter and slightly more accessible trek to Namche Bazaar, a breath-taking hillside village that offers fabulous views of Everest.
CASTLE MOUNTAIN, CANADA
Castle Mountain is the most unique. And it’s easy to see how it got its name. The mountain resembles a fortress. Here you’ll get glorious views of the mountain, especially beautiful in the early morning light. Tackle it in spring, summer or autumn to avoid slippery winter conditions.
MOUNT HUANGSHAN, CHINA
It was given the name “Yellow Mountain” under the Tang Dynasty way back in 747. The huge rock formations are made even more mysterious by a perpetual layer of mist. Looks exactly like in Temple Run game! Three cable cars travel to the mountain top and the many stone steps that wind throughout the peaks make trekking simple too.