Perhaps Sir Edmund Hillary the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer said it best when he remarked, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” No matter how daunting the task, pure human ambition has overcome unconquerable odds to subdue the tallest peaks in the world. If mountains are the “stairway to god’s heart”, we have no doubt stood beside him as equals.
Here I have compiled some of the most beautiful mountain peaks of the world. I hope you will like it.
Ama Dablam, Eastern Nepal
Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. Literally meaning ‘Mother and Pearl Necklace’.
Shivling, Uttarakhand, India
The Shivling Mountain is considered one of the most stunning peaks of the Garhwal region, the mountain soars 21,329 feet high.
Machapuchare, North-Central Nepal
Machapuchare, or ‘fish tail’, is revered by locals as sacred to the god Shiva and therefore has been declared off limits to climbing.
K-2 Godwin Austin, Pakistan
K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the 2nd highest fatality rate among the ‘eight thousanders’ for those who climb it.
Matterhorn has the distinction of being an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps even though it isn’t the tallest peak in the region. It is a huge tourist attraction and one of the best known mountains in the world.
Fitz Roy, Argentina/Chile
Named Fitz Roy by Francisco Moreno after the Beagle’s captain Robert FitzRoy, the mountain is isn’t the tallest peak in the region and is less than half the size of some of the Himalayan peaks but the scenery it provides makes it unique.
Sajama is better known as a volcano but is technically a mountain of volcanic ash. The highest peak in Bolivia, it is 21,463 feet high and is known for some of the tallest trees in the world, at 5200m.
The Rockies, Canada/US
I opted to profile the Canadian Rockies because they’re older, heavily glaciated, and have a very distinct appearance sharp peaks separated by deep valleys.
Lining the Nepal-Tibet border, Pumori or ‘Unmarried Daughter’ and is a popular climbing route in spite of avalanche danger. The view of Everest from here is considered to be one of the best, given clear weather conditions.
Nanga Parbat, Pakistan
Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain on Earth. Known as the “Killer Mountain,” Nanga Parbat was one of the deadliest of the eight-thousanders for climbers. It is also an immense, dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain.
Author Ahsan Mukhtar