Are you ready to take on summits all over the world to start your climbing career? Start slow and low, with these beginner-level mountains that can still give you a taste of what climbing an expert-level mountain feels like.
Here are some of the best mountains for beginners:
Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and one of the Seven Summits in the world, but don’t get too overwhelmed – an 8-year old and an 85-year old can climb it. At 19,336 feet, the mountain is a good way to overcome fear of heights with its eight different routes to reach the summit. Around 16,500 people reach its peak every year, so don’t expect solitude on the trail. Plus, Kilimanjaro will take you to six ecological zones and will give you the chance to see how your body will react at high altitude without risking yourself, if you are going to get serious about climbing.
Fuji is one of the most climbed mountains in the world. It is notable for having only one peak rising at about 12,388 feet above Japan’s capital. If you are physically fit, you can climb it for about eight hours up and down. Fuji is a great training ground for aspiring mountaineers to experience the stamina needed for climbing mountains without the technical terrain found in most mountains.
If you want a perfect introduction to the Himalayas, consider climbing Sandakphu. At 11,941 feet above sea level, you will not need a lot of gear. The best part is when you reach the summit, you will be able to see four out of five highest peaks in the world: Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Kangchenjunga.
Mount Baker is one of the best training peaks in the world due to its high but manageable elevations and distances. The 10,781-foot summit is encased by 12 glaciers with more ice than any other glaciated mountains in the Cascades.
Island Peak is the most popular “trekking peak” in Nepal, as it is the easiest among 6,000-meter summits. You can climb it in one day, but if you are not in a hurry, you can choose to climb it in two days. Island Peak needs an alpine start and some gear like ice axe and crampons. Some Island Peak guides include a trek to Everest Base Camp in their itineraries.
The Western summit of Breithorn may be a popular 4,000-meter peak in the Alps because of a cable car service that takes climbers less than 300 meters below the summit. From that point, climbers can head across and up a glacier, wherein you would need the use of ice axe and crampons. Though it’s a short climb, the experience you will gain from snow climbing and high altitude will make it a good start for your mountaineering career.
Mount Hood is one of the glaciated volcanic peaks in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The summit is a good training ground for those who want to learn how to conquer the biggest mountains in the world and to gain skill required in climbing 8,000-meter peaks.
8. Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
A beautiful mountain located to the South East of Mexico City. It stands at 18,490 feet and is the highest mountain in Mexico and is one of the taller ones on our list. It does have regular glacial snow coverage which can be a great experience with out being too challenging. You will spend several days at the lower elevations getting acclimated before heading to the summit over a one to two day hike.
9. Tofana di Rozes, Italy
The Dolomites’s Tofana di Rozes stands at 10,580 feet tall. The actual climb is about 4,000 feet from the start of the trail to the summit. There is some rock climbing involved on something called “via ferrata”. This is basically a built in system of ladders, rungs and cables to help the climber make the ascent which is great for new climbers. You can summit Tofana di Rozes in under five to six hours.
10. Pikes Peak, United States
Located colorful Colorado, Pikes Peak stretches to 14,114 feet. You can easily hike it on the existing trails that doesn’t take any extended skills. One bonus is when you get to the top, you have the option to right down on a cog railway and enjoy the beauty with out the effort. The mike is about 13 miles and you will gain around 7,400 feet in altitude.