Trekkings are a beautiful experience that can push your mental strength to another level and give you tremendous happiness and gratification in reaching the summit. The beautiful, vast landscapes with thriving flora and fauna are the major attractions of all the beautiful mountains worldwide. For trekkers, the height of the mountain is not everything while trekking. Factors like the difficulty level, climate, terrain, etc. contribute towards deciding their trekking expedition. There is a wide range of beautiful mountains that offer some incredible climbs for beginners and experienced trekkers.
We present to you the eight most beautiful mountains to consider in 2021.
1. Mount Baker
Mount Baker is an active volcano located in Northern Washington. Its height is 3286 meters making it the highest peak in the North Cascades. A guided trek on this mountain is an interesting climb for beginner-moderate level climbers. The Mount Baker trail is heavily glaciated, making it challenging and giving you the North Cascades’ most incredible views. Mountaineering, at this peak, gives you a rewarding experience for even seasoned veterans.
If this is your first trek, Mount Baker is the best location to learn and improve your mountaineering and glacier trekking skills. Baker mountain guides offer a range of reviews and tips from experts that will prepare you to face the adventures of nature.
2. Swiss Alps
Switzerland and it’s Alps are undoubtedly a paradise for every trekking enthusiast. Stretching from Italy to Slovenia, Switzerland’s Alpine region has always left the hikers mesmerized with its appeal. Matterhorn is the 10th highest peak in the world that has a distinctive pyramid shape. This famous mountain is also featured on the renowned Toblerone Chocolate as its symbol.
The inclines of the Alps allows you to try skiing and snowboarding activities also. Many treks are available in the Swiss Alps that let even beginners complete the hike without any hassle. Some of the famous walks include Murren Trail, the Faulhornweg, and Lac De Louvie. Depending on the trekking route you have chosen, the expedition might take two to a couple of days.
3. Mount Fuji
Located at 3,776 meters high in Tokyo, Japan, Mount Fuji is a unique trail giving a perfect volcano view. The ascent of Mount Fuji typically takes a minimum of five hours to reach the summit, whereas descending takes approximately four hours. The trail has some challenging sections combined with the high-altitude that can take a toll on some, causing altitude sickness.
The best time to trek this beautiful mountain trail on Mount Fuji occurs between July and September. It can become crowded during this period on weekends, which is why we recommend you to go on a weekday in the middle of August.
4. Mera Peak
This is the highest trekking peak at 6000 meters in Nepal. Mera Peak is the perfect adventure for all beginners and experienced trekkers. The only requirement is to be extremely fit, have high strength and persistence to ascend the trail. The excursion starts from the Arun Valley, and on the route, you will see local villages farming with terraces.
The highlight of this trek is the breathtaking view from the summit. People mostly trek through the nighttime to behold the glorious sunrise and catch the heads of the Everest, Baruntse, and other peaks. The best time to climb this beautiful trail exists in October/November or from March to May when the weather is stable and calm for you to climb.
5. Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is the best-known pinnacle of Africa and is a dormant volcano. It is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on the planet. This highest free-standing mountain is topped with numerous glaciers and a disappearing ice field.
This is a challenging seven-day trek recommended for active walkers wherein you pass different landscapes like grasslands, tropical rain forests, mountain meadows, desert uplands towards snow and ice. You will get to observe animals like cape buffaloes, blue monkeys, and elephants.
This trek is an expensive one, and not many can afford it. But rest assured, once you finish this trek, it will leave you with a lifetime of fascinating memories. There are mountaineering institutes that will train you for these expeditions.
6. The Himalayas
Trekkers from worldwide come to experience the fantastic treks in the Himalayas. The intact environment and the beautiful mountains will leave you spellbound. Trekking in the Himalayas is a combination of comfortable and challenging sections. Some high-gradient slopes will test your limits, while other flat meadows will be an easy crossing.
Himalayan treks that are a must-try are Valley of Flowers, Roopkund, Chadar, Hampta Pass, and Stok Kangri. One of the all-time favorite Himalayan treks is the Everest Base Camp trek. It is a wonderful trail offering a good view, lined with tea houses providing you accommodation. The best timing for going to these treks depends on the track and the field you are traveling to. For instance, summers and the rainy period is the most desirable time to tour Valley of Flowers, whereas Stok Kangri trek is best from June to September.
7. Bogda Peak
Bogda Peak lies at 5445 meters altitude in the eastern Tian Shan peaks of China. Despite its moderate height, this is a challenging trek due to its steep valley and slope at 70-degree angles.
There is a human-made lake called Lake Bogda at Mount Bogda’s foot, famous attractions for sailing, horseback riding, and camping. The best time to visit this peak is between June to August when the weather is suitable for the expedition.
8. Mount Whitney
This is the highest mountain in the Sierra Nevada, United States. Mount Whitney is a popular trail of 31 km at an elevation of 6,100 feet. This trek is attainable by an average fit person who has trekking experience and doesn’t require technical mountaineering skills. You get to experience the trail’s beauty, scenery, and grandeur of the Sierra Nevada. The summer ascents start from June, and during winters, it can become a real adventure to do this trek and should not take it lightly.
Trekking is a fascinating adventure that can teach you a lot and transform you as a person. It gives you a break from all the monotonous work, endless traffic, and crowds. You get to witness the beautiful mountains, rivers, snow, that helps clear the mind.
After the 2020 pandemic, going for a trek in 2021 will refresh and rejuvenate you. Remember to exercise regularly to build stamina and endurance because you definitely need a sturdy pair of lungs to get through the expedition.
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