Standing at the top of the Earth is probably the most fun and fulfilling experience. Not only it nourishes an individual’s spirit but also it helps you see the world from a wider perspective. What’s the highest place you’ve ever been into or the toughest mountain you’ve ever climbed?
Before we share the top best places to climb in the world, make sure to read on the things that you need to learn and prepare prior to climbing. If you are already familiar with the basics or have been hiking or climbing for years, you can skip this or read on to see if you missed anything.
Preparation Before Climbing
Weeks or even months before your climb, make sure your body is in a healthy condition and you’re fit. You may also bring a tour guide with you to guide you on your climb. Prepare your itineraries. Exercise prior to the climb schedule and eat loads of protein and carbs to boost your muscles and immune system. Read and study the location. You may check for some reviews online about other’s experiences (but not everything, you don’t want to be spoiled). I mean, you can read a few tips like which route is safer to take. This can help you also create a strategy on how to make your climb successful. Some climbs are more difficult than you might think, it can vary on the climate season or time of your climb. If your mind and body aren’t healthy or you lack preparation, you might not be able to survive and enjoy the whole experience.
Things to Bring For Your Climb
We’ve rounded up the list of things to prepare to ensure a fun, safe and successful climbing experience.
Map, Clothes, Food and Water
Before climbing, make sure you have a map or at least you are familiar with the route of the mountain. You can also hire a mountain guide if you want to be safe. And of course, you wouldn’t want to get bored and spend your day or night on the mountain without any music or food. Bring some books or anything that you’d love to do while you take a break in every station of the course. Make sure you bring enough food and clothes and lots of water! Pack comfortable, lightweight clothes. If you’re planning to stay for the night, bring some blankets and waterproof your things whether rain or shine. Bring snacks that are rich in carbs and protein and are easy to prepare.
Medicine and Emergency Kit
Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. The best way to prepare for this is to bring an emergency first aid kit. Bring some medicine with you in case anything happens. Stretch and warm up before you climb. If you feel nauseous or sick, rest for a while then continue until you feel much better. It’s important to be mindful and to listen to your body.
Not all climbers prefer just hiking their way up the steep climbs, some climbers enjoy riding mountain bikes. Trail bikes are perfect for riding steep descents. Make sure your bikes are in a healthy condition before riding them. Check the brakes and handles if they are working properly. Bring some spare tires or wheels in case of an emergency.
Top Mountains in the World You’ll Want to Climb and Why
If climbing and mountaineering is your type of adventure, here are the top 3 best places to climb in the world that you shouldn’t miss. Some of these climbing destinations might take a day or a week to months to complete depending on the course and your climbing strategy.
Tanzania is popular for its stunning wildlife scenery. If you’re visiting Africa and you want a challenging climb, try climbing the Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa standing at 19,340 ft and is located on Tanzania’s border with Kenya. The exhilarating hike up Kilimanjaro is perfect for those who love extreme, as the trek is long across the Shira plateau and through the Grand Barranco Canyon to the peak. The mountain is made up of three extinct volcanoes, and its highest peak, known as Uhuru, can be reached by any physically fit novice climber over about 5 days.
When is the best time to visit: January-March and June-October
How long is the climb (estimated): 5 to 9 days
How much: $1000 to $4000 and above
Mount Everest, Nepal
One of the most famous and highest mountain peaks on Earth, Mount Everest or Mount Qomolangma rises at 29,035 ft above sea level, making it also one of the most gruelling endurance tests for any mountain climbers and adventurers. Everest attracts many experienced mountaineers looking for a hard-ass climb, as well as many capable climbers who hire professional guides to get them as high as ‘Everest base camp’ which is a feat within itself. While attempting Everest is definitely an exciting experience, the mountain poses risks that climbers must be aware of prior to starting the course. Some of the dangers include extreme weather and wind, frostbite, hypothermia and altitude sickness.
When is the best time to visit: April and May
How long is the climb(estimated): 2 months
How much: $35,000 to $100,000
Mount Khuiten, Mongolia
Mount Khuiten straddles the borders of Mongolia, China and Russia. It is one of the most scenic climbs in the world, trekking across a landscape that is one of the last remote and untouched regions of the world. At 14,350ft, Mount Khuiten is the highest peak in Mongolia and is a magnet to both veteran mountaineers and beginner trekkers, who are interested in the experience of exploring the remote regions of the mountain near the base camp.
When is the best time to visit: undetermined
How long is the climb (estimated): 4 hours
How much: undetermined
Each of these climbing destinations will test your strength and endurance but nevertheless, the views, whether at the foot, top, ascending or descending are breathtakingly stunning and will surely make you want to come back over and over again.
There are more climbing destinations for adventurous climbers and mountaineers around the world.
What I can advise for those who want to try this adventure is that most of the distance and steep routes need careful and thorough planning. Plus, the weather condition, climate and the paths can be challenging and tricky at times so it really requires lots of preparation. It’s going to be physically and mentally tiring but it’s going to be fun and successful if you are prepared. Lastly, have a quick rain check prior to the schedule of your climb. And don’t forget to enjoy and take lots of photos!
Is there anything that you wanted to add on the list? What’s the best climb you’ve ever experienced? Feel free to share them in the comment box!