Aside from our own favourites, and the earth’s highest peak Mount Everest, there are many spectacular mountains that offer a fantastic backdrop for adventures.
You can combine an African safari with a Drakensberg Mountain trek, go on an expedition on Iran’s Mount Damavand, or discover the last stronghold of the Inca Empire in the Vilcabamba Mountain Range. Why not consider one of the various routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, or hike around Mount Fuji? We share some of the world’s best mountains to discover – and the best trips to experience them on.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Combine the old with the new when you hike ancient pilgrimage trails and visit Japan’s modern cities like Tokyo and catch a bullet train to Kyoto. Explore Lake Kawaguchiko at the base of Mount Fuji and take in the area from here, or at one of the nearby peaks. The traditional, family run inns we stay at are also a highlight. No wonder this is our most popular Japan itinerary.
Mount Everest, Nepal & Tibet
It’s the world’s highest peak and one of our most favourite mountains on earth, so we had to add this beauty to the list. Mount Everest, or Chomolungma as it’s known on the Tibetan side, entices more people to visit a destination than perhaps any other mountain on earth. There are many trails that take in the famous peak on the Nepalese side, the most famous being the Everest Base Camp trek via Thyanboche monastery, or you could simply drive to the Tibetan side for for uninterrupted views.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
When on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro you’ll be rewarded with a panorama of mountain top and savannah, if it’s not swathed in the magical mist below. Explore Africa’s highest mountain via the classic and popular Machame Route for simply stunning viewpoints on trek. Alternatively, you can try another scenic way via the Rongai Route, or a more remote path from the Shira Route. If you’re up for a challenge, consider taking the beautiful Lemosho Route or the Remote Northern Circuit for a full moon summit.
Trips to Kilimanjaro can generally be taken between May to October and January to March. View all our Kilimanjaro climbs.
Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa
The north east of South Africa is a region blessed with dramatic mountains and world class game, giving you a unique opportunity to combine both. Even more exciting is when you can experience this highland – home to one of the world’s best mountains – on foot. In Kruger National Park, go for a real bush and big game experience or do the strenuous ascent of Amphitheatre. Other hikes in the Drakensberg mountains include the Grotto, Cavern Big 5, Sugarloaf, and remote Cathedral Peak. If you love hiking, the Drakensberg is a must add on your bucket list.
Mount Damavand, Iran
When you think of Iran, majestic mountains may not come to mind but they should. The majestic volcanic form of Iran’s Mount Damavand rises steeply from the Central Alborz mountain range, which is close to the dynamic capital Tehran. From June onward, the 5610m summit is an achievable peak for both walkers and climbers. From the south side of Mt Damavand, we take three days to reach the summit of Iran’s highest peak and from here it’s an easy descent to Rineh where you stay overnight in a local house.
Vilcabamba Mountain Range, Peru
The great Vilcabamba Mountain Range is the last stronghold of the Inca Empire. Here is where you can find the unique and spectacular ‘lost’ ruins of Choquequirao. When you trek over mountain passes, you will have stunning views of the Pumasillo, Humantay, and Salcantay (the ranges’ highest) peaks. Enjoy ancient cloud forest, abundant wildflowers and of course the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. It’s offers an extraordinary alternative to the much busier Inca Trail and is one of the most best and most beautiful mountain ranges to hike in.
Feeling inspired? Browse our complete overview of trekking holidays to some of the world’s best mountain peaks or get in touch with one of our travel experts around the world for more information and advice.
Which mountain is still on your bucket list to explore?