High up in the mountains around the world awaits some amazing experiences for those who are adventurous enough to travel there. We’ve gathered five of the most amazing mountaineering experiences that will inspire everyone to get on their feet and prepare for the journey. Check them out:
Lost City, Colombia
Deep in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains lies Ciudad Perdida – known as the lost city. Only reachable by hiking, it was built by the Tayrona people in the 11th century, and was only rediscovered in the 1970s.
Fortunately, it remains largely undiscovered by the tourist hordes. As the Secret Traveller says, if you’ve already been to Machu Picchu in Peru and thought, ‘damn I wish I’d got here before all the tourists discovered it’, then get to Ciudad Perdida as soon as possible.
The Secret Traveller also recommends Lalibela – and we couldn’t agree more. Sitting high up in the mountains of central Ethiopia, it’s a complex of 13 churches that have been chiselled out of solid rock, similar to the town of Petra in Jordan.
When you’re exploring, it’s not unusual to see monks in traditional white robes in the stone corridors as the churches still function under their original purpose.
Table Mountain, South Africa
Cape Town is home to the famous Table Mountain. In fact, the flat, 3,500-foot tall block of sandstone and granite towers over the city. It’s one of the new seven wonders of nature and thousands of people climb in every year. There are 350 routes of varying difficulties, but you can find some of the easiest at I Climbed Table Mountain.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park is in Chile’s Patagonia region, and boasts some of most amazing mountainous scenery around the world (don’t believe us? Check out these photos from Uncornered Market). But it makes this list for the granite pillars of Torres del Paine that soar more than 200m above the steppe – almost vertically. Head to the famous Mirador Ferrier lookout to capture your own panorama of the amazing surroundings.
The Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
If you want to take in amazing mountain scenery without exerting any energy, why not ride the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia? The “greatest train journey on Earth” journey begins in European Russia and moves eastwards to end in the Russian Far East, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On this route, you can take in the Ural Mountains and the strange but beautiful vastness of Siberia.
Or you could decide to veer off on one of the offshoots. Make for Mongolia or the north of China on the railway’s Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Manchurian offshoots. Whatever route you take, you’ll be sure to see some amazing sights.
Have somewhere you’d like to add to the list? Share your mountainous experiences with us.
This is a guest post written by Isabel Leong from belaroundtheworld.com.