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The Most Spectacular Mountains in the World to Visit

Forget about Mt. Everest for now and check out these ten most spectacular mountains in the world. We’re not saying Mt. Everest isn’t, but with so many peaks to choose from, why would you want to limit it to the most famous?

The Matterhorn, Switzerland

Without a doubt, The Matterhorn is among the most recognizable peaks in the world. It’s ultra-sharp profile complete with chiseled ridges make it look more like a gigantic stepped pyramid. It’s your stairway to heaven, so to speak. While it may look gentle enough, the unpredictable and often stormy weather make the Matterhorn a real challenge to conquer.

Denali, Alaska

Need a snow-covered leviathan? Then the 20,300-foot Denali is the answer. It has a very imposing profile and a size that would make you think part of the Himalayas is already in this part of the US. It’s like having the Gods of Olympus looking down on you.

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo, Italy

Considered an oddball in this list are the three peaks that jut from the earth’s surface and sticking straight up in the clear blue Italian sky. They resemble monuments or towers making them the subject of awe and inspiration from many nature lovers and geologists alike.

Mount Fuji, Japan

Known for its grace and majestic appearance, especially when framed with cherry blossoms in full bloom in the foreground, Mount Fuji is easily one of the world’s most recognizable and perhaps most famous mountains. Set on a relatively flat landscape, it stands majestically reaching for the heavens.

Huayna Picchu, Peru

First of all, it is a mountain. Second, part of it was home to one of the most celebrated ancient civilizations in the world, the Incas. Again, it’s not tall but its archeological and historical significance are enough to make it on this list.

Kirkjufell, Iceland

Like a mini Matterhorn but with distinctly unique geology, Kirkjufell is a butte. Sedimentary lines naturally draw the eyes to its orderly and neat look. It has a smooth, gently sloping base that talks of its geometric symmetry and elegance. It’s not tall, but it’s marvelous, nonetheless.

Grand Tetons, Wyoming

If it’s a fairy tale-like appearance that you’re after, then the Grand Tetons south of the Yellowstone is the one to seek. Creating a wonderful reflection on the Jackson Lake, you wouldn’t think that these peaks are real. It’s got an ethereal appearance that borders the magical and enchanting.

Ama Dablam, Nepal

Famous for its geometric diversity, Ama Dablam is like Matterhorn but with sharp, often unexpected angles that are further accentuated by snow. It’s the planet’s Picasso, if there ever is such a thing.

Table Mountain, South Africa

Set on a backdrop of the blue ocean, Table Mountain in Cape Town in South Africa makes up for its lack of height by providing a very flat, plateau-like geographic feature that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. It’s all horizontal lines, blending well with the horizon.

Alpamayo, Peru

Famed for its near-perfect pyramid shape, the Alpamayo is one of the most spectacular mountains in the Peruvian section of the Andes. The icy pyramid juts straight up at a 60-degree angle. It may not have the height of its neighboring peaks, but it sure deserves a place in the world’s most beautiful.

These are just 10 of the world’s most stunning peaks. And there are plenty more left undiscovered.

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