Mountain Hit List

Climbing mountains and volcanoes is one of my favorite hobbies and life dreams. Mountains have an incredible spiritual power to them which is why so many world faiths centered their faith around them or feature a mountain in their narrative, i.e. Mount Sinai in Judaism, Mt. Meru in Hinduism, Taishan in Daoism, Mt. Olympus in Hellenism.

Climbing a mountain and reaching the top is one of the most spiritual and fulfilling experience a person can have. It is the sense of achievement and your own personal power and your will to continue on despite obstacles.

Mountains smell different in different countries. It is the air, the trees, the grass, the clouds and the mist. I loved the way Taishan in China smelled and the Himalayas in Nepal. I felt rejuvenated and replenished. Oddly, I got allergies in Yosemite, CA and absolutely hate it there. The Sequoia trees smelled terrible to me. I climbed a mountain on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and was not allergic to it, but was not soothed either. For some reason, mountains smell better and feel better in Asia. I also loved Landmannalaugur in Iceland. I also loved the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I am yet to complete a full hike in either of those mountain ranges.

I feel alive and beautiful while elevated on a mountain.

Many people want to travel but don’t know what for. After 6 years of globe trotting, I have a narrow list of things I want to do while abroad, and mountain climbing is one of them. here is a mountain hit list:

Jade Mountain, Taiwan:

Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka:

Mt. Kinabulu, Borneo:

Uma by Como, a yoga retreat in Bhutan:

Mount Bromo, Indonesia:

Tongariro Crossing, NZ:

Mont Blanc, France:

Julian Alps, Slovenia:

Cadair Idris, Wales:

Spanish Pyrenees:

French Pyrenees:

Scottish Highlands:

Patagonia, Chile:

Patagonia, Argentina:

Corte, Corsica:

Huashan, China:

Madonie National Park, Sicily:

Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan:

Carpathians, Ukraine and Romania:

Mt. Rinjani, Lombok:

Dolomites, Italy:

Valley of the Flowers, India:

Madeira, Portugal:

Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain:

Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Andes mountain range in South America. It is also one of the highest mountains in the world:

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The Swiss Alps, Switzerland:

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Mt. Cook in New  Zealand:

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Mount Paine, New Caledonia:

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Selvaggio Blu in Sardinia, Italy:

Mt. Merapi, Indonesia:

Mount Liamuiga in St. Kitts. The Caribbean is new and exotic to me and I only recently discovered superb mountain climbing destinations there: 29936973the-crater-below-mountview-of-mount-liamuiga-foothills-from-beaumont-heights-st-kittsvolcano-climb

The Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia looks like you reached the ends and edges of the universe:

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Mount Mayon, The Philippines:

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania:

Cotopaxi, Ecuador:

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One thought on “Mountain Hit List

  1. That was beautiful post. I am into climbing as well but I have not done any major ones yet except local hill tops. I am doing the Tongariro, New Zealand in two months. I may not be climbing to the top of the Andes in Patagonia but will hike on some in Chile and Argentina, glaciers too. It is a spiritual experience to feel on top of the world blended in nature. I am planning to hike up Machu Pichu and climb the Huyana Pichu which must be a thrilling experience. Just a small note, Hindus consider Mt. Kailash as the most sacred mountain, the abode of Lord Shiva and Mt. Meru is perhaps in Indonesia. Mt Meru is mentioned in ancient Indian scriptures as the center of the world and was a sacred icon. I don’t think anyone in history had climbed to Mt. Kailash due to its difficult steep terrain and probably due to its sacredness and Uluru in Australia also is prohibited from climbing as the local Aborigines consider it to be sacred.

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