Each continent has a mountain, and in makeup, climate, and history, these points differ across the planet. Have a journey across them with this short tour of five.
Mount Everest, Asia
In a record-shattering 29,029 feet above sea level, the Mahalangur Range’s Mount Everest tops all peaks on earth. Situated on the border of China and Nepal–in fact, the border runs directly through the summit point–Everest has neighboring peaks that could easily top many highest mountain lists. Everest has turned into a popular climbing route, both from Nepal on the southeast side and from the north in Tibet, China.
Aconcagua, South America
If you are standing continents by their greatest peaks, South America comes in second with Aconcagua in Argentina and its 22,834-foot summit. As the mountain not in Asia, Aconcagua gets the name of the mountain in the Southern and Western hemispheres. Situated in the Andes near the border with Chile (but completely in Argentina), Aconcagua contains a bevy of glaciers and is Surrounded by valleys which produce its height more dramatic.
Denali, North America
Found in the state’s interior, the summit is not only high but also one of the most remote mountains in the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
Arguably with the most poetic of titles, this dormant volcano in Tanzania rises above the African Savannah to 19,340 feet. Situated in the Kilimanjaro National Park, it had a bounty of glaciers and ice fields which have begun disappearing, making this a much more attractive climbing destination, as it has been for well over 100 years ago.
Mount Elbrus, Europe
Given that the boundary between Asia and Europe is the subject of debate and Mount Elbrus is right on it, it’s true continental allegiance could be discussed. But mountain watchers concur this dormant volcano that is 18,510-foot-tall is in Europe. Situated in Russia’s southern region near Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains, Elbrus has two peaks that rival every other in height–the taller stands to the west, while the east summit still reaches 18,442 feet.