10 Of The Most Beautiful Mountains In The World

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Many types of scenery are beautiful, but few geological features are as dramatic, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring as mountains. Mountains soar high above our heads, astounding us with their heights and features. They make us feel tiny, vulnerable, and fragile, but they also lift us up at the same time, inspiring us to strive for new heights. Here are 10 of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Some of these peaks are famous, while others are not as well known. You will find tall mountains here and mountains which more than make up for their smaller size in terms of their unique geometry. All of them will inspire you.

1. The Matterhorn, Switzerland

Flickr / max in jegenstorf

Flickr / max in jegenstorf

This is one of those iconic mountains with a recognizable profile which many people can spot right away. The Swiss Alps are incredible, but the Matterhorn is probably their most famous summit. The mountain’s sharp profile and chiseled ridges call to mind a stepped pyramid. Once you have seen a photograph of the Matterhorn, you will be able to spot it instantly, even from different angles. And if you ever see the Matterhorn in person, you will never forget it. Stormy and unpredictable weather makes this one of the most challenging peaks in the world to climb.

2. Huayna Picchu, Peru

Flickr / McKay Savage

Flickr / McKay Savage

Speaking of things that look like they were constructed by an ancient civilization, this list would definitely fall a mountain short without a mention of Huayna Picchu. This mountain itself is of course natural, but it is home to one of the most famous ancient ruins in existence. Its shoulder is capped by the remnants of the ancient Incan city Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the most famous sites in all of South America, and many history enthusiasts and archaeologists dream of someday ascending to visit this very old city in person. Picture beholding the breathtaking vistas from amongst the broken walls and imagining what life must have been like from such a height.

3. Denali, Alaska

Flickr / blmiers2

Flickr / blmiers2

If you are looking for a mountain that will awe you with its sheer size and imposing profile, travel to Denali in Alaska. Denali measures 20,320 feet in height, which doesn’t make it the highest mountain on the planet above sea level (that is Mount Everest), but it is the tallest measured from base to summit. As such, it is absolutely tremendous, a snow-covered leviathan poised above many other high mountains that look like foothills by comparison. Standing in the shadow of this mountain, you will feel as if you are in the presence of a mighty god.

4. Tre Cime Di Lavaredo, Italy

Flickr / efilipera

Flickr / efilipera

Here is perhaps one of the most unique entries in our list. These three peaks jut straight up out of the earth like towers. Indeed, from a distance, they could be mistaken by ancient, tremendous, weathered monuments erected by some lost civilization with incredible architectural capabilities. They are an entirely natural formation despite their unusual appearance, and are certainly some of the most striking mountains on the planet.

5. Kirkjufell, Iceland

Flickr / greenzowie

Flickr / greenzowie

This odd looking mountain is really more of a butte, with a flat top. Horizontal lines of sediment rising out of a smoothly sloped base give it a neat and orderly look. As such, it is very distinctive. It may not be all that tall, but its elegance and symmetry make it unique among all the peaks on earth.

6. Ama Dablam, Nepal

Flickr / Pietro Columba

Flickr / Pietro Columba

This majestic peak features a lot of sharp, unexpected angles. Snow only serves to accentuate these surprising geometric diversions and draw attention to the incredible natural architecture. This is one of the most eye-catching mountains you will ever see. It’s a little like the Matterhorn, taken to whole new heights.

7. Table Mountain, South Africa

Flickr / Carol Munro

Flickr / Carol Munro

Like Kirkjufell, this is not the tallest peak, but it is a very distinctive one, again with a flat top. The mountain makes a beautiful, elegant profile against the sea, one which stands out from every other mountain on the planet. This mountain is all horizontal lines which work with the horizon itself to create a majestic sight.

8. Tetons, Wyoming

Flickr / Shawn Stilwell

Flickr / Shawn Stilwell

The Grand Tetons are a row of peaks just south of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. They soar above the Jackson Lake, and are largely inaccessible via car. The only way to penetrate the actual range is to hike and climb on foot. The mountains have an ethereal appearance, and set against idyllic rolling hills and vegetation, they have a fairy-tale look to them which is entirely one-of-a-kind.

9. Alpamayo, Peru

Flickr / Eduardo

Flickr / Eduardo

This mountain in the Peruvian Andes is capped by an incredibly steep peak of ice. The ice soars upward in a pyramid-shape at a sixty degree angle. From certain angles, the pyramid shape is almost perfectly formed. It is not as large as some of the peaks which surround it, but it does have a unique look to it that causes it to outshine many of the other larger mountains around it. Alpamayo was the subject of an article in the German magazine “Alpinismus” in 1966. The writing and photography in the magazine caused the mountain to be voted “Most Beautiful Mountain in the World” in a survey.

10. Mount Fuji, Japan

Flickr / IvanWalsh.com

Flickr / IvanWalsh.com

Mount Fuji in Japan is one of the most famous and recognizable mountains in the entire world. The peak rises dramatically out of a relatively flat surrounding landscape, making its appearance a very dramatic one. The perfect peak capped in snow is an iconic image, particularly with cherry blossoms in the foreground. For many people, the image of Fuji is synonymous with a vision of Japan.

Which of these mountains is truly the most beautiful mountain in the world? The only one who can decide is you. We hope you enjoyed these images and that you are inspired to learn more about these famous mountains and mountain ranges. Perhaps you will even be inspired to plan a special vacation of your own to see one of these majestic locations in person!

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9 Comments

  1. dave

    dave

    October 29, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    The picture of table mountain does not do Table Mountain justice and does not show the mountains iconic profile usually taken from the shore across table bay or from signal hill i dont know from which direction this photo was taken but it just shows some craggy rocks as if the person posting it wanted to lower its ranking the other mountains all look fantastic.

  2. Giorgio Biasiol

    Giorgio Biasiol

    September 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    The photo of Tre Cime Di Lavaredo does not show the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo…

  3. Phil Johnson

    Phil Johnson

    June 20, 2016 at 5:43 am

    What about Annapurna?

  4. Nicholas Rudat

    Nicholas Rudat

    May 7, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Seen 5 on the list and Denali hands down is tops. Especially right before sundown when the snow turns a beautiful pink. It looks big even from Anchorage 300 miles away. Would have omitted Table Mountain and added Monte Fitz Roy.

  5. Varduhi

    Varduhi

    April 6, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    None of these will ever be as magnificent as Biblical Ararat – the most beautiful on earth…

  6. Jay buchan

    Jay buchan

    October 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Summited Everest in 2013 having been brought up in awe of the mountain it was a dream, However in 2014 we travelled to Mount Denali and like the writer says it is like being in the presence of a God, it is majestic and the size overwhelms the surroundings leaving you feeling like a piece of dust.

  7. Ryan Gander

    Ryan Gander

    May 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    You guys are delusional… you have Wyoming mountains on here and don’t have anywhere from the Canadians rockies?? wow

    • Bob Gilmore

      Bob Gilmore

      October 8, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Agreed, although the Tetons definitely deserve a spot on this list, many of the most beautiful climbs I’ve done have come from Alberta and BC.

  8. Jonathan Buttall

    Jonathan Buttall

    March 4, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I have seen #1, 2 and 10 on the list. Mount Fuji, seen from the other side than the one pictured here, is the most beautiful mountain I’ve ever seen, although not very high.

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