Often judged to be one of the world’s most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam stands proud from its Himalayan neighbours, an austere pyramid of rock and ice.
This majestic ridge crest east of the bulky Mont Blanc massif though not of such great height, surpasses it in its northern and western aspects, with its wildness and elegance. The south side, though not elegant, is certainly wild, being defended by disrupted glaciers and thrusting bastions of distorted rock.
The Matterhorn (Cervin or Monte Cervino) is the epitome of the majestic peak, among the most famous mountains in the world but correspondingly overcrowded. This does not deter most climbers, and even those who think they can resist its popularity usually change their views when they actually see the mountain.
Known as Sargamatha (Nepal), Chomolungma (Tibet) or just ‘the world’s highest peak’, Everest rises to 8848m at its summit.
Gran Paradiso is the highest summit of the Graian Alps which lie between Mont Blanc to the north and Dauphiné range to the south.
Located in the Swiss Alps, the Eiger is one of the world’s most iconic mountains, made famous by the often tragedy-marred attempts to make the first ascent of its huge north face.
The highest peak in North America, Denali is an awe-inspiring hulk of a mountain set in the stunningly beautiful Alaskan wilderness.