Get your hiking shoes on and your water bottle ready! We’ll be exploring our favorite mountains to visit. These aren’t just any old mountains, either. If you make it to the top, you’ll find yourself above the clouds, looking down on the world like some mythical deity.
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
There are two ways to conquer this mountain, each with their benefits and drawbacks. While the first offers more spectacular views, it requires some preparation. The second route is cheaper, but offers a slightly less magical panorama.
For the first option, you’ll need to book and purchase a climbing package. This includes a climbing permit, a guide, one night’s stay at the base camp, and insurance. Mount Kinabalu is no joke, at 4,095 meters (13,435 feet), it’s the highest mountain in Malaysia. It’s no one-day trek.
The second option is a hike to one of the lower ridges. The view is still great, but you won’t reach the summit. This option is cheaper and is better suited for those who aren’t physically able to do a more challenging climb. Given the altitude, it’s not uncommon for people to experience altitude sickness if they travel all the way to the peak.
Mount Toubkal, Morocco
Standing at 4,167 meters (13,671 feet), Mount Toubkal is a challenging, yet non-technical climb. This means that there are no ropes or safety harnesses necessary and anyone who is fit and capable of walking should be able to do the hike. You don’t need to hire a guide if you feel comfortable in the wilderness, but many people choose to purchase a climbing package that includes a guide, food, and accommodations. Staying hydrated and fueled is very important for this hike due to the high altitudes. At the top, you’ll get a stunning view of rural Morocco.
Grouse Mountain, Canada
If you’re in Vancouver and want to take a quick trip 4,100 meters above the clouds, then head to Grouse Mountain. In the wintertime, you can go skiing or snowboarding, and in the summertime, there’s zip-lining, dining, and a wildlife refuge that you can visit. Access to all of this mountain life is only 15 minutes from the city, making this a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle.
Fansipan Mountain, Vietnam
Fansipan is the tallest mountain in Vietnam and there are a number of ways to reach the top. For those who aren’t able to hike for hours on end, you can take a 20-minute cable car to the top. The tickets are less than $30 and you’ll get a little bit of exercise at the end when you climb the 600 stairs to the actual summit.
For those who opt not to take the cable car, you can hike at a leisurely pace on trails that typically take 7-10 hours to climb. There are two more difficult routes, but these are only recommended for experienced climbers, and are not without risk—people have perished on these more advanced trails.
Still, no matter what route you choose, the safest way to climb a mountain is to go with a buddy or hire a guide!
Mount Batur, Bali
Mount Batur is an active volcano that you can climb safely. It is only 1,717 meters (5,600 feet), so you can do this climb easily in a few hours. We suggest that you get up at 1:30 AM to get the best view possible of the sunrise. Like other hikes and trail adventures on this list, it’s a good idea to go with a group of people or hire a guide.
A trip into the sky takes careful planning and smart decisions. The view at the top is worth it, but make sure to stay safe in your travels, especially to places where climbing itself can be risky.