Even if you're not sporty or the outdoorsy type, you have to admit that climbing a mountain is pretty cool. Yes, you have to train, prepare yourself mentally and stock up on supplies and equipment. But you get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Mother Nature in her rawest form.

In addition to all of that, you get to bond with likeminded people on a journey that will probably, to a certain extent, the bond you for life. And the added exposure and bragging rights you get from your social media followers aren't so bad, either.


However, when it comes to climbing, you have to vigilant and be honest about your skill and experience level. If you're a beginner, maybe don't aim for Mount Everest just yet. Yes, it's one of the most popular climbs, but it's also one of the hardest.

But fear not! If Mount Everest freaks you out, here are some other mountains that you can take a stab at first.

Accessible To Beginners: Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

If you've heard of Everest, you've definitely heard of Kilimanjaro. Standing at a whopping 19, 340 feet, it's the highest mountain in Africa. If you decide to brave this climb, you'll go across the Shira Plateau and hike all the way up to the top via the Gran Barranco Canyon.

To sweeten the experience, Kilimanjaro houses three volcanoes (extinct ones, don't worry). This mountain guarantees that you'll be greeted by wonders of nature throughout your trek.

Having said that, the trek itself is long, so you should be prepared, both physically and mentally. This is especially true is you're a novice climber. If you have those bases covered, then you can reach the highest peak, Uhuru, in about five days.

Great Summer Climb: The Matterhorn (Switzerland)

There's no need to seek out the most remote recesses of the globe just to find a great mountain to climb! You can find an unforgettable experience at the Matterhorn in Switzerland. In fact, this mountain is where the sport of mountaineering came to be!

The Matterhorn is 14, 692 feet, exceeding Kilimanjaro's height by a pretty wide margin. If you decide to brave this mountain, you're definitely in for a challenge. But it's not one of the most popular climbs for nothing!

The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking and are worth the effort. On top of that, the mountain offers many different trails that range in difficulty. This means that both the green climber and the veteran can enjoy and access the mountain.

The Matterhorn's most popular months are the summer, so definitely try to squeeze it into your summer vacation. Just be warned that the weather has a mind of its own, so it would be wise to pack appropriately. Being caught on a cold mountain in shorts and a T-shirt wouldn't make for the best experience!

For Peace And Quiet: Mount Khuiten (Mongolia)

If you're an experienced climber, you may not want to venture onto a popular and crowded mountain. If you want something a bit less chaotic, we recommend Mount Khuiten in Mongolia. Only a little bit shorter than the Matterhorn, it's the highest in the country.

But what makes this mountain so attractive if it's not as popular among climbers? Well, for starters, this mountain borders three different countries (Russia, China, and Mongolia)! It promises some of the most beautiful scenery that nature has to offer. It's also one of the few remaining remote pieces of land that haven't been touched by society or industrialization.

Climbers of all skill levels can climb and hike this mountain, if anything, just to commune with nature for a little while.

Archeological Wonders To Discover: The Andes (Peru)

If you're a closet historian or archeologist, this climb will blow that door right open! The Andes Mountains in Peru are the longest mountain range on the planet. If you thought that Mount Khuiten was impressive for bordering three countries, this one borders seven!

Climbers and hikers can follow the Inca Trail, which will lead you to Macchu Picchu, one of the great archeological wonders of the world (and for good reason!)

You'll also get to experience the vestiges of the Inca culture that have been left behind in the mountain for centuries. You'll come across ancient monuments and temples that offer a glimpse into another time and civilization.

And the best part? Anyone can make this trek. You just need to physically fit and ready to work!