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There is something mysterious, incredible and enticing. They hide the forces of nature and its mysterious path, creating perfectly majestic paintings. The beauty of the mountains is always attracted artists, and artists, and climbers, and tourists. It is to the heights that we set off to retire with nature, to know yourself and understand something incredibly important about of life.
And for those who want to marvel at the magic and forces of nature, we made a rating of the 15 most beautiful mountains in the world. Were used data of tourist and cultural portals. It is worth noting that places in the ranking are randomly placed, so do not consider that one mountain is much more beautiful than the other – in each of the peaks hidden its attractiveness.
- Overview of the most beautiful mountains in the world
- Chocolate Hills (Philippines)
- Otemanu (Bora Bora)
- Cerro Torre (Patagonia)
- Bangle Bangle (Australia)
- Kinabalu (Malaysia)
- Fairy Chimneys (Turkey)
- Devil’s Tower (USA)
- Rainbow Mountains (China)
- Mouaroa (French Polynesia)
- “Hallelujah Mountains” (Китай)
- Table Mountain (South Africa)
- Cime di Lavadero (Italy)
- Fuji (Japan)
- Kirkufell (Iceland)
- Matterhorn (Switzerland)
Overview of the most beautiful mountains in the world
|Rating of the most beautiful mountains in the world||1||Chocolate Hills (Philippines)||4.1|
|2||Otemanu (Bora Bora)||4.2|
|3||Cerro Torre (Patagonia)||4.3|
|4||Bangle Bangle (Australia)||4.4|
|6||Fairy Chimneys (Turkey)||4.5|
|7||Devil’s Tower (USA)||4.5|
|8||Rainbow Mountains (China)||4.6|
|9||Mouaroa (French Polynesia)||4.7|
|10||“Hallelujah Mountains” (Китай)||4.7|
|11||Table Mountain (South Africa)||4.7|
|12||Cime di Lavadero (Italy)||4.8|
Chocolate Hills (Philippines)
The most beautiful Chocolate Hills, as the name implies, is not quite mountains. The peak of the highest of them is at around 120 meters, you can climb on foot and not even breathless. But places in our ranking they were not awarded because of this.
Chocolate hills are covered with a special, growing only in the Philippines variety of grass. In spring and early summer, it is dark green. But with with the advent of the drought season, it turns into a characteristic chocolate brown – and every hill becomes like huge truffle candy.
Chocolate hills with the right truffle shape located in a relatively small area – only 50 square kilometers. But there are a lot of them! On such a small the area is over 1250 hills, and together during a drought they make up a unique composition. It seems like the whole site chocolate candies surrounded by “cream” (bright green jungle in which fog is almost always hidden).
Otemanu (Bora Bora)
Once upon a time a huge volcano reigned on Bora Bora. It is him eruptions and formed this island, now attracting thousands tourists from all over the world. Now the volcano has gone out – and left behind two mountains, the highest of which is Otemanu, whose peak is on around 727 meters.
Mount Otemanu has an amazing appearance. Pounded and rugged, it rises above the beaches and jungle of the island with a wall. Moreover, it is green, vegetation is even on sheer slopes. Consisting of volcanic rock, it is painted in dark colors and is almost always surrounded by translucent clouds and the fog. This gives her not only beauty, but also majesty.
Admiring the beautiful Mount Otemanu, however, is only possible from the beach and her shoulders. Climbing to the top is currently prohibited. Volcanic rock, although it seems unshakable, is still quite fragile, so climbers – even experienced ones – can easy to break.
Cerro Torre (Patagonia)
Cerro Torre is one of the highest peaks in South America. This the mountain can be called amazing – despite the fact that it is surrounded by a tropical jungle with a corresponding heat, ice never melts on its top. Peak Cerro Torre is located on around 3128 meters!
Cerro Torre impresses not only with its appearance – huge ice cap over bright green patagonia jungle – but also “temper”. Only the most experienced and professional climbers able to conquer her. The entire top of the mountain is covered never melting ice, and when climbing you’ll have to fight not only with unstable surface, but also with weather. People come here from the Pacific the strongest winds freezing ice and literally blowing climbers.
But the climb is worth it. The peak of the mountain is sharp, almost sheer rock with a knife crashing into the clouds. And along with other peaks she and completely resembles a jagged crown showing triumph nature.
Bangle Bangle (Australia)
Bangle-Bangle – amazing in its beauty and nature ridge. It is a chain of cone-shaped peaks, consisting of black, orange and white rocks. They are arranged in layers, because of which the mountains resemble either bee hives, or honey cake.
The main rock is sandstone. Under the influence of erosion, lasting thousands and hundreds of thousands of years, he took such unusual forms and painted in amazing colors. But while maintaining the sandstone its fragility, so climbing the Bangle Bangle is prohibited.
The most interesting is the origin of the mountains. About 20 million years ago on Australia fell a meteorite, which raised a layer of sandstone. Then in wet periods, water flows rolled along it, and honed these amazing, beautiful formations similar to hives.
Now the mountains of the Bangle Bangle are protected by the state and are part of the national park. Once upon a time there lived local the tribes that gave this ridge the name Purnululu. In the wet seasons animals took refuge in these mountains, and therefore people went here to hunt.
Mount Kinabalu has a very unusual appearance. She is a large plateau over which rises a sharp, almost sheer top. Due to the vertical distance between the peak and horizontal contour base, it is included in the rating of the most outstanding world mountains.
Despite the relatively high altitude – Kinabalu peak is located at around 4095 meters – the mountain is a round goal green and practically does not freeze. That is why, and also thanks to the great horizontal plateau, there is a huge amount amazing animals and plants.
Kinabalu is protected by UNESCO and is one of the objects of the world heritage. Here you can meet unusual orchids, a huge the number of orangutans and other apes, as well as More than 300 species of birds live! At the same time, Kinabalu is open to tourists, but there is one simple rule: “You can’t take nothing but photographs; nothing can be left except footprints; leave only memories. “Nature must be untouched.
Interestingly, Kinabalu is not only beautiful, but also one of the most young mountains in the ranking. She continues to grow to this day! Every year, its top becomes higher by about 5 millimeters.
Fairy Chimneys (Turkey)
Several million years ago, an eruption occurred in Turkey volcano. And the flows of his lava, descending, left an extremely unusual mountain education, very similar to, ahem, mushrooms. Turks themselves too noted their similarity with, ahem, arrows, and therefore called this mountain range “Fairy Chimneys”.
The Cappadocia region in which this rock formation is located in was further occupied by monks. They also liked the fabulous Chimneys. The monks hollowed out in the rock of which these chiseled peaks, caves where they lived and indulged in meditation. One of them even climbed to the top!
It is worth noting that the rock structure “Fairy Chimneys” can be found not only in Turkey. Similar mountain ranges exist and in France, and in Serbia, and even in the United States. But only in Turkish Cappadocia they are surprisingly chiseled, narrow, and can also boast a rich history. That is why they are part of unesco world heritage sites and are protected internationally – and you cannot climb them.
Devil’s Tower (USA)
Devil’s Tower is a very unusual mountain. She is a monolith volcanic in origin and rising over a river valley Bell Fourche in Wyoming. Rainwater streams flowing from almost flat plateau at an altitude of 1.5 km, formed extremely unusual, rugged slopes, making the mountain look like huge stump. In addition, it has a non-standard color – the breed of which it is composed is brick red shade. Therefore, the Devil’s Tower contrasts markedly with bright blue sky and it’s really impressive against the sunset or sunrises.
However, the tourist popularity of the Devil’s Tower did not bring impressive appearance, and modern history. It is on this the place was filming the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, which, in turn, influenced the formation of a huge the number of urban legends. And now tourists flock precisely here to see the venue where, according to Stephen Spielberg, was the first meeting with aliens.
Devil’s Tower is declared a US National Monument. Therefore for climbing it will require a lot of permissions. But better don’t do it – almost steep slopes and fragile volcanic rock makes it dangerous for climbers.
Rainbow Mountains (China)
Rainbow mountains got their name because of the extremely unusual structure. They consist mainly of sandstone, which is tinted various minerals. Therefore, the mountains themselves are “striped.” Painted they are in brick red, yellow, white, golden, blue, emerald and other colors overlapping each other in layers. The shades are very bright, contrasting, so this area looks as if from another planet.
The rainbow mountains are protected by the Chinese government and are part of Denxia National Geological Park. However, they are open to visit, so every tourist can come to the province Gansu and see with his own eyes this unusual, impressive and very bright landscape.
However, the Rainbow Mountains themselves are not too high. Their peaks are at around 300-400 meters. Therefore, these are impressive beautiful mountains are not their height, but a variety of shades and surrealism of the landscape itself.
Mouaroa (French Polynesia)
Mount Mouaroa, located on one of the volcanic islands French Polynesia is one of the most impressive peaks in the world. It rises sharply above the other peaks, and has practically steep slopes. And while the 761-meter mountain is open to visits, so experienced climbers may well try it subdue.
Like other mountains of the Pacific Islands, it has volcanic origin. But its slopes are not as fragile as that of other peaks of the same nature in our ranking. In addition, this the mountain is covered with vegetation – the Polynesian jungle reaches almost the top.
Mouaroa Peak due to its characteristic shape is visible almost from all corners of French Polynesia. Although not the tallest in this country. But precisely because of the vertical distance between “shoulders” and peak, it attracts the attention of climbers who want challenge gravity.
“Hallelujah Mountains” (Китай)
Zhangjiajie Chinese Massif, also known as “Mountains” Hallelujah, “is a group of columns made of quartz and sandstone. Located in a wooded valley, it is almost always Covered in fog. And the contrast of dark green vegetation and the radiant brown sandstone makes it look like an alien landscapes.
Actually, this similarity was used by the famous directed by James Cameron. This is where the filming took place “Avatar” and “Hallelujah Mountains” became the basis for the fictional landscape Pandora Planet. That is why they may seem familiar.
After the release of the film, the highest of 3 thousand posts in this the mountain range has been officially renamed – and now it is called Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. Zhangjiajie Park still attracts a huge number of tourists who want to see with their own eyes these are practically alien landscapes.
Table Mountain (South Africa)
“Table Mountain” is quite capable of surprising – even in the photograph, if you look from the bottom up. While her foot is quite traditionally, the top … is missing. It is as if cut off. Mountain ends with a huge, completely flat plateau.
According to one theory, it is “Table Mountain” that gave the name located at its foot the city of Cape Town. In English him The name is spelled Cape Town, or “cap town.” Absolutely the flat plateau on top of Table Mountain just seems to be the head a dress over the hills.
Top of Table Mountain with directly connects Cape Town cable car. Climbing a plateau is worth it admire the panoramic view of this port city, which played crucial role in world (and even Russian) history, which has become trade gate between Africa and other countries.
Cime di Lavadero (Italy)
Cime di Lavadero is not just a mountain, but a group of three peaks, located in the southern part of the Alps. Due to the shape of the peaks, it seems that it’s just that this mountain was hit twice with a huge ax. Besides, brick red dolomite, which consists of three peaks, adds showiness.
Cime di Lavadero is popular among tourists. Travelers who do not succeed in conquering the mountains come here just to enjoy the awesome and the spectacular overlooking these 2999-meter peaks. But for climbers Cime di Lavadero is interesting in that they have laid a variety of routes – from simple to very complex.
The surroundings of Cime di Lavadero are no less beautiful than the mountains themselves. Typical mountain valleys in which from the grass cover every now and then cold gray stones with sharp edges break out, amaze with their alpine spirit – harsh, but mysterious and alluring.
Fuji peak thanks to an almost perfect conical shape – one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In addition, she is recognized symbol of japan. Fuji image can be found on almost all tourist materials calling to visit the Country Of the rising sun.
But Fuji is not just a mountain. It is a dormant volcano with a very “sensitive sleep.” The last time he erupted in 1707, and it is possible that we will see Fuji awakening in the near future time.
But while Fuji is napping. And this mountain is conquered by a huge amount tourists and climbers – according to official information, its the peak is visited by about 200 thousand people a year. At the peak of Fuji There are a temple, a post office and a weather station.
Mount Fuji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, therefore protected by international services. The surroundings of the peak are Japanese National Park.
Fuji is a key element of Japanese culture. It was believed that people who have conquered the peak of this mountain will gain immortality. According to legend, smoke coming from the top was generated by the elixir of eternal life, burning in the vent of a volcano. In addition, the cultural image of the mountain different from real. So, two months a year on the surface Fuji – even at the top – there is no snow. Therefore, if you want admire the mountain, as it is depicted in paintings and engravings, not It’s worth going to Japan in the mid to late summer. Better in the fall when the top is covered with ice crust. Or spring to enjoy also blooming sakura.
Kirkufell is Iceland’s most photographed mountain. Therefore, if search the geotag of this country on Instagram, most likely you see dozens of pictures of this peak. And this is not surprising. Despite at a relatively small height, only 463 meters, Kirkufell different harsh, Nordic beauty.
This mountain, composed of dark rock, located in layers, and located in a green valley, it looks completely unrealistic. It literally embodies all that northern beauty, for which tourists and go to Iceland.
And to go here is in the fall. It was then on top Kirkewell can also see the northern lights! However, in the summer she also looks impressive – thanks to the proximity of the ocean and the large the number of mountain rivers with noisy waterfalls at the foot. One of them located at the very top. It is called Kirkjufellsfoss.
British publication The Telegraph named Alpine peak Matterhorn is the most beautiful mountain in the world. And this title is quite justified. The Matterhorn embodies with its appearance all the ideas about Pennine Alps.
You do not have to go to Matterhorn to see Switzerland. It’s enough to go to the nearest supermarket and buy there is a chocolate Toblerone. It is this mountain that is depicted on the packaging, and at the same time inspired the creator to design the tiles themselves.
Matterhorn – one of the most popular alpine mountains among climbers. Tens of thousands of people try to conquer her every year. impregnable top. The mountain is characterized by sharp, sharp slopes with dangerous ridges. Matterhorn is the last conquered peak Alps, as it literally inspires fear for climbers. First successful climb took place in 1865 – and it was them ended the “golden age of mountaineering.”
Today, the Matterhorn is a popular cultural symbol. Filmed here films. This mountain is depicted in paintings and sung in music. Peak can even be seen on the cover of Construction Time Again Depeche Mode groups. Matterhorn is depicted on commemorative coins. And in the Swiss city of Zermatt has a museum dedicated to history generation tops.
And there is another interesting fact. Swiss in 1993 astronaut Claude Nicole went into space as part of the mission STS-61 on the shuttle Endeavor. With him in flight, he took two stones from the top Matterhorn. Upon returning, one of them was returned to the mountain, and the second was sent to a museum in Zermatt.
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