However only 11 of them can be reached in the lower 48. The list includes Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington and the infamous Denali that is the highest mountain in North America. Certain Hardest Mountains to Climb have cliffs that are impassable and others are dangerous due to avalanches or rock falls.
The Himalayas are also home to some of the world’s most challenging mountain ranges. The Dhaulagiri in the Himalayas is one of them, the highest peak in the world with a height of 26,795 feet. The famous Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn are also worth mentioning as are the Ice fields of Alaska and British Columbia.
Kanchenjunga is one the most difficult peaks of Asia. It has steep sides and sections that are vulnerable to avalanches. The Eiger is the highest mountain in the world, and it towers over Scheidegg village in the Bernese Alps, is another prominent mountain. The mountain’s northern face is a huge limestone cliff that is more than 1800 meters in height.
Hundreds of mountains in the world are hard to climb. Different mountain routes make mountains more difficult and easier to climb and the altitude is a factor that can determine. The most difficult mountains in the world are a challenge to conquer for many climbers. The list includes mountains on all continents, Antarctica included.
The second-highest mountain in the world, K2, is difficult for climbers. Its notorious “Bottleneck” section is comprised of glacial ice and massive seracs. Climbers must pay close attention to weather conditions on the mountain, as the temperature is constantly changing and there are frequent avalanches.
Another mountain that has very technical demands is the Eiger’s northern facing, which is also known as Murder Wall. Since 1938 64 climbers have perished on the mountain. With global warming, the mountain is also being threatened by changes in the environment. Interlaken has another mountain worth climbing, Cerro Torre, which is a formidable sharp spire of the Patagonian Ice Field.
K2, at a high elevation of 28251 feet is the second-most difficult mountain. To reach the top climbers must negotiate a complex glacier. Climbers must be ready for the weather on K2 and be wary of altitude sickness. In fact, one out of every four climbers will collapse. K2 is often classified as a “Savage Mountain.” A documentary on the climb shows the efforts of a group to summit K2 with no oxygen.
Kangchenjunga is the third most dangerous mountain, with a fatality rate 20 percent. Although climbing the mountain is now more secure however, the death rate is still high. It is believed that the rakshasa, a man-eating demon, lives on this mountain. It is believed that only 187 people have reached the summit of this mountain.
Mount Everest is the most difficult mountain in the world. Its high altitude and unpredictable weather conditions can be deadly. Climbers can become ill from altitude sickness, pulmonary embolism, or even cerebral hemorhage.