5 High Mountains that Almost Anyone Can Conquer

5 High Mountains that Almost Anyone Can Conquer

No need to be a pro climber or seasoned hiker to conquer these magnificent mountains.

Let me be straight with you. When I say that these are the mountains that “almost anyone” can climb, I pretty much mean those who have the real desire to do so. You don’t need to be a professional climber or seasoned hiker; there are several magnificent mountains that anyone can simply walk up. Perhaps not in one day, but given enough time, it’s well possible.

However, if the idea of persistence and a sizeable fitness level are foreign to you, then perhaps you’re not included. Let’s check out the five highest mountains that you can conquer – if you want to, that is.

Mount Fuji

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Fuji san, as the Japanese refer to it, is one of the major icons in the country. Just about everyone has heard of it. You might have even been there before, as the mountain is accessible by car and other means of transport. However, the dreamy sea of clouds on the top of Fuji san is even more magical for those who make it up there without motorised help.

Mount Fuji’s summit, at the height of 3776 metres, is easiest reached in the summer months, and it is very much accessible for everyone. Starting from the 5th station on the mountain, one can reach the top with an eight-hour climb through damp forests. Although there is no need for a guide, one should take all the necessary safety precautions.

Machu Picchu

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Famously rediscovered in 1911, the Inca city of Machu Picchu had been sleeping for over four centuries. Nowadays, it is possible again to hike the traditional Inca trail to the very top. Visitors aren’t allowed to wander off the official trails of this UNESCO World Heritage Site area, and most routes require hikers to be supervised by tour operators. However, I have met travellers that have (illegally) made it to the top all by themselves.

The hike up to Machu Picchu is fairly easy, but it’s advisable to prepare accordingly. Proper hiking gear is a must, as the many steps along the way are often wet and slippery. Reaching the top before sunrise is an incredible spectacle, especially when eating your breakfast next to a lama as the sun rises over the surrounding peaks. Some consider it an once-in-a-lifetime trip. I tend to agree.

Mount Sinai

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Mount Sinai is perhaps the most spiritual mountain in the world. According to Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, it was here that Moses received the Ten Commandments. Till today, Mount Sinai remains a popular destination for hikers in the Middle East.

Reaching 2285 metres in Egyptian sky, Mount Sinai can be considered a relatively small mountain. However, the rocky formation and remote location make the hike up to the top a very rewarding journey. Along the way, you will discover the Greek Monastery of St. Catherine, one of the oldest running monasteries in the world that was founded in the 6th century. Witnessing a sunrise from the summit is believed to be one of the most spiritually enriching experiences one can have.

Be aware that the region at times be unstable due to political and religious conflicts. Before making the journey to Mount Sinai, do check if there are any travel advisories issued.

Also read: 10 Mountains in Southeast Asia with the Most Incredible Views

Table Mountain

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Towering over Cape Town, South Africa’s capital, Table Mountain seems much higher than it actually is. Surrounded by the city on one side and sand dunes on the other, Table Mountain appears very impressive when looking upon it from the shores of Cape Town. In reality, the summit is only 1084 metres high and can be reached by a short 3 hour hike. Although the journey is a very manageable day trip, one should prepare accordingly as the hike to the top passes through an isolated area.

Along the way, hikers can discover over 2000 different and protected plants. The plateau of the mountain is truly magical, no matter under which weather condition. On clear days, gaze down at the city and far out to the horizon, and on cloudy days, witness Cape Town being shrouded by a sea of clouds.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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Africa’s highest mountain is located in Tanzania, towering at 5895 metres. This volcanic mountain is perhaps the most difficult on the list, but not impossible with a little training. It should be mentioned that not everybody reaches the summit – should you start showing any signs of mountain sickness, one of the local guides will immediately return with you to the foot of the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in a national park, which means you are not allowed to go up by yourself, and this is rightly so. There are many travel operators that can help you and prepare you properly for the trip. Depending on your condition and experience, you can choose to make a six-day or seven-day trip. I would definitely recommend making it a full week, as you will run a much lower risk of getting mountain sickness.

There are several base camps along the way, which make your hike much easier. In any case, the reward is magical. Having reached the summit of the mountain on a clear day, you will see as far as Kenya.

Also Read: 10 Hiking Tips to Always Keep in Mind

Any other mountains to add to this list? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Peter Schimke
Peter Schimke

Peter is a freelance writer and author of the novel ‘Beyond Blue’. He has travelled extensively over the past decade and for some reason ends up where there are no tourists to be found. Cocktail bars, bookstores and skate parks are the places you might run into him. He currently calls Singapore his home, as he his banned from Shinjuku, Tokyo (after publishing his book).


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