It is undeniable that climbing mountains are an activity that can make someone eliminate fatigue.
Like Indonesia, a country that is awarded many locations for climbing, almost every large island in Indonesia has towering mountains.
But for addicts to wild activities, the mountains outside Indonesia will make the story more complete and varied. Especially those that have different terrain from the mountains in Indonesia.
Here are some countries that must be visited to vent their desire to climb mountains, as quoted by Zilado.
1) New Zealand
Having more than 500 hiking trails, New Zealand is known as a country rich in natural scenery.
The southern island of New Zealand is divided by the Southern Alps, the place where Edmund Hilary honed his climbing ability before going along Mount Everest in 1953.
2) South Africa
In addition to Kilimanjaro and Meru, the African Continent offers several hiking routes that are not less interesting in the south. Tracks such as the Otter Trail, Amathole Trail, and Giant’s Cup Trail can be followed when visiting South Africa.
Kruger National Park is also an iconic symbol of African climbers with an area of up to two million hectares.
Wild animals such as lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos can be found in Krueger National Park. One thing that must be considered is still to go with the park officials for security.
Torres del Paine National Park makes Chile a country that must be visited by climbers.
Natural beauties such as giant white ice glaciers, lakes with sapphire green water, and the Las Torres granite towers are plastered along the hiking trail.
Mount Aconcagua, located in Argentina and the Chilean border, is the second-highest of the seven highest mountains in the world. But this mountain is more suitable for professional climbers than amateurs.
It is no secret that Nepal is a must destination for climbers. Nepal is like a home from the Himalayas, where the highest mountains in the world, such as Everest and Kangchenjunga, are located.
This country seems specially designed for climbers. In addition to routes that are already famous for their beauty and difficulty in climbing like Annapurna, Everest, and Manaslu.
There is also a Mustang Trek that circles the Tibetan and Indian trade routes. This trail was opened to climbers in 1992.
Switzerland was born as a modern country that makes it easy for hikers to navigate their journeys.
This country stands like a paradise for climbers with a beautiful stretch of mountains ready to climb in summer and the best snowboarding and skiing routes in the world in winter.
Facilities and technology such as mountain trains that carry climbers to specific points, luxury hotels that replace traditional camps to small towns that are comfortable to visit in between climbing.
However, all these conveniences did not change the image of the slopes around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Eiger, which had ended the journey of about 64 climbers since 1935. This earned him the nickname “Mordwand” or “killer wall.”
Norway is touted as the best country in Europe to climb. Not to mention, anyone can freely camp in this country as long as they are within a radius of 150 meters from the building.
Hiking trails such as Besseggen and Galdhopiggen in Jotunheimen, Gaustatoppen, and the Trollheimen triangle are the best choices for climbing when visiting Norway.
The sensation of climbing in cold climates will be felt when the giant glaciers and snowy mountain peaks are seen.
Lapland, the last wilderness in Europe, which resides in Sweden, has one of the best long-distance hiking trails in Europe, namely Kungsleden through Sarek National Park.
A high level of adventurous spirit is needed when climbing this track, given the absence of paths, cabins, and facilities that can facilitate climbing on this path.
In parts of central Sweden, such as Dalarna province, there are other relatively cool hiking trails such as Skaneleden, which is a 100 km long trail through rural Skane.
The Himalayas are indeed full of charm with high mountains and spectacular views. On the other hand, there are various mysterious areas on the roof of the world.
The following are the ones we quoted from the Times of India.
Also known as the City of Immortals, Gyanganj is believed to be located in a remote place in the Himalayan canyon that is not accessible to most people. Some attempts by climbers to find the exact location always lead to failure.
Buddhists, especially in Tibet and India, believe that Gyanganj is not just a place but a higher dimension. Appropriate souls can only reach their location, and those who live there will be eternal. Some spiritual leaders claim to have visited it.
2) Lake Roopkund
Located in one of the most beautiful trekking spots in the Uttarakhand region, the Roopkund Lake, at an altitude of about 5,000 meters, holds about 800 human skeletons. There is no satisfactory explanation of why there are so many people dying massively in that remote area.
Local myths call them the king and his pregnant wife, Rani Balampa, along with servants and dancers, who make a pilgrimage to the temple of the goddess Nanda Devi. But Nanda Devi felt disturbed, and a storm came, and a large rock fell, so they all died.
3) Gangkhar Puensum
Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in the world that has never been climbed. Located in Bhutan, this mountain has been measured repeatedly for its height, but the figure is always said to be different.
Bhutanese believe Gangkhar Puensum is home to mystical creatures such as the yeti and also the gods. Some attempts to climb there reportedly always fail so that the mysterious aura continues to be maintained. Some people reported hearing mysterious sounds and lights and certain apparitions.
4) Tiger Nest Monastery
The Tiger Nest Monastery is located on the steep side of a cliff in the country of Bhutan. Here, there is a cave that is believed to be a place of meditation for Padmasambhawa’s Master for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks 3 days, and 3 hours.
He is said to fly to this place from Tibet on a tiger. The place is so high even for today’s size, making many people admire how people in the past built it.
5) Lake Gurudongmar
Lake Gurudongmar is located at a height, on the mountainside of Kanchengyao. Now, if you visit this lake, even in winter, it is likely that tourists will find a small part of the lake that does not freeze, also though the surroundings are ice.
Local people believe that the saints once upon a time touched the spot and kept the water liquid, never frozen. The reason is to facilitate the lives of people who live around there to avoid drought.
Not complete in 2019, the number of mountain climbers who died on the slopes of Mount Everest or the Himalayas reached 11 people. This figure is the highest. They died because they have no experience climbing Mount Himalayas.
The event invited criticism for leaving the Himalayas packed with visitors. Nine of the deaths occurred on the mountainside of the Nepal region after the government issued a record 381 climbing permits for the 2019 season.
According to BBC, Nepal may overhaul its entire strategy regarding tourism related to Mount Everest. A panel of Nepali officials and members of the mountain climbing community reportedly produced a proposal. They are trying to prevent inexperienced climbers from climbing the Himalayas.
Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation will not allow climbing to the summit of the Himalayas until they are told they have been able to conquer the Himalayan slopes as high as 6,500 meters.
Then, they may climb again to reach the top of the Himalayas. To prevent overcrowded hiking routes and beginner climbers enliven the climb, the Nepalese government requires prospective mountain climbers to pay a fee of the US $ 35,000.
They must also submit “physical fitness certificates,” and hire “experienced guides” to make their Everest peak dreams come true. At present, the cost to climb Mount Everest is the US $ 11,000.
Last June 11, owners and representatives of commercial climbing companies who guide mountaineers Everest, as well as four climbing experts, criticized the Nepalese government, for creating an environment that allowed the climbing business to go bankrupt, for commercializing the Himalayas to inexperienced adventurers.
Nepal’s economy is highly dependent on tourism, which generates the US $ 300 million in revenue every year. In 2018, Nepal was one of the poorest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of US $ 918.
Earlier, the Nepal tourism board told the Associated Press that they did not plan to limit the number of Mount Everest climbing permits. By increasing the cost of mountain climbing and strengthening the requirements for permit applicants, the country can still effectively ban naive climbers and operators from the slopes of Mount Everest.
Mount Everest is one of the mountains included in the Seven Summit of the World and is a favorite for climbers who crave the roof of the world. Behind the beauty of the landscape, Everest also has interesting facts that are rarely known. Most people only know that Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Here are unique facts about Mount Everest.
1) Have Many Names
Nepalis call this mountain “Sagarmatha,” which means the peak of heaven. Unlike the Tibetan climber who knows him as “Chomolungma,” which means mountain goddess. While the name “Everest” itself comes from the name of a British researcher, Sir George Everest.
2) Age of Everest
Mount Everest is said to start growing around 60 million years ago. But the limestone and sandstone found on the summit of Everest are known to have been part of an underwater sedimentary layer some 450 million years ago.
3) Always Increasing Every Year
Mount Everest continues to grow about 4 mm every year. This happened because, at first, the Indian subcontinent was a land separated from the Asian Continent. But due to the movement of the Earth’s plates, the Indian Continent collided with the Asian Continent. It eventually formed the Himalayas, which in turn pushed the surrounding mountains even higher.
4) It Is Not The Highest Mountain
Mount Everest has an altitude of around 8,848 meters measured above sea level. When measured from below sea level, this mountain is no longer the highest. The title of the highest mountain in the world, if measured in total from under the sea, falls to the active volcano in Hawaii, namely Mauna Kea, which has a height of 10,200 meters.
Many researchers revealed that Mount Everest was once a seabed that was continually pushed up due to the movement of the Earth’s plates. This is evident from an adventurer named Noel Odell, who discovered fossils of marine animals on the rocks of Everest in 1924.
6) The Highest “Grave”
Climbing on Mount Everest is a very risky climb because of the heavy terrain plus thin oxygen and extreme weather. This made many climbers difficult and eventually died. Because of the difficult terrain that must be taken for evacuation, most of the bodies were left alone.
7) Endemic Animals
Not all animals can live in extreme weather like on Mount Everest. But it turns out in such weather there are still animals that live. There are spiders with a type of Himalayan Jumping Spider who are in crevices of rocks that can live up to a height of 6700 meters. In addition to spiders, there are several species of birds and also several types of grasshoppers.
8) Pile of Rubbish
Many climbers climb the summit of Everest but also don’t understand the importance of environmental hygiene and health in the places they go to. This is because many climbers carry a lot of trash. In the climbing season, the garbage can be estimated to reach more than 50 tons. As a result of this, the local government issued a regulation that every climber who finished climbing was required to bring back the garbage that they brought at least 8 kg.