The Top 19 Mountains You Have to Conquer in Your Lifetime

A few weeks ago my aunt arrived home, recounting her trip up Machu Picchu. The experience sounded grueling. Altitude sickness forced people off the trip. The trails were narrow and steep. There was nothing between you and a 90-degree drop off. Every step of the permanently upward journey hurt both your legs and your lungs. It was both a physically and mentally demanding trip. I asked her if she’d do it again.

“In a heartbeat,” she said.

It’s satisfying to achieve goals. When that goal is climbing a mountain, the reward is indescribable. Not only can you look back and see what you’ve accomplished, you can look out and see the world from a completely different perspective.

If you enjoy climbing or hiking, you have to check these mountains out.

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Grand Teton, USA (Hard)

The highest peak of the Teton Range, Grand Teton is a breathtaking mountain overlooking the plains of Wyoming. It has the most routes listed of any peak, but they all require a large amount of technical climbing.