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7 Summits for 2017

Need a New Year’s Resolution that you will want to keep? Forget boring resolutions about what you’ll quit or lose, here’s a New Year’s Resolution you’ll actually enjoy sticking to: summiting a mountain. From splendidly isolated peaks to iconic volcanic summits, there really is a mountain for everyone. Climb one, and chances are it won’t be your last. Wherever you walk, the sense that the world is opening itself up to you step by step is one of the most liberating and uplifting experience we can imagine. But if you want to talk uplifting – well, the only way is up.

Mount Guajara

Guajara mountain (2715 m), Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary islands, Spain Guajara mountain (2715 m), Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary islands, Spain

 

Where? Tenerife
Level: Beginner
Max Altitude: 2715m
Avg Altitude: 500m
Take me there: Natural Tenerife

Best for winter sun, this simple summit is a great place to start. Escape the biting British chill and you could be in sunny Tenerife walking in shorts and t-shirts before you know it.

Mount Etna

Etna's volcanic craters, Sicily Etna's volcanic craters, Sicily

 

Where? Sicily
Level: Beginner 
Max Altitude: 3350m
Avg Altitude: 800m
Take me there: Sicilian Volcanoes

Best for volcanic landscapes; you’ll be hard pressed to beat Sicily for dramatic black lava flows and beautiful, but otherworldly trekking vistas.

Mount Toubkal

 the view from the summit of Toubkal The goal: the view from the summit of Toubkal, High Atlas, Morocco

 

Where? Morocco
Level: Intermediate
Max Altitude: 4167m
Avg Altitude: 2600m
Take me there: Mount Toubkal Climb, Mount Toubkal Long Weekend, Mount Toubkal Winter Climb

Best for those short of time, this popular peak can be conquered in just a long weekend – or, if there’s no rush, the surrounding High Atlas offer miles and miles of pink and orange routes to enjoy.

Mount Triglav

View from Mount Triglav, Julian Alps, Slovenia View from Mount Triglav, highest point in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

 

Where? Slovenia
Level: Intermediate
Max Altitude: 2846m
Avg Altitude: 2000m
Take me there: Mount Triglav Weekend, Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse

Best for thrill seekers with a head for heights, this dramatic mountain is in the heart of the moonlike peaks of the vastly underrated Julian Alps. Snake along a vertiginous ridge towards summit glory, aided with a few ropes.

Kilimanjaro

Summit shot on Kilimanjaro Summit shot on Kilimanjaro

 

Where? Tanzania
Level: Intermediate
Max Altitude: 5895m
Avg Altitude: 4000m
Take me there: Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route, Kilimanjaro Climb - Rongai Route, Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route & Safari

Best for seeing the curvature of the Earth, a suitably spectacular reward for your efforts. There are several routes to the top – we offer two of the quietest, and most beautiful.

Stok Kangri

The view from Stok Kangri The view from Stok Kangri

 

Where? India
Level: Experienced
Max Altitude: 6153m
Avg Altitude: 4000m
Take me there: Ladakh: Stok Kangri Climb

Best for gaining high altitude experience, Stok Kangri is many people’s first 6000m peak – giving this summit an aura of romance and nostalgia for many trekkers.

Island Peak

On the way up Island Peak, Nepal On the way up Island Peak, Nepal

 

Where? Nepal
Level: Experienced
Max Altitude: 6189m
Avg Altitude: 3680m
Take me there: Island Peak & Everest Base Camp

Best for epic views right across the Himalaya, this is a summit not for the faint hearted. The summit itself is a roped ascent through deep snow, surrounded by a sea of jagged dramatic peaks in the heart of the Khumbu.

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