Trekking near Everest Base Camp (Dreamstime)
List Words : Wanderlust team | 14 June

Scale new heights: 7 exhilarating mountain adventures for you to conquer

Spectacular mountains, remote villages and challenging peaks – these high altitude adventures around the world will, quite literally, take your breath away.

1: Conquer Nepal’s highest trekking peak

Climbing Mera Peak (Dreamstime)

Climbing Mera Peak (Dreamstime)

You'll be rewarded with amazing views of five of the world’s six highest mountains on this tough expedition through the sparsely inhabited Hinku Valley with Exodus.

Your 16-day trip will culminate with an ascent of Mera Peak, at 6,461 the highest trekking peak in Nepal. Wearing crampons, and ice axe in hand, you’ll reach the summit where the Himalaya’s most majestic mountains stand before you. All your hard work has been justly rewarded.

Who: Exodus

When: 24 Sep 2017

How long: 10 days

How much: £2,439 (exc. flights)

2: Discover the hidden peaks of the French Hautes-Alpes

Monte Viso seen from the Hautes-Alpes (Dreamstime)

Monte Viso seen from the Hautes-Alpes (Dreamstime)

Discover some of Europe’s most beautiful hidden corners on this 6-day Alpine trek through the French Hautes-Alpes with KE Adventure Travel.

Based loosely on the Tour of Queyras circuit, you’ll hike from a succession of refuges and gites, climbing roughly 1,000 metres a day, before conquering rocky summits such as Rocca Bianca (3059m), Pain du Sucre (3208m) and Grand Glaiza (3293m). The views are spectacular,  and so are your hiking companions – a succession of marmots, chamois and golden eagles.

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: 20 Aug & 10 Sep 2017

How long: 7 days

How much: From £895

3: A different way to conquer Kili

Trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro (Dreamstime)

Trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro (Dreamstime)

See a different side of Mount Kilimanjaro and avoid the crowds on this summit climb following the lightly-used Lemosho route with Absolute Africa.

Regarded by many as the most beautiful route, the Lemosho trail retains a rare sense of unspoilt wilderness. Ascending from the west, you’ll have vast swathes of forest and moorland to yourself, before crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The eight-day itinerary also gives you plenty of time to acclimatization before your final ascent to the top. 

Who: Absolute Africa

When: Flexible dates throughout 2017

How long: 8 days

How much: From £1,580

4: Climb South America’s highest peak

Trekking towards Aconcagua (Dreamstime)

Trekking towards Aconcagua (Dreamstime)

Tick off South America on your ‘7 Summits’ list on this 20-day trek to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina with KE Adventure Travel.

Lying on the border between Chile and Argentina, Aconcagua is the highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere and the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya. Although the mountain is high (6962 m), the ascent is relatively straightforward, with lots of acclimatization to maximise your chances of reaching the top. You’ll also be able to celebrate your success in beautiful wine growing Cuyo region.

Who: KE Adventure Travel

When: 18, 27 Nov & 5, 12, 18, 22 & 28 Dec

How long: 20 days

How much: From £3,995 (exc. flights)

5: Learn to climb as you conquer Mount Cook

Mount Cook. Tougher than it looks. (Dreamstime)

Mount Cook. Tougher than it looks. (Dreamstime)

Learn and consolidate Alpine climbing skills as you tackle one of the world’s most challenging mountains on this 18-day training/ascent of Mount Cook with World Expeditions.

Known locally as Aoraki, Mount Cook is regarded as a mountaineer’s mountain. It was here that Sir Edmund Hillary trained to conquer Everest. The terrain is technical without the challenge of high altitude. After completing an intensive a 10-day Alpine Climbing Course you will test and consolidate these skills as you make your way to the top of the highest peak in New Zealand and the staggering view of the surrounding Alps.

Who: World Expeditions

When: Flexible dates through 2017

How long: 18 days

How much: From £4,990

6: Tackle Toubkal and the High Atlas Mountains

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Group climbing Toubkal (Dreamstime)

Trek through the High Atlas Mountains and conquer the highest peak in North Africa on this 7-day Mount Toubkal climb with Exodus.

Hiking through remote villages and terraced fields, you’ll gain an intimate insight into the life of the local Berber people, experiencing extraordinary hospitaility and unforgettable meals. After a not-too-strenuous ascent of Mt Toubkal you’ll return to the colourful imperial city of Marrakech and a well-earned massage at one of the local hammams.

Who: Exodus

When: 2, 16 Jul, 13 Aug & 3, 10, 17 29 Sep

How long: 7 days

How much: From £419 (exc. flights)

7: Take the tough route to Everest Base Camp

Climber returning from Island Peak (Dreamstime)

Climber returning from Island Peak (Dreamstime)

Follow the expedition route to Everest Base Camp amd ascend some of the highest peaks along the way on this 20-day Himalayan trek with Exodus.

This very challenging trek takes you into the heart of the Khumbu, crossing high passes and ascending spectacular viewpoints. Experience of walking roped-up, using ice axe, crampons, jumar and abseil device is essential, but the rewards are great. You’ll ascend Kala Pattar (5,545m) and cross Kongma La Pass (5,535m) before reaching the base of Island Peak (6,189m). Are you up for the challenge? 

Who: Exodus

When: 5, 26 Oct 2017

How long: 20 days

How much: From £2,279 (exc. flights)

Main image: Walking the Everest Base Camp Trek (Dreamstime)