The sport of mountain climbing was born in 1760, when a young Genevese scientist, Horace-Benedict de Saussure, offered prize money for the first person to reach the summit of Mount Blanc, Europe’s tallest peak.

But long before that time humans have been climbing mountains for the challenge it poses. Or “because it’s there” as English mountaineer George Mallory famously replied when he was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. A few months later he disappeared on the way to the summit.

Some of the mountains on this list still provide a great challenge for the professional mountaineer. Others can be visited more easily by foot or cableway. But all of them can be appreciated from a safe distance providing magnificent vistas and spectacular scenery.

Cherry blossoms and Mt Fuji in Japan

Chocolate Hills, China

Lena Pillars, Yakutia, Russia

Railway in the Swiss Alps

Majestic Altai Mountains, Russia

Descent on Mount Rainier, USA

Meditation Retreats. Shlegeysspayher, Austria

Hanging on the edge of a cliff in the Alps, Switzerland

Hot air balloon ride over Yangshuo, China

Mountain lion, Sri Lanka

Buffer zone “Jurassic Coast”, England

Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

Dolomites, Italy

Sunset in the mountains, Egypt

Rise to the top

One of the highest mountain Nanga Parbat, Pakistan

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Travel through the mountains, Argentina

Windmills in the mountains of Spain

Surreal mountains of Colorado, USA

Mighty Elbrus, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia

Walking tour through New Zealand

On the border of Switzerland

The trail trolls, Norway

The highest point of Siberia – Belukha, Russia

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