Image: (Kilimanjaro view) eirasi
*Please note: as the seven highest peaks in the world are in the Himalayas, the article looks at the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Actual highest peaks are at the end of the article.
Only a select few have conquered the Seven Summits, a grueling challenge that involves climbing the highest peak of every continent. They’ve seen the spectacular mountain-top views firsthand, and now you get a chance to soak in the scenery too as we go on a whirlwind tour of images captured by these exceptional mountaineers. So join us as we travel from the highest of them all – Mt. Everest – to the Western Hemisphere and Europe, to warm climes in Australia, Indonesia and Africa, and to the coldest ends of the earth.
But first, an explanation: because of conflicting continental border definitions, there are actually two lists of the Seven Summits; the first was created by Richard Bass and the second revised by Reinhold Messner shortly after. Without question, six of the seven peaks on each list match, although one is disputed: Bass chose Mount Kosciuszko (2,228 m) as the highest peak in Australia whereas Messner decided on the more challenging Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 m) in Indonesia as the top of Australia-New Guinea.
In any case, bravo to the 229 people who have completed all seven on either list, and major kudos to the 81 who have summitted all eight!
Image: Se7en Summits
1. Everest (Asia): 8,848 m (29,029 ft)
We start with the tallest and perhaps the most famous of peaks in the world, Mt. Everest. It is located in the Himalayan range, which features the highest mountains in the world. This is a view from the camp at 8,300 m.
2. Aconcagua (South America): 6,962 m (22,841 ft)
Outside of Asia, Aconcagua wins the title of highest mountain. It is located just inside the Argentine border near Chile. Here, climbers look like ants on a hill, ascending alongside a cloud of swirling snow.