Amazing European mountains to climb? Whether an expert mountaineer or enthusiastic beginner, one always dreams about climbing the most difficult mountains of the world, like the magnificent and dangerous Anapurna in Nepal with its 8,091 meters in height, and the glorious K2 at the China-Pakistan border. However, no need to cross Asia to find amazing routes where expert climbers and beginners alike can improve their technique, experience extraordinary landscapes and live the best of mountains – Europe and the Alps have plenty to offer.
Amazing European mountains to climb? Let’s discover five beautiful examples of various difficulty. Ready to go? As always, don’t forget to wear adequate clothing and boots with crampons (among others) and to check conditions on MountaiNow before going out. And when you are out there, enjoy & share with Mountainow’s App!
Altitude: 2,185 m
The Keiseregg belongs to the Bernese Alps and it overtops the Schwarzee within the Canton of Fribourg. It is a mountain of medium difficulty and it is much appreciated by beginners. You can start the route form the Riggisalp lift station. The ascent last for at least four hours. Once you reach the peak, you are struck by the astonishing view of the valley, the Schwarzee Lake and the Bernese Oberland.
Tofana di Rozes
Altitude: 3,225 m
Tofana de Rozes is a rocky mountain belonging to a wider mountain range of three peaks. It is part of the Dolomites mountain range in north-eastern Italy. The peak is also known for its proximity to Cortina D’Ampezzo which is one of the most glamorous Italy’s mountain town. One popular side for climbing Tofana is its south face. The mountain astonishes climbers and mountain lovers from all over the world for its astonishing landscapes. You can also enjoy hiking via the Ferrata road.
Altitude: 3,967 m
The Eiger belongs to the Bernese Alps and can be reached via the Swiss towns of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunner. The first ascent of the Eiger was made by Swiss guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and Irishman Charles Barrington, who climbed the Eiger via the west flank & west ridge in 1858. This route is considered the easiest, although the Eiger is known for being one of the most dangerous European peaks to climb – via its north face. You must be an experienced climber if you want to climb the Eiger (even via the west ridge). To reach the bottom of the peak and enjoy the view, you can take the Jungfrau railway which is the highest railstation in Europe.
Altitude: 3,984 m
La Meije is a mountain in the Massif des Écrins range. It overlooks the nearby village of La Grave, a mountaineering centre and ski resort, well known for its touring skiing possibilities, and also dominates the view west of the Col du Lautaret. La Meije can be approached from two mountain huts: Refuge du Promontoire (3,082 metres, at the bottom of the steep south buttress of the peak, allowing access to routes on the south face of the mountain); and the refuge de l’Aigle (3,450 metres, situated at the top of the Tabuchet glacier, and allowing access to the north face, and to the summit ridge – partly exposed). The later route will take you to the “oriental” summit of the Meije, the easiest to climb.
Altitude: 4,478 m
The Matterhorn is called the Jewel of the Alps and it is one of the best known mountains of Europe. With its pyramid shape, the Matterhorn is perfect place for peace and nature lovers. it springs out close to the notorious Swiss town of Zermatt, between Italy and Switerland. The first ascent to the Matterhorn dates back to 1865 when Edward Whymper succeeded in reaching the peak after previous unfruitful attempts. One of the most popular and easy routes to the peak is the Hörnligrat, which starts from Zermatt through the Hörnli Hut. The Matterhorn can be busy in the summer – and a not-so-easy climb – the mountain is very exposed and part of the ascent can be very challenging for no expert climbers. However, a prime choice among amazing European mountains to climb…