Anatoli Boukreev climbed 10 of the 14 eight-thousander peaks without supplemental oxygen. He said, “mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion… I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment… my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn.” I could not express my reverence and love for the mountains better than him.
There is something unexplainable which pulls us towards high mountains. From the dawn of civilization, they have been a symbol of something far bigger than us – a higher place of awareness. Climbing the mountains is more than a metaphor, it is a journey of self-discovery.
We are so blessed to be on this incredible planet filled with breathtaking mountains. Let us see how many of those iconic peaks can you identify. Of course, you know the featured photo is the mighty Mt. Everest!
The ancient dwellers used to call this mountain "Chaltén", which means “smoking mountain”, due the clouds that rest on its summit almost constantly.
It was the playground of Sir Edmund Hillary and it's name translates to "cloud piercer".
It is has the highest fatality rate amongst the eight-thousanders, and pride itself being "the killer peak".
It is third highest of the Seven Summits — the highest mountains on each of the seven continents
It is the highest free standing mountain in the world.
Until 1852, it was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world.
An active volcano - don't think you need a hint for this one.
The iconic peak and perhaps most photographed peak in the world.
It is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
One of the most beautiful peaks in the world.
How many of those majestic peaks were you able to name?