Top 10: Most Challenging Mountains to Climb in the World

Mountaineers around the world are climbing on the highest mountains in the world. Climbing on these highest mountains is not an easy task. And there are some mountains in the world that are deadly. Some mountains are regarded as near impossible to conquer. Many people have died attempting to climb these deadly monsters. So, which are the most challenging mountains to climb in the world? Here we go…

1. Annapurna

The Annapurna peaks are among the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb. It has a staggering fatality-to-summit ratio of 38%. This fatality-to-summit ratio is the highest of any of the high mountains. A number of these deaths were due to avalanches and the ascent via the south face which is considered to be the most difficult of all climbs.

2. K2

K2 one of the most challenging mountains in the world to climb. It is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent. It has the second-highest fatality rate among the high mountains. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. It is more hazardous to reach K2 from the Chinese side.

3. Kangchenjunga

Kangchenjunga is also considered among the toughest mountains to climb. In recent history, using figures from only 1990 and after, Kangchenjunga has a higher fatality rate than any other high mountains in the world. The death rate in in this mountain stands at 22% of all attempts. This is a reflection of the danger posed by the unpredictable weather, ice, and avalanches.

4. Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat is considered among the hardest climb in the world. This mountain is nicknamed as the Man Eater. It has seen death of approximately 5.5% of all the climbers who have attempted it. Nanga Parbat is challenging to climb because of the south face, which at 15,000 feet is the highest mountain face in the world. It claimed 31 lives before it was conquered for the first time in 1953.

5. The Eiger

The Eiger is another challenging mountain to climb. The north face of this peak is an objective legendary among mountaineers for its danger and is christened the Mordwand, or Murder Wall.  The north face of the Eiger continues to challenge climbers of all abilities with both its technical difficulties and the heavy rockfall that rakes the face.

6. The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is one of the most dangerous peaks in the Swiss Alps. The peak is prone to avalanches and rockfalls, making it extremely hazardous. In addition to constant threat of potential avalanches and rockfalls, the paths get overcrowded in this peak making it one of the fearsome mountains to climb. The result is obvious as the Matterhorn has seen a total of 500 deaths between 1865 and 1995.

7. Baintha Brakk

Baintha Brakk, also known as the Ogre, is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world. It is so difficult to climb that it took 24 years between the first ascent in 1977 and the second ascent in 2001. The combination of a steep, craggy granite tower and high altitude make the climb so difficult. Only the world’s highest level mountaineers have any chance of making it to the peak.

8. Mt. Vinson

Mt. Vinson’s isolation, combined with the extreme cold and unpredictable weather of Antarctica, even in the summer, makes it a very difficult mountain to climb. Even a small accident here could be disastrous. However, the availability of professionally guided ascents in recent years have made Mt. Vinson much more accessible to climbers.

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