5 Climbs To The Top Of The World!
Feeling that you’re on top of the world is a known saying, but how would you feel if you actually were on top of the world? Your usual holidays can become boring once you’ve starting doing the same leisure activities over and over again, so why not try out something new? If you’re the adventurous type, and one that’s not afraid of heights, let’s start spicing up your holiday agenda by climbing some of the most beautiful mountains and buildings that the world has to offer!
Mother Nature definitely works in mysterious ways, and our home has enough evidence to prove it. From amazing desserts to beautiful beaches and tropical forests, to volcanoes and mysterious caves, we’re lucky enough to say our Earth has it all! But what about mountains, and the tallest building in the world? Have you ever considered making some of the tallest points on our planet you’re next goal? If you haven’t, it’s time you gear up and get your mountain boots on as we take the breathtaking climb to 5 amazing places that will leave your heart pounding in excitement, and a little bit out of breath!
One of the highest peaks in South East Asia is Mount Kinabalu. Located on the island of Borneo, in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, this amazing mountain stands at 4095.2m, that’s 13,435 feet above sea level! Mount Kinabalu is Malaysia’s first ever Unesco world heritage site, and is truly a climb worth the trek. Now open to the public, adventurous people can book the climb up to the very top with some amazing accredited guides. One of the great things about climbing Mount Kinabalu is there’s no particular age limit. Obviously one must be fit and in good health, however kids as young as 7 are allowed to make this magnificent journey, while anyone up to the age of 80 is also allowed to make this amazing trek too.
Situated at Kinabalu National Park, climbers can avail of various packages and climbing fees are reasonable. Various permits are required, and though suitable accommodation is available, one is expected to book and organise all their requirements and accommodation beforehand. Climbing Mount Kinabalu is definitely a goal to set, with 5,000 to 6,000 different plant species surrounding you up on your trek, you’ll be amazed with the breathtaking views, beautiful nature, and of course the triumph of reaching the top!
Not all amazing climbs are down to Mother Nature’s hard work, some we’ve got to take our hats off to our fellow men. Proudly standing as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is another climb everyone most make in their life time. Not everyone is up for trekking mountains and going off into the wilderness, so how about sticking to something a bit more ‘low key’ yet technically, the highest our buildings have to offer?!
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai hasn’t been with us that long as it was only opened to the public on January 4th 2010! After only 6 years of construction, this amazing 829.8 m. Skyscraper that is situated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is made up of 30,000 homes, and 9 luxurious hotels, making your goal of reaching the top of this magnificent building rather easy! Business offices and stores are also present at the Burj Khalifa, however one of the main attractions, and the best place for you climbers is at the observation desk which is named ‘At The Top.’ Opening a day after the buildings official opening, ‘At The Top’ was the highest observation desk in the world at the time of its opening, and is the second highest in the world at present. Here you can enjoy outstanding views of Dubai from the 124th floor, while ‘Tellscope’ electronic telescopes allow you to get a closer and clearer look below and afar. So what are you waiting for? It’s an easy climb what with the help of an elevator, but hey! You’ll be in the tallest building in the world, watching over some of the most amazing views you’ll ever see in your lifetime, and the best part? You won’t even get out of breath!
Let’s fly out to Sri Lanka to meet Adams Peak! Also known as the ‘Butterfly Mountain,’ Adams Peak proudly stands at 2, 243m in central Sri Lanka. Famously known for the ‘Sri Pada’ or ‘Sacred Footprint,’ a rock formation that Buddhist traditions say is the footprint of the Buddha, this amazing mountain is definitely a breathtaking place one most visit. Shaped like a pyramid, you’ll be surprised to see how pointy this mountain actually is. Adams Peak is also considered as a holy mountain with different religions believing that the said sacred footprint belonged to their different Gods, or important people. Buddhists identified the footprint as Buddha’s, while Hindu’s believed it was Shiva’s. Muslims and Christians also believed that the footprint belonged to Adam as he was making his first step into the world after being exiled from the Garden of Eden, while the Portuguese later on attributed the famous footprint rock as St. Thomas, the Apostle.
You can also climb this amazingly famous holy mountain, and you yourself can experience being a part of various religions history. Though the climb up with professional guides starts at night, you’ll be happy to know that you should make it to the top in time for a breathtaking sunrise. Don’t forget to stop and take a look at the famous footprint, and maybe you can contribute in giving your own idea on what you really think the story behind the ‘Sri Pada’ is!
The Jungfrauch or the ‘Top of Europe’ is located in Switzerland and is the ultimate highlight to your Swiss trip! Standing at 3,466 meters or 11,371 ft above sea level in the Bernese Alps, this beautiful mountain is an icy yet breathtaking climb. This amazing journey gives visitors the access to a high-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock, which can be admired from viewing platforms on the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. If you’re thinking of making this incredible journey, you’ll be happy to know that your ‘climb’ isn’t as hard as you first thought. A railway trip is available to Jungfrauch, and is definitely a journey you wouldn’t want to miss out on! On your trip you’ll experience a ride though the Eiger and the Mönch, two beautiful breathtaking places that offer amazing views!
Not only can you enjoy wonderful sceneries, but you’ll also have the chance to dine at the ‘Top of Europe.’ A restaurant is available all year round, and top of the class Swiss cuisines will surely satisfy your every craving. Accommodation is also available at the this amazing mountain, so if you feel like waking up 3,650 meters above sea level, then you know exactly where your next stop should be!
Home to Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro and its three volcanic cones Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira” are an amazing volcano in Tanzania, and the highest mountain in Africa! Not only is it the tallest mountain in Africa, but Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Risen approximately 4,877 metres from its base to 5,895 metres above sea level, here you can enjoy easy access to this incredible climb as Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits. Though climbing a volcano and mountain may sound like hard work, surprisingly most climbers can reach the top with nothing but a walking stick! Although proper clothing, a lot of will power and determination is also needed, with a little help and the guidance of some of Tanzania’s best tour guides, you’ll make it to the top before you know it.
Not only is this amazing climb an exciting and rewarding trip, but it’s also open to most people with no particular age limit. Though with any hike, and especially when climbing up a mountain, people are advised that they must be in good health, according to Mount Kilimanjaro’s website even people in wheelchairs have made the climb! All climbs differ from one another, and though this specific mountain climb is classified as ‘easy,’ one must remember that everyone’s ability is different. However, don’t let that stop you from reaching your goals! All climbers have to start somewhere, and with a little bit of determination and the will to climb, you’ll be receiving your congratulations certificate for making it to the top with a blink of an eye!
So what are you waiting for? Let’s start the climb! These magnificent places are truly worth the aches and pains and long walks. Making it to the top with anything in life is always a struggle, but with these different places you can do it in days! Let your adventurous mind run wild and lets’ start to plan your climb, so when the next person you know says they’re feeling ‘on top of the world,’ whip out your proud certificates and let them know you know how it feels!