On a Natural High: Seven of the World's Greatest Mountains

Story by World Expeditions

Posted: December 15, 2017
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From the tropical rainforest to the Great Himalaya Trail

You know you're going somewhere special when your adventure is in the heart of the 'Heavenly Mountain' or in the 'Mountains of the Moon'. We didn't select our favorite mountains only based on their name but you have to admit that they are pretty inspiring! Mountains have always held a special place in World Expeditions' portfolio; crafting new trekking routes and exciting cycling itineraries amongst the world's greatest mountains ensures that we continue to provide unforgettable experiences.

Here are seven mountain adventures you have to add to your list.

Tian Shan Mountains

Tian Shan – The Heavenly Mountain

This vast mountain range in Central Asia brings you varying landscapes, high passes, stunning lakes, and the spectacular pyramid of Khan Tengri. There is much more to see and discover in this ‘heavenly’ region. The little known Celestial (Tien Shan) Mountains cover 80 per cent of Kyrgyzstan giving rise to the nickname ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’. Explore the solitary beauty of Son-Kul and Issyk-Kul lakes, situated on a treeless mountain plateau, and learn more about a nation whose life is shaped by sheer peaks, swift horses and majestic glaciers.

High Atlas, Morocco

High Atlas

Morocco’s blend of culture, natural beauty, and infrastructure make it an ideal place to explore by bike and the opportunities are both physically exhilarating and culturally infused. From Marrakesh head to North Africa’s highest mountain range to tackle its rugged, flat-topped peaks (still used by nomadic Berbers), ascend winding roads that twist through palm trees and fresh water ravines before crossing a narrow gorge to the idyllic Paradise Valley.

☶  Morocco: CYCLE THE HIGH ATLAS (8 days) | Departs MARCH-MAY & AUGUST-OCTOBER

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

Mountains of the Moon

Located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Rwenzori Mountains (or ‘Mountains of the Moon’) are easily Africa’s best kept secret: isolated, rarely visited and permanently snow-capped – they contain much of Africa’s permanent ice! They are in an extremely humid area, containing in total five different vegetation zones. Climbing from tropical rainforest through alpine valleys to glaciers, the trek is through awe-inspiring Giant Lobelia forests.

☶  Uganda: MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON (13 days) | Departs JUNE-SEPTEMBER & DECEMBER-FEBRUARY

Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Mountains

Named ‘uKhahlamba’ (barrier of spears) in the local Zulu language, the Drakensberg Mountains are the highest range in southern Africa, with many distinctive basalt buttresses gracing the skyline. The first night on the trail you will camp near the lip of Tugela Falls, the second highest waterfall in the world, and for the next five days you will follow the edge of the escarpment, river valleys and undulating moorlands encountering wild and spectacular scenery – and very few people…

☶  South Africa: DRAKENSBERG TRAVERSE (9 days) | Departs in MAY & OCTOBER