The experiences in the mountains are always the top attractions to the adventurers. Indeed, you can deepen yourself in nature to learn more varied flora and fauna in their habitats, meet the ethnic locals in their normal life, live the days that your goal is only to survive to reach the mountain’s peak, and admire the beautiful scenes that only the mountains can bring to you. If you love to enjoy the experiences in the mountains, these most famous mountain ranges in the world will satisfy your thirst to discover.

Andes – South America

Andes Mountains in South America is one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world
Andes Mountains in South America is one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world.
Incan citadel Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru
Incan citadel Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

The Andes in South America stretches from Venezuela to Chile. On this journey, the hiking is endless. You can set foot on high snow-covered mountains, cross wild valleys, and admire volcanoes and glaciers. And when evening falls, the inhabitants of the small villages of the Andes warmly welcome you by the warm fire…

In Venezuela, the longest mountain range in the world splits into two ranges, the Cordillera Merida and the Cordillera Pejira. Among them, the Merida range is the most populous and most accessible.

The strength of the tourism industry here is picnic trips, mule rides to explore nature, and admiring the endangered Andean bears in Chorros de Milla national park…

With a journey to explore the Andes in Peru and Bolivia, you have the opportunity to experience the legacy of the Inca empire. If you want to find the highest peak in the Andes, you will go to Mount Aconcagua in Argentina…

Atlas Mountains – Africa

Atlas Mountains berbers life
The nomadic life of Berber people in the Atlas Mountains, Africa.
Trekking in the Jebel Toubkal of High Atlas Mountains Morocco
A climber is reaching the peak of Jebel Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

In fact, about a third of Morocco’s territory is covered by mountains. On top of that, the highest Atlas Mountains in North Africa, crossing Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, are one of the most fascinating natural landscapes.

Within Morocco, the Atlas Mountains stretch from southwest to northeast. It divides into three impressive sections. There is the High Atlas with soaring mountain ranges and variegated valleys of roses, the Middle Atlas with the city of Fes, and the Anti-Atlas with many volcanic plateaus.

Adventurers come here to discover rare endangered flora and fauna and admire the green valleys. Furthermore, you can experience the nomadic life of the friendly and hospitable Berber people.

In the summer, there are groups of climbers following each other on the way to reaching Jebel Toubkal’s peak at 4,167m high.

The Dolomites – Italy

Langkofel Group in the Dolomites mountains
Langkofel Group in the Dolomites mountains. Therein, Langkofel is the highest mountain on the left, and Plattkofel is the flat one on the right.
St. Magdalena is a small village in the Dolomites of Italy
St. Magdalena, or Santa Maddalena, is a small village in the Dolomites of Italy.

The Dolomites in northern Italy are among the most famous mountain ranges in the world. Of course, it has a beautiful landscape of a highland too. The top features are vertical mountain walls, steep cliffs, many narrow and deep valleys, and vast lakes with deep blue water.

You will be surprised when seeing the sharp peaks, briefly the flat surface, to the narrow road hanging on the cliff or the mouth of the abyss. Especially, splendid nature and rich culture left thousands of years ago in villages mixed between Austrian culture and Italian manners have made the Dolomites an enchanting destination for visitors.

The Himalayas – Asia

Mt. Trisul in the Himalayas
Mt. Trisul is a group of three mountain peaks in the Himalayas in India. They are Trisul I – the highest peak, Trisul II, and Trisul III which resemble the trident of God Shiva.
a river flows through the Himalayas, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world
A river flows through the Himalayas, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world.

The Himalayas stretch through seven Asian countries. With the “roof of the world” Everest, it is one of the first choices of those who want to conquer the peak. Besides 150,000 km2 of Himalayan forest and one of the gateways to Mount Everest, Nepal is famous for picnic tourism.

Combining the passion for conquering Everest, the Himalayas also treats adventurers with scenic spots and Tibetan Buddhist culture permeates people’s lives in the highland valleys.

Rocky Mountains – North America

Canoeing is one of the best activities in Lake Louise
Canoeing is one of the best activities in Lake Louise. The lake is surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, which is a segment of the Rocky Mountains.
I took this photo when I had been traveling from Toronto to Alberta, Canada.
town of banff in banff national park
You can stay in the Town of Banff in Banff National Park to explore the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
people play hockey on the frozen lakes in the Rocky Mountains in winter
The frozen lakes in the Rocky Mountains in the winter become good fields for people playing hockey.

Travelers to Canada often come to the Rocky Mountains because of the surreal beauty of endless unspoiled green forests that contrast with the pure white of the mountain peaks and the green of the lakes, or the attractiveness of the backgrounds. Indigenous cultures of North America…

The snow-capped peaks reflect on the turquoise lake water, where herds of elk, grizzly bears, or mountain goats roam leisurely as a backdrop for your nature shots.

Banff and Jasper National Parks are Rocky Mountains’ highlights. Particularly, in Banff, with just a 10-minute cable car ride, you will reach the splendid Sulphur Mountain or relax in the hot springs. Besides that, the iridescent flakes of Jasper and the glacier of Athabasca will give you surreal nature photos.

From June to September is the best time to enjoy the mountains in Banff. And in October, the Rocky Mountains will welcome you with an autumn picture with extremely splendid colors…

The Sierra Nevada – California

the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world.
A view of the Sierra Nevada mountains, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world.
Yosemite National Park in the autumn
The beautiful Yosemite National Park in the autumn. Actually, it’s a part of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The 650km-long Sierra Nevada in eastern California is a legendary mountain to Americans.

Located at the back of Death Valley, the Sierra Nevada attracts visitors with ghost towns formed from the gold rushes such as Bodie or Calico. Moreover, diverse natural landscapes depend on the altitude and slope of the mountain range are other interesting points. Especially, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park with many spectacular geological formations from the Jurassic period are must-see destinations in the Sierra Nevada.

Southern Alps – New Zealand

An aerial view of the ice plateau Southern Alps.
An aerial view of the ice plateau Southern Alps.
southern alps mountain range in New Zealand famous mountain ranges in the world
The view and road that takes you to the Southern Alps adventures.

With a surreal landscape, Mount Cook in the Southern Alps west of the South Island in New Zealand was chosen by director Peter Jackson as the setting for the movie The Lord of the Rings.

National parks make up most of the Southern Alps with hundreds of glaciers. On top of that, Tasman, the largest glacier, always attracts visitors. Additionally, coming to the Southern Alps, you can freely explore the huge underground limestone cave systems.

Western Alps – Europe

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Western Alps
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Western Alps.
Chamonix resort area at the base of Mont Blanc mountain in Western Alps
Chamonix is a resort area at the base of Mont Blanc. It’s famous for challenging skiing routes.

The Western Alps stretch from northern Italy to Slovenia, and the leg through southeastern France is the most beautiful with the year-round snow-capped Mont Blanc near the town of Chamonix. The area has three national parks and numerous winter sports resorts.

This mountain range attracts visitors from all over the world through its stunning trails, charming mountain villages, and world-renowned cuisine.

Tourist services in the Western Alps are maintained throughout the year. Summer is the hiking journey to explore the endemic ecosystem and charming landscape of deep mountains and forests. From December to March is winter sports.


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30 COMMENTS

  1. These ranges are so majestic. It’s no wonder they’re the most famous in the world. Some of them almost look fake they’re so huge and spectacular.

  2. I’ve accidentally hiked the French Alps before! We went up there just to see a glacier. It was supposed to be a 15 minute walk. Somehow we took a wrong turn and after an hour and half of walking we knew we were no where near a glacier and may have to hike down the whole mountain, after a few hours we were worried we would be spending the night there, but after a 5 hour hike we made it to the bottom! I got to enjoy escargot for the first time after that hike as well! The mountains were absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. But i would have enjoyed it more if I knew for sure I was going to make it to the bottom lol!

    • Wow, I see you had a special experience with the French Alps.
      For sure that you will enjoy the mountain more if you have a plan to go there. Anyway, it’s truly a good experience.

  3. Amazing places to visit. I will keep them in mind because we might start traveling this year with my gf.

  4. I’ve been to the Rocky Mountains a few times, but never the Canadian side. We took a trip last October to Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado to take the kids to the park. It’s so pretty there, but now seeing your photos I want to go to the Canadian side, too!

  5. Wow, the Dolomites look nothing like I would imagine. Beautiful still though. I have been to the Rockies and the Smokies.

  6. I would really love it if one day, I can convince my husband to trek some hills or mountains with our kids. He’s not such an outdoorsy guy.

  7. These are all so beautiful and lovely places to visit. I wish I could add these to my bucket list but honestly I don’t think i have the guts to go all the way.

  8. These mountains look so cool, I really want to visit at least one of these with my family 🙂

    • Perhaps you can go to the Rocky Mountains on the Canadian side. It’s extremely beautiful. There are also places for family activities.

  9. Beautiful! While I know we aren’t on the map as having any famous mountain ranges, we still have some pretty amazing ones here in Ireland! Definitely worth a google if you’re looking for something to cover on the emerald isle.

    • I hear that Ireland is a beautiful land. Yet, since it’s so far from my country, I don’t have much info about the land.
      Perhaps I should google it and plan a trip soon to your country. I believe it’s a nice place to visit.

    • Yeah, you will spend so much effort to see all those 8 mountains. It costs a lot, but the reward will be worth that.

  10. I admire people who have goals to reach the top of these mountain ranges coz it is something that I can’t do. These places deserves to be explored, and hope many generations of travelers will visit these places.

    • That’s also what I hope too. I think of a day when we clearly know all the corners of the world, even in the highest mountain peak or the deepest ocean.

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