Calling all mountains lovers – test your peaks knowledge

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.

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Mount Kilimanjaro, or Kili as it's more affectionately known as is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This dormant volcano has almost every kind of ecological system - cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit.

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Mount Cook is also Known as Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain peak, with a height of 3,754 meters above the sea level. It remains permanently snow covered.

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Kangchenjunga (8,586 m)is the second highest peak in the world. The name Kangchenjunga translates “Five Treasures of Snow,” referring to Kangchenjunga’s five peaks. Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world.

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The ancient dwellers used to call this mountain "Chaltén", which means “smoking mountain”. It earned this name due to almost constant presence of the clouds on its summit, which made the old denizens believe this was a volcano. Now it is known as Fitz Roy.

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Mount Denali (20,310 feet) - the highest mountain in North America. Denali is taller than Mount Everest when calculated by measuring the distance from base to summit. Denali's summit is 18,000 feet from its base while Mount Everest's summit is 12,000 feet from its base.

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K2, the killer mountain, is the second highest peak in the world with the height of 8611 meters. One in every four people who have attempted the summit has died trying, due to its difficult ascent and unpredictable weather.

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Mt Rainier is the United States' most glaciated mountain. It has 26 major glaciers. The highest crater lake in North America is located in Mount Rainier. It is 130 feet long by 30 feet wide and it is 16 feet deep. The lake sits under 100 feet of ice.

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Iconic Swiss peak - Matterhorn! The four faces of the Matterhorn face the four cardinal directions - north, east, south, and west. The mountain is the result of the collision of two pieces of Earth's crust, the African continental plate and the European plate. The peak is actually from the African continental plate.

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Mt Fuji - the sacred mountain of Japan. It might look like it’s just one giant mountain, but Mount Fuji is actually made up of three separate volcanoes: Komitake at the bottom, Kofuji in the middle and Fuji at the top, which is the youngest of the three.

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Ama Dablam - the most beautiful peak in the world lies in Khumbu region of Nepal. This 6,812 meters (22,349 ft) peak is every alpinist's dream to climb. Ama Dablam means mother's necklace.

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