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7 Summits in Order of Difficulty

Discover the ranking of the 7 Summits in order of difficulty, from the easiest climb of Kilimanjaro to the ultimate challenge of Everest.

The Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent, are a bucket list item for many avid mountaineers.  Each summit of these peaks presents a different set of difficulties, making climbing them a distinctive and difficult experience. In this article, we’ll rank the Seven Summits from easiest to most difficult, beginning with the easiest. 

7 summits easiest to hardest

1) Kilimanjaro Mountain – Africa

The easiest of the Seven Summits, Mount Kilimanjaro has a height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet). The trail is well-maintained, and the climb does not call for any specialized knowledge or equipment. Climbers, however, may encounter difficulties due to altitude sickness. 

2) Mt Elbrus – Europe

With a height of 5,642 meters (18,510 feet), Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe. Although the climb is not technically difficult, the weather can be challenging with high winds and freezing temperatures. 

3) Aconcagua – South America 

The highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere is Aconcagua, which has a height of 6,962 meters (22,841 feet). Though the climb is not technically difficult, it does require good physical condition and adequate acclimatization. High winds and extremely low temperatures are common weather conditions. 

4) Denali – North America

With a height of 6,190 meters (20,310 feet), Denali, also referred to as Mount McKinley, is the highest peak in North America. Technical climbing abilities like ice climbing and glacier travel are necessary for the climb, in addition to the good physical condition and the capacity to withstand extreme cold. 

5) Vinson Mountains – Antarctica

Vinson Massif is the highest peak in Antarctica, rising to a height of 4,892 meters (16,050 feet). The climb is technically difficult and calls for expertise in ice climbing and crevasse rescue in addition to the capacity to withstand extremely cold temperatures and changeable weather. 

6) Carstensz Pyramid/Jaya Puncak – Oceania

With a height of 4,884 meters, Puncak Jaya, also referred to as Carstensz Pyramid, is the highest peak in Oceania (16,024 feet). The climb is technically difficult and calls for proficiency in rock climbing, rappelling, and handling the humid, tropical environment. 

7) The Everest – Asia

Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), is the hardest mountain to climb. Technical climbing abilities are needed for the climb, as well as the capacity to withstand high altitudes, erratic weather patterns, and the dangers of the Khumbu Icefall. 

Which of the 7 Summits is Easiest?

Even though each of the Seven Summits is difficult in its own right, Mount Kilimanjaro is regarded as the easiest because of its accessible location, accessible climb, and warmer weather. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to keep in mind that even though it’s the simplest climb, it still requires careful planning, training, and a high level of fitness.

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