The serie "7 summits 7 continents" is one of the most valued of the international challenges. It is crowning the highest peaks of the seven continents. Here a brief description of them. For more details, see those tabs devoted to each.
The Mt Everest is the highest mountain in Asia and the World. With its impressive 8,848 m / 29,029 ft is located in the Himalayas between Nepal and China, as we have sadly seen, there is a geographic feature in motion due to the tectonic plates of South Asia. It offers different climbing routes, with the two main being the South Col (from Nepal) and the North Col (from Tibet).
The Kilimanjaro (5,888 m / 19,318ft) marks the highest point of the African continent and is located in Tanzania. At present there are seven routes to the summit. Of these, the so-called Machame is known as the most beautiful, but also the steepest. The most commonly used is called Marangu and is relatively easy.
The summit of Mount McKinley (6,193 m / 20,318 ft) marks the highest point in North America. It is located in Denali National Park and Preserve, a name also used for this mountain. It forms part of the Alaska Range and is the world's northernmost "six thousand".
Immersed in the Argentine Provincial Park that bears its name, the Aconcagua opens the sky in the Andes with its majestic 6,962 m / 22,841 ft, marking the highest point in South America. Technically a normal route, the North, is considered relatively easy but altitude sickness and cold, can play tricks. Other major routes are the False Poles and the Polish Glacier.
Vinson Massif (4,897 m / 16,066 feet) is the highest point of Antarctica. It is situated in the Sentinel Range, in the heart of the Ellsworth Mountains. Its ascension does not involve technical difficulties except some snow slopes of some 40º, but weather conditions can make that this climb resembles the last 3,000 m / 9842 feet of an eight thousand.
In Russia we find the highest peak of Europe, Mount Elbrus (5,642 m / 18,510 ft). It belongs to the Caucasian Mountains and is a dormant volcano with a classic conical shape and slopes of around 45 degrees. Technically it does not offer excessive complications, but the adverse climate and altitude can become real problems. Most expeditions choose to climb the southern and simplest route, although you can also climb the north face.
The Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Carstensz or Puncak Jaya Jaya, is located in the Sudirman Range, Papua, Indonesia. Its 4,884 m / 16,023 ft make it the highest peak in Oceania. The most common route is to undertake its climb on the north face, longitudinally along the edge of the summit. Some argue that Mount Wilhelm Papua New Guinea (4,509 m / 14,793 ft) is the highest in Oceania, because they believe that Indonesia is one of Asia. A topic of open discussion. As happens with the Kosciuszko (2,228 m / 7,309 ft), the highest peak of Australia, which many included in the series "7 Summits 7 continents" arguing that Australia is a continent, while others say it is part of Oceania .