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Highest Peak in every country (A-E)

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Now, setting foot in every country (and by every country I am referring to the 193 U.N listed nations) is a lifetime goal that not many individuals on Earth have ever achieved. Imagine not only getting to them all, but climbing to their respective highest peaks? I don’t know if it’s humanly possible in 1 lifetime, however I am sure there are a few nutters out there who have considered this before and are taking on the challenge.
Below I have listed every country (as per my earlier definition) with it’s highest point. This has taken me far too long, time I could’ve spent on more important things but I was pretty intrigued and it got me pondering..

Afghanistan: Noshaq (7492 meters, 24,580 feet)

Located in the Northeast corner of the country, it is the Westernmost 7,000m peak in the world. First scaled in 1960 by Toshiaki Sakai and Goro Iwatsubo, members of a Japanese expedition.

Noszak_Afghanistan

 

Albania: Korab (2764 meters, 9068 feet)

Korab_albania

 

Algeria: Tahat (2908 meters, 9541 feet)

The mountains caves contain painting dating 8,000-2,000 B.C showing scenes of hunting animals that today are found exclusively in the southern Sahara region (A looong way south)

Tahat

 

Andorra: Pic de Coma Pedrosa (2943 meters, 9656 feet)

The mountain and its surrounding range have acted as a protective barrier for Andorra over the years, particularly from the French, who are located on the other side.

Coma_pedrosa

Angola: Morro de Moco (2620 meters, 8596 feet)

Not much to say really..

morro_de_moco

 

Antigua and Barbuda: Mt Obama (402 meters, 1319 feet)

Yes, it is named after Barrack Obama. Originally called ‘Boggy Peak’, it was renamed on August 4th, 2009 (the Presidents birthday). Pretty cute right?

Mt_obama

 

Argentina: Aconcagua (6962 meters, 22,841 feet)

As the highest mountain on the continent of South America, it is a member of the 7 Summits which I tend to harp on about round here. It is also the highest mountain outside of Asia and the highest point in both the southern and western hemispheres. Quite a list of achievements..

aconcagua

 

Armenia: Aragats Ler (4090 meters, 13,419 feet)

Quite a historical site this stratovolcano has turned out to be. Last producing lava flows approximately 5,000+ years ago, it contains a number of rock carvings from the mesolithic age (5,000-10,000 B.C)

mt_aragats

Australia: Mt Kosciuszko (2228 meters, 7310 feet)

Another member of the 7 Summits (although often disputed). I thought this was a pathetic excuse for a highest peak until I saw some of the others on this list. In reality it still is though, coming in at 118/193.

Mount_Kosciuszk_Image

 

Austria: Großglockner (3798 meters, 12,461 feet)

Lying in the Eastern Alps (the highest in the region), it was first climbed in 1802. Often considered on the ‘to-do’ list of both experienced mountaineers and amateur adventurists alike. One sexy looking mountain if you ask me.

grossglockner

 

Azerbaijan: Bazar Dyuzi (4466 meters, 14,652 feet)

Lies about 7kms from the southernmost point of Russia.

bazar_dyuzi

 

Bahamas: Mt Alvernia (63 meters, 207 feet)

A hermitage sits atop the summit, built by an Englishman who renamed it from it’s original (and much more suitable) title of ‘como hill’. The 4th lowest ‘high-point’ on this list.

Mt._Alvernia_Cat_Island

 

Bahrain: Jabal ad Dukhan (134 meters, 440 feet)

The ‘mountain of smoke’.

jabal_ad_dukhan

 

Bangladesh: Mowdok Mual/Saka Haphong (1052 meters, 3451 feet)

It’s not officially the highest peak in Bangladesh, but it is the highest peak in the country.. you figure that one out.

saka_haphong

 

Barbados: Mt Hillaby (340 meters, 1115 feet)

Yeh I don’t really know what’s going on in this photo, it’s the best I could get believe it or not..

Mt_hillaby

 

Belarus: Hara Dzyarzhynskaya (345 meters, 1132 feet)

Full credit if you can pronounce this name..

Hara_dzyarzhynskaya

 

Belgium: Signal de Botrange (694 meters, 2277 feet)

Has a 6 metre tower sitting on top, allowing visitors the chance to reach the grandiose height of 700m.

signal_de_botrange

 

Belize: Doyle’s Delight (1174 meters, 3852 feet)

Only named in 1989 after a Sir Arthur Doyle book “The Lost World”. The government of Belize then officially adopted the name.

doyles_delight

 

Benin: Mt Sokbaro (658 meters, 2159 feet)

I cannot find any info or even a legitimate photo of this anywhere..

 

Bhutan: Gangkar Punsum (7570 meters, 24,836 feet)

Perhaps the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.. Bhutan only opened to mountaineering expeditions in 1983 and since then, there have been 4 failed attempts on this impressive peak.

gangkar_punsum

 

Bolivia: Nevado Sajama (6542 meters, 21,463 feet)

An extinct stratovolcano thought to have last erupted over 10,000 years ago. Trees grow upto 5,200m on the mountains flanks, some of the highest found anywhere in the world.

Nevado_Sajama

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Maglic (2387 meters, 7831 feet)

The mountain is surrounded by the Perućica forest, one of 2 remaining protected primeval forests in Europe.

Mt-Maglic

 

Botswana: Monalanong Hill (1494 meters, 4902 feet)

Again, not a lot in the way of information or photos..

 

Brazil: Pico da Neblina (2994 meters, 9823 feet)

This awesome looking beast was only discovered mid-20th century due to its location, in the thick of the Amazon jungle. It also happens to be shrouded in cloud most of the time, obscuring it from view.

pico-de-neblina

 

Brunei: Bukit Pagon (1850 meters, 6070 feet)

Located on the island of Borneo.

bukit_pagon

 

Bulgaria: Musala (2925 meters, 9596 feet)

Arabic word meaning “near God” or “place for prayer”, Musala is the highest peak between the Alps and the Caucasus region.

mt_musala

 

Burkina Faso: Tena Kourou (747 meters, 2451 feet)

Another quality pic.. some stones on top of the hill that is Tena Kourou.

1024px-Tenakourou

 

Burundi: Mont Heha (2670 meters, 8760 feet)

Another peak I can’t find a photo of anywhere..

 

Cape Verde: Pico de Cano (2829 meters, 9281 feet)

An active stratovolcano which last ‘erupted’ in 1995, covering the island in ash and destroying a number of homes.

pico_de_cano

 

Cambodia: Phnom Aural (1813 meters, 5948 feet)

Phnom_aural

 

Cameroon: Mt Cameroon (4040 meters, 13,255 feet)

Another active volcano, last erupting in 2012. It is part of the Cameroon volcanic line which also includes Lake Nyos, dubbed “The Deadliest Lake in the World“.

mt_cameroon

 

Canada: Mt Logan (5956 meters, 19,541 feet)

The second highest peak in North America, first climbed by the Canadian Alpine Club in 1925.

mt_logan

 

Central African Republic: Mt Ngaoui (1410 meters, 4626 feet)

I’m going to have to do some climbing in Africa, just to get some pics of these things..

 

Chad: Emi Koussi (3445 meters, 11,302 feet)

That’s what I’m talking about! Good job Chad, setting the example for the rest of Africa.. This is one sick looking volcano though, it spreads 80km long and 60km wide.

emi_koussi

 

Chile: Ojos del Salado (6893 meters, 22,615 feet)

Holds the title as the highest active volcano in the world. It’s also the 2nd highest peak outside of Asia (after Aconcagua). Usually only holds snow at the very top during winters due to its proximity to the Atacama Desert.

ojos_del_salado

 

China: Mt Everest (8,850 m, 29,029 feet)

Technically, Tibet is classified as a part of China. That means the highest peak in China is Mt Everest, bordering both Tibet and Nepal. If we are excluding Tibet then the highest peak in China would be Mount Gong Ga (7,556 m/24,790 ft.) (Thank you to Goyta in the comments section)

aerial-view-of-everest-picture-taken-by-the-author-during-buddha-airs-everest-tour

 

Colombia: Pico Cristobal Colon (5776 meters, 18,950 feet)

Part of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range which happens to the tallest coastal range in the world. Pico Cristobal Colon lies only 50km from the coast. It is the 5th most prominent mountain in the world.

Pico_cristobal_colon

 

Comoros: Kartala (2361 meters, 7746 feet)

Yeh this is just sick. Incredibly active volcano that has erupted 20 times since the 19th century. You might want to climb this one quickly..

Mt Karthala

 

Congo, Republic of the: Mont Nabeba (1020 meters, 3346 feet)

Pretty crazy how vast the mountain sizes differ between the Congos. 1 more win for Democracy..

 

Congo, Democratic Republic of the: Mt Stanley (5109 meters, 16,762 feet)

The third highest peak in Africa was named after explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. Featured in Greek legends as ‘Mountains of silver’ existing near the basin of the Nile River.

Mount_Stanley

 

Costa Rica: Chirripo Grande (3819 meters, 12,530 feet)

Famous for it’s extreme biodiversity on it’s slopes. From the summit, it is possible on clear days to see all across the country from coast to coast, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

Chirppo_grande

 

Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast: Mont Richard-Molard (1752 meters, 5748 feet)

The mountain is named after the French geographer Jacques Richard-Molard, who died in an accident at the mountain site in 1951

Mount_Richard_molard

 

Croatia: Dinara (1831 meters, 6007 feet)

Straddling the border of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Highest_mountain_in_each_country

Highest_mountain_in_each_country

 

 

Cuba: Pico Turquino (1974 meters, 6476 feet)

A bit of history surrounding this region. It lies in heart of the Gran Parque Nacional Sierra Maestra, stronghold of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s rebel army that successfully ousted dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

pico turquino

Cyprus: Olympus (1951 meters, 6401 feet)

“Writing in the late first century BC of first century AD, the geographer Strabo reported that on one of its promontories was a temple to Aphrodite of the Heights (Greek:ἀκραία), which women were forbidden to enter.”

mount_olympus_cyprus

 

Czech Republic: Snezka (1602 meters, 5256 feet)

First Ascended in 1456 by a Venetian merchant selling precious stones, not sure who he thought he’d be able to sell them to up there…

Snezka

Denmark: Mollehoj (171 meters, 561 feet)

Seriously Denmark..

Mollehoj

 

Djibouti: Moussa Ali (2021 meters, 6631 feet)

Located on the tri-point border of Djibouti, Eritrea & Ethiopia.

Moussa_Ali

 

Dominica: Morne Diablotins (1447 meters, 4747 feet)

Another volcanic peak that last erupted some 30,000 years ago.

morne_diablotin

 

Dominican Republic: Pico Duarte (3098 meters, 10,164 feet)

The exact height is not yet truly verified, with several different sources reporting different heights. Home to a climate not typical of tropical Carribean islands, with nights often dipping well below 0.

 

pico_duarte

 

Ecuador: Volcan Chimborazo (6267 meters, 20,561 feet

Due to it’s position on the equitorial bulge, the peak of Chimborazo is the furthest from the Earths centre out of any in the world.

volcan_chimborazo

 

Egypt: Gebel Katherina/Mt Catherine (2629 meters, 8625 feet)

mt_catherine

 

El Salvador: Cerro El Pital (2730 meters, 8957 feet)

“One of the most popular tourist draws in El Salvador, with great biodiversity in a wide altitudinal range containing many endangered species of flora and fauna. The cloud forest has some of the rarest plants and animals in the country”

cerro_el_pital

 

Equatorial Guinea: Pico de Santa Isabel/Pico Basile (3008 meters, 9869 feet)

pico-basile

 

Eritrea: Emba Soira (3018 meters, 9902 feet)

emba_soira

 

Estonia: Suur Munamagi (318 meters, 1043 feet)

Translated as “The Big Egg Mountain”. I’m not sure where the term ‘big’ comes into play..

Suur_Munamägi

Ethiopia: Ras Dashen (4550 meters, 14,928 feet)

The Eastern rim forms part of a massive volcano.

Ras_dashen

 

Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3..

 

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27 Comments

  • Chelsea Alves
    Aug 04, 2015 at 05:40 am

    Thanks for putting in, what I’m sure was, a tremendous amount of research into this post. Love the pictures that accompany each country to. I’m getting the travel bug again after reading this!

    • Cody Hudson
      Aug 04, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Cheers Chelsea! Took far too long.. haha. Stay tuned for the next couple

      • Jeff Sandifort
        Aug 06, 2015 at 05:52 pm

        The photo of Ojos de Salado is not Ojos de Salad. It is Parinacota on the Bolivia/Chile border 6330m. The lake is Lago Chungara in the Lauca National Park. Let me know if you need a photo of Ojos.

        • Cody Hudson
          Aug 06, 2015 at 06:11 pm

          Oh damn thanks for pointing that out.. Yes if you have one would be much appreciated!

  • Carrie Lane
    Aug 06, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Awesome post and comments about the mountains. Excited to see the next installments. Best of luck with your mission as well.

    • Cody Hudson
      Aug 06, 2015 at 06:12 pm

      Thanks Carrie, really appreciate the kind words 🙂

  • Tally MacCarrn
    Aug 07, 2015 at 04:53 am

    Brilliant! Salivating for the next section! The effort is worthy of many beers on me, should we ever end up in the same location:)

    • Cody Hudson
      Aug 07, 2015 at 08:07 am

      Will have to take you up on that one!

  • Dyson
    Aug 12, 2015 at 04:01 am

    My plan is to climb the highest peak in every country and afterwards talk about peace. With the UAE s good relationship with other countries and the support of the UAE, I will be able to do this.

    • Cody Hudson
      Aug 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      The UAE is probably the right country to ask for sponsorship.. Best of luck, let me know where I can follow you.

  • Morgan Batt
    Oct 24, 2015 at 03:52 am

    Hey thanks for the pics. I’m one of those nutters doing every country and major territory – my list is 268. Done 172 so far been at it for 24 years. This project is a lot of fun and extremely interesting.

    I have been to the highest peak in Benin (this is very hard to find as they want to take you to another point but I found it after days of searching), Burundi and Botswana so if you want a pic let me know.

    • Cody Hudson
      Oct 26, 2015 at 02:31 pm

      Sent you an email, that is legendary!

  • Travis Greiman
    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I am another of those crazy people
    I have interested in traveling for about ten years and have made it to the high point of about 25 countries
    I am always looking for where to find good information for such treks

  • Janis Salenieks
    Jan 15, 2016 at 02:44 am

    It is wrong photo in Cape Verde. On the photo is Teide – Tenerife, Spain.

    • Cody Hudson
      Jan 16, 2016 at 08:08 pm

      Ok thanks Janis, I will get onto it and change shortly.

  • Teddt
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Have you find out if someone managed to climb them all ?
    That could be an interesting life goal, ive got 4 so far, 189 left !

    btw it was not time wasted to make the list

    • Cody Hudson
      Feb 18, 2016 at 06:02 pm

      Not yet.. closest I’ve found was Ginge Fullen who’s climbed I think it was 168 of them.. Got an interview with him on my site. Haha yeh I’m about the same, one hell of a challenge!

      • Teddy
        Feb 19, 2016 at 12:10 am

        Im wondering how can you prove that you actually climbed all of them, in the idea to make it a guinness wr, example ive been to the highest point of luxembourg which is like 500m, no one would fail to reach the top but no pictures of it or anything that certify it..

        • Cody Hudson
          Feb 19, 2016 at 04:51 pm

          Most climbing achievements seem to be an honesty based system. Guinness would be a different story though.. perhaps a GPS snapshot or photo from the summit..

  • Teddy
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    But I really do not understand the peak you have chosen for China, Cho Oyu, wtf ? I mean if you dont pick Qomolangma because its in Tibet and you support their freedom, why choose Cho Oyu which is also in Tibet……….

    • Goytá
      Feb 29, 2016 at 07:45 am

      I concur with Teddy. If Tibet is to be excluded, then the highest mountain in China would be K2 (8,611 m/28,251 ft), on the Pakistani border. Then again, that would be the Pakistani-administered part of Kashmir, which India claims as its own, and India also claims the immediate part of China bordering K2 as part of Kashmir. That would also be the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a Turkic-language speaking and Muslim region which has an increasingly active secessionist movement. So, you would still have a territorial dispute there.

      If you exclude both Tibet and Xinjiang for political reasons, the highest mountain that is undisputably in Chinese territory would then be Mount Gong Ga, Gong Ka or Minya Konka, in Sichuan province, at 7,556 m/24,790 ft. Gong Ga also has the distinction of being the world’s easternmost 7,000-meter peak.

  • Goytá
    Feb 29, 2016 at 07:33 am

    Well, a few spelling corrections, and two remarks. First, you’ve misspelled the high points of Angola (Morro de Moco, not “Moro”; morro means “hill” in Portuguese); Austria (either Großglockner or Grossglockner, not “Grob-“; you were probably confused by the German letter “ß” or “eszett”, which is really a hard “s”); Brazil (Pico da Neblina, not “de”); Chile (Ojos del Salado, not “Ojes”); and Dominican Republic (Pico Duarte, not “Duatre” – it also has the distinction of being the highest point of the Caribbean).

    The first remark is that I really, really hope you were being sarcastic when you referred to the much lower elevation of the Republic of the Congo’s highest point compared to its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and you wrote: “1 more win for democracy.” The “Democratic” Congo is one of the unhappiest countries in the world, not only poor beyond belief, but ravaged in succession by the most predatory colonialism in Africa, a string of bloody kleptocratic dictators, and finally savage guerrillas and civil war with millions of dead and displaced people. The other Congo isn’t exactly Switzerland or Norway either, but it looks like paradise in comparison.

    And the second remark is that I found it strange that you made no comment for Mount Catherine, Egypt’s highest point. A lower peak of its massif is considered to be the Mount Sinai from the Bible and the Torah, where God “in person” (if that can be said of a deity) is said to have given Moses the Ten Commandments, therefore a sacred place for two religions and billions of people. That’s a real big deal of a mountain for a considerable part of the world’s population.

    • Cody Hudson
      Apr 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you for the corrections, post has been updated to match 🙂

  • Adam Healey
    Jun 05, 2016 at 01:11 am

    Great post! Thanks so much!

    Eagerly awaiting posts 2 and 3 🙂

    This makes for a nice lifelong bucket list 🙂 Bhutan might be tricky though…

    – Adam

    • Cody Hudson
      Jun 05, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Posts 2 & 3 are up my friend. Yes Bhutan would be a tricky one.. Not sure what it’s going to take for someone to be able to climb it.

  • Karl Hermann
    Jul 04, 2017 at 04:00 am

    Some of the photos you had post are wrong

    1-Ojos del Salado Volcano

    You have shown Parinacota (Bolivia) Volcano, the actual photo of Ojos del Salado is this:
    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-r85i_agBUWk/TYj3GDFJhTI/AAAAAAAASHM/w_eLmZRkBnQ/s1600/069007s.jpg

    2-In Costa Rica, the highest peak is Cerro Chirripó
    you have shown a photo of Arenal Volcano

    The actual photo of Cerro Chirripó is:
    http://www.summitpost.org/images/original/148861.jpg

    • Cody Hudson
      Jul 08, 2017 at 06:37 pm

      Thanks Karl, I’ll get those changed over.

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