If you are particularly fond of climbing mountains, then you should add some more thrill to your adventures. The world’s greatest volcanos offer incredible opportunities to hiking enthusiasts who want to take a sneak peek into their craters.
Thanks to the volatile past of our mother Earth, we have access to dozens of volcanoes today. Some of them are quite steep and some less so, but they all have one thing in common – they offer great excitement and magnificent shots for those of you who like to bring a good camera on your adventures.
Mount St. Helens, United States of America
The state of Washington hides one of the most beloved jewels in the climbers’ world. Mount St. Helens is located in Skamania Country in this state. There are several hiking options that you can pursue. Some trails are better suited for experienced climbers but don’t worry, there are also paths that you as a novice climber can take.
You can climb Mount St. Heles year round. You know yourself the best, and you can pick your own route basing your decision on your previous experience. How long does it take to conquer the St. Helens summit? Well, it depends on which route you take, but it usually takes anywhere from 7 to 12 hours to the top.
The St. Helens summit stands at 8,363 feet (2,549) meters, and those of you who manage to conquer it, will be able to enjoy a truly magnificent view.
Ecuador is one of those countries that attracts thousands of climbers throughout the year. One of the most popular peaks among climbers is Chimborazo. It is located in the central part of this magnificent country and Mount Chimborazo’s summit stands at incredible 20, 702 feet (6,310 meters).
The climbing route will take you on a real adventure. Be careful though, as it is labeled as one of the harder ones. This is why most people reserve their spots in well-organized Chimborazo climbing tours, where experienced guides accompany them on their journey to the top.
Once you conquer this ancient stratovolcano, you’ll be able to see most of the Guayaquil – a port city that is more than 90 miles away from the mountain.
Do you remember that catastrophe in air traffic that happened back in 2010? We have Eyjafjallajokull to thank for that. Since then, the volcano has been sitting dormant, enabling hikers to enjoy one of the most attractive hiking adventures in Iceland.
The route is not steep at all, but it sure is a long one. It will take you anywhere from 8 to 10 hours to conquer this volcano. But time is not an issue here, as it will pass incredibly fast. Why? Because the landscape is breathtaking. On your way to the top, you will see Skógafoss waterfall, snow combined with ash, glacier streams, canyons, and valleys.
Once you find yourself on the top, you can admire the breathtaking view. You’ll be able to see the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, and the amazing Myrdalsjokull and Tindfjallajokull glaciers.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. We guess you don’t belong to the group of tourists that like to admire it from a distance. If you decide to conquer its summit, you are in a for a real adventure.
The peak season lasts several months, from July to mid-September. Along the route, you can rest in mountain huts and meet fellow climbers. The experienced climbers can go and conquer the summit outside of the main climbing season. Because of the harsh weather conditions and altitude sickness, the climb outside of the season should not be attempted by novice climbers.
Once on the summit, you can take a walk around the ancient volcano crater. The trail is not that long, as it goes 4 km around the crater. Usually, it takes an hour and a half to complete. Be careful when climbing the Kengamine Peak though. The winds can get really strong here and you won’t get much purchase on the surface of the trail, as it is covered with pebbles and dirt.
We hope that you will add at least one of the volcanos on our list to your “must climb” bucket list.