The Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Mountain Gurus will help you climb the 7 Summits as we offer quality mountain climbing expeditions worldwide. We will guide you every step of the way, teaching you the proper mountaineering skills you’ll need to succeed. Proper physical training and equipment are required to climb the seven summits.
Mount Everest • 29,035’/ 8850m
Asia • Nepal • Himalaya
As the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest was first summited in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmond Hillary. As one of the fourteen eight thousand meter peaks in the great Himalayan range, Everest is known by the Nepalese as Sagamartha or the Tibetans/Sherpa as Chomolungma. In 1924 a British expedition from the Northside resulted in the greatest mystery on Everest to this day, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine made a final summit attempt but never returned. Notable ascents include the 1963 First American ascent by Jim Whittaker and first ascent of the West Ridge by Americans Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. In 1978 Reinhold Messner made the first ascent without supplemental oxygen.
Cerro Aconcagua • 22,892’/ 6962m
South America • Argentina • Andes
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemispheres, as well as the highest peak outside of the continent of Asia. Because of these claims to fame and its relatively accessible climbing routes, Aconcagua is one of the most frequently climbed mountain of the Seven Summits and its popular base camp Plaza de Mulas is the second largest in the world, after Everest Base Camp. It was first climbed by a European expedition in 1897, and in 2013, the youngest summiteer reached the top at the fresh age of nine.
Denali • 20,320’/ 6194m
North America • United States • Alaska Range
Denali is not only the tallest mountain in North America; but also boasts the greatest base-to-peak rise of any other mountain in the world. Its placement in the far northern hemisphere creates a unique climate of cold temperatures and sudden storms that make Denali one of the most challenging mountains to climb in the world. Denali means ͞The Great One͟ to the Koyukon people that inhabit the area. It was first summited in 1913 by Hudson Stuck.
Mount Kilimanjaro • 19,340’/ 5895m
Africa • Tanzania • Kibo
Mt. Kilimanjaro as the tallest free-standing mountain on Earth. This means that since Kilimanjaro is not part of a mountain range, it stands alone in awe-inspiring glory as the Roof of Africa. Its summit was first reached in 1889 by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtschellar. It took the pair six weeks to reach Uhuru Point, whereas modern-day climbers ascend in six or fewer days. Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones; Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 16,893 ft; and Shira, the shortest at 13,140 ft. While Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.
Mount Elbrus • 18,510’/ 5642m
Europe • Russia • Caucasus Range
Mt. Elbrus is a volcano that rests right on the border of Europe and Asia, towering over its neighbors in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains. The most popular route on Elbrus carries climbers up to 12,500 ft. on a convenient chairlift system and features year-round huts even farther up the mountain. However, these luxuries didn’t exist when the lower east summit was first summited in 1829 by a Russian party, nor in 1874 when an English expedition first ascended to the true top.
Vinson Massif • 16,050’/ 4892m
Antarctica • Sentinel Range
Sprawling over an 8-mile wide and 13-mile long massif, Mt. Vinson stands as the highest peak in Antarctica just 750 miles from the South Pole. Of the Seven Summits, Vinson Massif was the last to be discovered, the last to be named, and the last to be climbed of the world’s highest peaks. Its summer climbing season offers a unique experience as alpinists wake, climb, and sleep, all throughout 24 hours of daylight. In 1966 an expedition with climbers from the American Alpine Club and the National Science Foundation followed Nicholas Clinch to Vinson’s first summit.
Carstensz Pyramid • 16,024’/ 4884m
Oceania • Indonesia • Sudirman Range
Carstensz Pyramid is the tallest in a series of peaks on Mt. Carstensz in Indonesia, and the tallest peak on the continent of Australia including the entire area of Oceania. Also known as Puncak Jaya. In 1936 a Dutch Expedition climbed the neighboring two summits, including Ngga Pulu, which would have actually been the tallest point of the mountain at that time before massive glacier melts reshaped the Carstens Range. It wouldn’t be until 1962 that the true high point, the Carstensz Pyramid, would be summited by the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer.
Mount Kosciuszko • 7,310’/ 2228m
Australia • Great Dividing Range
At just 7,310 ft. Mt. Kosciuszko stands as the highpoint of mainland Australia, dominating the skyline of the Australian Alps National Parks and Reserves. Of the many aboriginal names of the mountain, all mean “Table Top Mountain.” Its first recorded European ascent was in 1840, but it was most likely summited by aboriginal peoples long before then. The ascent has been somewhat controversial; Dick Bass’s list puts Mount Kosciuszko as the tallest in Australia, but climber Patrick Morrow has put forward that the tallest mountain in Oceania.