5 MUST-SEE SUMMER SUMMITS


Summits aren’t just reserved for the winter. The snow might have melted and your skis and board reluctantly stored away, but there’s plenty of life left in the mountains when summer rolls around. Here’s a little inspiration from our experts, who’ve handpicked a few of their favourite summits for you to take on this season. 

1. Mont Blanc, French Alps

“The highest mountain in Western Europe and an amazing area for outdoor activities. The town of Chamonix, lying at the base of the mountain, is a great resort for winter sports but the summer is the best time to reach the summit. From there you’ll have spectacular views across the Alps. It’s not a highly technical climb but requires good endurance.”

2. Mount Fuji, Japan

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"This still-active volcano is an iconic sight of Japan with phenomenal views at the top on a clear day. Most people climb it in a single day but a longer route can be taken to avoid the crowds. It’s certainly one of the most photographed landmarks in Japan!”

3. Mount Steele, Coast Mountains, Canada

“Summiting Mount Steele feels pretty special – especially when you summit at sunrise having stayed overnight in Mount Steele cabin, 200m from the top, where the woodfire roars and the loo block looks out over miles of mountains above the clouds. With epic campgrounds around the region, and a few more kip spots along the route, notably Edwards Lake Cabin, where the mozzies are abound but the alpine meadows surrounding the lake are breath-taking. Then, there’s always the chance of seeing a bear which is pretty unbelievable, as long as it’s from a distance!”

4. Stok Kangri, Indian Himalaya

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“Lesser-known than its popular Nepalese counterpart, the Indian Himalaya is perfect for high-altitude summer adventure on quieter trails. Yearning to push your limits and scale your first 6,000m+ peak? Look no further than Stok Kangri; standing at a staggering 6,153m above sea level, this Himalayan giant awaits trekkers with its black scree slopes, summit adorned with colourful prayer flags and eye-wateringly beautiful views of the surrounding sky-scraping peaks. Trekking aside, experience the warmth of Ladakhi hospitality and delve into the region’s fascinating Buddhist culture. "

5. Mount Toubkal, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

“A sure-fire favourite has to be North Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Toubkal. Standing at 4,167m, the tallest peak in the Atlas Mountains requires a sidewind-fighting scramble along the ridgeline to reach the summit and rewards the worthy with unrivalled panoramic views of the range. Not for the fainthearted, temperatures hover in the 30s and 40s when summer rolls around, whilst October-March requires some serious winter mountaineering skills, crampons and all. In the summer, pitch your tent at Basecamp, sitting pretty at 3,200m, before heading up the final 1,000m in the dead of night to catch sunrise from the top. "