Must-Visit Mountain Destinations for Summer Thrills

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As summer approaches, many of us seek an escape from the sweltering heat, yearning for cooler climates and exhilarating adventures. For thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike, there is no better destination than the mountains. Towering peaks, lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes offer the perfect backdrop for a myriad of summer activities. From hiking and rock climbing to paragliding and rafting, mountain destinations provide endless opportunities for excitement and exploration.

The World's Top Mountain Destinations During Summer

Whether you're drawn to the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the charming alpine village of Leavenworth, the majestic Himalayas, the pristine Swiss Alps, or the iconic Mt. Fuji, each location promises a unique and unforgettable experience. Join us on the journey as we explore these must-visit mountain destinations that will make your summer truly thrilling, offering not only breathtaking views but also the adventure of a lifetime.

The Canadian Rockies

If you want to see the majestic mountain ranges everywhere you look, welcome to the Canadian Rockies. The mountain ranges are spread across British Columbia and Alberta. You can start your trip by witnessing one of the most beautiful sunrises in Banff and later go to Lake Louise for some thrilling summer activities. Don't forget to experience the fun of riding in a summer gondola at Lake Louise and see the stupendous views of the lakes. Paddle Boarding and canoeing are also some activities that you can try here.

In addition, the Banff national (which is park located in the Canadian Rockies), offers activities like hiking, rock climbing, white-water rafting and wildlife viewing. So, choosing the Canadian Rockies as your mountain destination in the summer is never a bad idea.

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth is a place worth coming to in winter, but you cannot deny the vibrancy of the summers either. The place bustles with festivals and many sun-soaked outdoor activities. The main attractions you can visit here are Front Street Park, Leavenworth Adventure Park, and Leavenworth Summer Theater, to name a few. The apt time to enjoy the summer activities here is from July to August.

top mountains to climb in the summer

If you are an adrenaline junkie, you can enjoy activities like rafting, paddle boarding down the Icicle, and rock climbing along the Icicle Canyon. Some summer festivals that happen here are the Leavenworth Summer Theater and the Bavarian Bike and Brews Festival. Thus, it is an ideal summer getaway with a unique alpine charm.

Himalayas - Nepal and Bhutan

The land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan, is not only great in terms of offering glacial rivers and Himalayan Peaks but also in terms of offering quality of life. You might be surprised to learn that the country holds the Gross National Happiness Index to a higher degree of importance than the GDP and there are a lot of things in this place that make people happy. The people in peaceful villages of Bhutan live in harmony with the surrounding mountainside. The region offers unparalleled mountain, spiritual, and cultural experiences.

Go white-water rafting in the Sunkoshi River, Wildlife Safari in Chitwan National Park, and much more. Also, the world's highest mountain peak, Mt. Everest, is located here, and you can plan to trek to the Everest Base Camp. It might turn out to be the most thrilling experience of your life.

Alps, Switzerland

The iconic peaks of Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger and the gorgeous Trummelbach Falls make every second of your time in the Alps breathtaking. You can fuel yourself with long picnic lunches, winding down after a long day with wine and decadent vegan fondues that make visiting the Swiss Alps worth every penny.

top mountains to climb during summer

The classic trek of the Haute Route connecting Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland is ideal for hiking lovers. Interlaken is a popular spot meant for paragliding, giving a bird's eye view of the surrounding mountains. Did I forget to mention mountain biking? Well, the Swiss Alps are filled with numerous trails, from gentle paths to challenging routes where you can take your bikes for a mountain ride.

Mt Fuji, Japan

If slow travelling or travelling by foot is what you prefer, let Mt. Fuji serve you with its beauty. The serene sights of Japan will take you by awe. The first thing to do when you arrive in Tokyo is head to Hakone, nature's haven, and unwind there. It is located in the shadow of Mt. Fuji and is considered the highest of the three sacred mountains in Japan.

Get ready to ride to a ropeway tram to catch the sights of the high, stunning mountain views. The region also allows you to relax in the hot springs after you are tired from hiking or climbing. No wonder hot springs are the perfect way to soothe your sore muscles while enjoying the breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji.

Wrap Up: Must-Visit Mountain Destinations for the Summer

Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the ultimate summer thrill in the above-mentioned -mountain destinations this summer. Let your inner travel-holic come out and quench your wanderlust. And let us know how it goes!

What about you, have you climbed any of these mountains? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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