Try Some­thing New: sum­mit-bag­ging

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Moun­tain heights ex­ert a myth­i­cal pull for many of us, and a few fa­mous ex­am­ples lie within reach of mere mor­tals – if ap­proached with re­spect. A ‘non-tech­ni­cal’ sum­mit is still a se­ri­ous un­der­tak­ing, re­quir­ing proper train­ing and a guide, but the fo­cus is on gen­eral fit­ness, not rock- climb­ing skills. We’ve picked four chal­lenges in as­cend­ing order of dif­fi­culty, and tour com­pa­nies that can help you at­tain your goal

Olym­pus, Greece

At 2,918m, Mount Olym­pus isn’t high by Alpine stan­dards (let alone Hi­malayan), but you can’t beat the ku­dos of tres­pass­ing in the home of the Greek gods. It’s usu­ally climbed over two days. Sea­soned walk­ers won’t need a guide, but ev­ery­one should wear a hel­met to guard against rock­falls on the way up to Mytikas, the mas­sif ’s high­est point.

Kin­a­balu, Malaysia

A huge gran­ite dome pok­ing out of the jun­gles of Malaysian Bor­neo, Mount Kin­a­balu (4,095m) is a World Her­itage site (pic­tured), and a rite of pas­sage for the 130 -odd trekkers al­lowed up each day. You’ll pass through starkly var­ied cli­mate and veg­e­ta­tion zones, and fin­ish with a night-time climb to reach the sum­mit in time for sun­rise. gad­ven­

Kil­i­man­jaro, Tan­za­nia

Ris­ing above the sa­van­nah (but not quite the Serengeti, un­like in Toto’s song Africa), this is Earth’s high­est free­stand­ing moun­tain, at 5,895m. The peak has a few sur­real glaciers de­spite its prox­im­ity to the equa­tor. A trek of six or seven days is best: the big­gest test is al­ti­tude sick­ness, so don’t skimp on ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion in your bid to reach the top of Africa. ex­

El­brus, Rus­sia

Un­be­known to many, Europe’s high­est peak isn’t Mont Blanc (4,808m) but the slightly eas­ier- to - scale Mount El­brus (5,642m) in the Rus­sian Cau­ca­sus. Ski lifts go up most of the way and the climb is not that steep, but don’t be de­ceived: the weather can be harsh. It’s one long day of walk­ing after a week or more of get­ting used to the al­ti­tude. ad­ven­ture­al­ter­na­

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