Shots of 17 mountains around the world whose faces are as household as their names.

Ama Dablam, Nepal

Ama Dablam, Everest region, Himalaya, Nepal

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At 6,812 meters (22,349 ft), Ama Dablam is a popular Himalayan expedition peak that’s said to be a more difficult climb than Everest.

Mt. Fuji, Japan


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Mt. Fuji, classically flanked by sakura (cherry blossoms), is one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks.

Huayna Potosí­, Bolivia

Huayna Potosi, mountain in Bolivia, South America

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Rising to the northwest of La Paz/El Alto, the jagged glacial ridges draw the title of “easiest 6,000er in the world.”

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Kili, an inactive volcano, towers over the Tanzanian plains and, at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft), is Africa’s tallest peak.

Half Dome, Yosemite

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The Merced River carved out Yosemite Valley, sculpting what today is one of the main attractions of Yosemite National Park — Half Dome.

Mt. Merapi, Indonesia

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Located near the ruins of Borobudur in central Java, this volcano is very active. Would You Live Here?

Matterhorn, Switzerland

View of the Matterhorn in Switzerland

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The iconic dagger of the Matterhorn’s peak, including its 1,200m north face, makes it one of the Alps’ most perilous mountains. 

Denali, Alaska

denali in alaska, the tallest mountain peak in the united states

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In terms of vertical rise, Denali is taller than Everest, and its bulk is certainly greater. It’s the highest mountain in North America. 

Torres del Paine, Chile

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Fitz Roy’s spires appear on pretty much every Patagonian ad poster.

Mount Hood, Oregon

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Another dormant (for now) volcano, Mt. Hood is one of the tallest peaks in the Cascade Range.

Mont Blanc

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Western Europe’s highest attracts plenty of hikers, skiers, and mountaineers every year.

Yellow Mountain, China

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Huangshan’s lumpy granite peaks and gnarled pine trees are the stuff of Zen art scrolls.

Huayna Picchu

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Even if it weren’t fronted by the ruins of Machu Picchu, the razor-like ridge of Wayna Picchu would be easy to pick out from the surrounding tropical peaks of Andean Peru.

Mount Everest from base camp

Climbers on Everest

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As seen in countless nature and mountaineering documentaries, this is the view of Everest from a base camp trek.

Nevado Sajama, Bolivia

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Sajama’s fat triangle is the tallest peak in Bolivia, and its summit was the site of the highest soccer match ever played.

Machapuchare, Annapurna, Nepal

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Known also as “Fish’s Tail” and the “Matterhorn of Nepal,” Machapuchare is considered sacred and is off-limits to climbers, but you can get a great view while Trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary.

The Eiger, Switzerland

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The Eiger forms another great Alpine north face, and just like the Matterhorn, it has claimed its share of climbers’ lives.