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Why do mountains fascinate us so much? Beauty, majesty, danger or simply “because the mountain is there?” There are many reasons for going to the mountains, but there is one thing for sure, and that is that if the mountain calls you, you should not hesitate and climb it. In addition to all this, people need to set high goals to challenge their mental and physical abilities. There are many climbing challenges in the world. Some of these challenges are:

  • Climbing fourteen 8000-meter peaks
  • Climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents
  • Climbing five 7000-meter peaks in the Pamir and Tianshan ranges (to receive the Snow Leopard Award)
  • Grand Slam Explorers
  • Climb the highest volcanic peak on any continent

Among all these challenges, the challenge of climbing volcanic seven summits seems to be a more accessible goal. The financial issues and the amount of difficulty that a climber has to face to complete this challenge are less compared to other challenges. The term “Seven Peaks” is given to the group consisting of the highest volcanic peaks of each continent. Although this climbing challenge looks easier than others, it has its own difficulties as climbers have to travel to seven different locations to complete it. In addition, conquering the lesser-known peaks of the volcanic seven summits can be quite difficult, which makes the challenge even more interesting.

The Volcanic Seven Summits

The volcanic seven summits are include :

  • Mount Damavand in Asia
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa
  • Mount Orizaba in North America
  • Mount Ojos del Salado in South America
  • Mount Sidley in Antarctica
  • Mount Elbrus in Europe
  • Mount Giluwe in Australia and Oceania

First : Mount Ojos del Salado , 6893m (South America)

Mount Ojos del Salado (Novado Ojos del Salado) with a height of 6893 meters is located in the Andes mountain range and the border between Argentina and Chile. This mountain is the highest active volcano in the world, it is also one of the volcanic seven summits and the second highest peak in South America after Aconcagua. Is. This volcano is located 20 km from the San Francisco Pass and in the middle of the Andean volcanic belt, which is more than 80 km long.

Second : Mount Kilimanjaro , 5895m ( Africa)

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Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the highest of volcanic seven summits . This peak with a height of 5895 meters is the highest peak in Africa, so it is also considered one of the seven summits Challenge.

This potentially active volcano is located in Tanzania (on the Kenyan border) and has three volcanic cones named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira . Mawenzi Cone with 5149 meters height is the third highest peak in Africa and is located near Kibo Cone. Shira cone is 4005 meters high and is the third highest peak of Kilimanjaro.

Third : Mount Elbrus , 5642m (Europe)

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Mount Elbrus with a height of 5642 meters is located in the south of Russia and near the border of this country with Georgia and in the eastern part of the Caucasus mountain range and the northern plateau of Iran. This silent volcano has two peaks, the western peak is 5642 meters high and the eastern peak is 5621 meters high. Elbrus peak is the highest mountain in Europe and is one of the seven summits Challenge. The name Elbrus was driven from the same path as the Alborz Mountains in north of Iran plateau . Therefore, it is also an Iranian name.

Fourth : Mount Orizaba , 5636m ( North America)

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Mount Orizaba or Pico de Orizaba is a volcano that is located in Mexico , 1287 km away from the border of the United States.

With a height of 5636 meters, this peak is the highest peak in Mexico and the third highest peak in North America. In addition to being one of the seven volcanic peaks, this dormant volcano is one of the most popular peaks in Mexico.

Fifth : Mount Damavand , 5610m (Asia)

Mount Damavand (5610 meters) is a semi-active volcano located in the north of Iran and in the central part of the Alborz mountain range. This single peak is the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, as well as the highest volcano in Asia, which makes it one of the volcanic seven summits .

The exact location of the unique Damavand volcano, Larijan region in Mazandaran province, Iran is visible in clear weather from Tehran, Saveh, Qom and the southern shores of the Caspian Sea.

Mount Damavand is a significant attraction and a valuable treasure for Iranians. This was the first natural attraction of Iran, which was registered as a national natural phenomenon of Iran on July 12, 2017. In addition, Mount Damavand has been mentioned many times in Iranian literature and mythology.

Sixth : Mount Giluwe , 4367m (Oceania)

Mount Giluwe (4367m) is the second highest peak in Papua New Guinea and also the highest volcano in Oceania and as well as one of the volcanic seven summits.

Australian immigrants were the first ones to climb Giluwe peak; however, there are still disagreements about it. Mount Giluwe has magnificent and unique flora due to its location.

Seventh : Mount Sidley ,4285m (Antarctica)

Mount Sidley is the highest volcano and summit in Antarctica continent that located in Marie Byrd Land . This possibly dormant volcano is also the seventh summit of volcanic seven summits with 4181-4285 m of altitude.

Bill Atkinson, a mountain climber from New Zealand, was the first person to conquer this summit in 1990.

lets to start this challenge by climbing mount Damavand :

Persiatrek co. can help you to climb mount Damavand :

Firstly we advise you to read this article :

6 best routes to climb mount Damavand

Read these articles also :

Why Damavand is an economic mountain to climb

Interesting Mount Damavand facts

And finally, if you intend to climb this beautiful and unique peak, see our various tours and choose your favorite trip.

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