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Europe's Highest Peaks

It may not have the Himalayas and it may not have the Andes but Europe hosts some of the world's most climbed mountain ranges and most stunning views. From the Alps to the Tatras, here are Europe's highest peaks, and some of their amazing stories. EUROPE'S HIGHEST PEAKS Mount Elbrus 5,642 m / 18,510 ft Caucasus Mountains - Russia Mount Elbrus is said to be home to the 'world's nastiest' outhouse, covered in ice, perched off the end of a rock Shkhara 5,201 m / 17,064 ft Caucasus Mountains - Georgia Climbing its east Bezingi Wall is considered "Europe's longest, most arduous, and most committing expedition." 5000m ·--. Mont BlanC 4,810.45 m / 15,782 ft Graian Alps - France and Italy Since the French Revolution, the issue of the ownership of the summit has been debated. The convention of 7 March 1861 draws the border on the icecap of Mont Blanc, making it both French and Italian. Monte Rosa 4,634 m / 15,203 ft Pennine Alps - Switzerland Monte Rosa was studied by pioneering geologists and explorers, including Leonardo da Vinci in the late fifteenth century. Bazardüzü 4,466 m / 14,652 ft Greater Caucasus - Azerbaijan Neighbouring Mount Shahdag contains Prehistoric cave dwellings at the base of the mountain indicating habitation for over 9,000 years 4000m.--. Großglockner 3,798 m / 12,461 ft Glockner Group - Austria The Pasterze, Austria's most extended glacier, lies on the Grossglockner's eastern slope. Mulhacén 3, 479 m / 11,414 ft Sierra Nevada - Spain It is named after Abu l-Hasan Ali, or Muley Hacén as he is known in Spanish, the penultimate Muslim King of Granada in the 15th century who, according to legend, was buried on the summit of the mountain. 3000m.--- Zugspitze 2,962 m / 9,718 ft Wetterstein Mountains - Germany In 1851 a summit cross was erected but taken down 37 years later due to suffering numerous lightning strikes. It was repaired and stood for another 111 years before being shot at by an American soldier in 1945. Coma Pedrosa 2,942 m / 9,652 ft Pyrenees - Andorra During the ascent the and towards its peak, the walk leads to the Estany Negre (Black Lake), named on account of its colour. Musala 2,925 m / 9,596 ft Rila Range - Bulgaria With an average annual temperature of -2.3 °C Musala is the coldest place in the entire Balkan Peninsula. Temperatures stay below 0 °C for about 8 months each year and snow cover lasts for about 200 days. Mount Olympus 2,919 m / 9,577 ft Balkans - Greece In Greek mythology Olympus was the home of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. Triglav 2,864 m / 9,396 ft Julian Alps - Slovenia During World War II, Triglav was the symbol of the Liberation Front of the Slovene Nation resistance movement. The soldiers wore distinctive three-pointed hats during known as astriglavkas, which were stylised versions of the 3 main peaks of the mountain. Mount Korab 2,764 m / 9,068 ft Korab Range - Albania and the Republic of Macedonia. The mountain is home to spectacular Korab Falls in the upper valley of the Dlaboka River. During spring time, the waterfall reaches a height of over 130 meters, which makes it the highest in Macedonia. Djeravica 2,656 m / 8,714 ft Prokletije Range - Kosovo and Serbia Up until the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence, Đeravica was indisputably the highest mountain of Serbia. The Government of Serbia (supported by some other states) still considers Kosovo to be part of Serbia,and according to this view, Đeravica is still the highest mountain of Serbia. Gerlachovský štít 2,655 m / 8,711 ft High Tatras - Slovakia Gerlachovský štít means the "Peak (of the village) of Gerlachov". The peak's earliest recorded name was the Szepes-German Kösselberg (Cauldron Mountain) on a map from 1762. The Slovak name of the mountain was first recorded as Kotol, also meaning "Cauldron", in 1821. Both names referred to the peak's characteristic cauldron-like cirque. Vorder Grauspitz 2,599 m /8,527 ft Rätikon, Alps - Liechtenstein The view from the summit is grand, stretching from Germany in the north, the entire country of Liechtenstein at your feet, Austria to the east, and Piz Bernina in the far south Moldoveanu Peak 2,544 m / 8,346 ft Southern Carpathians, Romania One of the most difficult parts of the Făgăraș trail is a "Three steps from the death" running the main ridge Custura Arpaşului. Zla Kolata 2,534 m / 8,314 ft Prokletije, Dinaric Alps - Montenegro Despite the dramatic views into the Valbona Valley the highest peak is not as often visited. 2500m · .... Mount Rysy 2,499 m / 8,199 ft High Tatras - Poland In the 20th century, the communist authorities claimed Vladimir Lenin climbed the mountain sometime in the early 1910s Galdhøpiggen 2,469 m / 8,100 ft Jotunheimen - Norway Galdhøpiggen records in Northern Europe, being the upper limit for a variety of flowers. Since the summer might not occur at all, some years, it tells something about these flowers' adaptation to the extremely ains probably unbreakable horticultural harsh climate. Maglic 2,386 m / 7,828 ft Dinaric Alps - Bosnia and Herzegovina The rich forests on the mountainside consist of the Perućica forest, a protected reserve within the Sutjeska National Park, which is the oldest and one of the two last remaining primeval forests in Europe. Mount Pico 2,351 m / 7,713 ft Mid-Atlantic Ridge - Portugal On top of Pico (Piquinho) there is an area of permanent de-gasification characterized by the emission of water vapour at a temperature of between 50 °C to 75 °C. Hvannadalshnúkur 2,110 m/ 6,923 ft Öræfajökull volcano - Iceland The peak is part of the Vatnajökull National Park. The route to the top is a popular climb though numerous and frequently hidden crevasses, and, because of this, the climb calls for experienced mountain guides. Kebnekaise 2,104 m / 6,903 ft Scandinavian Mountains - Sweden The glacier which covers the southern peak has shrunk, and therefore the summit is not as high as earlier. If the melting continues at the same rate, the south peak will sink below the north peak (which is the highest fixed point in Sweden) within a few years' time. Hoverla 2,061 m / 6,762 ft Chornohora (Carpathians) - Ukraine In the 20th century the mountain increasingly gained popularity as an extreme sports site. Recently, because of its prominence too many unskilled extreme-lovers are taking attempts to climb it in winter, resulting in regular frostbite or even deaths. 2000m. -- Dinara 1,831 m / 6,007 ft Dinaric Alps - Croatia Dinara has two major peaks: Troglav ("Threehead") and the eponymous Dinara. The peak called Dinara is shaped like a human head made of stone, and also has a prominence of 728 m. Sněžka 1,603 m / 5,259 ft Krkonoše - Czech Republic Historically the mountain was mined for its deposits of copper, iron and arsenic. The mining shafts, totalling 1.5 kilometres in length, remain to this day Ben Nevis 1,344 m / 4,409 ft Grampian Mountains - United Kingdom "Ben Nevis" is an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic name "Beinn Nibheis". "Beinn" is the most common Gaelic word for "mountain", "Nibheis" is variously understood, though the word is commonly translated as "malicious" or "venomous". NZ

Europe's Highest Peaks

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