Top 10 Mountain Ranges to Explore
Mountains have been fascinating people for centuries. These awe-inspiring peaks inspire people to develop a deep connection with nature, allowing for a spiritual escape from our everyday lives. Something we all crave when we venture out in the world to explore!
If you have been daydreaming of incredible mountain vistas and glacier peaks – Here are some of our favourite mountain ranges to explore:
1. Swiss Alps
The mention of Switzerland evokes imagery of snow-capped mountains, green pastoral hills and charming villages. You must experience the magic of Switzerland first hand with its famous cheese and chocolate, yodeling mountaineers, lakes and of course jaw-dropping mountaintops.
Travellers have been hiking the mountains for years, but we recommend our award-winning Switzerland E-Biking trip, where electric-assist bikes allow you to glide effortlessly over the mountain and glacial vistas!
2. Dolomite Mountains
Regarded as the most attractive mountain landscape in the world, the Dolomite Mountains are a sight to see. They divide the Venetian plain from Austria to the north, and provide people with incredible views and ever-changing landscapes. These stunning mountain peaks have been drawing foreign mountaineers (of every skill level) for centuries to explore its numerous trails that wind all through the vast landscape. Yet even with such remarkable mountain ranges and breath-taking views, they remain one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Want to become one of the few who experience this extraordinary place? Try our Dolomites Walking trip and get ready to experience the area’s remarkable people and amazing hikes!
Photographs do not do Machu Picchu justice, you must go there yourself to take in the magic of the mountains and Sacred Valley. Set high in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu boasts views like no other. Exploring the sacred lands of the Inca people is like stepping back in history – breathing in the rarefied air and voyaging through the mountains provides you with the smallest glimpse of life hundreds of years ago.
Climbing up Machu Picchu and taking in all its wonder is pretty incredible, but how about waking up and having it as your morning view? That is exactly what you will get at the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge when you venture out on our incredible Peru Walking trip.
In Patagonia, embrace the isolation and take time to enjoy the unbelievable scenes that are all around. Hike through glaciers above crystal clear lakes, walk the windswept steppes and mountain peaks surrounded by the planet’s most incredible landscapes. This remote region has some of the world’s most extraordinary vistas – and is seen by precious few. However, here at B&R we know our way around a glacier and will show you all the best places to hike on our new Chilean Patagonia Active trip!
5. Rocky Mountains
Larger than life mountains and wild beauty. Right in our own backyard, the Canadian Rockies are the stunning backbone of this immense country, rising from the land and towering overhead. There are so many adventures to take part in while you are here. Bike riverside trails, hike waterfalls, swim in glacier-fed waters and more on our Rocky Mountains Family trip! Spend your days searching for wildlife and taking in the majesty of the mountains. The Rockies will leave you feeling speechless.
6. French Alps
The peaks and passes of the gorgeous French Alps have been challenging people for centuries. With veering roads over steep grades, you can truly appreciate what it takes to ride in the Tour de France on our French Alps Biking trip! While the climb itself is a feat to remember, the outstanding views will make for an unforgettable journey. And of course, no trip to the French Alps would be complete without a trip to the famous crystal-clear Lake Annecy.
Morocco is an exotic country that provides you with endless landscapes to traverse, from Berber villages to stunning oases. However, the true magic of Morocco lies in wandering the Atlas Mountains. The tranquility and fresh air of the mountains are an escape from city life. Travel off the beaten path on our Morocco Walking trip where you will hike and dine in style every night!
China’s time is now! In modern Beijing there is so much to see and do; ride past hutongs, walk through Tiananmen Square and climb the Great Wall. But delve deeper than China’s bustling cities and you’ll discover magical sites like the Li River, scenic bamboo forests and the stunning. Yellow Mountains. On our China Active Expedition take time to appreciate the tranquil side of China while discovering mountain vistas over looking infinite valleys that seem to stretch out forever.
Centuries of civilizations have left their mark; rich in culture, art, gastronomy and architecture, Sicily has immense opportunities to offer. Along with a vast history, one of the oldest attractions in Sicily is Mount Etna. Found on the coast of Sicily, this active volcano is the highest summit at about 11,000 ft. It is truly a sight to behold, taking in the stark contrast of black lava amongst the evergreen pine forest. Here at B&R we love a good hike as much as the next person but something we love just as much (if not more!) is a spectacular wine tasting at the end of an adventurous day! On our Eastern Sicily Walking we give you the best mix of adventure and wine that Sicily has to offer.
10. British Columbia
Discover the British Columbia that feels untouched by human hands. Hike through ancient groves of giant trees and climb the breathtaking Coastal Mountain range. With an amazing mix of rugged nature and inspiring culture, BC will keep you captivated at every turn. If you don’t feel like climbing, why not chairlift to the top of the mountain for a scenic hike and views of the surrounding peaks? Feel like biking the Valley Trail, or kayaking to Meares Island, or maybe just walking along endless beaches? All this and more is possible on our British Columbia Wilderness trip where adventure awaits!