Height: 23,405 feet
Challenges: Elevation, Winds, Snow and Glacier Traverses
Relative Difficulty:
This massive mountain is surprisingly direct, though contenders must be fit to endure the arduous acclimatization process and harsh, frequent storms near the mountain’s peak. June through August is the optimal window for summit bids, as the winds calm and avalanche risk is lower than usual. The classic route is from the north side, and though it demands minimal technical training, the way is heavily glaciated.