Guidebook

The Ultimate Mountaineering Challenge : Climb The Big 10

Summit the highest peak in 10 of the World's most famous mountain ranges - climbing challenges come no bigger than this!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With trips taking in the barren Scottish valleys, the arid peaks of Morocco and the World's highest mountain, there aren't many guidebooks out there as varied - or ambitious - as this one. It might be more of an inspirational tool than one you'll realistically use for planning, but dreaming of mountains can be almost as fun as climbing them!

The traditional "Seven Summits" involves the highest point on every continent and was dreamed up by American businessman and mountaineer Dick Bass. This list is a little more difficult to define, but essentially it involves climbing the highest mountain in 10 different ranges, each interesting and appealing for differing reasons.

We've recruited some expert help with this one - IFMGA guides Calum Muskett, Tom Grant and Jon Morgan wrote the Mount Cook, Denali and Mont Blanc routes respectively, and 14 time Everest summiteer (and IFMGA guide to boot) Kenton Cool contributed the Everest route description.

If high, glaciated mountains all sound a bit too much then there's also some routes in here which are much more attainable for the average hiker. We've got the classic "3 Peaks" of Britain - Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike - and non-technical treks such as Toubkal (the highest peak in the Atlas mountains) and Kilimanjaro; the "Roof of Africa". For those looking to transition from Kilimanjaro to Everest, we've also included a full description of how to climb Aconcagua - the highest mountain in South America, and one of the toughest non-glaciated treks on the planet.

You might not tick all - or any - of the mountains on this list, but you can at least enjoy dreaming of it!

Aoraki/Mt Cook Grand Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aoraki/Mt Cook Grand Traverse

Mount Cook
24.3 km
3,396 m
The most sought after alpine route in New Zealand?
Severe
Private
Everest South Col Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Everest South Col Route

13.3 km
3,410 m
The original route up Everest established by Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953
Extreme
Private
Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route

Chamonix
15.4 km
1,465 m
A huge day out through very complicated glacial terrain to the highest peak in Western Europe
Moderate
Private
Mount Toubkal Summit Hike: Imlil to Refuge du Toubkal
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Toubkal Summit Hike: Imlil to Refuge du Toubkal

3 - 4 hrs
11.0 km
1,461 m
80 m
Day 1: A moderate, non-technical hike to North Africa's highest summit: Mount Toubkal.
Difficult
Private
Aconcagua: Camp III to Base Camp Plaza de Mulas
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Camp III to Base Camp Plaza de Mulas

2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
0 m
1,614 m
Hike down to Base Camp Plaza de Mulas.
Difficult
Private
Aconcagua: Base Camp Plaza de Mulas to Horcones
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Base Camp Plaza de Mulas to Horcones

4 - 5 hrs
24.4 km
138 m
1,576 m
The last day of the Aconcagua expedition.
Moderate
Private
Mount Toubkal Summit Hike: Refuge du Toubkal to Summit
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Mount Toubkal Summit Hike: Refuge du Toubkal to Summit

3 - 4 hrs
6.7 km
986 m
986 m
The short but strenuous second day to North Africa's highest peak
Severe
Private
Mount Kilimanjaro: Machame Route
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

1 day +
58.1 km
5,150 m
5,333 m
Route to the roof of Africa—popular for its aesthetic quality and high success rate.
Severe
Private
Aconcagua: Camp II to Camp III
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Camp II to Camp III

0 - 1 hrs
1.9 km
500 m
0 m
The last hike before the summit attempt!
Difficult
Private
Aconcagua: Camp III to Summit
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Camp III to Summit

3 - 4 hrs
5.9 km
921 m
921 m
Summit the highest peak in South America!
Severe
Private
Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Ben Nevis
5 - 6 hrs
14.6 km
1,019 m
1,627 m
A contender for the title of grandest ridge walk in the country, the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete straddles that fine line between rambling and scrambling.
Extreme
Private
Kalhiltna Basecamp to 14k Camp
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kalhiltna Basecamp to 14k Camp

18.9 km
2,507 m
The epic and scenic journey up the lower reaches of Denali
Moderate
Private
West Buttress
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

West Buttress

Denali
6.5 km
1,876 m
The classic and most popular route to the top of North America.
Severe
Private
Aconcagua: Punta de Vacas to Base Camp Plaza Argentina
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Punta de Vacas to Base Camp Plaza Argentina

1 day +
38.4 km
2,090 m
307 m
Mount Aconcagua's base camp approach route.
Moderate
Private
Aconcagua: Base Camp Plaza Argentina to Camp I
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Base Camp Plaza Argentina to Camp I

1 - 2 hrs
3.6 km
839 m
0 m
The first day the Aconcagua route gets above 5000 m.a.s.l.
Difficult
Private
Aconcagua: Camp I to Camp II
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aconcagua: Camp I to Camp II

1 - 2 hrs
2.8 km
475 m
17 m
Continue higher up the flanks of Aconcagua, ending at Camp II at 5,500 m.a.s.l.
Difficult
Private
Scafell Double Dose
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Scafell Double Dose

5 - 6 hrs
18.4 km
1,341 m
1,338 m
An exciting loop taking in both Scafell and Scafell Pike
Severe
Private
Snowdon Horseshoe
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Snowdon Horseshoe

Snowdonia
4 - 5 hrs
11.8 km
1,001 m
1,006 m
Perhaps it's only fitting that the highest mountain in Wales boasts the country's greatest all-day scrambly ridge traverse.
Extreme
Private