Mighty natural monuments that reach higher than the clouds and provide homes for our planet’s most fascinating survivors—it’s no wonder that humans have always had a fixation with mountains.

A gauntlet of dangers, from subzero climates to volcanic eruptions, exist in these harsh environments. Perilous though they are, people are still willing to put up with extreme conditions in order to find out what the world looks like from the very top. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out these extraordinary mountains before planning your route to their summits.

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