Plan your next adventure with our database of the top mountain climbs. Explore the world’s toughest and most beautiful peaks, beyond the Seven Summits. Mountains are categorized by region, climbing season, average time to climb, elevation, and level of difficulty. The ratings are based on Jagged Globe’s expedition grading, which captures the technical and fitness levels required for each climb in a simple, easily understood format.

Technical Ratings

1 | Prior climbing experience is not required. Most advanced features are low-angle snow and easy scrambling over rocks.

2 | Experience using crampons and an ice axe is required. Ropes may be used for travel over glaciers or icy slopes.

3 | Technical snow and ice climbing experience is essential. There can be steep sections of snow or ice (up to 50°) that are generally short.

4 | Technical snow and ice climbing experience is essential, and general climbing ability should be good and well-rounded. There can be steep sections of snow or ice (up to 50°) that are long with short sections that are even steeper, requiring low-grade ice or rock climbing.

5 | Extensive technical snow and ice climbing experience is essential, and general climbing ability should be excellent. There can be very steep sections of ice or rock that require challenging technical climbs.

Fitness Ratings

A | Basic fitness is required. Average pack weight is 13 to 18 pounds.

B | Good cardio fitness is required, often requiring training (e.g., running and hiking). Average pack weight is 17 to 26 pounds.

C | Advanced cardio fitness is required, along with the ability to endure tough physical conditions. Average pack weight is 26 to 40 pounds.

D | Advanced cardio fitness is required, along with the ability to endure extreme conditions. Dedicated training is required for all but the most fit athletes who are already on rigorous training programs. Average pack weight is 26 to 40 pounds.

E | Advanced cardio fitness is required, along with the ability to endure extreme conditions at a high altitude. Intense, specialized training is required and the expedition may result in long-term fatigue as an after-effect. Average pack weight is 26 to 40 pounds.

All | Average pack weights may be less for supported expeditions, where you have assistance from porters, pack animals, or serviced huts to lighten your load.

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Swiss Alps: Eiger

Early July – Early Sept | 5 Days | 13,025′ Elev. | Level 3B | Switzerland

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