Mountain photography is incredibly entertaining and diverse. While most mountains can look awesome in a photograph, one of the greatest things about mountain photography is that every mountain looks different.
This gives us a great chance to mix things up, take different shots, and explore unique parts of the world. Despite any mountain looking pretty impressive in a photograph, there are some that have celebrity status.
Today, those mountains are the ones we’re going to focus on. In this post, we’re going to look at 22 of the most famous mountains in the world to photograph(see also: 77 Of The Most Beautiful Landscapes In The World For Photographers).
The mountains we’re going to look at are famous for their unique shape, impressive size, amazing climbing history, and even their rich mythology.
More importantly though, they’re all mountains that look incredible in photographs. If you’re looking for a mountain to take photos of, keep reading!
1. Mount Everest, Nepal
Of course, we’re going to start with Mount Everest. The highest mountain above sea level and the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest is probably the most iconic mountain in the world.
8,849m above the Himalayan skyline, Mount Everest is an impressive sight that features a world-famous peak just waiting for you to take photos of.
2. Mount Fuji, Japan
If you find the right position, it’s possible to take the most incredible photos of Mount Fuji from across Mount Kawaguchi, where you’ll also be able to sneak some stunning cherry blossom trees into your shot.
3. The Matterhorn, Switzerland
If you want to capture a photograph of a unique peak, you have to visit the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The pointed peak of the Matterhorn looks best at sunrise or sunset with the sun glistening.
You’ll also be able to snap a beautiful reflection in Riffelsee Lake.
4. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Found in Tanzania and seen in Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. It’s one of the best mountains in the world for capturing photos that feature wildlife, an impressive peak, and snow.
If you’re lucky enough, you might find elephants at the base of the mountain too.
5. Mount Olympus, Greece
Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece. It is also one of the most mythical mountains in the world. Also known as the Mountain of the Gods, Mount Olympus features a rugged peak that towers above the ground.
6. Mont Blanc, France/Italy
Mont Blanc is one of the most famous mountains in Europe. In fact, it’s actually the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe at 4,800 meters above sea level.
Found along the French and Italian border, Mont Blanc is the second-most prominent mountain in Europe.
7. Kirkjufell, Iceland
Next up, we have Kirkjufell which can be found in Grundarfjordur, Iceland. This is another mountain that has an interesting peak for you to take photographs of.
Surrounded by a vast green landscape and near a waterfall, Kirkjufell has a shark fin-like peak.
8. Mount Fitz Roy, Chile/Argentina
Mount Fitz Roy is a rugged mountain found in Patagonia on the border between Chile and Argentina. Located on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, you can expect a wild experience when visiting this mountain.
Taking photographs of the mountain is only part of the excitement.
9. Table Mountain, South Africa
Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa is arguably the most unique mountain in the world. Welcoming 800,000 visitors every year, Table Mountain, unsurprisingly, has a flat appearance that looks just like a table.
This makes for some pretty interesting shots.
10. The Pitons, Saint Lucia
The Pitons in Saint Lucia help put the Caribbean on the map for iconic mountains. Here, you’ll be treated to a defining pair of volcanic spears that stand tall above the tropical waters and dense jungle.
What’s not to like?
11. Mount Rainier, Washington State
Keeping things a little bit closer to home, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in Washington State. It’s also the most impressive. Mount Rainier is a glaciated volcano encased in more than 35 sq miles of ice and snow (see also “How To Photograph Icicles“).
12. K2, Pakistan
The K2 Mountain in Pakistan is located in the famous Karakoram Range, which is part of the Himalayas. Standing at 8,611 meters high, K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world.
Rugged and wild, you’ll love taking photos here.
13. Denali, Alaska
Denali is North America’s tallest mountain, standing at 6,190 meters above sea level. It sits in a world-famous national park called Mount McKinley National Park.
Here, you’ll find a huge range of different peaks and photograph locations where you can capture the most amazing photos.
14. Mount Sinai, Egypt
One of the most sacred mountains in the world is Mount Sinai. Found on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, this mountain is a sacred site for Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. This makes it a wonderful place to take photographs.
15. Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington in New Hampshire has a reputation for harsh and unpredictable weather. Therefore, it’s one of the best mountain locations in the world for capturing more dramatic shots (see also “Techniques For Capturing The Majesty Of Mountains“).
It’s also surrounded by a rich forest landscape which makes a great frame.
16. Uluru, Australia
Uluru is a large rock/mountain in the Australian outback that draws in more than 250,000 visitors every year. This remote desert mountain looks like something you’d find on Mars so check it out!
17. Mount Hua, China
Mount Hua is another mountain that has a rich history and religious significance. It is the Western Mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China, making it an iconic sight.
18. Popocatepetl, Mexico
If you’ve always wanted to photograph an active volcano, Popocatepetl in Mexico could be your best bet. Standing at 5,426 meters tall, this volcano regularly displays signs of action that make for an incredible photograph.
19. El Capitán, California
El Capitan is a popular mountain that can be found in Yosemite National Park in California. Surrounded by a river, lake, and dense forest, this mountain looks epic all year round.
20. Grand Teton, Wyoming
Grand Teton is one of the best mountains in America for capturing reflections. On a clear day, you can get a wonderful shot of the rugged mountain range and its reflection in the lake that sits below.
21. Licancabur, Chile/Bolivia
Sitting on the border between Chile and Bolivia in the Andes mountain range, Licancabur is one of the most famous mountains in the world with photographers that want to capture something more unique.
This is another mountain that looks like it belongs on another planet.
22. Tre Cime Di Lavaredo, Italy
Tre Cime di Lavaredo in Italy is easily one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Surrounded by the most amazing landscape, this mountain has a unique dinosaur spine-like ridge that can be captured from a wide range of different positions.
There you have it, 22 of the most famous mountains in the world to photograph. In this post, we’ve looked at the most iconic mountains in the world that you can take photographs of if you want to capture something special.
All you have to do now is decide which mountain you want to visit first.