These three mountains might not be the tallest, most famous or hardest to climb, but they do all offer a brilliant challenge, stunning views and a great introduction into the world of mountain climbing.
1. POINTE PERCÉE, FRANCE
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This 2,753m peak offers a steep hiking route to the top, dotted with a few short scrambles, so only for the sure-footed! The reward for reaching the summit is an uninterrupted view of Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains.
2. GROßVENEDIGER, AUSTRIA
There’s glacier travel involved, so a guide is a must |[AUT]side via Creative Commons
Austria’s fourth-highest peak is an ideal introduction to climbing 3,000m plus mountains. It gentle ascent is suitable for reasonably fit mountaineering newbies, but a crevasse-ridden glacier means a certified guide is essential.
3. GRAN PARADISO, ITALY
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Climbing the highest mountain set entirely with Italy’s border is physically tough, but technically easy, which makes it a good option for fit, adventurous types looking to break the 4,000m mark for the first time.