Rising up 6,812m from the heart of Everest’s Khumbu region of Nepal, Ama Dablam’s daunting peak is one of the most exhilarating and aesthetic climbs out there. It’s also basically Asia’s answer to the Great Pyramid of Giza, only with less sand and a hell of a lot more snow.

Shaped just like that ancient Egyptian monolith, the Himalayas’ natural version offers a much more action for experienced mountaineers and the ideal stepping-stone to more technical climbing. You’ll find yourself granite scrambling, ice climbing and fixed rope trekking on your way to the summit, thanks to the varied terrains up here in the Himalayas.

So if you’re looking for a real challenge? Summitting the hardest trekking peak in the world at the top of Ama Dablam is as good as it gets.