"Ein Gipfel gehört dir erst, wenn du wieder unten bist - denn vorher gehörst du ihm"
- Hans Kammerlander
"The mountains are calling, and I must go."
- John Muir
First peak was the Brocken, the highest point in Saxony-Anhalt (my home province) and middle Germany. Lots of snow and rain, very cold and windy.
Probably the lowest peak I will reach and perhaps the only one I could actually cycle up.
Peak 2: Fichtelberg (1215m), highest point of Saxony
Peak 3: Klinovec / Keilberg (1244m), highest peak of Erzgebirge
Peak 4: Snežka / Schneekoppe (1600m), highest mountain of Czech Republic. There was a horrible storm at the top and I forgot to take a picture :/
Peak 5: Ostrva (1985m).
I was checking to climb Gerlachovsky Stit (highest mountain of Slovakia, 2655m). Unfortunately there was too much snow, conditions were horrible and I failed. Didn't get anywhere near its top and I settled for Ostrva instead.
Peak 6: Rysy, highest peak of Poland. 2499m on Polish side, 2503m on Slovakian side.
Lots of snow here as well but a trace to follow which made walking and navigation much easier.
Peak 7: Petros (2020m). Actually tried to climb Hoverla (2061m), highest mountain of Ukraine. Carpathian mountains. However it's very remote and in the snow plus being exhausted from cycling I didn't manage to complete the hike of 25 km (one way!) and returned when I reached the peak of Petros after 17km. In total 9 hours of hiking, 34 km and 1500 hm.
Peak 8: Moldoveanu (2500+m), highest mountain of Romania and the Carpats. Had to give up at 2200m due to bad weather conditions.
Peak 9: Midžor, 2168m, highest peak of Serbia. Hiked up from Gorni Lom on the Bulgarian side on April 25th!
Peak 10: Musala, 2925m, highest peak of Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsular. Arrived on the summit on April 28th
Peak 11: Hasan, Central Anatolien / Turkey, 3268m, 2nd highest mountain of Central Anatolia. Click here for a detailed account
Peak 11.5: Erçiyes, highest peak of Central Anatolia / Turkey, 3917m
I went to Erçiyes as well but weather, strong winds and risk of avalanches prevented a serious attempt to summit this mountain.
Peak 12: Ağri Dagi (Ararat), Highest mountain of Turkey, 5137m
Unfortunately this beautiful mountain is on the border between Turkey and Armenia and the military has closed the area. I was not able to get a permit to climb Ararat. Climbers who tried climbing without a permit had been thrown into prison. I did not want to take the risk and enjoyed the beauty of this mountain from the bottom.
Peak 13: Kazbek, Georgien, 5047m
The weather was permanently bad when I was in Kazbegi. I still attempted to hike up. I got severe food poisoning on the mountain and got very sick. I ended up being sick for a whole week. Hence, I could not climb any mountain in Georgia.
Peak 14: Aragats, highest mountain of Armenia, 4090m
I successfully climbed the south peak (3890m) and the west peak (4080m) of Aragats on June 11th. The conditions where very difficult with plenty of snow which is why I did not attempt the north peak, which is actually the highest point.
Peak 15: Damavand, highest mountain of Iran and the Middle East: 5671m
I reached the summit early on June 25th (day 93)
Peak 16: North Tehran mountain ridge - peaks Kolakchal (3343m), East Lezon/Piazchal (3540m) & Tochal (3964m).
I wnet on a 3-day hike from Tehran to cross this amazing ridge in the north of Tehran. Tochal is the highest mountain visible from Tehran (3964m).
Peak 17: Pik Lenin, 7135m
The final peak I tried to reach at the end of the trip. Didn't quite make as I have just been to exhausted and the weather wasn't in my favor. But the way is the goal and it has been an amazing adventure :)