Take a peak at our mountains quiz

Liz Boulter and Gavin McOwan
Photograph: Mike Mareen/Getty Images
  1. If you were trekking in the High Tatras, which country would you be in?

    1. Hungary

    2. Slovakia

    3. Bulgaria

    4. Slovenia

  2. Shishaldin Isanotski And Roundtop Volcanoes

    Regularly smouldering Mount Shishaldin is regarded as the world's most perfectly conical volcano. Which country is it in?

    1. US

    2. Japan

    3. Nepal

    4. Bolivia

  3. Two trees in front of the Zugspitze mounatin peak

    The 2,962-metre summit of Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain, is visited by half a million people a year. How do most get there?

    1. By rack-and-pinion train

    2. On foot

    3. By cable car

    4. On Europe's steepest tarmac road

  4. Denali, the US's highest peak, went by this name for centuries, but what was it called between 1917 and 2015?

    1. Mount Whitney

    2. Mount Foraker

    3. Mount Massive

    4. Mount McKinley

  5. The magnificent Mount Roraima towers above the clouds

    Many mountains are pointy and covered in snow, but Mount Roraima is more like a wedge of cheese. Which country is it mostly in?

    1. Chile

    2. Ethiopia

    3. Venezuela

    4. Indonesia

  6. Which is the world’s longest mountain range?

    1. The Himalayas

    2. The Rockies

    3. The Andes

    4. The Transantarctic Mountains

  7. NEPAL-HEALTH-VIRUS<br>This picture taken on March, 24, 2020 shows mules carrying goods over a bridge on their way to Namche Bazaar, the last stop before base camp in the shadow of the world's tallest mountain Everest. - The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling with foreign trekkers gearing up for one of Mount Everest's biggest weeks of the year, but the COVID-19 coronavirus has shut down the mountain and threatened the livelihood of the sherpas who rely on it. (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA / AFP) / TO GO WITH Health-virus-pandemic-Nepal-climbing,FOCUS by Paavan Mathema (Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images)

    When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, who said, "because it's there"?

    1. Sir Edmund Hillary

    2. Reinhold Messner

    3. George Mallory

    4. Chris Bonnington

  8. In Scotland, a Munro is a mountain that is...

    1. Among the country’s highest 100

    2. Over 3,000 feet high

    3. In the Cairngorms range

    4. Higher than any peak in England

  9. Khan Tengri (meaning King Heaven) is the world’s most northerly 7,000m-plus peak. Which country is it in?

    1. Mongolia

    2. Kazakhstan

    3. Canada

    4. China


    Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak, was once thought to be over 1,000 metres higher. Why?

    1. It was wrongly measured by the German missionaries who were the first Europeans to sight it

    2. A volcanic eruption blew its top off

    3. Centuries of rainy seasons wore away the porous basalt

    4. It once had a thick ice cap, which has melted because of global warming

  11. Which of these famous mountains is the lowest?

    1. The Matterhorn

    2. Mount Olympus

    3. Mount Kosciuszko

    4. Mount Fuji

  12. And which of these peaks is the highest?

    1. Kilimanjaro

    2. Mont Blanc

    3. Mount Elbrus

    4. Mount Whitney

  13. Which of these volcanoes is not part of the Pacific Ring of Fire?

    1. Krakatoa

    2. Mount St Helens

    3. Mount Fuji

    4. Mount Pelée

  14. An old saying has it that a wise person should climb this mountain once, but only a fool does it twice. Which mountain?

    1. Snowdon

    2. Kilimanjaro

    3. Table Mountain

    4. Mount Fuji

  15. The Illuminated trail up Sri Pada, Sabargamuwa, Sri Lanka.

    A "sacred footprint" at the top of Sri Pada mountain in Sri Lanka is held to be that of ...

    1. Buddha?

    2. The Hindu god Shiva?

    3. The place Adam first set foot on Earth?

    4. All of the above?


1:B - The Tatra national park does straddle the border with Poland, but all the high peaks are in Slovakia, 2:A - Mount Shishaldin is on Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands chain, Alaska, 3:C - The Zugspitze system holds the world record for the longest freespan in a cable car, at 3,213 metres., 4:D - A late-19th-century gold prospector named it Mount McKinley in support of then-presidential candidate William McKinley (who was assassinated in 1901), 5:C - The 'tepui' or table mountain is 85% in Venezuela, though the 10% that's in Guyana is the highest point in that country, 6:C - 4,300 miles, running right the way down the western edge of South America , 7:C - This remark has been called "the most famous three words in mountaineering"., 8:B, 9:B, 10:D - This is true, sadly. It is predicted that in less than 30 years there will no longer be any ice on Mount Kenya, 11:C - Australia's highest peak stands at 2,228 metres , 12:A - At 5,895 metres, the dormant volcano in Tanzania is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, 13:D, 14:D - In a normal year, around 300,000 people climb to the snowy tip of Japan's highest mountain, making it the most-climbed mountain in the world, 15:D - This mountain, also called Adam's Peak, has a holy significance to Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus


  1. 10 and above.

    Peak performance, well done!

  2. 6 and above.

    Not bad - but don't make plans for base camp just yet

  3. 0 and above.

    A long way off the summit, we're afraid