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Travelers and photographers often rise early—before the sun itself begins to think about waking up—to hike, climb, and position themselves for the perfect view of sunrise striking towering mountain ranges. Why bother getting out of bed before the crack of dawn? Because mountains offer monumental views you can't find anywhere else. Whether seen in the early morning or late evening, these natural giants very quickly show us the scale of our natural world and the unending wonders available to experience ourselves.
Ready to be inspired? Explore these majestic mountain scenes captured by photographers from the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of Year and start planning what peak, piques your interest.