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International Mountain Day

Celebrate International Mountain Day with a hike, climb, or trek - explore nature's beauty and challenge yourself to reach new heights!
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Get ready to celebrate International Mountain Day on December 11! This day was established in 2003 by the United Nations General Assembly, as a way to recognize and appreciate the importance of mountains around the world. Mountains are home to many species of plants and animals, provide water resources for billions of people and act as barriers against climate change.

History of International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day Dates

International Mountain Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UNESCO Mountain Biosphere Reserves</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) is launched by UNESCO to establish Mountain Biosphere Reserves, focusing on preserving biodiversity in mountainous regions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rio Earth Summit Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Rio Earth Summit recognizes the vulnerability of mountain ecosystems and includes specific language regarding the preservation and sustainable development of mountainous regions in Agenda 21.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>International Year of Mountains</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations designates 2002 as the International Year of Mountains to increase awareness and knowledge about the importance of mountains to life.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Mountain Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following the success of 2002's International Year of Mountains, the United Nations General Assembly establishes December 11 as International Mountain Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mountains in the Post-2015 Development Agenda</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Mountain Partnership advocates for the inclusion of mountains in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, recognizing them as key to sustainable development.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mountain Sustainability in UN Agenda</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations includes mountain regions in its Sustainable Development Goals, acknowledging their vital role in providing key ecosystem services and promoting sustainable development.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Mountain Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a mountain hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get out and explore the mountains by taking a hike or going on a nature walk and take in the beauty of the mountains.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Camp in the Mountains</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack up your camping gear and head to the mountains for an adventure.  Enjoy the fresh air, peace, and serenity of camping in the mountains.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take a mountain biking tour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to the nearest mountain range and take a mountain biking tour.  Enjoy the thrill of riding down mountains while taking in all of its beautiful scenery.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Rock climb</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself by going rock climbing in the mountains. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there are plenty of places to find routes that suit your skill level.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go skiing or snowboarding</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Hit up the slopes this International Mountain Day and go skiing or snowboarding! Enjoy some wintertime fun with friends or family as you take in all that the mountains have to offer.</p></div></div>

Why We Love International Mountain Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mountains are majestic</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's something so awe-inspiring about looking up at a mountain range. The beauty of the soaring peaks and sprawling valleys can take your breath away. Plus, the change in elevation creates a diverse landscape that can offer something new to explore every time you visit!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mountains provide recreational opportunities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and camping in the summer, there are countless ways to enjoy and explore the great outdoors when visiting a mountain. Whether you're an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a novice looking for a weekend getaway, there's an activity for everyone!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mountain air is rejuvenating</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the best part about visiting the mountains is stepping out into the crisp mountain air. Taking a deep breath of clean fresh air can be incredibly revitalizing and relaxing - making it a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.</p></div></div>

5 Unbelievable Facts for International Mountain Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mount Everest grows over time</h3><p class='facts-content'>Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, is not a constant height. Geological forces cause it to grow approximately 0.1576 inches (4mm) taller each year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mountains are home to unique species</h3><p class='facts-content'>Roughly 1/8th of the planet's species live in mountainous regions, including many species that are found nowhere else on Earth.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mountains house the world's largest glacier</h3><p class='facts-content'>The world's largest glacier - the Lambert-Fisher Glacier in Antarctica - is found in the mountains. This glacier is about 250 miles (400 km) long and 60 miles (100 km) wide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mountains act as our water towers</h3><p class='facts-content'>About half of human beings rely on mountains for water. Melting snow from mountains supplies groundwater and river flow to much of the world's population.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mountains affect our weather</h3><p class='facts-content'>Mountains play significant roles in influencing weather and climate. They act as barriers and can cause noticeable differences in climate on different sides of the mountain range.</p></div></div>

International Mountain Day FAQs

When is International Mountain Day?

International Mountain Day is celebrated on December 11 every year. In 2024 International Mountain Day will occur on a Wednesday.

International Mountain Day Dates

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2023

Dec 11

Monday

2024

Dec 11

Wednesday

2025

Dec 11

Thursday

2026

Dec 11

Friday

2027

Dec 11

Saturday

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