For those of us without the desire, physical capacity or means to climb epic mountains, a cable car is the next best thing. Lucky for us there are some engineers with a serious sense of adventure who have built cable cars in absolutely wild locations. Here’s a list of 10 cable cars that are guaranteed to get your knees shaking, heart pumping and cause vertigo in even the most experienced mountaineers.
Tianmen Chan Cable Car (China)
In the northern province of Hunan is an epic cable car that rises to 1,300 meters high and nearly 7,500 meters in length. With the nickname of ‘Heaven’s Gate Mountain’ this cable car offers some of the most amazing views you could possibly imagine.
The Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi (France)
While the ride will cost you a whopping 41 euros for a 20 minute ascent, the journey is definitely worth it. This cable car of the French Alps currently holds the world record for the highest vertical ascent and has done so since 1955.
Gulmarg Gondola (India)
This cable car is not only the longest and highest in all of Asia, but the second highest on the entire planet. It was built by the French and currently shuttles skiers up to the shoulder of Kongdoori mountain.
Ba Na Cable Car (Vietnam)
The longest nonstop cable car in the world boasts some seriously gorgeous views of the Vietnamese landscape. It also holds the record for the largest difference in vertical feet between the stop and start terminals.
Table Mountain Causeway (South Africa)
Located in Cape Town, South Africa this cable car takes its passengers to the top of the famous Table Mountain that looms over the city. What sets it apart from the other cable cars on the list is that each individual gondola has a different and unique design.
Grindelwald-Männlichen Cableway (Switzerland)
This legendary cable car connects two massive peaks of the Swiss Alps. The scenery is said to be some of the best in Europe and the 30 minute ride gives great views of both the Jungfrau and Eiger, two iconic Swiss peaks. It is currently the third longest passenger carrying cable car this world has to offer.
Sugarloaf Mountain Cableway (Brazil)
In the epic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro lives a breathtaking cable ride to the top of one of the most famous mountains in all of Brazil. Not only is the view like a 360 degree postcard, but you can also see the amazing statue of Christ the Redeemer during the ride.
Zacatecas Cable Car (Mexico)
In Spanish a cable is known as a teleferico. This particular teleferico rises high above a beautiful, colonial Mexican city where views of plazas and elegant domes are a dime a dozen. The enjoyable ride ends in the Cerro de la Bufa, a large hill that overlooks the city of the same name.
Genting Skyway (Malaysia)
While the Genting skyway is primarily used as transportation to a massive resort, it also holds a world record of cable cars. This feat of Malaysian engineering is the fastest cable car on this beautiful planet. The quick journey has some great views and the resort at the end is worth the trip as it includes a theme park, shops, hotels and a large casino.
Masada Cableway (Israel)
There are two reasons why Israel’s Masada Cableway is one of the most unique cable cars you can experience. The first reason is that it rises over an incredible, ancient fortress. The second is that it’s the lowest cable car in the world because it starts 257 meters below sea level.