Mountains have always been considered as “holy” places, as the home of the gods and as an intermediary between heaven and earth. In the Judeo-Christian context, mountains were seen as places of Theophany, where “the chosen ones” were able to communicate with God. In old times, mountains were avoided due to immense respect. In the course of history and a “demystification of the world,” however, mountains have turned into a “piece of sports equipment”. Today, the motivation of many mountaineers is not only to celebrate training and success, but increasingly also to escape from the daily routine and to live extraordinary experiences. Hence, mountains are becoming “holy” places again in a time, in which a change in the religious landscape is being diagnosed. In late modern, European society, religious institutions are increasingly losing importance. Religion takes place in private, where individuals construct their own believes out of various different set pieces. An enhancing pursuit of experience and entirety of the individuals can thereby be observed. In this context, also sport experiences a ”derestriction” and approaches the religious sphere as through the body extraordinary experiences like “ecstasy” and “thrill” are possible. One kind of sports that also guarantees extraordinary experiences is extreme mountaineering. It will therefore be tried to demonstrate that mountaineering as a basically not religiously motivated sporty activity shows parallels to religion. Further, it will be tried to demonstrate that the sensation that drives mountaineers can be considered as a modern search for religious experience, because this experiences namely, show similarities to mystical or religious experience. This will be shown by analyzing two examples of alpine literature from the 20th and 21st century, which cover the whole spectrum of the diagnosed religious change.