World’s scariest hike
Hiking is the new adrenaline sport, thanks to China’s Huashan Trail – the world’s most dangerous hike. Located in Huayin City in northwestern China, Mt. Huashan is as sacred as it is popular. But be warned, hiking this beast is no walk in the park; one step wrong on your trek to the summit means certain death. Not your idea of fun? Don’t worry, there’s a cable car to the top.
China’s perilous trail is a playground for daredevils as the name of the game is hiking rather than mountain climbing. Don’t bother packing special equipment that could save your life – it’s just you, the mountain and (if you think ahead) a pair of gloves.
Those who accept the mountain’s hiking challenge are usually young adrenaline seekers. Sadly, many of them have fatal accidents, but due to Chinese censorship there are no official records of any such incidents. Reports say the Chinese authorities have made considerable progress in making the trail safer.
The most dangerous part of the trail is called ‘Changong Zhandao’ – a vertical “ladder” attached to a vertical cliff. You may find comfort in knowing there’s a chain that you can strap yourself to with a harness.
The steep, practically vertical Heaven Stairs are no breeze to climb either; if you were to slip and tumble, the people behind you would be in terrible danger as well because the staircase is very narrow. Admittedly, this is probably not one to try if you’re scared of heights.
Mt. Huashan has five peaks that make the mountain look like a flower when viewed from a certain angle. If you’re brave and lucky enough to reach its summit, you are rewarded with an incredible view of the whole mountain complex.
- Best seasons for visiting are: spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October).
- Average temperature on Mt. Huashan is 6.8 degree, so pack your thermals.
- Be sure to pack a raincoat, gloves, a walking stick, any necessary medicines and a torch.
- Leave large luggage at the foot of the mountain.