The World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail
In this article, we’ll be talking about one of the breathtaking destinations not mentioned on our list last time. So if you are an “Acrophobic” or someone who has a fear of heights, please be warned not to see this destination. But if you are one of those thrill-seeker wanderers, then welcome! Because Mt. Huashan in China, was actually more considered as the deadliest hike in the world.
Mt. Huashan is the King of China’s five great and sacred mountains. One Chinese poet had once defined the mountain as “Soaring above the white clouds and over-shadowing the Yellow River” since the geographic location of Mt. Huashan is located near the southeast corner of the Ordos Loop section of the Yellow River basin, south of the Wei River valley, at the eastern end of the Qin Mountains, in southern Shaanxi province. The area has been considered holy since at least the 2nd century BCE.
Mount Huashan is home to several influential Taoist temples, where many emperors of past dynasties took part in Taoist activities and sacrificed to the God of mountain, making it a holy land of Taoism.
Since ancient times, only one path leads to Mt. Huashan. But now, in some places, the locals have carved stairs into the mountain as well wherein the normal route or network of stairs and trails were actually carved by monks, nuns and pilgrims. Some parts of the mountain are a little steep and ever since the mountain became popular with tourists, trails were reinforced.
Mt. Huashan is 138 kilometers (86 miles) from Xian Xianyang airport. Unfortunately, there is no direct bus from the airport, so you will have to go to downtown Xian and take a train (about one and a half hours) or bus (follows a certain time schedule) from there.
The Hiking and Trail
Your journey atop to the “The World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail” begins with the easiest part of the climb, where travellers traverse in the gigantic set of stone stairs called “the Heavenly Stairs” But do not underestimate these beautiful stairs since they are daunting as well.
Once you get high enough, it’s time for your gondola ride to the southern peak, where the plank path awaits.
This is where everything gets exciting for thrill-seekers. Yes, it’s dangerous and that’s what makes your adrenaline hit you while you walk on this path with just merely planks on and a rail of chains to hold onto. To twist your mind, you are actually passing through mostly sidewards, not how you normally walk. There are some routes where tourists should cross and climb by toe holes cut out.
The World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail” or the precipitous mountain’s highest southern peak reaches 2,160 m (7,087 ft) and what you’ll discover at the top won’t be revealed here. For tourism purposes, it is still best to personally experience what will you reach above.
Sometimes, the most essential part in travelling was actually “what you’ve been through” and “how you overcome all the obstacles”一rather than the destination itself. Getting to where you planned is just the reward; but if you’ll observe closely, nothing will be conquered if you never set a foot on.
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