Huashan Trail – World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

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Dates 1 Sep '10 to 30 Jun '11

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Est. Cost 1,500 - 2,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

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Name Huashan Trail – World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

Situated just 120 kilometers East of Xi’an City, in Shaanxi province, Huashan is one of China’s five sacred mountains.It’s appreciated for the beautiful natural scenery and the ancient Taoist temples, but Huashan is most famous for the dangerous hiking trail to the summit.
Known as the “Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven”, Mount Huashan proudly lives up to its reputation through its incredibly dangerous hiking trail. That’s what you have to keep in mind if you plan to tackle this beast: Huashan Trail is not about mountain-climbing but hiking. As such, you don’t get to use special equipment that could save your life – it’s just you, the mountain and if you think ahead, a pair of gloves. I will be in China in the not to distan future and hope to add this to the list of things to see and do.

Huashan Trail – World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

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Rajat Kumar
Rajat Kumar guys, i'm in if you'll be traveling in June. keep me posted
4 years ago
Rajat Kumar
Rajat Kumar also... u can chk the trip that i'm sort'a looking for (http://globetrooper.com/a-journey-to-self-discovery-2011). Maybe it'll give you of whether we'll be compatible travel-mates. cheers!
4 years ago
Raymond

Raymond lol.... been and done. If you want to know what it looks like then just watch the new karate kid film. On the bit where they go up the mountain to drink some water..... thas the mountain.

I set off from the base at 7pm.... walked up till about 9.30pm..... the rain just got harder and harder..... thats when i stopped. By 11pm it wasnt going to stop so i had no choice but to carry on..... by 3.30am i got to a peak.... sat down on a rock thinking it was the east peak. As my eyes adjusted to the scenery of a cloud base (looking down) stars (looking up) then on the left hand side i can just make out a higher peak..... F**k!!! Packed all the stuff and carried on climbing...... 5am...... reach east peak. 5.30am...... see sunrise....... glorious..... speechless...... time to climb down at 6am....... then it hit me....... words can not describe how sh*t scared i was...... my knees started to tremble....... turned to jelly and i was stuck to the ground....... no way was i going to climb back down those bloody steps!!!!

Going up in the middle night with only a torch had hidden all the dangers...... come daylight...... i just realised how stupid i had been. I grabbed the iron handles bars and chain links and gritted my teeth and climbed down. All in all....... as much as i cursed and sweared and wish the earth would swallow me up........ thinking back i enjoyed every minute of it. I went to other peaks before cathcing the cable car down at 4pm........ 21 hours up a mountain..... 2 hours rest and the rest was walking up down.... up down.... up down....... how i survived all the walking i have no idea to this day........ but i want to go back and suffer more. The highlight is the sunrise on east peak....... and the plank walk....... or the chain link rock face climb. Hell even the steep 200m or so single file step up the mountain with sheer drop on either side is a eye popper. If anyone wants to see the pictures on my facebook drop me a line and i'll send you the link.

4 years ago
Todd
Todd Great story Raymond, thanks for sharing. Definitely want to do it some day, maybe next year since we'll be in that neck of the woods.
4 years ago
Frederic974
Frederic974 when are you going?
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren What makes this hike so dangerous mpreihs? I've read the tallest peak in the five sacred mountains is only 2,160m, so altitude wouldn't be a big risk factor... Why no safety equipment?
5 years ago
mpreihs
mpreihs I think the fact that no advanced equipment is needed and few have skills honed through experience. Instead, you have a sort of public trail used by many who are foolish enough to give it a try regardless of their physical ability or previous climbing experience. Sheer drop-offs are just inches away on certain parts of the trail. There are also near vertical steps that seem to go on forever. The Chinese seem to have increased the safety standards for the hike but many still get hurt.
5 years ago
Todd
Todd I just went looking for pictures to add to the trip and it really does look quite dangerous. Will have to keep it in mind if we get the chance to visit China next year.
5 years ago
chester
chester im currently based in beijing until the end of 2011 for sure. im interested in joining as long as i get enough time to ask for a leave from work
4 years ago
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Highlights

  • Xian, Huashan Temple

Activities

  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Altitude 4000m+