Mount Huashan, China: The Most Dangerous Hiking Trail in the World

When it comes to China, the first thing that comes to most people’s head is tea. This time, however, we bring to your attention a subject ready to raise the level of adrenaline even if you are at a distance of 7000 kilometers from the “scene”.

Mount Huashan, Chin, manages to scare us just with photos. In the second century BC, this place was a major religious center when the base of Daoist temple was built. Since then, pilgrims, monks and nuns began to populate the mountain and surroundings.

Access to the five peaks of the mountain (each with important religious significance) is achieved by a network of narrow paths built of wood and stone. On one of the three peaks there is a tea house that, like the rest of establishments here is important from a religious point of view.

In recent years, due to a large influx of tourists, paths have been restored or enhanced, but even so it is still a very dangerous path.

Although there are no official statistics on deaths here, they say that every year, Mount Huashan “kidnaps” about 100 human lives.

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Mt. Huashan is one of China’s five Great Mountains (Foto: masterok.livejournal.com)

The path is unwieldy at times and generally rickety. With that said, it is solid and many thousands of people have walked it trail.

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Some parts of the mountain are a little steep (Foto: ahycenko.blogspot.com)
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The area has been considered holy since at least the 2nd century BCE (Foto: Aaron Feen)
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Monks, nuns and pilgrims carved a network of stairs and trails leading to the mountain’s peaks (Foto: tynan.com)
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The trails were reinforced after the mountain became more popular with tourists (Foto: richard0428)
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The mountain’s highest southern peak reaches 2,160 m (7,087 ft) (Foto: taiwandiscovery.wordpress.com)
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Just make sure you watch your step (Foto: Aaron Feen)
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The mountain has a reputation for fatal falls, but that doesn’t stop thrill-seekers from flocking to its trails (Foto: masterok.livejournal.com)
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If the adrenaline gets to you, there is a chess pavilion you can relax at (Foto: Gerben’s Photos)

Source: Bored Panda

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