Travelling isn’t a relaxing time for everyone; instead, many people across the globe take travelling as an opportunity to get that adrenaline rush that they’ve been missing for the rest of the year. Saying this, nothing gets the adrenaline pumping quite like scaling the side of a mountain and persevering until you make it to the top. Upon reaching the mountain’s peak, not only are you rewarded by the sense of satisfaction that you’ve accomplished something, but also the unmatched panoramic views. After suitable harness training and other necessary safety measures, you can embark on your climbing expedition across Asia.
There’s no other way to kick this list off than with the highest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest. Every single mountaineer across the globe places Everest firmly at the top of their bucket list. After all, why would you not strive to be at the highest point on Earth at least once in your life? Mount Everest sits between Tibet in Nepal, meaning that there are two ways that the mountain can be tackled. With this being said, this climb isn’t for the faint-hearted. As you can imagine, climbing Everest is one of the most dangerous expeditions you can embark on. Not only will you fall victim to extreme weather conditions, but also life-threatening altitude sickness.
Although Annapurna is only the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m, compared to Everest’s height of 8,848m, it’s still considered to be the most dangerous to climb. The fatality rate sits at a staggering 40%; however, those deemed fit enough may partake in a trail run. During this marathon, thrill seekers will have the opportunity to witness stunning views and explore unique landscapes. Annapurna can be found in Nepal and sits amongst the Annapurna Mountain Range of Gandaki Province. With this being said, it can’t be stressed enough that unexperienced mountaineers shouldn’t embark on this expedition.
As one of the most untouched and remote locations across the globe, Mount Khuiten is the highest peak in Mongolia. The remoteness of the region is no exaggeration, as it will require multiple flights, as well as a 400km drive and a 17km trek. After all of this travelling, the actual climb can begin. The terrain of Mount Khuiten is incredibly varied with bare rocks, blankets of snow, and also sheets of greenery. For a round trip, you should set aside 15 days; similarly, you’ll need around nine days to acclimatise.
Back in 2015, Mount Kinabalu was closed for three months due to a massive earthquake in June. Despite this, its reputation as the highest mountain in South East Asia places it at the top of many mountaineers’ bucket lists. Unfortunately, the Mesilau route is now regarded as inaccessible, and this was the more scenic of the two routes. Thankfully, though, the shorter, yet still beautiful, Timpohon route is still going strong. It’s standard practice to separate the expedition into two days, whereby mountaineers typically arrive at the base camp before starting again at 2 am to reach the peak in time for the sunrise.
Finally, if these towering mountains with adverse conditions aren’t quite terrifying enough, why not climb an active volcano, instead? The most recent eruption wasn’t too long ago, having taken place only in August 2016. As a result, flights were disrupted in the area, but it still prevails as a popular hiking route in the region. Typically speaking, the entire trek takes around three days to reach the crater rim, where trekkers can view the turquoise waters of the crater lake.