Most dangerous path in the world: the story of those who walked it

Most dangerous path in the world: the story of those who walked it

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The Most dangerous trail in the world or at least what is known as one of the most dangerous trails in the world open to all is the one that winds on Mount Hua (Hua Shan), one of the sacred Chinese mountains, located in the province of Shaanxi about 120 km east of Xi ' An (famous for its Terracotta Warriors).

Why walk it? Surely those who try their hand at "the business" are looking for an additional rush of adrenaline but also the desire to admire unspoiled landscapes and with decidedly breathtaking views!

However, the important thing is never to forget the safety that in these cases is entrusted to the carabiners with which you will have to tie yourself to the special chains along the way.

As anyone who follows me knows, I am a great lover of travel and nature, I like to experience adrenaline-pumping experiences but I don't know, honestly, if I would have the courage to do this path.

However, I can say that I have a dear friend who had the courage and to whom I asked to tell his experience to the readers of IdeeGreen!

So here's the story and the photo of Edoardo Massimo Del Mastro along the most dangerous path in the world: if you want to follow it, you too will find all the updated information you need!

“First of all, let's talk about how to get to the mountain.

There are several ways to reach Mount Hua, the most convenient, both in terms of cost and timing, is certainly the train that leaves from Xi'An.
There are several during the day, at any time (you can check the timetables here for the XIAN -> HUAYIN route which is the closest town to mountain).

As you can see, there are 2 types of trains, slower and cheaper, which takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, or the fast train, with higher costs, which however takes only 25 minutes.
Once you arrive at Huayin station, you will find taxis and buses that will take you to the entrance of Mount Hua. (surely the choice of bus is the cheapest and takes about 20 minutes).

Once you arrive at the entrance, you will find a large building in front of you, from there, you can pay the entrance to the Mountain with a shuttle service that will take you to the Gondola station or to the beginning of the 4,500 steps that separate you from the North Peak (starting point for the other East, South and West peaks).
In my case, I preferred the tiring part, but which pays off with beautiful landscapes inside the mountains.

The start of the most dangerous trekking path in the world, along Mount Hua

Important: No special training is required to walk to the top of North Peak, but remember that you will take 4,500 steps ONLY to get to the first stop. To walk the entire path, consisting solely of narrow and high steps, up to South Peak (where you will find the "most dangerous path in the world”) 7,531 steps await you.
So evaluate it well, especially if like me, you will bring your backpack with you.
In case of bad weather and rain, you will probably be blocked by the local police who will prevent you from climbing on foot and will force you to use the cable car for safety reasons.

Once you get to the top, you can evaluate whether to enjoy the view and stay in one of the many hostels (prices of all kinds, from 100 yuan for a bed in mixed dormitories for 18 people, up to 2,000 for private rooms. I stayed in the dormitory mixed and I was fine, if it weren't for the VERY HIGH humidity. If you decide to sleep there in the colder months, I highly recommend you bring a sleeping bag.)

Panorama from the trail on Mount Hua in Shaanxi

To venture along the "Most dangerous trail in the world”, You will have to climb some more steps, until reaching the Chang Kong Cliff Road (or Changong Zhandao). There, you will pay for the entrance to the walkway and you will be placed in "safety" with harnesses and carabiners.
A wooden beam about 4 meters long, perhaps just over 20 centimeters wide, is waiting for you, crossing a fantastic vertical overhang.
The path is not very long, but enjoy it as much as possible because it is really worth it.

A section of the most dangerous path in the world: the overhang is impressive!

My advice is to get there avoiding weekends, and if you sleep on top of the mountain, try to do the trail early in the morning so that you are in the company of a few other people (if not alone).
In October, the entry time for the path was 7.30 in the morning and very few of us did.

ABSOLUTELY NOT RECOMMENDED for those suffering from vertigo.

Is it really the "most dangerous path in the world"? I can't tell you but it is definitely a path dangerous!
It is therefore essential not to underestimate it, paying maximum attention and concentration at all times. If done with your head, you will have nothing to worry about.
With these things, you NEVER mess around.

More information about this and my other travels can be found on my Facebook page: while the photos of my travels can also be found on Instagram: mentenomade

by Edoardo Massimo Del Mastro

The most dangerous path in the world: video

Edoardo's beautiful video showing you some of the best moments of his journey!

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