World’s Scariest Hiking Trail

If these photos don’t make your stomach drop, then nothing probably ever will. Nothing else will bring together adrenaline, exhilaration, fear and death in one sentence as much as the climb of Mt. Hua Shan in China.

It’s not called the world’s most dangerous hiking trail for nothing. That’s because that’s exactly what it is. As one of China’s five greatest mountains, you’d expect Mt. Hua Shan to have a long history as a place of religious significance, and it doesn’t disappoint. From the moment in the early centuries when monks, nuns and pilgrims decided to carve their way on these death-defying cliffs to make their way to the peak of the mountain, its significance has increased exponentially especially to thrill-seeking hikers.

However, you’ll have to be a real thrill-seeker to even contemplate taking your first step. Yeah, that’s right. In fact, the most frightening part of the trail is that it wouldn’t be in existence in the first place without the dangerous boards and chains -the only things that can protect you from falling to your death- because it would be in the middle of nowhere.

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If you think that’s all, then you are sooo wrong. There exist certain places during the vertical ascents that you’ll have nothing but carved toe holes and chains to help you stay on the mountain, if not alive.

Well, the dangerous aspects of such places seem to be what draw many thrill-seekers to them, but not for this esteemed holy mountain. As treacherous as it may sound, you’ll never believe what this incredibly perilous hike trail leads to: a Chinese teahouse!

We’re so curious about the taste of the tea served there because even with the trail’s reputation for fatal falls (about 100 casualties per year), thrill-seekers never stop flocking to it.

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