Daredevil Scales Mt. Huashan, World's Most Dangerous Hiking Trail
This is the stomach churning video featuring what it feels like to scale Huashan, one of China's five Great Mountains, which has a long history of cultural and religious significance. Don’t look down as this daredevil adventurer scale the dangerous Chinese mountain trail!
A group of people hiked about five hours to reach the plank road and walk along the mountain at over 7000 ft of height, on pieces of wood nailed to the side of the mountain. Footage shows one daring traveller balancing precariously on a three-foot-long wooden plank, pretending to step off the path, dangling a foot above the drop. The bold hiker films himself leaning over the edge of the plank, tethered to side of the mountain only by the slim harness which is clipped to the thin wire that runs down the side of the mountain. That is crazy!
The trail includes steel rod ladders, toeholds carved out of the cliff and the narrow wooden plank walks. It is very dangerous as there are nothing but planks to walk on and a rail of chains to hold on to. A slim harness keeps walkers from falling but there is no one to ensure that walkers wear their safety gear.
The 7066 ft tall Mount Huashan is considered to be one of the five sacred mountains in China, and locals call it the “most precipitous mountain under heaven”. Impossible pathways have been carved all over the crags, and it is this place that has caught the imagination of adventurers everywhere.
Mt. Huashan has been a place of religious importance after the Daoist temple was established at its base. Since then, pilgrims, monks and nuns have inhabited the mountain and the surrounding area. A network of dangerous and precipitous trails allows them to access the mountain’s five summits, each of which has a religious structure like the tea house on the southern summit. Together, these five summits form the points of a flower shape.
In addition, the paths have been reinforced due to a recent influx of tourists, but they are nonetheless dangerous, and carry a reputation for fatal falls. Although no official statistics are kept, some say that the number may be as much as about 100 fatal falls a year.