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There is an endless list of adrenaline pumping adventures to discover around the world. It would be near impossible to experience them all so we asked travel bloggers to share their most epic adrenaline activities from their travels.
Adrenaline Junkie – a person with a compulsive desire for excitement and adventure
This list includes adventures in the snow, the mountains, others under water and some will even leave you hanging in mid air. Paragliding to shark cage diving, this list offers something for every adventure seeker and adrenaline junkie’s bucket list.
Photo by Tommy Lisbin
Here is a list of 24 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures from bloggers around the world:
1. SKYDIVE OVER FOX GLACIERS
West Coast Region, New Zealand
Recommended by Suzy from Suzy Stories
On a perfect New Zealand summer’s day we were taken to a remote spot in Fox Glacier, ready to embark on my first ever skydive. After a quick safety briefing and documentation signing we were soon getting suited up for the big event.
Soon we were off in our plane strapped securely to our guide, and climbing the skies to the 16,000 ft where we would be released. I’d like to say I was nervous, but honestly, I wasn’t in the slightest. With perfect views across the Tasman Sea and Aoraki/Mount Cook in the distance, how could you be scared with a sight like that?
All of a sudden, the door was open and I was out. It felt like FLYING. No sense of falling to be had in the slightest, I couldn’t quite believe it, so really just wanted to laugh hysterically with pure joy. On the descent was unforgettable views over Franz Josef and Fox glaciers as well as the mesmerising Southern Alps. Absolute bliss!
A few short minutes later and the parachute was opened. Being able to hear once more I was suddenly struck by how quiet everything was. With a more static view of my surroundings, I was overjoyed at the experience and truly didn’t want it to end. But alas, we landed with a bump and I was soon reunited with friends. Cue overexcited and euphoric chatter for the rest of the day. I can’t recommend it enough!
2. SNORKELING IN THE SILFRA FISSURE
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Recommended by Lizzie from Lizzie’s Restless Feet
Forget snorkelling in a tropical paradise – if you want to get your adrenaline pumping try snorkelling in near freezing water between two continental plates! Head to the Silfra Fissure in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, wrap up in a drysuit and plunge into water that is around 2-3°C for the swim of your life.
The fissure’s crystal clear water is made of glacier meltwater filtered through the volcanic rocks over hundreds of years – this magical combination gives the best underwater visibility in the world – at one point, you can see for over 150m! As you glide along the surface, the water appearing every shade of blue and green, it genuinely feels like flying over the rocks up to 23m below you.
The highlight is reaching a spot where you can touch both North America and Europe simultaneously while taking perfect profile picture. Continuing along the fissure, you end up in the Silfra Lagoon which has a sandy floor and craggy rock pools, perfect for exploring until the cold finally makes you relinquish and head back to the van to warm up with a hot chocolate!
3. DOG SLEDDING IN THE ARTIC
Inuvik, Northwest Territories of Canada
Recommended by Patricia from Ze Wondering Frogs
Four powerful Husky dogs pulled my sled at full speed as we crossed the white Arctic tundra, the freezing wind on my face. The paws of the dogs scratched the snow as they dug deeper on the trail, sending the cold fluffy powder all around us. As the leader of the sled and pack of dogs, I was trying to keep my balance as the sled bounced on ice blocks or broken branches. The white trail took us over frozen lakes, and up to hills with sweeping views across the open tundra. One of my feet was resting slightly on the metal break, a sharp hook ready to dig into the ice when the dogs took off. And they did, several times. After birds, a scared rabbit, other dogs on the trail. A few time I fell, the dogs so excited by the encounters they jumped and unstabilized the sled. But I never, ever, let go of the sled – I did not want to lose my dogs!
After several hours on the tundra, miles away from any civilization, the campsite came into view. Bright orange tents, an open fire pit, and a couple of hay balls awaited us. Dogs were the priority: off the leashes and sleds, and to their quarters for the night. The hay served as snow cover, where they settled down until their warm dinner of chicken soup. Then we relaxed around the hot fire, sipping hot tea and recovering our strength on a large plate of pasta. As tired as we were, the green shades of the Northern Lights slowly appeared in the dark sky. A magical night, even in – 15ºF conditions, far north in the Arctic with no other sign of life around us.
As we returned to Inuvik, the main town in that part of Canada, our exciting winter experience sunk in: the bonding with the Huskies, the thrills of the danger at every corner, and the stunning landscapes of the Arctic. We felt like an explorer of the time past, the adventure of a lifetime.
4. CLIMB THE INFAMOUS SKY PLANK
Haushan mountain, Shaanxi, China
Recommended by James and Sarah from The Whole World Or Nothing
Edging along a series of narrow wooden planks balanced high above a certain death drop over the side of a mountain isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. But as soon as we heard about this perilous adventure, often nicknamed “the world’s most dangerous hike”, we knew we had to take it on.
Huashan is a mountain in China’s Shaanxi province, not far from the vibrant city of Xi’an, and it’s here where you’ll find the infamous Sky Plank Walk. It’s definitely the star attraction in these peaks drawing thousands of visitors each week.
Wooden beams are haphazardly secured into place on the mountain face by a strange assortment of fastenings including an old table leg and some bent, rusty nails. Lines of daredevils queue up to test their nerves on this precarious course, and to make matters worse, it’s two way traffic. You have to make your way behind people’s backs on the return journey, pushing you further over the abyss.
Even before you arrive at that point though, you’ll have to navigate the steep route up the mountainside, which at some points gets so cramped that it’s single file only. If you’re not willing to brave the timbers then a trip to any of the 5 summits will still be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding valleys.
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5. SHARK CAGE DIVING IN CAPE TOWN
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Recommended by James from Worldwide Shopping Guide
Shark diving wasn’t something that was ever on my bucket list – it was on my girlfirend’s. Although I’d read about it on countless “things to do before you die” lists, it was never anything I particulary wanted to do before I died. Even when we booked flights to South Africa, it was never anything I intended on doing.
But “when in Rome” I guess. A few weeks later, I found myself putting on a wetsuit in Mossel Bay. I then stepped into a cage on the outside of a boat, while the crew threw fish heads and guts into the water around. And then we waited.
I had expected the experience to be terrifying, but it was the opposite. It was surprisingly relaxing, meditative even. I could have set there for hours. When a shark decided to attack the cage and I wasn’t in it, I felt jelous of those who were.
I had a lot of fantastic experiences in South AFrica, but shark diving was definately my favourite. If you ever get the chance to dive with one, I highly recommend you give it a go!
6. BUNGY JUMPING IN NEPAL
The Last Resort, Nepal
Recommended by Jub from Tiki Touring Kiwi
As a kiwi, I always assumed my backyard would be where I bungyed for the first time. Turns out I was wrong, and Nepal took my bungy jumping virginity. Was it great? Yes!
There’s a lot more to Nepal than climbing Mount Everest (just look at this post). Bungy jumping in Nepal can be completed as a day trip from Kathmandu or you can stay overnight at The Last Resort facilities where there are several adrenalin pumping adventures. I went for the bungy jump alone, and at 160 metres, this will get your blood pumping as you look straight out to the gorge and then down to the river that looks like a creek from the bridge.
They don’t mess around with safety as you’re taken through all the procedures about what to expect (and taking your weight) before you go onto the bridge to await your turn. There are plenty of staff to ensure all the straps are in place (and the GoPro). Before you know it, you’re plunging towards the ground, possibly screaming as you enjoy ticking off the bucket list item. Then it’s back on the small bus for the long journey back to Kathmandu. Great day!
The best part? Bungy jumping in Nepal is a lot more affordable than in New Zealand!
7. ZIPLINE SUPERMAN STYLE
Recommended by Yamy from GOFAMGO
For our first date, my ex-boyfriend (now husband) and I went to Tree Top Adventures in Subic, Philippines. My younger sister came as well. We are usually not the outdoorsy type of people so this is a new experience that we ought to check out since they were newly opened then.
Tree Top Adventures is an adventure park where you can zipline like Superman or the Silver Surfer 70 feet off the ground. They have several packages of rides or experiences bundled together. The most expensive bundle being Php 1000 or USD 19.00 to try all of them once. You also have the option to pay for individual rides, starting at Php 150 or USD 3.00 each, in case you want to re-do a favorite.
The Superman ride will surely zip you so fast you feel like you’re flying! To up the ante, we dared each other to do the Tree Drop Adventure where you free fall (with safety gear, of course) from the top of a 60-foot tree. You bet we were screaming the whole time. When you’re done with that, you can go for the slower paced Canopy Ride 100 feet above ground or a trekking adventure to appreciate nature.
Tree Top Adventures is perfect for building exciting memories with family or friends or to meet other thrill-seekers. Since our last visit, Tree Top Adventures has expanded to another facility in Baguio City, Philippines.
8. ROCK CLIMBING IN KAMPOT
Recommended by Ryan from Passions and Places
Thrill-seeking travelers are always trying out new activities on the road: getting certified for scuba diving, riding a motorcycle for the first time, maybe doing some off-key singing at a karaoke bar in Tokyo. For some reason, though, rock climbing rarely seems to make the list, maybe because it can feel intimidating or it’s just too hard to find quality climbing gear in many countries.
Fortunately, if you’re in southern Cambodia and have always wanted to strap on a harness and take to the mountains, Climbodia has you covered. Their Discovery Tour lets beginning climbers try out a variety of different styles – top roping, caving, rappelling, and via ferreta (climbing while clipped onto a steel cable) – letting you get a feel for which style you like best. Though I had a good time top roping, it’s probably not going to become my next passion, but I would definitely be up for doing more via ferrata routes if I ever come upon them.
Climboia’s tour lasts about four hours, with the first half devoted to learning the basic climbing techniques and the rest being free time for top rope climbing. At $40 total, this is a can’t-miss activity for anyone traveling through Kampot and looking for a rush.
Read “Climbodia: A Rock Climbing Adventure in Cambodia” or follow Ryan on Instagram
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9. BIKING DOWN DEATH ROAD
Bolivia, South America
Recommended by Claire from Tales of a Backpacker
One of the most terrifying experiences I’ve ever had was biking down Death Road in Bolivia. The narrow road, which used to be the main route between La Paz and Coroico was officially the world’s most dangerous road, claiming 200-300 lives per year as it snaked around the mountainside with no crash barriers.
Now, it is now mainly used by adrenaline seeking tourists who hurtle down by bike, trying to avoid the sheer drop to almost certain death if they mis-steer. Various companies offer guided tours down Death Road, which include sturdy mountain bikes, helmets, gloves and jump suits.
Not that these will offer much protection should you go over the edge – and a few tourists still die every year, so the danger here is real. On our descent, another girl in the group flipped over the handlebars and knocked herself unconscious, she was taken to hospital, which didn’t do much for my nerves. In the end I couldn’t even complete the route, I was too terrified! Other people love it though, so if you are really looking for an adrenaline fix then Bolivia’s Death Road has to be on your list!
10. CANYONING IN DALAT
Recommended by Teresa from Brogan Abroad
What better way to get over your fear of water than going canyoning? Yes, that’s exactly what I did. When I decided to take a 6-month long trip around South East Asia, one of the things that I wanted to get over was that fear that was preventing me from joining my friends and enjoying myself whenever I was near water. So I literally threw myself at the deep end.
Dalat in Vietnam is THE place to go canyoning, and as I found myself there on my travels, I thought I should make the most of it.
But what is canyoning? Canyoning is travelling through canyons using different ways of getting around – abseiling down waterfalls, floating and swimming down the river, climbing, cliff jumping, scrambling…. You get the picture. The great thing about canyoning is that you don’t need much experience, as you are guided through every step, you just need a little bit of courage. And because you are in a group, that bit of courage comes easily with the support of your team.
The experience lasts approximately 5 hours, and for me it was a big personal achievement, I threw myself into it despite being petrified. Abseiling was terrifying in itself, but doing it down a waterfall took it to another level. And I still can’t believe I managed to jump into the water from a 7 metre high cliff. But best of all is that I loved it and would do again and again. Canyoning is for sure something everyone should do at least once!
11. CLIMBING MT. ELBRUS
Caucasus Mountains, Russia
Recommended by Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads
Climbing Mt. Elbrus, 5642m, the highest mountain peak in Europe was a unique and unforgettable experience for us that inspired us to explore more mountains. Conquering the world’s highest mountain peaks is a thrilling and tough activity that requires not only good fitness level but some high mountains experience. We’d done quite a few high-altitude hikes before as well as climb Mt. Kilimanjaro but Elbrus was our first independent climb.
Due to its location Elbrus is considered to be more difficult to climb than some higher peaks located closer to the equator. Weather conditions here are rough and unpredictable; strong wind, snow, hail and rain all these can happen in one day. Due to snow cover and low temperatures above 4000m you need special gear like plastic double layer boots, crampons, ice axe. For us it was the first time we used all of these and in the beginning looked quite clumsy it took us a couple of days to get used to it.
We stayed at 4000m in a tent for two days acclimatizing and doing short hikes. Last ascend to the top we started at 1am in order to be finished before midday as the weather usually changes in the afternoon and it gets windy and cloudy. Walking in knee-deep snow in the dark fighting tiredness, cold and wind was quite challenging. Sometimes we felt like we wouldn’t be able to go any further but in the end managed to get to the top. It was absolutely rewarding looking from above at the other peaks; it felt like being on the top of the world. The scenery was inspiring and absolutely beautiful. All of a sudden we felt very strong and full of energy and went down to the base camp in 2 hours, compare to the way up that took us 10 hours.
12. PARAGLIDING IN QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown, New Zealand
Submitted by Dawn from 5 Lost Together
Sometimes the best adventures, aren’t planned. While we were in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, New Zealand, we had no intentions of partaking in its famous adrenaline activities. However, while we were enjoying the views from Bobs Peak and enjoying the luge course at Queenstown Skyline, we saw people tandem paragliding. Spontaneously I decided that we just had to do it. Never mind that we were travelling with our two babies, I was quickly convinced that this was the perfect adventure activity for us.
We took turns taking care of the kids while the other one glided down over Lake Wakatipu. It was incredibly thrilling to be soaring over Queenstown, while knowing that our guides were experienced and had done this many times before. The trip down was only about 10 minutes long, but is a great choice for those looking for a soft-adrenaline activity. Best of all, it really did feel like an adventure because it wasn’t planned (and we didn’t have much of a chance to really change our minds anyway!)
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13. EL CAMINITO DEL REY WALK
Recommended by Myles and Karen from The Motoroamers
Combine these ingredients; fear of heights, going out of my comfort zone and Europe’s most dangerous walkway – what do you get? A recipe for a serious blood-curdling, fear-generating challenge.
El Caminito del Rey is a 7km narrow walkway through two 100ft tall gorges in Spain’s Andalusian mountains – and my most daring feat yet. And when hubby said ‘no way’ because of his vertigo, I was left to tackle the walk alone – would I surrender to my fears or live life on the edge?
This is the most incredible walkway and the views soon overtake any anxiety. A two hour guided or solo hike through majestic gorges and an enchanting forest creates a thrilling experience where you quite literally, are walking on the edge.
El Caminito reopened in 2015 after a series of tragic deaths forced its closure and now revamped, enables people to safely walk along this infamous pathway. An experience steeped in history, natural beauty and sufficient challenge to stretch you – the narrow wooden platforms and a hard hat are your only protection from falling rocks and sheer drops to the valley floor. With vultures ominously circling overhead, I did wonder what possessed me, although I had nothing to fear, except fear itself.
€18 pays for Guided Group Walk, which I found exhilarating and fascinating. If you are ever in the area – do it, live life beyond fear. I did and I’ve never been more proud.
14. SWING OVER THE ABYSS IN BALI
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Recommended by Meghna and Pushkaraj from Trailing Abroad
If you’re on Instagram, you would have definitely come across gorgeous photos of people swinging away to the end of the world. With lush green jungles as its backdrop, this massive swing in Bali finds its way on most travel bucket lists.
To experience this Insta-worthy sensation for ourselves, we booked our tickets to the Bali Swing in Ubud, Bali. While I was super excited to try this novelty, I must admit that I was extremely nervous when I hopped onto a thin wooden plank secured only by two ropes on either end which were in turn tied to two really tall trees. With a flimsy rope around your waist as your only support and back up, this swing definitely gets your adrenaline levels soaring high. I still laugh when I see the photographs from my first minute on the swing – the trepidation so evident on my face!
While the experience is thoroughly enjoyable and exhilarating to say the least, it is also hair-raising! We wouldn’t recommend this to those who are afraid of heights. However, the rest of you must give this one a chance. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Oh and, while you’re on the swing, remember to let go off the fear, smile, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in nature’s beautiful bounties that would be surrounding you on all sides.
15. VOLCANO BOARDING IN NICRAGUA
Leon, Nicaragua, Central America
Recommended by Megan from Red Around The World
Before I even left for Central America, I knew I wanted to go volcano boarding in Nicaragua. I’m not a huge adrenaline junkie, so this was big for me. It’s an easy trip to make from Leon to Cerro Negro, the young (active!) cinder volcano that you’ll be flying down the side of on a piece of wood. There are tons of tour companies around the city that can take you. Once you get to the volcano, it’s about an hour hike to the top while you’re carrying the board you’ll be taking back down the other side.
Once you get to the top, there is a short safety briefing and instructions: keep your feet on the ground next to the board, hold the handle vertically, lean back farther to go faster, and most importantly, if you fall off, cover your face and roll. What could go wrong? The group gathered around the “drop zone” before people started volunteering to go two at a time. I wasn’t going first, but if I waited too long, I might chicken out. Eventually, I decided it was my time. I put my board down, sat down, and waited. We were given the signal and off I went. I didn’t lean back very far, but it still felt like I was flying! I accidentally opened my mouth and got a taste of the ash and rock as I was going. I made it to the bottom and clocked in at a whopping 35 kilometers per hour. The record is 91.
16. TIDAL BORE RAFTING IN BAY OF FUNDY
Bay of Fundy, Canada
Recommended by Jenn from Will Save For Travel
On the East Coast of Canada, between the Provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick you’ll find the Bay of Fundy – home of the highest tidal range in the world. These wild swings of the tide mean dry land becomes bottom of the ocean quickly, and what better way to enjoy it than riding the waves Tidal Bore Rafting! Some people in Hants County Nova Scotia have built their business around it.
The water coming into the bay produces 11-16 foot waves, and up to class 4 white water rapids! You’re holding on for dear life while your guide drives your Zodiac directly into the waves, causing you to fly right off your seat. You’ll be soaking wet, laughing and screaming but make sure to close your mouth before you get a taste of the muddy, salty water!
Photo Credit: Shawn M Kent
You can also swim after the tide is in and calmed down, or go mud sliding down the banks of the river. It’s very common to spot some bald eagles on the tour as well! You’ll have sore forearms the next day from holding on, and sore cheeks from laughing. It’s one of my favorite Nova Scotia adventures!
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17. HIKING MT FUJI
Honshu Island, Japan
Recommended by Nam from Laugh Travel Eat
While the last available starting point, the fifth station, is only 6 km from the peak, don’t underestimate the steep hike up. Not only do you have to deal with the sandy and rocky terrain with decreasing temperature, there is a risk of high altitude sickness as well.
But being able to walk along the clouds and be greeted by the various wooden huts along the path was an experience in itself. Furthermore, reaching the summit in the dark and watching the sunrise is one of the most rewarding moment. Mount Fuji is also an active volcano, and you can make your way around the rim and watching the smoke rising out of the crater.
Read Mt Fuji Itinerary: Hiking Yoshida Trail in 24 hours or follow her on Instagram
18. ZIP LINING IN MONDULKIRI
Mayura Hills Resort, Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Recommended by Cal from Singapore and Beyond
Cambodia is a country that will get the adrenaline flowing right from the moment you land. From crazy tuk tuk rides to viewing awe-inspiring sites like Angkor Wat to following machete-clad guides hiking through the tropical jungles. One of the most fun times I had on my trip was in Mondulkiri, one of the three provinces that make up the “green triangle” in Cambodia’s wild east.
While I have ziplined before, I’ve never felt quite as big a thrill as I did when I crossed over Bousra Falls, about 43kms outside of Sen Monorom in the heart of Mondulkiri. The three-tiered natural waterfall is a popular place for locals and tourists and is breathtaking from any angle. Yet the most thrilling way to see the falls is from the zipline above. After flying through the dense foliage, the penultimate line goes directly over the falls and the view will take your breath away.
Not only is it a thrilling experience that gets the blood pumping, but the young guides are also super knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and will be able to answer any questions you may have about Khmer culture. You can organise the zipline through Mayura Hills Resort, who also manage the facilities around the waterfall.
19. HIKING DEVIL’S BRIDGE IN ARIZONA
Coconino Natural Forest in Sedona, Arizona, USA
Recommended by Rachael from Bee Anything But Boring
If the name “Devil’s Bridge” doesn’t get your adrenalin pumping then I don’t know what will! This “bridge” is actually a natural sandstone arch located in the Coconino Natural Forest in Sedona, Arizona. You can reach this scenic arch via a 2 mile hike down the Devil’s Bridge trail.
The hike itself is fairly steep and full of natural rock staircases, so be sure you bring water with you especially if you are hiking in the hot summer months. Interestingly enough, for majority of the hike you won’t see the arch at all, then suddenly you turn a corner and it’s like WOW, how am I going to get up there! After doing some research I learned that this impressive landmark reaches an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet and was formed from wind and weather erosion.
There must be a lot of adventure seekers coming to Sedona because this is the most popular hike in the area. However, I saw a lot of people walk to the viewpoint of the arch and decide not to walk across it. If you ask me, if you hike all the way there you have to make it to the finish line (and take a picture obviously)!
20. PARAGLIDING IN POKHARA
Recommended by Andra from Our World To Wander
The sheer thought of jumping off a cliff in Nepal sounds pretty terrifying to lots of people. And I was among them. But somehow, my husband managed to convince me that it’s a one in a lifetime experience and that we should try it. So a day later, I found myself floating above the hippie town of Pokhara in Nepal.
I would say that it is one of my favorite experiences so far. And if you are a mountain lover, you should try paragliding it in Pokhara. Leaving the incredible feeling of flying aside, Pokhara offers some breathtaking views over the Himalayas. The feeling of finding yourself flying over the Phewa Lake with the Annapurna peaks waving at you will become a unique souvenir.
There are plenty of agencies in Pokhara that organize paragliding. My only problem was related to safety, as we all know that in specific Asian countries safety is not the number one priority. But you have to follow your instinct and if you want to fly, then choose to fly over the Himalayas. You will understand just how gigantic they are!
21. CLIFF JUMPING IN TYULENOVO
Tyulenovo, Bulgaria, Balkans
Recommended by Maria from 203 Challenges
The Bulgarian Black Sea coast is known for its sandy beaches but there are a few patches of land far up north that jut out into the sea like the ones at the small village of Tyulenovo. The scenic rugged coast is a favorite extreme sports spot and a venue for the annual cliff jumping contest The Great Jumping.
The steepest jumping points are more than 10 m (33 ft) high but the weirdly shaped cliffs take the adventure to the next level because you have to carefully estimate your trajectory down the water. The jumping contest brings up hundreds of enthusiasts but you can come and get your adrenaline pumping whenever you like. July and August is the perfect time to do it as the water is refreshingly tepid.
Tip: The coast may be a little tricky when you want to go out of the water, so you’d better wear water shoes.
Read Secret beaches in Bulgaria: Tyulenovo, the village of seals or follow Maria on Pinterest
22. MOHARE DANDA TREK, NEPAL
Annapurna range, in Nepal
Recommended by Inma from A World To Travel
Last year I got to spend 5 awesome days trekking in the footsteps of the Annapurna range, in Nepal.
Getting to experience the relatively new Mohare Hill trek, aka. Mohare Danda Community Eco-Lodge Trek, was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date.
After dealing with days when we would only go upstairs for hours reaching 1000m of cumulative elevation gain, leeches as rains started as we were at it and a stoic menu I wasn’t used to; getting to go through all those tiny hardships along with a great team (huge shout out to the guys at Royal Mountain Nepal!) and doing it surrounded by one of the most stunning backdrops on earth made me realize how lucky I am once again.
Anyone trekking in Nepal and particularly the Mohare Danda trek from Galeshwor to Tiplyang, will have great chances of witnessing some of the highest mountains on earth such as Annapurna 1, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak.
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23. CYCLE THE GAP OF DUNCLOE
County Kerry, Ireland
Recommended by Melisa from The Family Voyage
Want to really get your adrenaline pumping? Next time you’re visiting County Kerry, Ireland, hop in the saddle and bike 2000 ft up the mountain road to the top of the Gap of Dunloe – that’s after you and your bike have traversed three lakes by boat. Then you’ll spend the next twenty minutes zooming down switchbacks, sometimes confronted with cars or horse-drawn carriages plodding their way up the other directions! Oh, and if you can look up without crashing you’ll be treated to some of the most picturesque scenery southwest Ireland has to offer right there in Killarney National Park.
Once you leave the mountain and perhaps grab a snack at the bottom, the ride back to Killarney town is a perfect cool-down of gentle hills through pastoral landscapes and then a brief ride through town that’ll land you at the doorstep of Killarney Brewing Company.
Read “Cycling in Killarney: The Gap of Duncloe Bike Tour” or follow Melissa on Instagram
24. HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN LESOTHO
Thabana Ntlenyana, Lesotho, Africa
Recommended by Lisa from Soul Drifters
Thabana Ntlenyana, which literally means “Beautiful little mountain” is the highest mountain in the Kingdom of Lesotho and in all Africa south of Kilimanjaro. It stands at 3482m high.
Sani Top Chalet to the summit of Thabana-Ntlenyana is a 13km long hike which should take about 8 – 9 hours. Guides are recommended, but with a good map (note: only height lines will be available on these maps as there is nothing else!) and sufficient experience you can do the hike yourself. Be warned, this is not the easiest walk with the altitude and weather can change quickly. Make sure you are prepared and take enough water/ sunscreen and warm clothes. May, June, July and August are the best months, but it can be climbed all year round.
This is a rewarding hike that will challenge you and in return offer breath taking views and an incredible sense of achievement.
Which adrenaline pumping adventures on this list would you pick? Let us know in the comments below.
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