6 extreme travel experiences that I tried and survived to tell them

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Are you looking for something “more” from your holiday? Are you ready to test your limits by going on a trip that is guaranteed to get you out of your comfort zone? Do you want to try something a little extreme? These days, more and more people are heading to the farthest corners of the earth in search of something new and adventurous. Let me give you some tips and suggestions, some ideas to help you plan the ultimate destination for the intrepid traveler.

These trips are a mixture of impressive tours, extreme sports and creative ways to see some of the most beautiful countries on the planet. These six activities are guaranteed to excite you – and quite possibly change your whole outlook on life!

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1. Trekking to Everest base camp on the border between China and Nepal

At 28,996 feet, Everest is the highest mountain in the world and is known worldwide for climbers, tourists and couches. Altitudes above 26,000 feet are considered “death zones” because people there are struggling to survive. This is definitely one place that is best left to the truly experienced. Ideally, you must have climbed at least three 20,000 feet, one 23,000 feet, and one 26,000 feet before you start thinking about Everest. But if you are one of the few lucky ones who have the experience, time and money needed to reach the top, be sure to do it!

Fortunately for those who would not classify as climbers, Everest Base Camp is still an option – and without the many dangers associated with trying to reach the top. Most treks from Kathmandu last about two weeks, and this epic journey will give you a lot of adventure, and at the end of it all, the reward for all your hard work will be a look at the highest point on Earth.

While hospitality and wonderful views along the way can be expected during the trip to Everest Base Camp, most treks can’t actually stay in Base Camp (requires a special permit) and most tourists simply visit Base Camp to take a picture before the descent. near Gorak Shep to sleep. However, there are several companies like Highland Expeditionswho offer a unique opportunity to sleep in the shadow of a mighty mountain, and if your trip coincides with the peak peak season when there are groups of climbers, you may have the opportunity to talk to some of those brave climbers who are making the final preparations for the trip to the summit. . If you’re lucky, you may even be witnessing teams launch the notorious Khumbu Icefall at the beginning of their onslaught.

Tip for professionals: Summiters usually come to base camp in April and May, so plan your trip accordingly. Keep yourself healthy too. To avoid the potential infection of climbers, sick tourists will not be able to stay in the base camp.

The snowy volcano Chimborazo in the Andes of Ecuador with a blue sky surrounded by clouds.
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2. Ascent to Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador

Mount Chimborazo, which stands at 20,565 feet, is the farthest point from the center of the Earth. Most people believe that Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth, and while the summit of Mount Everest is the highest point above sea level, Mount Chimborazo is actually the highest point above the center of the Earth, making it the closest place to space. Although Chimborazo has a glacier at the top, it is possible to climb to the top and look down at the world spread out beneath it.

Mount Chimborazo is a difficult but not a technical climb and most of the ascent is a steep ascent along the mountainside. There are several routes prepared for brave climbers. El Castillo is a standard route used by climbers, which climbs 4,200 feet on the west side of the mountain and lasts 8-12 hours to the top, then another 3 to 5 hours to descend. However, all this effort requires good endurance and perseverance, as well as good adaptation to altitude. Climbers on Chimborazo are advised to have previous experience with alpine climbing. If not, beginners can take a glacier climbing and trekking course with their guide to learn the right climbing techniques and familiarize themselves with the equipment. It is important to take your training and preparation seriously. Chimborazo’s success depends almost exclusively on the climber. Those who want to climb Chimborazo could have a look Ecuadorian ecological adventures.

Tip for professionals: For those who want to witness this natural miracle without leaving civilization, the view of the beauty of this beautiful mountain and the surrounding scenery can be just as enriching. The closest town to Mount Chimborazo is Riobamba. Here you can stroll through the narrow streets, visit the city’s main attractions, such as the Museo de Arte Religioso, a beautifully restored 18th-century convent that exhibits 200 religious works in 15 different rooms, and then shop at the Feria Artisan. If you are looking for a place to stay, try the highly regarded Hosteria La Andaluza.

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3. Cycling on the way to death in Bolivia

Have you heard of The Death Road? Without railings and frequent rain and fog causing limited visibility, the road claimed many lives. Reports say that about 200 to 300 people die on this road each year (this number is a combination of motorists and cyclists), which is why this road is known as one of the most dangerous in the world. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut into the mountainside and the descent is so fast that riders practically run over uneven terrain. On one side of the road is a steep drop and on the other side there are huge rock overhangs and cascading waterfalls. It’s an exciting ride where you hang with your white joints all the way down.

Although this torturous section of the road in Bolivia is undeniably dangerous, many people are gaining courage and cycling, and it is definitely suitable for those who are looking for the perfect adventure. Not for the faint of heart, the 43-mile stretch across the Cordillera Oriental connects the Bolivian capital of La Paz with the low-lying Coroico once a steeply steep road. The road is twisting and turning, and I wouldn’t recommend looking sideways – it’s a 2,000-foot fall!

Most of the road is about 11 feet wide and some sections are unpaved. With the warm, humid winds of the Amazon crashing against the slopes of the Andes and bringing heavy rain and fog, visibility is not great. Mud and rock landslides are common and sometimes you can even find waterfalls on the cliffs. The journey takes about 5 hours, so it’s by no means a quick trip and it’s likely you’ll never let go of the brakes because it’s all downhill and steep. At some points, the road is so narrow that it seems that only one bicycle can pass at a time, and it seems hardly possible for a car or bus to consider driving on this route at all. Across the road, crosses are in memory of lost lives, and in a foggy environment it all seems incredibly scary.

Tip for professionals: Mother Earth Travel offers bike tours on Death Road as day trips departing from La Paz.

photo of a traveler white water rafting in Victoria Falls.
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4. White water rafting on the Zambezi River in Zambia

White water rafting across the mighty rapids of the Zambezi River is definitely not for the faint of heart. Considered one of the best rafting experiences in the world, this 5th grade “extremely difficult” waterway will have sweating palms, white joints and palpitations. There are many places in the world where you can raft on white water, so why the Zambezi? Sadly, the Zambian and Zimbabwean governments are currently planning to move forward with a $ 4 billion dam project that will flood the river gorge almost to the famous Victoria Falls, drive out villagers and wildlife, and stop rafting. So run this great river while you can!

Whether you choose a one-day or half-day trip from Livingstone, or perhaps a multi-day expedition at a beach campsite, this adventure is truly where you will find the world’s largest river routes and extreme travel experiences. If you conquer hairy rapids with names like Oblivion and The Devil’s Toilet Bowl, there is a chance that you will notice hippos lounging in the canals or even crocodiles lying on the river bank. Rafting on the Zambezi is something I come back to again and again. I’ve been across this river more times than I can count, and I’ve liked it every time.

Tip for professionals: Book a trip to the Zambezi for some time between August and December; This is the low water season and the best time for rafting.

Bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge Queenstown in New Zealand.
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5. Bungee Jumping in New Zealand

New Zealand practically invented bungee jumping when the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, the world’s first bungee, opened in 1988. Here you can join approximately 38,000 visitors each year and make the 141-meter jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge on the South Island with a steel structure (you can even touch the water if that’s your thing!). Or, if you feel really brave, what would you say to Nevis Bungy, who is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at an incredible 440 feet and has 8.5 seconds of terrifying free fall? Probably the longest 8.5 seconds in your life! Bungy jumping is not only a fantastic excitement in itself, but both jumps are located in a really beautiful environment, not far from Queenstown.

Tip for professionals: Log out AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand if you want to plan your adventure and if throwing a string tied around your ankles seems too extreme, you might prefer a slightly calmer zip line or maybe a “catapult”.

White shark cage diving, South Africa.
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6. Swim sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa

I don’t know about you, but the movie Jaws as a child I froze from sharks. If you are the same, then the waters around Gansbaai in South Africa will definitely bring those memories back. Gansbaai has some of the most treacherous waters on Earth – this is the main area for great white sharks. “Shark Alley”, a small water channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, is home to the densest concentration of these creatures and has become a popular destination for tourists who want to get closer to these deadly creatures and get to know them. embark on a diving trip in a shark cage. Imagine you are underwater in a cage and watching these terrifying beasts circling around you so close that you can count their razor-sharp teeth! If that sounds a little overwhelming, you can go whale watching instead or maybe go on a cruise to see penguins, seals or dolphins.

Tip for professionals: Marine dynamics it would be my recommendation for the company to make a trip with the sharks. They have the only purpose-built shark cage diving ship, are the only company that guarantees a marine biologist on every voyage, and are the only company to have a registered conservation trust. They also take your safety really seriously, which seems to me a pretty important criterion! So here is my summary of the extreme travel experiences I have tried and survived to talk about!

I hope I’ve woken you up enough to embark on some of your own adventures. To get more inspiration, check out all our adventure travel content here!

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