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Walk China’s Mt. Huashan Death Trail

Walk China’s Mt. Huashan Death Trail

Kailey Wright

Known as the most precipitous mountain under heaven, Mt. Huashan in Huayin City, China is a natural wonder to behold. Standing 2,154 meters tall, the Hua is widely known for its breathtaking cliff faces and sharp crags in its high mountain range, posing a tough challenge to the mountaineers who dare to conquer it.

Mt. Huashan is famous for the hiking trail known as the “Death Trail”. Many tourists call it “the most dangerous hiking trail in the world” because of its narrow passes made only of wooden planks and carved rock faces.

Climbers do not need any technical skills to go on the hike, but extreme caution is advised. Besides the rusty chain handles and the worn wooden pass, the biggest danger to safety is often the overcrowding during the summer season.

Many tourists pilgrimage to Mt. Huashan for its many historical Taoist monasteries as one of the five sacred Taoist mountains of China. It is also the center for the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.

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