Vertigo at Huashan Mountain
Updated: 2012-10-09 10:03
Advice to enthusiasts intent on taking on Mount Huashan on calf-power in their China travel plan: don't take the ascent lightly, you'll need a good dose of humility and courage if you want to come out unscathed. The Huashan Mountain is one of the 5 sacred mountains of China, this is definitely a place to go for your China travel if you want to experience extreme trail.
Mount Hua is located in Shaanxi province, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi'an, near the city Huayin in China. Also known as the Western Great Mountain, it is one of China's Five Great Mountains, and has a long history of religious significance. Originally classified as having three peaks, in modern times the mountain is classified as five main peaks, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2154.9m. Numerous Chinese pilgrims are going to the adventure because according to Taoist tradition, it is said that one could find immortality if you reach the peak of the mountain. The tradition says that only the people who take the way less travelled and the most tortuous path could find immortality at the 2.200m peak. In former days, when Emperors still existed, this "master summit" was a place of celebration and to honor the Gods. A lot of leaders at the time decided to do the trail to get the respect they needed.
Only few foreign tourists want to go and do the extreme trail because it's quite dangerous. Only adventurers and extreme trail lovers of "Camino del Rey" in Spain dare to experience that. Meanwhile, Chinese people go there for family days, and visitors from all the country are challenging this mount. They are not professionals or well trained, but, they are not that afraid and seem that their heels are free of pressure.