The Seven Most Extreme Adventure Trips

Himalayan Sunrise, Nepal
Sunrise of the extreme environs of the Himalayan Sunrise, Nepal  (iStockphoto)
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Forget the Mountain Dew commercial acrobatics and reality TV stunts. These are the most difficult trips that you can realistically do in your lifetime, from high-altitude hikes to the slimmest singletrack. Edit your life list accordingly.

Nepal Xtreme with Lost Earth Adventures
Raft the waters of the Himalayas, plunge down narrow trails on a mountain bike, rappel into the heart of Nepal’s deepest canyons, ride motorcycles and paraglide…and try to keep your knuckles from turning permanently white.

Climb Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route with iExplore
Taking this more extreme route up the tallest peak in Africa means you’ll see fewer hikers along the way, making the pain of the ascent a satisfying, solitary experience that’ll let you savor the summit all the more.

Mont Blanc Ascent with World Expeditions
All that you need to climb this iconic European landmark is peak physical fitness and nerves of granite. The guides will teach you alpine skills, and the views of the surrounding mountains should help distract you from the punishing full-day final push.

Argentina Mountain Biking with Global Adventure Guide
Patagonia is home to legendary massive mountains, even in the Lake District. And that’s where you ride, hop-scotching between Argentina and Chile to experience the best singletrack in the region, and a whole new level of fatigue at the end of each day.

El Salvador Volcanoes and Surf Adventure with Greenspot
El Salvador makes up for its small size by boasting some of the most extreme environments in the region—and this eight-day trip puts you right at the heart of it all.

Windsurf, Paddleboard, and Yacht Racing in British Virgin Islands with Highland Spirit
Some view the Caribbean as a beachcomber’s paradise. We prefer this exhausting odyssey, where you visit more than 12 of the small islands and master damn near every kind of watercraft in the process.

Whitewater Kayaking in Patagonia on the Futalefu River with H2O Patagonia
Rainforest, roiling whitewater, sleek granite cliffs…this extreme landscape affords seven to 10 days of adrenaline-fueled paddling bliss.

Published: 14 May 2012 | Last Updated: 6 Jul 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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