If you are the kind of traveller whose idea of a vacation is stepping beyond the edge and experiencing the very extreme, read on. Mark these destinations on your must-visit list and gear up for the ultimate adventure.
Kayaking in Kamchatka
This is a 160-kilometre hike-and-kayak expedition in the remotest part of far eastern Russia. The journey begins at the base of the Karimsky volcano, where a helicopter drops you and you begin crossing the Siberian taiga. Expect no roads, or people just the 25,000 brown bears inhabiting the region. Upon reaching the Zhupanova River, you paddle down on your kayak to the Bering Sea.
White-water Rafting, Grand Canyon
There are many options for witnessing the Grand Canyon’s beauty, however, white-water rafting offers one of the most breathtaking ways of experiencing this geographical wonder. Side hikes from the river lead you to crystal clear creeks and waterfalls and let you uncover evidence of ancient inhabitants that most other visitors miss out. This adventure is packed with both excitement and serenity.
Mountain Biking in Avoriaz
One of the 12 interconnected resorts in the Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps, this man-made bike trail offers a spectacular playground for mountain bikers. Every year towards the end of June, 4,000 bikers descend on the region for the Pass’Portes du Soleil mountain bike festival, a 75-kilometre race that is mostly downhill.
Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Go deep under the sea and explore the wonders of the world’s largest reef system on a scuba trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. You will find a range of diving experiences for either novice or veteran.
Rock Climbing in Yangshuo
This picturesque former fishing village in China welcomes adventureholics from all across the world. Its legendary limestone karst peaks, which rise strikingly from the dense emerald-green vegetation, offer some of the most challenging and stunning climbing sites.