Mount Huashan – Conquered The Most Dangerous Hike in the World
July 27, 2019
Located 120 kilometres from the city of Xi’an, Mount Huashan is a hike you should not miss out on. There are a number of ways you can get to the entrance (aka ticket counter) of Mount Huashan. If you want to avoid the crowd, it’s better to hire a private taxi and get there as early as 5am to begin the hike. The cheaper alternative will be taking the day tour bus which picks you up from the hotel (depending on where your hotel is located at). However, since it’s a tour bus, do expect a crazy crowd which is highly likely to get rowdy, especially when you arrive at Mount Huashan at the same time as the other tour buses. The tour buses will also stop at an eatery for you to have breakfast, which I personally felt was a waste of time.
From the ticketing counter at Mount Huashan, depending on which peak you’re interested in going, you’ll take different buses up to the cable car station. There is a total of 5 peaks atop Mount Huashan. The shuttle bus from the ticketing counter to North Peak cable car base station takes approximately 20 minutes, and a further 15 minutes is required from the cable car base station up to the peak. If you’re hiking on foot, it takes around 6 hours. On the other hand, the shuttle bus from the ticketing counter to West Peak cable car base station takes around 40 minutes while the cable car ride up to the peak takes roughly 20 minutes. You’ll have to climb another 30 minutes up to the West Peak.
If you do not have sufficient time to explore Mount Huashan, I recommend taking the cable car to the West Peak because it’s conveniently connected to the South Peak, the East Peak, and the Middle Peak. You’ll get to cover almost all the peaks except for the North Peak.
It was raining quite heavily during my hike, so I was unable to try walking along the dangerously narrow path that hangs off the cliff. Even if the weather was good, I don’t think that I would’ve dared to take this path.
I hope I’ve provided useful information which helps you in planning for your trip to Mount Huashan. Don’t hesitate to drop me a note in the comment box below if you have any questions.
Hi Alexis, thanks for the great post! I notice a lot of people in your pictures have warm clothing on–when were you there? My wife and I are planning on going in late March, and I’m wondering what weather to expect.
Hi Eric, I was there last April and it’s pretty cold at the peaks. It was also raining. It’ll be good to bring windbreaker and raincoats because you never know how fast the weather will change on top of the mountain. Hope you’ll enjoy your hike! (: