You have already done skydiving, bungee-jumping, scuba diving. You’ve hiked a volcano, cuddled lion or tiger cubs. Fly boarding, surfing, cliff-jumping are also checked on your bucket list. What do you do next?
Take your wild spirit to the next level with our list of heart-pounding, life-affirming adventures that you probably haven’t heard of. Also, if you haven’t tried out any adventures before, this is the perfect list to start with as you need almost no experience for these extreme adventures.
1. Abseil the world’s highest waterfall, Venezuela
They say you have to earn your trip to catch a glimpse of the Angel Falls just because of the effort, time and money it takes to get there which roughly translates to it not being another crowded waterfall.
But, instead of just looking at it, the crazy in us tells us to abseil down this magnificent and mysterious waterfall.
Become one of the very few people in the world to climb the tabletop mountain of Auyán-tepui which will take roughly 5 days of hiking. Then, spend 2 days abseiling down this 979m beauty.
Wait what! 2 days of abseiling? Where do we sleep if we are abseiling down a waterfall?
This epic expedition will have you camp on the rock face itself under a huge overhang, and then continue the descent the next day. I did tell you this is an adventure list didn’t I?
While you are hiking, you’ll see spectacular waterfalls, pink sandy beaches, rock formations and rolling hills, along with the diverse wildlife that inhabits this land. Also, you do need prior experience of abseiling and hiking.
Will it break my bank?
This 13 day expedition to Venezuela’s lost world costs £4,399 so it definitely isn’t cheap. Moreover, the international flights to Venezuela can get expensive. But this is an unrivaled experience that you can’t do any other way or anywhere else. Visit Secret Compass to know more.
2. Skydive over Mount Everest, Nepal
Although climbing Mount Everest has become more of a possibility with the commercialization of this route, it might seem like an arduous task to many, one that requires intense training, experience and technical expertise, paired with its unforgiving climate that can be fatal. So why not skydive over it? Sounds cool (or should I say cold), doesn’t it?
Dropping from a monumental 23,000 feet, it is voted the best and most scenic skydive in the world. You free-fall for up to a minute over the Himalayas and then float down with an eye-feasting view of the picturesque Sherpa settlement and the world’s highest peak resting in the backdrop.
You don’t need previous experience of skydiving as this is a tandem skydive. Moreover, you get bragging rights as it is also the highest commercial aerial dive in the world.
Is it a cheap thrill?
No! If you like your thrills with views, you will have to cough up $25,000 for the most exciting 11 days of your life.
Usually takes place only between October and November. Visit Everest Skydive to know more.
3. Or … Go even higher with a HALO Tandem Skydive
Yea, I know what you are thinking. People are crazy. The highest mountain peak in the world just isn’t enough for some. People try breaking each record and reach new heights, quite literally.
The Halo Loft provides the World’s only 28,000 – 30,000 ft. HALO Tandem Skydive which is from an altitude higher than the mighty Mt Everest, allowing you a 2 minute plus free-fall.
The locations keep changing. So do check their calendar for the latest updates.
Will it burn a hole in my pocket?
Probably not. The skydive costs $3700. However, do visit their website as they sometimes offer it for half the price.
4. Kayaking with Crocodiles, sharks and hippos in South Africa
Yes, it’s a possibility and people do it!
You might end up questioning your sanity once you get on the kayak because animals are unpredictable and a croc? Well, it’s going to be betting on you falling off your kayak. There is nothing more terrifying than watching these ferocious predators follow your every move and sometimes even getting under your kayak.
And although hippos might not look at you as their next appetizing meal (they mainly eat plants), they are huge animals with fearsome tusks and aggressive natures and may attack people.
In addition to crocodiles, sharks and hippos, you may come across colorful birds like the African Golden Weaver and Yellow Billed Stork to name a few.
But sighting a few birds isn’t enough to go on this suicidal adventure! So why should I?
Even though this trip sounds deathly, there has never been an attack on humans during the kayak safari. However, there’s always a risk and you should opt for a recognized and professional agency with years of experience.
How much will I have to spend to risk this heart-attack?
Prices start from $35 but varies depending upon the location and agency you choose. Some websites to get you started are:
5. Sleep on a Cliff in Colorado
Get a taste of the vertical life slumbered on a portable ledge suspended from the side of a cliff. You’ve seen gut wrenching photos and videos of wall climbers camping it out on a mountain façade like it’s just another day, but thought you couldn’t do it, didn’t you?
I’ve got good news! Kent Mountain Adventure Center makes it possible for amateurs to experience the high-altitude thrill of cliff camping in the heart of the Rockies.
Options include a “Just Lunch” package if you’d prefer a mid-day diversion 40-50 feet from the ground or spend the night camping out on a sheer rock face hundreds of feet off the ground.
They have options to make this experience even more unique for birthdays and proposals.
Take my Money! Wait, how much is it again?
Cliffnic (Just Lunch or Dinner):
1 person: $425
2 people: $600
3 people: $705
4 people: $860
Overnight Cliff camping:
1 Person: $1200
2 People: $1600
6. Man vs. Wild Adventure in Utah
Do you watch Man vs. Wild and wonder if you have what it takes to survive in the wild? You can now find out for yourself with the BOSS course. The Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah offers a bunch of different options to learn and use primitive and traditional survival skills.
So channel the Bear Grylls in you by enrolling for their most intensive and challenging 28- Day field course that will have you out and about with nothing but a knife, water bottle, blanket and poncho. You end up hiking about 15–30 miles each day. You’ll learn skills while on the move, including primitive skills like how to a build fire with stone, purify water, how to select edible plants, preparing and storing meat. There is also a phase where you go solo and put your attained skills to test.
The mental, physical, and emotional challenges along with moderate rations usually leave you 10 to 30 pounds lighter at the end of the course, but what you do gain is the wilderness competency and the greater sense of self.
Also, this course is offered in 14 and 7 day versions too.
As the course takes one back in time, can I barter something instead of paying money?
Haha! Unfortunately, this course doesn’t come cheap and you need the dollars to get yourself this priceless experience.
28-Day Standard Field Course: $4795
14-Day Field Course: $2995
7-Day Field Course: $1725
However, they do offer scholarships. Visit their website to know more.
7. Take the Most Dangerous Hike in the World: the Mount Hua Shan Plank Walk in China
The HuaShan Plank Walk is one of China’s most infamous sights. We have all seen the images splashed across Pinterest that make us scream NO! But once you do your research, you will find that the plank walk is indeed doable.
The plank walk is a network of wooden platforms bolted onto the mountainside nearly 5,000 ft in the air. Also there are parts where iron rods protrude from the mountain like a ladder that allow you to climb up and down.
However, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Why? You are securely attached to a harness throughout. But what you do with that harness is completely up to you. So, DO NOT unclip both hooks together, no matter how confident you feel (Yes, people have done that before).
Pictures and videos from the plank walk already make our stomach drop. But what you might not know is that this narrow plank is a TWO-WAY path and there are no streetlights to control the traffic. So, there will be times when you will have to take your harness over the other person’s head and step on the outside of them – the edge of insanity.
This insanity lasts only about 30 minutes or so, but it will be the most terrifying 30 minutes of your life.
How much cash will I have to throw down that mountain?
Your major cost is travelling to the city of Xi’an which is the closest major city to the mountain which also houses China’s famous terracotta warriors. From there you can then catch a bus to reach Mount Hua Shan.
Entrance to the mountain is currently priced at $30.
Also, you do not have to hike the 6 hours up the mountain to get to the Plankroad – there are actually two cable cars that can take you up in less than 30 minutes. It costs $22 each way. However, you will still have to hike 30-40 minutes to get to the plank walk.
Additionally, you will have to rent a mandatory harness upon arrival at the Plankroad and it currently costs $5.
We live in a world where such experiences are being made accessible to everybody, not just the professionals. These adventures are everything you didn’t realize you wanted to do with your life because they will make you push yourself to the very edge and make you take that leap of faith.
So, which one will you add to your bucket list?