Most DANGEROUS Hike in the World: Huashan Plank Walk


Good morning. We have been up since about
4 a.m. it is now around 5:30 a.m. and we have somehow made our way to the
Xi’an North Train Station. We got a taxi because we didn’t want that deal with nonsense today. We’re trying to figure out where to go and I think coffee might be on the agenda too. Welcome to Huashanbei, Huashan North Train Station. There are a bazillion people here trying to sell us stuff. I don’t know what anyone did when they traveled before these translation apps, everyone
uses them. They’re super helpful. People who have no idea how to speak English
can just talk into a phone and then it’ll spit out English for them, it’s amazing. We just left our bags at a tourist shop just sort of out there on the floor for
20 yuan each not really the safest but you know, cross your fingers! Looks like the right place. The bus took for freaking ever so we’re gonna take the taxi back for the sake of time. So now we have to get our
tickets for the cable car and get on the bus to the cable car. There is a place to leave your luggage here. It’s that little office back there. It’s a little more legit than just like dropping your
stuff off in a shop and hoping it doesn’t get stolen. Here’s the ticketing hall. It is 7:30 in the morning. Why are all these people awake?! They require our fingerprints to get on the bus, geez! We’ve arrived at the East Gate. Look at
the fog it’s so beautiful. I don’t think we’ll be able to see
anything when we’re up there. Look at all the fog, it’s so beautiful! We have some good news! This is where the one and a half hour to three hour long
line normally is so we have gotten here early enough to avoid that one. Coming
back down is going to be another story we’re kind of short on time so we’ll see
how long those lines look. This is a little something called the sky ladder.
They were trying to sell us gloves and now we’re starting to understand why,
although Justin didn’t even need to hold on he just spider-mans it like a champ. Do you know how much easier the Great Wall would be if they had these chains next
to their freaking ladders of death?! The chains make them so easy. Here’s the big ol’ staircase. There
was a sign saying “no watching when walking” No watching while walking! Nope. Not allowed. The fog is getting a bit higher. Justin got us a snack. I don’t know what it is but it’s good. No striding! Absolutely no striding on this walking path. What does that even mean?! Oh my god. Wow So there’s an alternate pathway over here, just regular stairs. Justin says I don’t want to do that. I don’t know whether or not to listen to Justin. Oh my god. Here you need a harness because this walk over here is pretty dangerous. It looks like the link to get on the
plank walk is actually pretty long. Justin: Yeah it’s not moving Claire: Yeah it’s not moving it all but all these people keep going up, where are they going? Justin: There’s an overlook up there. We’ve been waiting 40 minutes. I want to get this done. We’ve been waiting in line for over an hour. We’ve been in line for almost 2 hours and it’s freezing So now we are waiting to sign the waiver It’s very cold. *Shivers* Alright we are only about an hour behind schedule so we will see what happens now. *Shivers* Claire: Oh my god
Justin: How are you feeling now? It’ll be fine. I’m fine. This is fine. We’re fine. I have no idea how we’re going to make our train. This is taking FOREVER. At this point I’m trying not to think about the cold
and being late for our train. The fact that this doesn’t scare me at
all makes me wonder if there’s something actually wrong with me right now. I’m fine! They have a laminator in a printer right on the edge of this cliff. Claire: It’s so pretty
Justin: I don’t want to look down. How are you feeling Justin? Yeah, heck yeah it was worth the wait!
We’re gonna have to run to our train cuz we’re late but worth it. I’ve never been anywhere even remotely
this epic before in my life. We’re almost the end. Alrigjt we’re going back now finally, yay! It is smooth sailing from here. The race to the Train begins! We have two hours and 45 minutes to do about three hours worth of stuff, at least, so we’re gonna be crossing our fingers pretty tight and going as fast as we can. Everyone keeps staring at me because I look like an idiot. *heavy tired breathing* Over there, that other mountain, that’s where we’re headed. That’s our goal. Downhill for now. I’m assuming this is it. This is where we get the cable car down. There’s Justin, he’s going to go get tickets. We did a 45 minute hike in 30 minutes. So that’s something. The line for the funicular can get up to 3 hours long and somehow we’ve managed to get a line that’s maybe 10 or 20 minutes long. I think we might actually make it! Taxis! He got us here in about five seconds
that man is my hero! It is only 4:20! It is 4:20 our train
leaves in 40 minutes! Justin: That’s plenty of time!
Claire: Oh my gosh! I can’t believe we did it!
WOW! What a mess. Okay so now it’s time to see if
all of our luggage got stolen or not. We have time to use the restroom time to get a snack! This right here is where we left our luggage in this first little shop on the right so if you’re
looking to figure out where to put your luggage that’s where we put ours. We have luggage! We have luggage, we’re on time! Oh man! Now this isn’t the end of the
fire drill. When we arrive in Xi’an we have to get a taxi to the airport
because we have a flight at 8:00. This might be tired Claire talking
but I need help with some logic. It’s a beautiful, shiny, gorgeous airport with a beautiful shiny marble bathroom and squatty potties like every other place here. If you are willing to invest in automatic squatty potties that can
automatically tell when I lift my butt

100 thoughts on “Most DANGEROUS Hike in the World: Huashan Plank Walk

  1. Great video, the scenery was breath taking! So what I learned from this video before attempting these excursions, was that it's best to be in top shape, bring layered clothing, give yourself at least 24 to 48 hours in between these excursions before a flight to catch breath, relax and enjoy. I would like to add a couple of tips, especially in China. I found that traveling about a week before huge holidays like National Day or Chinese New Year Festival is perfect if you want to avoid people and, like Claire, travel early. I would personally like to arrive first thing even if it's just before they open the parks, I value my sanity and peace. Also, you can actually take lots of pictures of scenery before people start arriving. And of course, travel as light as possible!

  2. Haha, toilet paper! I was totally aware and prepared that bathrooms had no toilet paper every time I was in China, because that's where I grew up.

  3. We humans are fascinating creatures. I’m acrophobic, so I can never do this walk without freaking out and probably just blackout. This must be like me seeing other people freak out when they are in a boat and think what’s wrong with them.

  4. As a Chinese,I've never been there cause I heard it's too dangerous.But I have been to shaolin temple and songshan mountain several times,these are also amazing places!

  5. seems like you haven't been in China much if you are excited to arrive at the train station 40 minutes early….I've gotten stuck in a security line check for thirty minutes before even entering the train station many times and then had to run like crazy for the train or they wouldn't let me take it and I would need to take the next one… I was really hoping this would not happen to you and I am glad it didn't 🙂 nice video of Huashan! 🙂

  6. Plank Walk, amazing view, didn't go though i climbed hua shan was because it would take me sooo long to even queue up for it. Good that they indicated the length of queing. Its crazily cold in the morning even when i climbed it in August.

  7. i know the first 3D film Avatar was made in a city in China , but i forget the name of the city. It has also amazing sceneries.

  8. It is most definitely not the most dangerous hike / climb in the world, there are many peaks nearby in South America that will put this to shame, however, it does enjoy tremendous popularity because the ingenous ways they installed the planks and ladders. I guess a title that also function as click bait is part & parcel at this point for these youtube " influencers"

  9. Correct me if I am wrong, but I though hiking was to do with walking. Now they are calling transport to destination, walk for a little bit and transport back hiking. I have experienced hiking and this was a luxury 'hiking' trip compared to actual hiking. True hiking, where you feel the true sense of something that people will never get when they go on these 'hiking' trips, sad.

  10. "No Watching When Walking"
    I can kinda guess what the sign was originally saying in Chinese, must have been something like "Don't stop and look around when climbing the stairs", since it's a narrow staircase and if one stops and looks at the scenery or strikes a pose and takes a selfie etc, it would hold up everyone behind him and that's wasting everybody else's time who's trying to get to the top. The Chinese must have pulled the translation from Google Translate or something so it turned out so weird

  11. A chinese girl a few weeks ago was doing the same thing your doing and fell and died due to a selfie malfunction. That is, paying to much attention to getting good angles on herself and not placing her foot in a good spot.

  12. Why would you go on this hike while bitching about "missing a train?" Why would you plan a train while passing many turnstiles where people "'wait?" Why don't you take a picture "leaning back" at the train? Taking four "lean back" pictures on the hike was TOO many! Why didn't you take a picture at the end on the hike??? I did NOT enjoy your video, due to these idiotic nuances! I will NOT visit your site again.

  13. Travel was better everywhere before the Chinese started making good money and are now able to travel themselves. They overwhelm everywhere they go now.

  14. What would be crazy is if Alex Honnold was to climb up and sit next to you so he could re-tie his shoe and remark "just passing through ".

  15. (1) The fog and mountain scenery reminded me of Qinese paintings and cartoons.

    (2) I loved everything in the video except the two hour queue on the mountain and the wooden planks that looked very precarious. How were the planks supported? They looked as if they were merely nailed onto the side of the cliff with no support at the bottom on the rock.

    (3) What were the laminator and printer for? Printing out maps or awards? Hehe…

    (4) Were the surfaces on the steps going up slippery?

  16. I think they didn't put chains on the Great Wall ladder is because those stones are ancient, and unpredictable it could break off anytime. Those chains at Huashan are linked onto the mountain wall.

  17. Got my bachelor's degree in Xi'an Jiaotong University (4 years in Xi'an) and did not go to Huashan. I think I made the right choice😂😂😂😂seems too dangerous😂😂😂

  18. I'm absolutely in awe/shock of you not feeling a tiny bit scared walking the most dangerous plank in the world, am I the only one?! Arching your back hanging over the plank as if it's the most natural thing to do. How's that normal?! It's either there's something wrong with me or someone else here. I can't even fathom someone being so relaxed there. I can't…

  19. Look at the place at 6:58 , i always been finding such type of places in china … I am in love with your channel just subscribed it . You are amazing.God Bless you you again activate my inner hiker. <3

  20. This hiking route is only known as the "world's most dangerous" because of click-bait articles from around 5 or 6 years ago. Online info is full of ridiculous claims and misinformation about the amount of people who have died, where it leads to etc. I've been there and it was incredible, but that tiny plank walk section is no more dangerous than any other mountain hiking route (most of the pathways are paved/flattened and with railings). You have to wear a harness and it's full of chinese families and old people doing it! One can't blame Claire than much for the click-bait title though, I suppose…

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