Top 10 Extreme Sports Vacations in Asia and the Far East
Motorbike across the steppes of Mongolia, base jump in Kuala Lumpur, trek to Mt Everest in Nepal or take on the powdery slopes of Russia’s great mountains. There’s plenty of excitement in Asia even for the most hardened adventurer.
- Motor Biking, Ulaanbaatar
Follow in the wheel tracks of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman of the Long Way Round Series while undertaking some the best off-roading in the world. Cross the mountains, grassland, desert and rivers on a 1,243 mile motor journey south into the Gobi Desert. In April there are young camels, foals and cattle. At all times of the year you’ll come across monks and monasteries, river and range, desert and dust.
- Downhill mountain biking, Nepal
Get ready for serious downhill adrenalin in the playground of the Nepalese foothills. All climbs to the top are by van, cable car or plane so there’s no low gears required. Take a flight to Jomsom (2800m) on the top of the Annapurna circuit and spend three days descending down the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges on the planet. It’s pure mania.
- Trekking, Everest Base Camp, Nepal
One of the ultimate treks in the world, apart from actually climbing Everest, is the walk to base camp. From Lukla this takes a wonderful few days through the homelands of the Sherpa people, among their villages and monasteries to the bustling market town of Namche Bazaar.
- Base jumping, Kuala Lumpur
One of the annual sport events hosted by KL includes the KL Tower International BASE Jump Merdeka Circuit. The event takes place on five of the tallest buildings around the country including Sarawak, Sabah, Alor Setar, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The highlight is the Menara KL Tower at 980 feet.
- Heli skiing, Russia
If you’re already an advanced skier or snowboarder you’re ready to leave the classic resort slopes for some back country adventure. Take a helicopter ride to get out in fresh powder and enjoy the scenery.
- Ice climbing and snowshoeing, Japan
Hokkaido is the place for winter adventure in this country. Snowshoe out to frozen waterfalls and enjoy the legendary hot springs. Or gear up to climb the steep ice faces of glaciers.
- Shark diving, Thailand
To eyeball the largest fish on earth dive at Richelieu Rock close to the Surin Islands. Whale sharks are commonly seen here and can’t really be missed if they are nearby as their enormous bulk often reaches 40 feet. If your heart pounds it shouldn’t be out of fear - these sharks are harmless and feed on plankton.
- Mountain boarding, Japan
This relatively new sport goes off in Dragon Dirt near Mt Fuji. This mountain board terrain park has jumps, tables, rails and other fun toys.
- Land sailing, India
The vast open spaces of the Great Rann of Kutch, Gujurat, is ideal and a real pleasure for land sailing.
- Tubing, Vang Vieng, Laos
A little laid to be really extreme but this little known location is certainly unusual. Get an enormous inner tube from town, get driven a couple miles upstream and then launch into the steady current. Along the river are plenty of adventurous options including beer stations, high platforms to jump from, caves to explore, rope swings and cables to use and scenery to absorb as you float back to Vang Vieng.