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In our previous Adventure Travel post we gave you some ideas about extreme tourism, where to go and what to do. If fighting sharks, winds and huge waves at the end of the world, crossing Southern Alps on foot or in a canoe, or head diving into the pits of hell wasn’t really exciting enough for you, first of all, you are probably completely nuts, and second of all, read on. Here are some more ideas for extreme tourism.

 

Tour d’Afrique

You’ll need to be very fit and shut down your pain receptors, also a great bike, loads of nerves and four months. Because that’s how long it will take you to complete this race. You will go past the most important and beautiful African natural and historical sites, and this is a special perk, believe me. This 7,375 miles long journey (no, it’s not a mistake, this is the actual length) starts at the Pyramids of Giza and ends at Table Mountain and it will take you through 10 countries and their sites. You will average about 70 miles a day, which doesn’t sound impossible for an experienced cyclist, but doing this every day for four months is bound to give you saddle sore and blisters. Still, these are not the biggest perils of the travel. Since you are in Africa, dehydration is a constant danger. Also, there are not many interesting things to do in Africa, so the locals might find you very interesting. Just hope they don’t see you as moving targets for accuracy practice.

Sun rising at the start of Tour d'Afrique

Gathering for the start of Tour d’Afrique

Trekking in Bhutan

Expensive, extremely difficult and quite normal not to be completed. This is one of the most difficult treks on the planet. On the other hand, the sights are one of the best in the world as well. It starts in Drukgyel Dzong and finishes in Sephu after 11 passes that are over the height of 14,800 ft and lovely Himalayan views that will make you forget the perils of this trek and get stuck in your memory for good. Bear in mind that not many people try this, and less than 50% of the ones who do try it actaully manage to complete it. So this is a great challenge in any respect. Also, the only time when you can hope to have the trek passable is less than a month long-from the final third of September to mid October.

view of a valley in Buthan with the Himalayas in the background

A beautiful valley in Bhutan with the Himalayas in the background

Marathon in Morocco

runners at the Marathon des Sables

Marathon des Sables (Marathon on the Sand)

This is a very special marathon. For example, if you are a regular participant at the New York marathon, you will need a couple of years of preparation to even attempt this one. For real. This is a series of six marathons, the longest one being about 55 miles long, and the total length of it is about 155 miles. The terrain is not the best for running, since you are in the middle of the Sahara Desert and temperatures are often exceeding 120⁰F. Ah, yes, you know those people that stand around the track giving the participants water? Well, there are no such things here. You have to carry food and loads of water in a backpack. This is an extreme marathon.

Runner in the desert at the Marathon des Sables

Not really New York, is it?

 

 


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