The best way to get a taste of one of the most untapped areas of the world is to get on the water. Head there in the (relatively) warmer summer when the ice gives way.
Actually two camps – one in Nepal, one in Tibet – they provide the starting point to some of the most iconic treks in the world, enabling you to scale the globe’s tallest peak.
The water around Beqa Lagoon is some of the most shark infested on the planet. Among the eight different species, it’s the tiger sharks that carry the most fearsome reputation.
Hike to the top of the active volcano Cerro Negro before heading to the drop zone and sledding down the side at up to 30mph (48km/h).
The traditional form of trekking in snowy conditions. Head to the Janosik Gorge for outstanding views and frozen waterfalls.
Host of the annual Olüdeniz Air Games, you can launch from Babadağ mountain, fly over the nearby lagoon and land on one of Europe’s most spectacular beaches.
The Great Blue Hole is an almost perfectly cylindrical sinkhole off the coast of Belize. This World Heritage Site is over 100m (328ft) deep and plunges divers into total darkness.
Bobsled down a track that has Olympic pedigree (when frozen or not), although only attempt if you can handle extreme speeds as you rattle down the course.
Possibly cycling’s toughest climb. The mountain sticks out of its relative flat surroundings, with winds at the summit of ‘The Beast’ reaching 200mph (322km/h). The peak is tough enough to have claimed lives.
Clip yourself into an iron chain and tiptoe across the a sheer cliff face to reach the holy ground 2,160m (7,090ft) up in the sky.
Tour operators offer jumpers the chance to trek through the jungle and leap from the world’s highest waterfall, all 979m (3,212ft) of it.
The Isle of Man TT is probably the most dangerous going, with 255 riders killed during the race’s history, but motorbike enthusiasts can head there any time of year to sample the famous roads.
The baddest wave in the world’s best surfing location. This wave – which translates as ‘Jaws’ – requires a tow to make it onto one of the break’s 120-foot-high (37-metre-high) giants.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race crosses the breadth of Alaska, taking up to two weeks on occasion, with those brave enough to try it facing -73°C (-99.4°F) conditions and gale force winds.
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