Hua Shan

Elevation (feet): 7,087
Elevation (meters): 2,160
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Latitude: 34.29
Longitude: 110.05
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Convenient Center: Xian

Thanks to Jonathan Kendon for adding this peak.

Conglomerate of spectacular granite spires and pinnacles forming one of China's five most sacred mountains. From the normal route, the climb to the lowest peak is fairly challenging, beginning with an atmospheric walk up a towering gorge lined with shrines. Last part of climb is up steps hewn from the solid rock, up to 45 or 50 degrees in places, with rusting chains to aid balance. Very exposed, and at the top, can be crowded due to access by cable car. From here it is possible to reach satellite peaks, including the highest, via the Green Dragon Ridge, a precipitous and potentially dangerous cut pathway. There are wonderful views from all points and the feeling of exposure gazing out over sheer 500+m cliffs is breathtaking. The presence of shrines, temples and UNESCO-protected heritage and wildlife combine to give a wonderful outdoor experience rare in this part of China, accessible to Xian and Beijing. Allow around 10-15 hours for a round trip, with huts available to overnight and visit all the satellite peaks.

Thanks to Jonathan Kendon for this description.