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Top 5 Extreme Places in Asia


Asia encompasses many of the world’s superlative natural wonders, from its highest mountain to its hottest desert. Discover the top 5 extreme places in Asia here!

  1. Hottest Point – Lut Desert, Iran
The Lut Desert’s amazing rock formations

Located in the southeastern region of Iran, this large salt desert lays claim to being the hottest place on the planet. The highest temperature was recorded by a NASA satellite in 2005, at a sweltering 70.7°C.

2. Coldest Inhabited Place – Oymyakon, Russia

A typical snowy vista from Oymyakon

Oymyakon is situated along the Indigirka River in the Oymyakonshy district of Russia’s Sakha Republic. The village is regarded as the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth, with a recorded low of –71.2°C in 1924. The only other place on the planet that has recorded lower temperatures is Antarctica.

3. Highest Mountain – Mount Everest (Chomolungma), Nepal/China

A breathtaking view of Mount Everest from the Gokyo Valley

Located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, this majestic 8,848-metre phenomenon of Mother Nature remains the ultimate dream of climbers all over. The Nepalese referred to the mountain as Sagarmatha, while the Tibetans called it Chomolungma, meaning “Goddess Mother of Mountains,” but the British named it after Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843.

4. Highest Civilian Airport – Daocheng Yading Airport, Sichuan, China

Panoramic view of Daocheng Airport

At 4,411 metres above sea level, Daocheng Yading is the world’s highest civilian airport, surpassing the previous record-holder, Qamdo Bamda Airport in Tibet, at 4,334 metres. The airport opened on 16 September 2013, and the inaugural flight was an Air China flight from the provincial capital Chengdu. The airport cuts the travel time between Daocheng and Chengdu to one hour, which previously required a two-day bus trip.

5. Deepest Point – Kuril Trench, Pacific Ocean

A killer whale spotted on the surface of Kuril Trench

The Pacific Ocean, the world’s deepest ocean basin, is home to the top five deepest points, the number one spot being occupied by the Mariana Trench, in Oceania, which is 10,924 metres below sea level. Close behind is the Tonga Trench, while the third deepest, and the deepest point in Asia, is the Kuril Trench. While the Kuril Trench itself isn’t a practical destination, the Kamchatka Peninsula, in particular, makes for an exhilarating off-the-beaten-path vacation, complete with spectacular volcanoes, forests, lakes, geysers, and hot springs.

For the complete list of Extreme Places to Visit in Asia, check out Asian Geographic Magazine Issue 5/2021 coming to the shelves soon, or reserve your copy by emailing marketing@asiangeo.com.

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