When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, English mountaineer George Mallory famously replied, “Because it’s there.” For those of us who need a little more motivation, National Geographic has chosen 15 celebrated places worth the trek or climb. Whether you’re a Sunday stroller or a Sherpa, you’ll find an adventure to match your stamina.
The ultimate reward waiting at the end? An inspiring perspective on the world.
One site in Southeast Asia is among the list. Borobudur. Taking third spot, this temple in Magelang, Central Java. The complex is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 600 Buddha statues. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1991.
Natgeo writes in the publication about Borobudur:
BOROBUDUROn the island of Java, Maha-yana Buddhist pilgrims climb the 95-foot-high, multitiered structure (the single largest Buddhist temple on Earth) as a symbolic journey to enlightenment. Apex views of surrounding volcanoes are breathtaking, but the nearly 3,000 bas-reliefs deserve a closer look.
Below is the complete list of National Geographic’s 15 Iconic Adventures Worth the Effort:
Get a reverse angle on Machu Picchu from the 8,920-foot summit of Huayna Picchu, the looming peak in all those memorable images of the Inca site. Only 200 hikers a day are permitted to make the two-hour round-trip trek. Go slow while descending the notoriously steep “stairs of death” near the top.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM RICHARDSON
Sculpted from soaring sandstone cliff walls more than two millennia ago, the ancient Nabataean city is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Hike about 800 steps up to Petra’s massive monastery for top-of-the-rock vistas of the Wadi Arabah desert.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NEIL FARRIN, GETTY IMAGES
“National Geographic readers will be curious to know more about the Borobudur and eventually, the article will increase the number of travelers visiting the temple,” he added.
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