If you’re looking for somewhere new and intense to pitch your tent this year, look no further than these extreme campsites.
Chill Out in the Sub Arctic
Alaska draws the majority of its visitors during the summer, but some rugged adventurers prefer to visit when the snow is deep and the temperature below freezing. You’ll need to dress warmly, eat plenty, and use snow to insulate your chosen site. You’ll need to be fit, alert, and experienced in cold-weather camping. But you’ll also enjoy the exhilaration of proving that you can make yourself at home under even the most inhospitable conditions.
Count the Stars While Dangling from a Mountain
When you’re trying to reach the top, but you need to take a break for dinner and sleep, just hook up your trusty portaledge. This sleeping system designed for multi-day climbers is best for those with nerves of steel—but who ever heard of a climber with a fear of heights? Besides, this is the closest you’ll ever come to sleeping in the clouds.
Check Out Paranormal Activity
Whether you’re a dedicated ghost hunter or a total skeptic, camping out in purportedly haunted places is a good way to test your bravery—or craziness, depending on your perspective. Fear of the unknown or inexplicable is a universal human trait, so you’ll have your pick of creepy places to set up camp.
Whether the supernatural is truly at work, or just some noisy nighttime animals, you’ll get your adrenaline flowing. Bonus points if you bust out your Ouija board as campfire entertainment.
Stay the Night in a Cave
Caves are nature’s hotels. A bit damp and dark at times, but a roof over your head all the same. And there’s nothing claustrophobic about Hang En Cave, the world’s third-largest cavern, located in Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province. You can camp on the shore of the cave’s turquoise pool. But first you’ll have to get there, trekking miles through remote wilderness. Once you arrive and settle in, the stunning beauty of this place should help to distract you from the odorousness of the cave’s bat population.
Sweet Dreams in the Rainforest
The rainforest is a bucket list destination for many adventurers. The biodiversity cannot be beat. But a place so teeming with life can be tricky for the uninitiated overnight guest to negotiate. Insects carrying disease, slithering snakes, territorial jaguars, poisonous plant life: there’s a host of flora and fauna that can turn your adventure deadly. Still, if you’ve got nerves of steel and a local guide, you might be in for the most memorable campout of your life.