The Ultimate Bucket List? Study Lists Top 20 Adventures in the World

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Mount Kilimanjaro, tallest freestanding peak in the world

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and rafting the Grand Canyon have been listed as the top three adventures in the world, according to a new study.

The research was commissioned by a UK TV channel where a panel of travel experts, including explorer Steve Backshall, created a shortlist of the ‘greatest adventures around the world’, which was then put to a public vote.

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Machu Picchu. Credit: Jeremiah Berman | Unsplash

Descending into the depths of Iceland’s Thrihnukagigur volcano, potholing in Vietnam’s Son Doong caves and reaching Everest Base Camp in Nepal also feature highly on the world’s greatest death-defying adventure list.

Here’s the list in full… how many of these make it on to your bucket list?

  1. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  2. Trekking along the Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Peru
  3. Rafting the Grand Canyon, Arizona
  4. Descending into Thrihnukagigur volcano, Iceland
  5. Exploring the Son Doong Caves, Vietnam
  6. Dog sledding to witness the Aurora Borealis, Norway
  7. Kayaking Arctic fjords, Greenland
  8. Reaching Base Camp Everest, Nepal
  9. Cruising the Antarctic
  10. Cage diving with sharks, Cape Town, South Africa
  11. Swimming with Humpback Whales, Mozambique
  12. Cave diving, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
  13. Diving the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  14. Trekking the Great Wall, China
  15. Paragliding in the Alps, Switzerland
  16. Riding the Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia
  17. Volcano night trekking, Indonesia
  18. Hiking Mount Fuji, Japan
  19. Diving into Belize’s Great Blue Hole, Belize
  20. Finding the Lost City of Teyuna, Colombia

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