- At Germany’s Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht campsite you can camp in a tree or halfway up a vertical cliff
- You can also pitch a tent in Vietnam’s breathtaking Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world
- Other options include the dunes of the Sahara desert, and the ice grottos of British Columbia
When it comes to camping, not all sites are created equal.
And while for some of us pitching a tent in the countryside is about as adventurous as we’re willing to go, there do exist a vast array of options for the more daring campers among us.
Head to the German Alps, for example, and the Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht campsite offers explorers the opportunity to sleep either in pods dangling from the treetops, or halfway up a cliff in a specially adapted ‘bivouac’ tent.
If heights aren’t your thing, you can opt to camp instead in Vietnam’s Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world at 5.5 miles long and 650ft wide – so vast it has its own climate system.
And if total seclusion is what you yearn for, consider Africa’s Sahara desert as a setting, and voyage to its Erg Admer campsite.
Read on to see some of world’s most remote, unusual and in some cases nail-biting locations to set up your tent.
Tree capsules: Deep in the German Alps, the Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht campsite offers guests the opportunity to spend a night in a ‘pod’, otherwise referred to as a ‘portaledge’, suspended from the treetops
Cliff hanger: In California’s Yosemite National Park, daredevil explorers like these scale soaring cliffs and then sleep midway up in specially adapted ‘bivouac’ tents
What a view: Back in Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht, a similar experience is offered for those who don’t fancy the tree capsules, which involves a two-man platform being hauled up the cliff face in the German Alps
Mountain platforms: In 2016, a group of brave tourists in China set up around 100 colourful tents on Laojun Mountain’s six-foot-wide and 3,300-ft-high platform
Cavernous: Vietnam’s Hang Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, is 5.5 miles long, 650ft wide and 500ft tall, and vast enough to have its own climate. Tourists willing to part with upwards of £1,800 can go on camping expeditions in it
Ice caves: If the cold is more your thing, British Columbia’s Pemberton Ice Field hosts several freezing but beautiful grottos in which to camp, including this, the Appa glacier
Height of romance: Intrepid travellers can hunker down on Ukraine’s highest mountain, Hoverla, where they’ll find shelter either in tents or small hunting hunts and marvel at the Milky Way
Wrap up: Over on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, campers can pitch their candlelit tents here in the Tellbreen ice cave (left). Canada’s Tombstone National Park (right) offers opportunities for some chilly open-air camping
The final frontier: Antarctica is one the world’s last remaining expanses still not seized by the tourist industry. While cruise passengers on some liners can camp for a night here, polar research scientists spend months at a time in tents like these
Amid the dunes: Campers looking for true seclusion can pitch their tents in Africa’s Sahara desert, at the Erg Admer site
Holy venture: India’s Amarnath is a Hindu shrine surrounded by snow-dusted mountains. Each year, thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage there, and locals rent out tents close-by for tourists and adventurers to enjoy it, too
A circus in the wilderness: It doesn’t get much more stimulating than setting up a tent here at Burning Man, an annual festival buried in the Nevada Desert where thousands of campers battle dramatic dust storms to enjoy the vast art installations
Rooftop tents: In 2009, drink manufacturers Bovril set up the UK’s first ‘extreme urban campsite’ on a high-rise building in Central London, where campers enjoyed a city sunrise at 230 feet
Baby steps: It may not be extreme, per se, but for those who want to dip a toe in, the Scottish highlands (pictured) offer a breath-taking setting for some wilderness camping