Peak Performance

ROUTE TO THE TOP: The climbers map at the foot of Mt Fuji.

Mention mountain climbing, and most people envisage an exhausting clamber up sheer rock faces or dangling from a nylon rope in all weathers. That's absolutely true of some peaks, but Asia also offers less taxing alternatives. You don't need a Sherpa's lungs to scale some of the region's best-loved mountains, and you can get to the foot of many of them by public transport. Some even have comfortable trailhead accommodation. Preclimb points to remember: carry plenty of drinking water to ward off dehydration at higher altitudes; pack warm, waterproof gear; take it easy on the throttle,...

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