After visiting Petra I headed towards Wadi Rum where I had prearranged 4×4 transport through the desert to the foot of Jabal Umm ad Dami.
After successfully climbing to the highest point In Egypt I took a direct AirArabia flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Beirut. I had pre-arranged a taxi to meet me at the airport take me to my hotel just over 2 hours away in Cedars, Bcharre located at the foot of the highest mountains in Lebanon including of course the countries highest point Qurnat as Sawda (3088m).
After another short flight this time from Bahrain to Qatar and an evening in the airport, My plan was to use the Uber taxi service to drive me the 120km from the airport to a few kilometres away from the highest point in Qatar, Al Galail near the border with Saudi Arabia.
Having found very cheap flights from Birmingham to Dubai ~£17 I quickly made a plan to climb some middle eastern high points. I booked flights for the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. All good or so I thought. I had a layover in Sofia, Bulgaria on the way to Dubai but when on the bus at the airport gate heading to the aircraft we were stopped and returned back to the gate. The flight was delayed due to a technical problem. After several hours this delay turned into a cancelled flight and a night in Sofia before another flight to Dubai the following day meaning my plan to climb the UAE high point was not possible and all I could do was head to the other airport in Dubai for my flight to Bahrain.. Not a good start at all.
The final high point on my Asian trip was in South Korea. I flew from Hanoi to Seoul and then from there to the island of Jeju where the highest point in South Korea is located. I was looking forward to this one as it was more gradual and scenic and wound down my trip nicely. The South Koreans love making things easy for people in every facet of life with lots of unique gadgets and gizmos everywhere and the path to Halla San was no exception. It was very well defined and well maintained with wooden staging and steps along the way.
From Singapore, I flew to Ho Chi Minh city the capital of Vietnam and then caught a domestic flight to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam. I had pre-booked a bus from Hanoi to take me on the 5 hr 30 minute drive to Sapa at the foot of Fan Si Pan the highest mountain in Vietnam.
The second high point on my trip was to Singapore, I flew there from Colombo via Kuala Lumpur. It was to be a lot more straightforward than the Sri Lankan high point a few days earlier. I just needed to catch 3 MRT trains from the airport to the start of the trail at Beauty World.
This Asia trip was my most logistical trip to date with the aim of standing on the highest point in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea. Over 14 days I would have 12 flights, visited 7 different countries and of course ticked another 4 off my list taking me to 46 country high points.