Teen Scales Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt & Is Banned from Country

Andrej Ciesielski’s view of the Pyramid of Khafre (screenshot via @andrejcie/Instagram)

The view from above is worth the riskAnd adventurers, athletes, and weekend warriors like you know that. On a hazy day in January, 18-year-old Andre Ciesielski scaled the 4,575-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the three Egyptian pyramids and the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, to catch a bird's eye view. For him, it meant being banned from Egypt for life.  


The high risk stunt took the German photographer 8 mins to pull off going up and 20 minutes going down. As he said about the initial ascent and why he wasn't stopped by security:  “Walking around in the complex I was waiting for the right moment to start climbing The Great Pyramid of Giza. When I started climbing, a street seller was standing behind me, but I didn’t care about him. At the [halfway mark some people got attention on me and looked up. That’s how the police spotted me. They shouted something in Arabic, I think, but I didn’t care and kept going while listening to music," he said.


 At the top he managed to snap photos and post them to his Facebook account, plus he posted a Youtube video that you can watch below. This is not the first of his stunts. He's also reached the top in Dubai and Hong Kong