7 Dangerous Trails Around The World For Extreme Hiking
There are plenty of perilous and dangerous hiking trails around the world, and some people live to seek out, conquer and survive these hikes. Perhaps it’s the adventure, perhaps it’s the challenge – or perhaps it’s that feeling of being alive that, ironically, comes with putting your life at risk. Take a look at these 7 extreme hiking routes in the world, the ones that will make your heart race, adrenaline flow and sweat pour.
1. El Caminito Del Rey, Spain.
El Caminito del Rey is arguably one of the most famous dangerous hikes in the world. It’s not longer than three kilometres, but because it is a steel and concrete path that hangs on a sheer vertical cliff, it attracts only adventure-minded hikers. People who are afraid of heights don’t belong there.
2. Huayna Picchu, Peru.
The world-famous Inca Trail toward Machu Picchu is completed by thousands of people each year. Few people, however, continue on the trail past the ancient city and climb to Huayna Picchu. This is an old stairway built by the Incas that’s made up of wet rocky stairways, rotting roots and steep drop-offs. Steel cables help hikers to the top, but the real danger is the slippery way down. The fact that the trail is nicknamed the “hike of death” by locals says it all.
3. School Cliff Path, China.
This almost incredible path is carved out in a cliff side that’s more than 1,500 metres high. What makes it even more extraordinary is that it’s used by children – the children of Genguan, a small Chinese village, use the path every day to walk to and from school.
4. Mist Trail, California, USA.
The Mist Trail is a 23 kilometre trail leading to the summit of iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California. The trail is very steep – particularly the last couple of hundred metres which require the help of steel cables. In bad weather, the surface becomes extremely slippery and during thunderstorms, the steel cables become the target of lightning.
5. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Scotland.
It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in the Highlands. The views are breathtaking, but the fact that the trail runs along a sharp ridge with sheer drops and requires some technical climbing makes it dangerous. Also, there is not a shorter or less dangerous way down if the weather turns bad.
6. Hua Shan, China.
Mount Hua Shan is a five-spired mountain in the province of Shaanxi, China. There are temples on the mountain’s summits, which have been climbed for many, many centuries. Every single trail on the mountain, however, is quite dangerous and is made up of nothing more than boardwalks attached to the mountain sides, ropes, vertical stairways and chains.
7. Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.
Although there aren’t any official trail to the summit of Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano anymore after several deaths, it is still possible to scale this 2,400 metre mountain on pathways from surrounding farms. Pacaya is an active volcano which had a deadly eruption in 2010.