This article should provide a plethora of possibilities for individuals who enjoy trekking and excitement, while providing a decent dose of adrenaline for others. The idea of ascending the little hill in the vicinity is out of the question here; rather, it is about facing death front-on while hiking on the most perilous pathways on the planet.
Here are some of the world’s most dangerous hiking trails:
1. Hua Shan (Shaanxi, China)
For the time being, let us forget about the small local path and instead explore the most perilous trip on the globe. China, and more especially Mount Huashan, is the destination.
To reach the summit of Mount Huashan, you will need to travel a path that is at the very least hazardous. If the ascent begins with a set of wooden steps set into the slope, the remainder of the journey is made up of one or two boards that have been put together at random intervals. At times, you may even be forced to make do with a chain and develop on a ledge that is barely larger than the width of your foot. In China, this trek is revered as a spiritual pilgrimage. The Chinese believe that climbing the temple at the summit of the mountain, which climbs to 2200 metres above sea level, will grant them immortality.
2. Caminito del Rey (Málaga, Spain).
This 3 km long trail is located in the south of Spain not far from Malaga, and runs along the slopes of a ravine that was built to connect two villages. Between 1901 and 1905, the path was constructed. Its access has been restricted since the beginning of the twenty-first century due to its disastrous state, although mountaineers are nevertheless said to be hiking up it at their own risk.
3. Machu Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)
It is located in Peru, on the eastern side of the Andes mountain range, and is known as Huayna Picchu. It is located on the same promontory as the world-renowned Machu Picchu site. Its top is located a few hundred metres north of the ancient Inca city and reaches an elevation of 2,720 metres, towering above the historic site of the ancient Inca city by approximately 360 metres.
As a precaution, the Peruvian authorities have restricted access to the site to two groups of 200 persons every day in order to maintain its integrity. The stairs are 1 to 2 m wide and are surrounded by a sheer cliff face and the hill. There is no guardrail on the mountainside. People who are prone to vertigo or fear of heights frequently encounter difficulty on this trek, so keep this in mind before embarking on it (that would be nerd).
4. The Half Dome (Yosemite National Park, CA)
For connoisseurs, the Half-Dome is unquestionably the peak that most nature and great outdoors enthusiasts dream about climbing. This granite cliff, which can be seen in California’s Yosemite National Park, rises to a height of nearly 1,440 metres. While the Half Dome is magnificent from below, it is much more amazing from above!
It is important to understand that it is possible to climb it without special equipment (aside from excellent walking shoes, a decent backpack with plenty of water and sunscreen (since you must not be joking), sprinkle everything with a little bravery, and you are ready to start!
5. Angel Landing (Zion National Park, Utah)
The town of Angels Landing, sometimes known as “Piste des Anges,” is located in the southwest region of Utah (United States). In addition, it is one of the most well-known summits in Zion National Park (1,763m).
There is a hiking trail that takes you to the top of Mount Zion in Zion National Park. You will have to travel around eight kilometres and descend 453 metres in order to accomplish this goal. When you reach the summit, you will not be disappointed since you will be able to see the valley of the Virgin River, which runs through the canyon of Zion at its base. Keep an eye on your surroundings then!
6. The Tianmen Mountain Hiking Trail (Zhangjiajie, China)
A glass walkway on Tianmen Mountain, which is suspended 4000 feet over a ravine, provides breathtaking views. The footbridge, which is neither very broad nor particularly thick (2.5 cm), allows visitors to experience a piece of modern engineering in action. Although the hike is not physically demanding, if you choose to stare down from the glass bridge, you will find yourself challenged mentally. It is recommended that tourists put on shoe coverings before crossing the bridge since polishing the glass is deemed to be too risky.
7. Liathach (Torridon, Scotland)
This Scottish peak is located in the Highlands of Torridon. It is the highest point in Scotland. This mountain, which rises to an elevation of 1055 metres above sea level, is often regarded as the most beautiful peak in the country by mountaineers and hikers alike. The terrain is exceedingly steep, rough, and exposed, yet the memory of the ascent will last forever. If in doubt, consult with a professional (don’t take any chances).
8. Crib Goch (Snowdonia National Park, Wales)
The Crib Goch, also known as the “red comb” in Welsh, is a peak of the Snowdon massif that rises to 923 metres above sea level and is part of the rugged western ridge of Garnedd Ugain. It is the highest point in Wales. It is often regarded as one of the most magnificent walks in all of Great Britain, particularly while crossing the Crib Goch. However, this does not imply that the path ahead is straightforward. There are steep knife edges on this climb, which makes it one of the most difficult and treacherous in the area, and it may easily leave even the most experienced climbers stranded.
9. Pu’u Manamana (Oahu, Hawaii)
Approximately 6.5 kilometres long, the Pu’u Manamana brings hikers across various areas of small ridges that provide panoramic views of the shoreline stretching up to more than 2,000 metres in elevation. Even while the first ascent and the final descent are both quite steep, they are not as treacherous as some of the hills in between. The ability to cling on to a fixed Able is accessible, however it is required to test it first before using it.
10. Amphitheater (Nothern Drakensberg, South Africa)
The Amphitheater is a rock structure in the Northern Drakensbergs of South Africa that is a popular tourist destination. The Amphitheater cliff, which is considered to be one of the most stunning views on the planet, is almost 10 times broader than the world-famous El Capitan (Yosemite).
In all, the Amphitheater stretches for nearly 5 kilometres in length, with a top elevation of more than 3,050 metres above sea level. Apart from that, the Tugela River Falls, which are the second tallest waterfall in the world, plummet more than 948 metres from a rock above the Amphitheater. Hikers with a lot of experience will find this a wonderful paradise.