10 Most Dangerous Hikes Around The World

By Niraj Kakade on Dec 04, 2018
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There is no shortage of dangerous hiking trails around the world but there are a few that pose threat to life, limb and everything you hold dear to. From the Amphitheatre in South Africa to the Huayna Picchu in Peru to the Hua Shan and the Tianmen Mountain Walkway in China, all these hiking trails pose challenge to even some of the very skilled hikers. But if that doesn’t scare you here are some death-defying trails that you'll still might want to hike.

1. HuaShan (Shaanxi, China)


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Considered to be one of many China's Five Great Mountains, Hua Shan holds huge religious importance in the chinese history, various temples adorn its slopes and dangerous peaks. The hike includes a very steep stairways and slopes, a huge gondola ride, a wall-hugging walk on a very narrow wooden planks (no really), a nearly very vertical climb up a mountain wall (don't worry, there are a few footholds cut into the rock), and a final steep pathway. There is also a reward for reaching the top of the peak which consist of a teahouse, resting at the height of 7,087 ft above sea level.
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2. Pu'u Manamana (Oahu, Hawaii)

Pu'u Manamana leads the hikers on a dangerous  4-mile trail containing very steep narrow ridge sections that allow for a spectacular view of the shoreline from over a height of a  2,000 ft.tall  Both of the initial ascent and final descent are highly steep, though not as perilous as the other ridge portions are much peppered in  between. Fixed cables are readily always available to hold onto, but they should be tested before the intial use. Though there have been few fatalities in the past few years, hikers still scale the Manamana for the view of Oahu. 

3. Caminito del Rey (Malaga, Spain)


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This dangerus walkway is along a limestone gorge in El Chorro, El Caminito del Rey was named after the king Alfonso XIII of Spain when he crossed the very dangerous pathway to the Conde de Guadalhorce Dam in the 1921. The trail way has since heavily deteriorated further over the recent years, but adventure seeking hikers continue to risk their life and limbs in order to traverse the dangerous pathway. Fatal accidents have alwats occurred almost every year. There are very few of the original safety rails still remaining on the site, instead a wire currently runs the length of the route.
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4. Tianmen Mountain Walkway (Zhangjiajie, China)

It is suspended at the height of over 4,000 ft above a ravine sits and a glass walkway on Tianmen Mountain peak. It is around 3 ft wide and 2.5 inches thick abd broad, the narrow walkway allows the tourists to test their own fate and modern engineering. While the walk is not very physically exhausting, the 70 ft glass bridge takes a very huge mental toll on those who decide to look down into the valley. Tourists are asked to wear covers for their shoes before crossing the bridge, as cleaning the glass is considered to be extremely dangerous. 

5. Huayna Picchu (Machupicchu District, Peru)


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It is very often seen in the background of the Machu Picchu tourist photos and pictures and postcards, it is a hike-able mountain that leads the climbers at the height of over 1,180 ft above the famous ruins. On the top of the mountain is said to have been the house of the holy high priest and local virgins of the ancient and old Inca city. Strong steel cables are specially used for safety throughout the portions of the dangerous trail, while other sections include very steep, century-old staircases. The path is often extremely foggy and slippery during monsoon season.

6. Liathach (Torridon, Scotland)

Known as one of the best hiking trail of the famous Torridon Hills, Liathach sits at a height of more than 3,641 ft. Traversing this mass of sandstone alone requires passing over a group of pinnacles named after Am Fasarinen. Very few number of spots on the ridge allow for  a great retreat or rest. While there is another path that exists, massive erosion and exposure have created additional dangers on it. It is recommended not to travel in winters. 

7. Half Dome (Yosemite National Park, California)


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It is considered to be one of Yosemite National Park's most recognizable rock formations, the granite dome is around 4,736 ft taller than the valley floor it towers over. The most visited trail to the top spans over 8.1 mi from the bottom, including a dangerous cable route along the final stretch. While it was considered once a low-traffic hike due to its difficulty, its popularity has led to roughly 60,000 climbers traversing the path every year. The final ascent of the Half Dome Cable Route is a steep climb up the mountain face using special made steel cables for safety. Additionally, lightning strikes are considered to be a huge risk when climbing Half Dome. Around six hikers were struck by lightning in 1980.

8. Angel's Landing (Zion National Park, Utah)

There is a trail cutting into Angel's Landing, a rock formation at the Zion National Park, which leads to a view of the Zion Canyon. The path to the top includes around 20 very steep turns, known as Walter's Wiggles, before arriving at the Scout's Lookout location. The lookout is the last stop before the final trek to the top of Angel's Landing begins. The final half mile, is littered with very narrow and very dangerous pathways, which has very unevenly surfaced steps, and very sharp cliff drop-offs, it is equipped with extreme strong chains to grip for safety for the hikers. Fatalities on the trail to Angel's Landing have occurred every year, but the view and strenuous climb still continues to attract a lot of hikers.

9. Crib Goch (Snowdonia National Park, Wales)


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An arete (thin, knife-like ridge) in Snowdonia National Park, Crib Goch is to be considered to be one of the most wettest locations in the entire United of Kingdom. The classic east-to-west hiking path on the Crib Goch allows the hikers to have a hold where both hands and feet are needed to traverse the way, followed by narrow peaks and grassy ridges. Several fatalities have occurred on the trail every month the path is recommended only for very experienced hikers. In the winter, Crib Goch's routes are to be avoided completely. 

10. Amphitheatre (Northern Drakensberg, South Africa)

Considered to be the part of the Drakensberg, the Amphitheatre is by many one of the most impressive and dangerous cliff faces on the Earth. The trail to the top of Mont-Aux-Sources starts at 8,100 ft of elevation, making the hike extremely strenuous and dangerous due to lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. While it is a very short hike (roughly six hours in length), the famous very steep chain ladders are the final steps to reach the top. Once the ladders are climbed all the way, you can see the vista from the Amphitheatre which provides for a spectacular look at the valley.
There you have it folks, it's on you to figure out if you can take on these beauties. Just be careful though, we warned you!  
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