Hiking is not an activity for the faint hearted but these places will make even the bravest of men think before walking up these dangerous trails. From sky-high planks to iron cable pathways, travelers around the world boot up and take a gamble for a hike in some of the most dangerous places on the planet. And while risking your life to go for a hike may seem a little bit extreme, apparently nothing compares to the thrill of winning against nature, because not only does it make you feel alive, but it also makes you appreciate the little things more.
China’s Hua Shan plank walk is often dubbed as “the most dangerous hike in the world” and it sure lives up to this definition. Possibly one of the most nauseating walk one could imagine, and consisting of steel rod ladders, narrow planks of wood and a rusty chain to hook on to, this pathway is popular among pilgrims visiting the temples on the sacred mountain.
El Caminito del Rey, or the King’s Little Pathway in English translation, is a trailhead threaded along the dramatic walls of El Chorro gorge in the province of Málaga, Spain. This trail is 1,200 meters long and it was built at the turn of the century to help coworkers construct the nearby hydroelectric plants. The path consists of rickety wooden planks, supported by steel rails, and is barely a meter wide. Although it is officially closed because some sections are incomplete, many people still risk taking this route.
The Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps stretches 170 meters over a glacial valley. This suspension bridge took six weeks to complete and it can be reached via a cable car that takes you across the gorge and links up some mountain trails. For those brave enough to cross the bridge, they will be welcomed by the spectacular view of Lake Trift glimmering below.
The Mountain Torq Via Ferrata is situated below the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia’s highest peak, reaching 4,095m. The protected mountain path consists of a series of rungs, rails and cables embracing the rock face. Although it is the highest of its kind in the world, it is also one of the most accessible peaks and a very popular tourist destination.
Angel’s Landing in Utah is one of the narrowest trails in the world and it is cut into solid rock. Famous and thrilling, the 2.4 miles trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. Formerly known as the Temple of Aeolus, the trail leads to the top of Angels Landing providing a spectacular view of Zion Canyon.