If adrenaline is your game and you want to quench your thirst for adventure with an unforgettable hike, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you all about the 5 most dangerous, deadly and thrilling places in the world, so you can choose your next adventure.
1. Mt. Huashan Cliffside Plank Path, China
This is a dream come true for explorers who want to climb a mountain wall on the most unreliable wooden boards you can think of. These planks are bolted right in the cliffside with rusty old bolts and take you up to see ancient Chinese temples.
You’ll find yourself at an incredibly high altitude of 2,000 feet, walking above ground on this sketchy traverse for a few hundred feet. You’ll have some chains available to hold on to, but only for a while. After that, both the chains and the wooden boards disappear, leaving way only to some stone steps.
But this hike is definitely worthwhile, particularly if you want to get to the South Peak where you’ll see the isolated temples. Don’t forget to take the harness offered at the base, you’ll definitely need one to ensure you’re not falling to your doom. That’s not just because of the altitude and the wooden boards, but the weather is also your foe considering how exposed you are to the elements up there.
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2. El Caminito del Rey, Spain
A similar crossing can be found closer to home, in Europe. The King’s Little Road is indeed particularly narrow and it will send shivers down your spine if you venture off on it. We include this path into our most dangerous list for obvious reasons, like the narrow boards and the high altitude.
You’ll definitely need a survival plan here since the 3 feet wide trail is very hard to navigate. This trail was built at the beginning of the 20th century for workers at nearby plants. And imagine that these people actually crossed this trail every day between the two waterfalls of Chorro and Gaitanejo, carrying tens of pounds of materials on their backs.
With only a few feet of the path to secure their steps, they were also 350 feet above ground with an angry river below. So the river wouldn’t have ensured their survival by swimming if they fell. But you still can take some comfort regarding your safety if you’re to think that King Alfonso XIII of Spain crossed this path himself.
3. Taghia, Morocco
A Berber pathway, this incredibly perilous trail is something to put on your bucket list. But don’t start this trek without a reliable survival lighter, or else you might find it very difficult to survive in these mountains.
You’ll experience the dangers of an unsteady climb, with very abrupt passages, narrow canyons, and rocky paths, but you’ll also navigate through a harsh weather. The heat of the Moroccan days can be overtopped only by the high degree of humidity. And if you visit Taghia during December or January, you should prepare for the extremely cold nights too.
There’s a considerably low influx of tourists, so you can breathe in the solitude of this place. But that makes it even more dangerous in case you get lost or hurt yourself. The trails are very high and narrow, so you can’t afford a wrong step, especially with the high difficulty level.
Also, make sure you get lots of water in your backpack since you won’t find any water to drink on your way. You’ll see pastoral valleys, canyons, and waterfalls, so the views are really worth it. The spectacular trail near the side of the cliff, paved with small rocks that meanders through forgotten oak logs will prove quite a challenge, even if there are some cables to help you.
4. Via Ferrata, Italy and Austria
The Iron Way, in translation, dates back to a medieval 15th century Europe, but it was mostly used in the World War I. There are various cables and wooden boards hanged a few hundred feet above the ground. And even if they’re pretty safe with the carabiners that hold them, there are still the rocky walls and the abrupt ledges you’ll need to handle.
The stairs, cables, and metallic bridges pass the cliff area. The difference between a climbing area and a Via Ferrata is that you won’t need any additional cables since these are incorporated on the trail. Consequently, some even deem these trails safer than a climbing trail. But the truth is that you’re more likely to hurt yourself worse if you fall.
However, the history makes the journey really worthwhile. The Dolomite Mountains were a true battlefield for the Austrian and Italian armies that had to face each other. The cold weather, along with rock fallings and avalanches made things even worse, so there are some tunnels along the way to help soldiers.
5. Cascade Saddle, New Zealand
This trail is definitely just for experienced hikers, but even if you’re one of those people you shouldn’t try it if the weather isn’t friendly enough. You’ll walk for 10 full hours on the two day’s journey from the West Matukituki to Dart Hut in the south-west part of New Zealand.
This will take you through an incredible alpine landscape, which is also rich in Maori history. That’s because the Maori settlements, along with many native tribes are still visible on the archaeological sites you can find near the rivers and lakes.
Along with the volcanic floors and the glacial valleys and rivers, you’ll see various types of beech trees in the imposing forests. The alpine weather helped the formation of grasslands and fell fields, while the river beds are filled with grass, so the everything looks great.
What adventure will you choose?
We’ve talked about the most stunning, dangerous views that nature has to offer you: from Chinese pathways carved in the sheer cliff to get to the holy temples to the magnificent Lord of the Rings views, you can choose your poison. So where will you go and why? Let us know in the comments.