12 Death-Defying Hikes That Dare You To Trek Around the World

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Hiking lovers, how much do you like to live life on the edge? Do you specifically search for adrenaline-filled trails or gravitate more towards safer adventures?

Whatever your preference, these 12 death-defying hikes are bound to blow you away. As you go through, decide whether there’s any you would brave.

1. Snowman Trek – Bhutan

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This is “The ultimate traverse along Bhutan’s mountainous backbone,” one company claims. En route, you’ll pass 11 high passes as you head towards the remote Lunana region. It’s the most challenging trek in the country. Only a handful of hikers take it on each year.

2. Chadar Trek – India

Zojila Pass, India

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The Chadar Trek is supposedly like no other in the Himalayan region. It includes traversing a frozen river, bracing for -30 degree nights and testing your resilience. There are many discomforts and dangers throughout this journey. Typically, however, the rewards outweigh the risks.

3. El Caminito Del Rey – Spain

El Caminito Del Rey

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Once known as the world’s deadliest hike, the Caminito Del Rey, or “King’s Little Pathway,” was reopened in 2015 after years of renovation. The hike consists of a narrow path built along the steep walls of a gorge, with sheer drops of up to 100 meters.

4. Mount Hua – China

Dangerous walkway via ferrataat top of holy Mount Hua Shan in Shaanxi province near Xi'an, China

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Similar to the Plank Walk, the Mount Hua hike in China involves narrow paths along steep cliffs, with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. But don’t let the scenery fool you – this hike is not for the faint of heart.

5. Aonach Eagach Ridge – Scotland

The Ridge on Aonach Eagach, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

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The Aonach Eagach Ridge in Scotland is a challenging and technical hike that involves scrambling along narrow ridges with steep drops on either side.

6. Angel’s Landing – USA

LENS FLARE: Traveler girl sits and observes the snowy canyon from Angel's Landing. Young woman sits down after a hike and looks at the beautiful red colored canyon in Zion National Park in Utah.

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Located in Utah’s Zion National Park, Angel’s Landing is a popular hike that involves a steep climb up narrow switchbacks, followed by a narrow ridge with sheer drops on either side. It’s not uncommon for hikers to slip and fall to their deaths on this treacherous trail.

7. Via Ferrata – Italy

climber on via ferrata or klettersteig in Italy or Austria dolomit - Dolomiti di Sesto or Sextener Dolomiten

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Via Ferrata, or “Iron Way,” is a type of climbing that involves scaling steep cliffs using a system of metal cables, ladders, and bridges. While it can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, it’s also incredibly dangerous, with many fatalities reported each year.

8. The Maze – USA

The deep red rock of the chocolate drops formation stands out prominently, as it overlooks the opposite side of the Maze Overlook abyss, in the Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

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Located in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, The Maze is a remote and rugged area that’s difficult to access and even harder to navigate. Hikers must be experienced in desert survival and have excellent map-reading skills to attempt this hike.

9. Mount Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal

Rear view of tourist while trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly the adventure of a lifetime and one of Nepal's best trekking destination.

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While not technically a climb, the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal is still one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. The altitude and extreme weather conditions can be deadly, and hikers must be prepared for the physical and mental challenges of the trek.

10. Kalalau Trail – Hawaii

Young man hiking along a trail with the ocean, a beach and steep cliffs in the distance on a sunny day. Shot on the Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast State Park in Kauai, Hawaii USA.

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Located on the island of Kauai, the Kalalau Trail is a challenging hike involving narrow paths along steep cliffs with stunning ocean views. However, the trail is also prone to flash floods, rock slides, and other hazards that make it incredibly dangerous.

11. Huayna Picchu – Peru

Young tourist climbing Huayna Picchu (Machu Picchu, Peru)

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Located near Machu Picchu in Peru, Huayna Picchu is a steep and narrow hike that involves climbing up a series of stone steps and ladders to reach the summit. The trail is often crowded and slippery, making it dangerous for inexperienced hikers.

12. Mount Huashan Plank Walk – China

The mighty Mount Huashan`s plank walk in the sky in Shanxi province, central China

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Located in China’s Shaanxi Province, Mount Huashan is considered one of the world’s most dangerous hikes. The Plank Walk is a narrow, rickety path built along the cliff face that leads to the mountain’s summit. One wrong step could lead to a fall.

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1 Comment

  1. Burt Randall on June 8, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    These hikes are really & indeed scary !!

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