In search of some thrilling adventure? No Problem, the following list with some great videos of the most dangerous Roads & Trails of the world will help you to find the right kick.
1. Mount Hua, China
Located in Shaanxi Province, about 120 kilometres east of the city of Xi'an, near the city Huayin in China – this is definetely the most thrilling hiking adventure you can have!
“… There are two walking trails leading to Huashan's North Peak (1614 m), the lowest of the mountain's five major peaks. The most popular is the traditional route in Hua Shan Yu (Hua Shan Gorge) first developed in the 3rd to 4th century A.D. and with successive expansion, mostly during the Tang Dynasty. It winds for 6 km from Huashan village to the north peak. A new route in Huang Pu Yu (Huang Pu Gorge, named after the hermit Huang Lu Zi who lived in this gorge in 8th century BC) that follows the cable car to the North Peak is actually the ancient trail used prior to the Tang Dynasty, which has since fallen into disrepair. It had only been known to local villagers living nearby at the gorges until 1949, when a group of 7 PLA with a local guide used this route to climb to North Peak and captured over 100 KMT soldiers stationed in North Peak and along the routes in the traditional route. This trail is now known as “The Route Intelligent Take-over of Hua Shan” and was reinforced in early 2000. The Cable Car System stations are built next to the beginning and ends of this trail. […] Many Chinese still climb at nighttime, in order to reach the East Peak by dawn—though the mountain now has many hostels. This practice is a holdover from when it was considered safer to simply be unable to see the extreme danger of the tracks during the ascent, as well as to avoid meeting descending visitors at points where pathways have scarcely enough room for one visitor to pass through safely. …” (Source: Wikipedia)
2. Caminito del Rey, Spain
You are not afraid of balance in a height of 100m on a narrow steel beam? Hm, maybe you should travel to Malaga for sightseeing and afterwards go for a nice walk ;)
“… The walkway is one meter (3 feet and 3 inches) in width, and rises over 100 meters (350 feet) above the river below. It is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top has collapsed away. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist but a Via ferrata safety-wire runs the length of the path. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent years and after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000, the local government closed both entrances.
The regional government of Andalusia budgeted in 2006 for a restoration plan estimated at € 7 million.
[…]The project will take approximately three years from when it is due to start in mid-2011. …”
3. Yungas Road, Bolivia
You prefer to go by Car or Bike? No Problem – you'll find the most dangerous Road in the World in Bolivia, also called “The road of death”.
“The North Yungas Road […] is a 61-kilometre (38 mi) or 69-kilometre (43 mi) road leading from La Paz to Coroico, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia. It is legendary for its extreme danger and in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the “world's most dangerous road”. One estimate is that 200 to 300 travellers are killed yearly along the road. The road includes crosses marking many of the spots where vehicles have fallen. …” (Source: Wikipedia)
4. Angels Landing, USA
Utah is your next travel destination? Perfect, here you also have the possibility to go for a hike with awesome viewpoints in the Zion National Park. Don't miss out to visit Angel's Landing:
“Angels Landing, known earlier as the Temple of Aeolus, is a rock formation measuring around 1,208-foot (368 m) tall in Zion National Park in southern Utah. A trail, cut into solid rock in 1926, leads to the top of Angels Landing and provides a spectacular view of Zion Canyon. […] The last half-mile of the trail is strenuous and littered with sharp drop offs and narrow paths. Chains to grip are provided for portions of the last half-mile to the top at 5,785 feet (1,763 m). …” (Source: Wikipedia)
5. Cachoeira da Fumaça, Brazil
Waterfalls! Everybody loves them, especially if they are really big – so let me present the most thrilling viewpoint you can choose for the Fumaça Waterfall. The guy in this Video must have balls of steel!
“The Cachoeira da Fumaça (“Smoke Falls”, once known as “Glass Falls”, after the pilot who discovered it in 1960) was believed to be Brazil's highest waterfall, until Cachoeira do Araca was recently discovered in the Amazon. This waterfall is known as Cachoeira do El Dorado. It is 353 m high. …” (Source: Wikipedia)
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