These hikes are dangerous because of the extreme elements the accompany some of these spine-tingling hikes.
- The Maze, USA
Located in Canoyonlands National Park, “the maze” is prone to flash floods, rock falls, as well as GPS being unreliable within the area. If you have seen the movie 127 hours, you know Aron Ralston’s story and just how dangerous it can be!
Further Reading: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
- Mount Hua Shan, China
One of the Five Great Mountians of China, this mountain has had a long history rich with religious significance. Although no stats are collected on fatalities, it is estimated about 100 die per year! Its no wonder as the highest point of the peak is 7,000 feet and consists of “trails” that are simply wood planks bolted onto the mountainside.
Further Reading: Every Rock a Universe: The Yellow Mountains and Chinese Travel Writing
- Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
Located 19 miles southwest of Guatemala City, this trail has become a popular tourist destination with guided groups being taken up to a crater. However, the original trail is officially closed and only dedicated climbers secretly make the trek up.
- West Coast Trail, Canada
This long and practically vertical ladder segments make this a thrill seekers hike. If you tackle this hike expect consistently uneven terrain, river crossings, steep slopes, and possible damaged trails. That’s not all; you may even encounter a bear on your adventure.
Further Reading: Blisters and Bliss: A Trekker’s Guide to the West Coast Trail
- Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Most likely the most perilous hike on this list, hikers will find themselves above 13,000ft for an extended amount of time (20-30 days). That altitude can lead to mountain sickness or even high altitude pulmonary edema. There are steep assents and 11 high-level passes, not to mention the remote and erratic weather brands this especially hazardous.
Further Reading: Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan