We don't suggest doing any of these on your own, of course, but if you think your mind and body can take the stress of one of these challenging hikes, by all means - go right ahead. So if you are planning your next adventure, why not add one of these destinations to your itinerary?
Stop #1: Peru
First stop on your list should be Peru to trek the Inca trail. This four day trek will take up to an altitude of 4,200 metres and then back down again to one of the world's most beautiful but challenging places to reach - Machu Picchu. Yes, we know you've heard all about this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Listed site already, but we're going to tell you anyway! Traverse carefully along the trail; make your way past crumbling stones, slippery, jagged rocks and up and down more than 1500 steps. Once you come face to face with the spectacular Machu Picchu, it will have all have been well worth the journey.
Stop #2: China
Alright, alright. Let's stop a little closer home and see whether there's something for you there. Voila - enter Mount Hua Shan, a place adorned by temples and swarming with tourists. Its popularity doesn't make it any easier to climb though, because although there's narrow wooden platforms to rest your feet on, there's still a good chance you'll slip, and it's a long fall to the ground! Don't worry too much though - all the fatality statistics floating out there are just rumours – so officially this one appears to have the best survival rates. The question is, are you daring enough?
Let's swing back across the globe and head to sunny Vancouver (well, mostly sunny). It's a short trail, the Grouse Grind, but it's definitely not easy. It's pretty scenic, but a nightmare for the novice trekker and challenging even for an experienced trekker. This is the steepest trail you'll ever see, climbing over 850 meters in altitude in less than 3 kilometers. So don't be fooled by its short distance, this hike could very well take you all day - if you manage it at all!
Stop #4: Scotland
Ah, the snow-capped hills of Scotland. Can you hear the sound of bagpipes already? We can! Aonach Eagach Ridge (the name sounds as difficult as the hike itself) is a pretty iconic climb, but it's also one of the hardest. It technically isn't even called hiking, but rather “scrambling”. This means you will need to use your hands to grab onto rocky faces and jagged ridges. This climb is not for the faint-hearted. It's well worth the effort though; breathtaking views, with splashes of blue and green all around will greet you along the way. Just remember to take an axe and crampons with you if you are planning on attempting this trek during winter.
Stop #5: Spain
Our final destination on the list is Spain. The Camino Del Rey is often touted as the world's most dangerous path, but it is well worth the heart-stopping journey. Whilst the trek is currently closed for reparation it is expected to re-open for trekkers in the next year. You can then experience the narrow walkway (less than one meter in some parts) with a sheer drop of over 100 meters down to the river. Let's hope they have fixed those little cracks in the wooden path. After all you wouldn't want to fall through one!
So if you think you are planning to go to one of these places, please don't forget to send us a postcard!
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