When we travel, we always like to do some sort of extreme activity. We’ve bungy jumped off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, NZ, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hiked Snow Island in Antarctica and many others. But, nothing is quite as extreme as these two hikes we recently ran across on YouTube.
The first is Caminito del Rey in the Andalucia region in southern Spain. It’s a walkway in the narrow gorge of El Chorro. Built in 1901, the walkway is less than a meter in width and traverses the side of the mountain 350 feet above the river below. Many have been injured and two fatal accident occurred in 1999 and 2000. A revitalization program to restore the walkway will begin this year. While this video starts a bit slow, at about the 2 minute mark, you’ll see what makes this one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. If you’re afraid of heights, you may want to have a paper bag handy, just in case you get a little queasy.
Now, just when you thought that looked a bit scary, let’s move on to Mount Hua near Xi’an, China. This video is amazing. While the Chinese government has added a few alternative routes that are much safer, you can still pay to walk this route. I know they couldn’t pay enough to even try this and I like a bit of danger, but this is crazy. (NOTE: This video does contain live audio that may be considered NSFW).
Last modified: April 13, 2011