World's Scariest Hikes
With the re-opening of the Caminito del Rey path in Malaga, once known as one of the scariest hikes on the planet, we take a look at some of the world's scariest, most challenging hiking routes for seasoned trekkers. Don't forget your single trip travel insurance, as these hikes are definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Caminito del Ray, Spain
Reopened on March 28th 2015, the Caminito del Rey in Malaga was built at the turn of the 20th century and originally designed to allow workers access to two hydroelectric plants.
In 2000, the pathway was closed for over 10 years after several people died attempting to traverse the route - despite this, thrill seekers still dared to cross it, risking their lives and a 6,000 EURO fine.
Now the dilapidated pathway has been given a facelift, with stony paths and secured wooden walkways making safety a priority. The 7.7km walk offers stunning views of the surrounding gorge and mountains - it has even been chosen as one of Lonely Planet's top new travel experiences for 2015.
The route is already fully booked until June, so if you want to check it out for yourself you'll need to move fast.
The Trift Bridge, Swiss Alps
If you fancy yourself as an experienced mountain hiker and are not averse to taking risks, head for the Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps. This suspension bridge stretches for 170m over a glacial valley, with a 100m drop.
It can only be reached by cable car and is surrounded by steep trails which are ideal to challenge seasoned hikers. Its remote location means cheap single trip travel insurance is essential in case you're injured on your hike.
Hua Shan Plank Walk, China
Only the crazy or the extremely brave attempt what has often been called 'the most dangerous hike in the world'. Poised 2000m above sea level surrounded by vertical stone cliffs, you can expect narrow wooden planks, steel ladders and rusty chains to hold on to for company. It's said that hundreds of people die attempting the walk every year, and you'll definitely need a head for heights if this is on your agenda.
Half Dome, California
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California, offers a real challenge to both climbers and hikers. Fancy hiking to the peak using the cable ladder, or freestyling up a 1,500m rock face? If you're an adrenaline junkie, this is one destination you won't want to miss.