Exploring the 5 Most Difficult Hiking Trails
Hiking is great for the mind and the soul, especially for those who love to spend some time in the lap of nature. Nevertheless, if you are looking for some serious adventures, your local hiking trail may not be enough if you have already been on it a few times. Lucky for you, today we have a list of five most difficult hiking trails, which will test your resolve and take you through some truly stunning locations around the world.
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The Dientes Circuit (Chile)
The South American trail is as remote as it gets and before setting out on the 52 km stretch, you should be prepared for the fact that the only help or support you will receive while on the trek will have to come from your own party. The Southern Ocean makes the weather around here unpredictable and mostly hostile, while the trail markers which should be guiding hikers were never placed here. If you do manage to survive the trail though, the vistas of the Antarctic and Cape Horn, which you will see here, have only been seen by a handful of other people in the whole world.
The Snowman Trek (Bhutan)
There is a roughly two-month window for adventurers to take advantage of if they want to explore the Snowman Trek because it’s closed off for the rest of the year. There are eleven high passes for you to reach, while climbing up to a height of 5,000+ meters. If you can complete the steep ascent though, everything on top looks right out of a fairy tale. Forests with multiple waterfalls and glacial streams that have mist flowing over them are waiting at the end of the Snowman Trek, for those that can complete it. Beware of snow leopards though!
Canyonlands National Park (Utah, US)
Well, if you want to truly test your heat tolerance in the desert, this is where you should head to. You will have to climb cliffs and face dead ends at every turn here, not to mention the nauseating and disorienting effect which the patterns of the sandstone fins seem to have on adventurers, amplified by the effect of the blazing sun. It’s a remote location with almost no sources of water available, so getting lost here without direction is basically equal to a death sentence. Even the most experienced of trekkers should go with a party and make sure that there are people who know where they are.
KalalauWhere (Kauai, Hawaii)
You won’t find a single guide who will take you through the 18 Km trek, which ascends to a height of 1,200 meters and connects Kauai's Na Pali Coast to Waimea. There are no trail markers to guide trekkers along this path, which is abundant with forests, streams, and cliffs. The entire trek is beautiful to the eye though and once you reach the Kalalau Valley, you will witness scenery that has not even been seen by many locals.
As all of these routes will test your stamina to the maximum, it's important that you travel as light as possible, without sacrificing on essential supplies and equipment.