Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Adrenaline junkies often ridicule hiking as somehow less dangerous than other mountain experiences like climbing or skiing.
But as these challenging paths show, putting one foot in front of the other is not always an easy option.
And to make these famous excursions, you’ll need more than just a heavy dose of vigilance.
The following trails are dangerous and recommended by experienced hikers. That is, those who are equipped with the right equipment, have the ability and physical fitness to help them navigate difficult situations and are able to plan for the worst accordingly.
Whether you want to experience the mountainous Lake District in western England, or climb the “world’s most dangerous hike” in rural China, this list brings you 10 of the most challenging hiking trails around the world.
Striding Edge, Lake District, England
Striding Edge, Lake District, England, plain_textCredit: Jenny/Adobe StockStriding Edge, is a sharp-edged mountain ridge, which ascends to the summit of Mount Helvellen, the third highest peak in the Lake District National Park.
Hikers will need to be in good shape to climb to the top, and know how to navigate properly in the clouds.
On a clear day, the views are spectacular, stretching all the way to Scotland.
The Labyrinth, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
Labyrinth, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, US, plain_textCredit: picturist/iStockphoto/Getty Images This trail is located in the most extreme part of Canyonlands National Park, and includes deep canyons, where rockfall and flash floods are common, and watering from the area’s rare springs is difficult. .
Park rangers ask all visitors to share their itineraries and to stay in touch as much as possible.
Mount Hua, China
Jebel Hoa, plain_textCredit: Maciej Bledowski/iStock Editorial/Getty Images This epic trail to the southern summit of Jebel Hoa is often described as the most dangerous mountain trail in the world.
To reach the summit, which has a height of 7,070 feet, hikers need to climb uneven steps and a series of stairs before attaching themselves to an iron chain using a anchor to traverse the famous narrow “board path”.
Giro del Sorapiss, Italy
Giro del Sorapiss, Italy
, plain_textCredit: gljivec/Adobe Stock The Giro del Sorapiss Trail is located in the Dolomites in the Trentino-Alto Adige region, northern Italy, and heads up into the mountains along rocky boulders.
Hikers will need harnesses, a helmet, and an ideal guide who can provide the required equipment and guide them on the route that passes through the Ferrata rock climbing area.
The Drakensberg Grand Traverse, South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho
Drakensberg Grand Traverse, South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho
, plain_textCredit: Dom Barnardt/Adobe StockThe epic route stretches for 230 kilometers and can take up to two weeks to cross. This journey begins by climbing a series of series of stairs to the Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in southern Africa, before heading across the border bordering the Kingdom of Lesotho, and eventually back to South Africa.
Cascade Saddle, New Zealand
Cascade Saddle, New Zealand, plain_textCredit: Ondrej/Adobe StockThe Cascade Saddle Trail is located in the heart of Mount Aspiring National Park on New Zealand’s South Island and takes two days to complete.
Kalalao Trail, Hawaii
The Callalao Trail, Hawaii, plain_textCredit: Fominayaphoto/Adobe Stock The 22-mile-long Callalao Trail off the Na Pali coast on Kauai is not only the most dangerous hike on Hawaii, but one of the most deadly in the entire United States.
And this forest trail runs parallel to the coast, and below it the angry waves of the Pacific break.
Mount Huyana Pesto, Peru
Mount Huayna Picchu, Peru, plain_textCredit: yuriz/iStockphoto/Getty Images Anyone who has seen the famous picture of Machu Picchu in Peru may have also noticed Mount Huayna Picchu, which we fall upon in countless Instagram posts, the towering summit that lies behind The famous lost city of the Incas.
Reaching its summit requires climbing the part of the so-called “Stairs of Death”, which consists of steps dating back 500 years, and overlooks an immemorial valley.
Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea
The Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea, plain_textCredit: Andrew Peacock/Stone RF/Getty Images At 96 kilometers the Kokoda Trail draws a route from just outside the Papal capital of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda, via the Owen Stanley Range.
It is an isolated area, taking about two weeks to complete, due to floods and torrential rains, and conditions that can make the path treacherously slippery.
Daikrito Traverse, Japan
Daikrito Traverse, Japan, plain_textCredit: takenobu/iStockphoto/Getty Images The Daikrito Traverse Japan route trip covers less than two miles, but can take hours to complete, and is best done as part of a longer guided trip.
Chains and ladders are used in this path, to cross a series of ridges with sharp edges on both sides, extending for more than a hundred meters.