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Most dangerous path in the world

Ever wanted to walk the most dangerous path in the world

This path is insane. The next time you are in Spain, maybe check out doing a hike on the most dangerous path in the world. Crazy stuff

most dangerous path in the world

Although the walkway is officially closed today and whole spans have crumbled over time, determined thrill seekers continue to test their mettle on the precarious road. Image by Gabi

Planning your next adventure is a great way to relieve cabin fever during the winter months, and it doesn’t get much more adventurous than El Caminito del Rey in Malaga, Spain, widely believed to be the most dangerous pathway in the world. Three feet, three inches wide, and 350 feet off the ground, this barely-there walkway is a magnet for the nervy and altitude immune. Hammered into place in 1905 as a service route for hydroelectric workers in the days before government safety administrations, the walkway winds nearly two miles along the vertical rock face of El Chorro Gorge. The path was officially closed in 2000 after several fatal accidents, although determined walkers continue to make their way up there today. The path is now especially dangerous, as time and gravity have caused large portions of it to rust, crumble, and tumble into the gorge, including nearly all the handrails. For those willing to wait, the full restoration of El Caminito del Rey is planned in the next few years. Check out this cliff-side catwalk below.
most dangerous path in the world

Nearly all of the original handrails that were once in place have succumbed to rust and gravity, so a makeshift safety line now spans the walkway and is essential to successful crossings. Image by Gabi

most dangerous path in the world

Above you can see the steel support beams that were used to hold this section of the now absent concrete walkway in place. Image by Magro Kr

The name El Caminito del Rey translates to “the king’s little pathway” and came into use after Spain’s King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway during a visit in 1921. Image by Roberto Lumbreras

Thrill seekers who want to take on El Caminito del Rey have to get around barriers at both entrances of the park–and dodge authorities. Image by Sam Dredge

The planned restoration of El Caminito del Rey will cost about $9 million and take three years to complete. Image by Lukasz Dzierzanowski

The restoration project will include replacing missing and rusted handrails, installing safety barriers and lighting, and, of course, rebuilding the missing sections of path. Image by Lukasz Dzierzanowski

One gets an idea of just how high and tiny the walkway really is from the floor of El Chorro Gorge. Image by Lukasz Dzierzanowski

The end of the trail is also missing, so from this point you’ll have to rappel down to complete the trek. Image by Kozzmen

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