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10 Most Challenging Treks in the World

Trekking is the best way to respond to the cal of the wild and find respite from the humdrum of urban lifestyle in the modern times. In trekking, one needs to look for nothing that is easy as the more challenging a trek is the more likely it is to be a memorable one. This is the reason why trekking lovers around the world are on a constant lookout for challenges and difficulties, which they find alluring.

Here are the 10 most challenging treks in the world:

1. Everest Base Camp, Nepal

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The base camp of the highest mountain in the world is reputed as one of the toughest treks in the world, with its dizzying heights reaching as much as 5545 m at Kala Pattar. However, the breathtaking scenery makes the extra challenging effort worth it.

2. El Caminito del Rey, Spain

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Next among the 10 most challenging treks in the world is the El Caminito del Rey, which translates literally as Little King’s Path. Originally built as a steel and concrete path for hydroelectric path workers, the trail is now a paradise for adventure lovers. But the century old trek can be terrifying too, with some of its section being dilapidated with age.

3. Indian Himalayas, India

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As opposed to the Mt Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the Indian part of the Himalayas is lesser explored, which makes it even more alluring. The remote trek stretched from Spiti to Ladakh constitutes of age old trade routes and have a desolate desert terrain, which can literally be blood chilling at points.

4. Cascade Saddle, New Zealand

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If true challenge is what you are looking for, then you are likely to find plenty of it in the New Zealand trek called the Cascade Saddle, which is housed in the Mt Aspiring National Park in the South Island of the country. The trek becomes particularly difficult while descending, with its wet and slippery rock surface claiming dozens of lives  in the past few years.

5. Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa

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Another spine chilling trek in the world is the Drakensberg Traverse in South Africa, which has the most alluring alpine terrain you will ever witness, and the most dangerous one too. This 40 mile long trek traverses the Natal National Park and features a difficult trail, which combines rock scrambles, animal tracks and herding trails in the beginning of the trek itself, which is enough to catch the trekkers unawares.

6. Huayna Picchu, Peru

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Huayna Picchu is another trek which claims to be among the most challenging ones in the world, which earns it the title of “Hike of Death”. The ancient hike reaches an incredible altitude of 1000 feet in less than a mile and takes the toll of several lives every year, who fall prey to slippery rocks, jagged corners and crumbling rocks along the trek. To make things worse, there is poor visibility due to mist and clouds along the route, with the descent being the tougher part.

7. Baltoro Glacier and K2, Pakistan

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Next among the toughest treks in the world is icy trek leading to the second highest peak in the world, K2. The slippery glacier along with great heights is what makes this hike a real challenge, but the breathtaking view from the top is the ultimate reward for the trekkers.

8. Longs Peak, Colorado

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The Longs Peak in Colorado can be a scary trekking experience, being unexpectedly tame in the beginning but become more and more dangerous as you proceed to reach the part called the Keyhole, where the trek gets ridden by perils such as rock slides, narrow ledges and even lightening strikes. The trek is rated on level 3 of trekking difficulty rating.

9. Via Ferrata, Italy and Austria

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Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Way” in Italian, comes next on the list of the most challenging treks, with its tall ledges and sheer faces increasing the hazards related to the trek. Though installation of new ropes and cables has made trekkers on the route more confident, the route is still notorious on account of deaths of hikers due to falls.

10. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Scotland

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Another treacherous trek lies in the Aonach Eagach Ridge of Scotland Highlands, where trekkers have to combat challenges such as a knife edge trail, slippery slopes and bad weather. The trek required technical scrambles at some sections and is quite a trouble for those who fear heights.

Despite presenting the biggest challenges to the trekkers, all these treks have continued to attract thousands of them. The reason behind this is that they are allured by the most amazing reward at the end of the trek, which comes in the form of spectacular mountain scenery, which gives them an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

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“I did not choose writing, writing chose me,” this is what Divya says about her recent start-up as a content writer. Getting back to work after a long gap of 14 years was a tough job indeed, particularly when it came to making a career choice. She was a teacher before getting married, but had to quit on account of domestic responsibilities. Now, with her kids all grown up, she found it right to turn back to her first-love, her passion- writing. She simply wanted to do something she loved. Juggling between her roles as a dedicated home-maker, a doting mother and an aspiring writer is no easy task, but she loves every moment of it. And she believes that your attitude is reflected in your writing and that you need not look up to others for inspiration, it is best if it comes from within your own self.

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