So we love the mountains, the climb, the adrenaline rush.
But this pathway that stretches alongside the mountains has caught our eye. It is one extreme walkway and is known as the world’s most dangerous path – meet El Caminito del Rey
The English translation for this Spanish 110 year old dilapidated walkway which lies over 330 feet above the ground in El Chorro is the “King’s Pathway“. This was after King Alfonso XIII crossed the extreme walkway in 1921.
Originally created in 1901 to create a pathway for workers at two hydroelectric plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitenejo Falls the walkway provided transport for materials. Construction of the path took four years and was eventually finished in 1905.
The walkway is one metre (3 feet and 3 inches) in width, and rises over 100 metres (350 feet) above the river below. Constructed of concrete resting on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, it is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top has collapsed. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist but a safety-wire runs the length of the path.
Extreme Walkway – El Chorro Spain
To view an extreme video footage of someone walking the path, check out the link above – it is worth a look!
There have been a few fatal accidents on the pathway in 1999 and 2000 and this has resulted in a planned restoration project worth $8.3million by the government. However this has created a frenzy of thrill seekers who want to walk the dangerous path before the project goes ahead.
So would you take the challenge and take on this extreme walkway?