Beyond the Grand Canyon

In the desert lands of Arizona, there’s an exceptionally well known Grand Canyon, however over the world there are numerous other grand canyons. Some are deeper than the Grand Canyon, some are wider and a few get spruiked as contenders for the immeasurable title of world’s largest canyon.

5 Great Canyons that will Take Your Breath Away

TIGER LEAPING GORGE (CHINA) Tiger Leaping Gorge is a stunning gash in the Yunnan landscape and one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the bed of the Jinshajiang River to the mountain tops, it’s a heady 3900 vertical metres. Tiger Leaping Gorge has the double attraction of being one of China’s finest hikes. The 22-kilometre “high trail” begins near popular Lijiang and threads the gorge to the village of Walnut Grove. The trail’s switchbacks are infamous, but the going – albeit narrow at times – is not as laborious as some in the region might try to convince you.

KALI GANDAKI GORGE (NEPAL) If you measure the depth of a canyon by calculating the difference between the highest peaks of the gorge and the height of the river surface, the Kali Gandaki Gorge is the world’s deepest. The Gandaki river the flows through the gorge is older than the Himalayas and has (at its lowest point) an elevation of 1300 metres, creating a difference of 6800 metres (from the highest peak). The gorge is popular among trekkers in Nepal because of the easy access to the river.
GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE (USA) Yes, an actual Grand Canyon. In the United States. But not the Grand Canyon. Splitting the heart of Yellowstone National Park, this 40-kilometre-long canyon begins in a flurry of colour as the Yellowstone River pours over two waterfalls and into the 300-metre-high jaws of Artist Point. True to its name, the cliffs here are a canvas of colours – yellows, purples and reds naturally painted onto the white rock. There are easy walks along the canyon’s north and south rims, or you can follow Uncle Tom’s Trail steeply down to the canyon floor and the base of Lower Yellowstone Falls, which are almost twice the height of Niagara Falls.

THE CARES GORGE (Garganta del Cares) (SPAIN) is enormous, outstandingly beautiful in its upper reaches, and unmissable if you are anywhere near the Picos de Europa. The river Cares has carved an improbable gorge through the heart of the huge limestone Picos range, dividing its Western and Central massifs. This chasm is a mile deep in places, with vast rock walls on both sides. Around the great bend, the upper (south-north) gorge is more beautiful, more verdant and more enclosed. Between cliffs and crags, thinly forested couloirs soar for hundreds of metres to the impossibly distant peaks framed between their walls. The deep recesses of the gorge rarely see the light and harbour a dank, ferny microclimate

and lastly…

The GREAT BLYDE RIVER CANYON of SOUTH AFRICA

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 25 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 750 metres deep. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve extends along the Blyde River Canyon’s winding path, which at every turn offers more and more impressive views over sheer edges dropping 800m into the riverbed.

Watch this video to be impressed:

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