Image: Einar Fredriksen
1. Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon – Tibet
High in the Himalayas, beginning near the sacred Mount Kailash, a mighty canyon winds its way down to the Brahmaputra River in Northern India. With an average depth of 16,000 feet (4,876 m) around the mountains of Namcha Barwa, and plunging down to 19,714 feet (6,009 m) at one point, the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is often considered the deepest canyon on Earth.
And it’s not only the depth of the Yarlung Tsangpo that’s impressive; this vast canyon also runs for 150 miles (240 km), and through some spectacular Tibetan terrain. The river that courses through this canyon is known by kayakers for its challenging conditions, which have earned it the nickname “The Everest of Rivers”.