While you might think the number one on this list is the Grand Canyon you will be surprised to hear that it only makes it to number 8 on this list. While the rest might not be called ‘Grand’ they can all be considered that because they are the deepest canyons on Earth and here is where they are located…
The Worlds Deepest Canyons Based on Their Lowest Point
10 – Tara River Canyon in Montenegro – Deepest Point: 1,300 m (4,265 ft)
Also known as the Tara River Gorge it is 51 miles long and constitutes the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. It is the deepest river canyon in Europe and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
9 – Blyde River Canyon in South Africa – Deepest Point: 1,383 m (4,537 ft)
Extending along the Blyde Rivers winding path it is also home to the Blyderivierpoort Dam (which is a pretty impressive dam). The canyon itself is mostly made of red sandstone.
8 – Grand Canyon in The United States – Deepest Point: 1,828 m (5,997ft)
This grand scale canyon is 277 miles long and its widest point is 18 miles from each side! It is said to have taken 3-6 million years to form thanks to the power of wind and water erosion.
7 – Urique Canyon in Mexico – Deepest Point: 1,879 m (6,164 ft)
This impressive canyon has a train going through it as well as 3 hotels strategically located on the canyon rim for the very best views.
6 – Cotahuasi Canyon in Peru – Deepest Point: 3,535 m (11,597 ft)
Caused by river erosion between two enormous mountain massifs it follows the Cotahuasi River and is located at the highest Andean point of Arequipa, in the south of Peru.
5 – Tiger Leaping Gorge in China – Deepest Point: 3,790 m (12,434 ft)
Set against the stunning Jade Dragon and Haba snow mountains it is caused by the flow of the Jinsha River. According to the local legend a tiger is often seen sat at a rock located in the narrowest point of the canyon.
4 – Colca Canyon in Peru – Deepest Point: 4,160 m (13,648 ft)
Located in the stunning Andes mountains it is said to be a place of tranquillity and relaxation and was used as such by the Inca people to communicate with their gods.
3 – Indus Gorge in Pakistan – Deepest Point: 5,200 m (17,060 ft)
Carved out by the Indus river this ginormous sized canyon is located in the Nanga Parbat region and is home to what is often described as a geologist dream thanks to its unique rocks and layer forming.
2 – Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal – Deepest Point: 5,571 m (18,277 ft)
1 – Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet – Deepest Point: 6,009 m (19,714 ft)
Much like the Kali Gandaki Gorge, this canyon is also pretty hard to define due to its width. It cuts its way through the eastern Himalayan range with deep parts and low parts, wide and thin, but always following the Yarlung Tsangpo River.
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