Death Valley National Park, USA
Death Valley is a stunning desert situated on the California and Nevada border with extreme weather conditions. It is known to be one of the hottest places across the world and has witnessed the highest temperature ever recorded on our planet (56.7 °C in 1913).
It doesn’t matter how tough or fit a person is, one cannot live in this dangerous location for beyond 14 hours without drinking water and it is hard to avoid passing out of exhaustion. A lot of people have gone missing or have died in the valley due to dehydration or heat strokes under the blazing sun and the place has a bad reputation for mysterious casualties and deaths.
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
The trek to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is one of the longest and evidently the most treacherous hikes ever. It takes a full day to hike the trail, where one needs to climb over 5,000 ft (1,500 meters). In order to reach the peak, climbers have to depend on metal cables and about 60 people have died on the way to the Half Dome.
A lot of accidents have been documented in a section of the Half Dome known as “Death Slabs”. It is extremely risky when the surface is wet, with the deadly combination of slippery cables and rocks. Overall 140 search-and-rescue missions and 290 accidents have been reported to date. Some have also died on the way due to heart attacks and failed base jumps.
Danakil Desert, Ethiopia, Africa
This alien-looking landscape in Ethiopia is a terribly hot place and one of the most uninhabited environments in the world. With temperatures that regularly exceed 50°C (122°F), the Danakil Desert in East Africa also has numerous active volcanoes. The place is full of acid lakes and the desert is not an easily accessible location for travellers. Even if you are there for a short holiday, your physical health can go for a toss, thereby making the Danakil desert one of the weirdest places in the world.
Valley of Death, Russia
The Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia is better known as the Valley of Death. It is located in the upper Geyzernaya river on the territory of the famous Kronotsky Reserve (created in 1934), and is not very far from the famous Valley of Geysers. The high concentration of toxic volcanic gases has resulted in the death of plants and animals in this area and when it comes to human beings, the threat usually comes in the form of cold, high fever, or chills.
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Known as one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher can be rather deadly as it’s one of the most dangerous cliffs in the world. The place has unpredictable winds and heavy rains that make the steep paths all the more dangerous. Of course, you could enjoy the spectacular views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay but if you are not careful enough, one wrong step could send you straight into the Atlantic. In the year 2010, a huge chunk of the upper ledge of the cliff fell directly into the ocean, and to date, more than 66 deaths have been recorded in the area.
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, which is a dense forest, is situated along the Amazon river in Bolivia and attracts hundreds of tourists every year. Initially, the place appears to be very picturesque, filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, but it’s actually very dangerous since it hosts the most poisonous vegetation in the world. Just a little contact with any of the plants in the area can cause awful itching and terrible rashes. The forest is one of the largest protected areas of the world and tourists are advised against visiting the park as it houses highly dangerous creatures, birds, and plants.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
Many tourists visit Lake Natron in Tanzania in awe of the beautiful landscape, but this lake is better known as one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Lake Natron is often referred to as the lake of fire and the strong odor of hydrogen sulphide coming from the lake’s surface makes it unbreathable. Undeniably, swimming is prohibited here since living creatures will just die if they come into contact with the alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake. The unique pink-red hues of the lake are due to the red-colored bacteria (cyanobacteria) that inhabit the lake.