Whether they are closed to the public or open to the more adventurous among us, these 9 places are the most dangerous in the world!
Are you perhaps one of those crazy people who like to jump off cliffs, chain roller coaster rides, push the accelerator pedal to the maximum or go solo in remote areas? Whether it’s a natural inclination for adrenaline, an attraction for risk and novelty or a quest for extremes to feel alive, your thirst for danger has no limit? We thought of you! Do you know that our planet is full of dangerous places that will perfectly satisfy your insatiable need for dopamine?
More or less accessible, they will awaken your cravings for strong sensations. For all those who have a fragile stomach, vertigo, fear of speed or a particular taste for routine, it is better to go your way. Discover 9 of the most dangerous places in the world.
1. Mount Hua, China
This sacred Chinese mountain is consistently on the list of the most dangerous places in the world!
Leave the urban madness of the great Chinese megalopolises to reach the mythical sides of this sharp and sacred mountain. Do you see the microscopic paths carved into the cliff? Those miserable wooden planks strewn with branches that serve as hiking trails? Are we talking about these installations feverishly suspended at an altitude of more than 2000 meters? These stairs, sculpted in the rock, completely vertical? Well, it’s over there!
Of course, if you survive this ascent of a few hours, you will have seen landscapes and been treated to absolutely unique panoramas!
2. Devil’s Pool, Zimbabwe
If taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool bores you, take a dip in the scariest swimming pool in the world instead!
Our second danger spot is at the very top of Victoria Falls , on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is the Devil’s Pool which brings you to the edge of a precipice more than a hundred meters high. Admittedly, it is high, but it is especially torrential! The volume of water can escalate in the blink of an eye and potentially drag you into a fatal dive.
3. The Yungas Route, Bolivia
Alias, the Road of Death ! At least, no doubt that it is one of the most dangerous places in the world! The idea? Descend for three hours, by bike, an extremely vertiginous path carved out of the Bolivian cliffs.
You start at 4750 meters above sea level and finish at 1200 meters. Then you go from five to twenty-five degrees. Then, you spin at 70 km/h. The trail is just over three meters long. Below, the clouds cover the valley and the mist sometimes blocks the landscape. The road turns, narrows, the indentations and the wet ground surprise you.
You brush against the void, try to keep control on your handlebars while your fingers are cold and above all, you have to stay focused in all circumstances. One second of inattention and you dive, joining thousands of daredevils who haven’t had a second chance.
4. The Gate of Hell , Turkmenistan
This small landlocked republic in Central Asia is known for its incredible gas crater located near the village of Darvaza. It is one of the dangerous and fascinating places at the same time. Indeed, it is a crater, constantly spitting fire, placed in the middle of the desert! The light emanating from it is so bright that this “gateway to hell” can be spotted from miles away.
If you approach too close to the incandescent precipice, before dying charred at the bottom of the hole because the sand will have crumbled under your feet, it will perhaps be a gust of scorching wind that will have burned you on the spot. But if your guide (no, we’re not going there alone) is skilled enough to get you a little closer to the crater, you’ll be stunned by the tireless flames licking the rock, by the dull sound at the bottom of the hole and by the smell of sulphur.
5. Queimada Grande Island , Brazil
You will have to have strong nerves to enter this frightening and very inhospitable place! Welcome, or not, to the Island of Queimada Grande…
This small haven of greenery, peacefully set off the Brazilian coast, is indeed one of the most dangerous places in the world. It is literally invaded by snakes! But no harmless snakes, no, no! It is infested with Jararaca-ilhoa : THE most venomous viper in the world. One bite and one hour later, you’re gone. The venom of these snakes is downright capable of dissolving human flesh. In addition, with a density of one snake per square meter, do not expect to go through a head to head with a Jararaca-ilhoa.
So, let’s be clear, unless you’re a world-renowned biologist or scientist, you’ll never be allowed to put a toe on this island.
6. Le Kjeragbolten, Norway
To climb on a rock suspended almost by magic above a bottomless fjord? Normal ! The Kjerag rock is an emblem of Norway. But also one of the dangerous places on our list! Before reaching it, you must first experience a tough hike. From the start, you have to climb on the rocks, sometimes in the company of drizzle or snow making the walls particularly slippery. At the end of the path: the famous Kjerag rock.
Barely higher than you, this stone is just wedged between two cliffs. On the left, a waterfall, on the right, a breathtaking natural fjord that slides to the horizon, below, emptiness, emptiness, emptiness. Such is the tradition among the most daring: climb on this ridiculous rock and thus remain suspended in nothingness, with certainly a backdrop of a spectacular landscape.
7. Lake Natron, Tanzania
It is pink, it hovers in the heart of one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the world, but it is a veritable ornithological cemetery! Lake Natron in Tanzania is one of the most dangerous places in the world, for humans and animals. Only three species can survive there. Why ? Because this lake has the particularity of being salty and extremely alkaline. Its pH is almost equivalent to that of ammonia. At the slightest touch, the water inflicts excruciating pain and literally petrifies the body.
This is why, when the level drops, we can observe calcified corpses of birds, frozen in time and in the smallest details. Not to mention the unbearable smells of sulfur that constantly emanate. So who’s hot for a little swim?
8. Death Valley, USA
The American West is a key destination for road-trip enthusiasts. Every year many travelers tread its almost lunar landscapes and its monumental geological formations. We do not imagine that it is among the dangerous places on the planet.
9.Half Dome, Yosemite National Park – California
This 1525 meter climb to the top of Half Dome is the most demanding hike in Yosemite Valley… And the last 120 meters are the most dangerous. It’s an almost vertical climb and, although there are a few metal cables that act as ladders to help you climb to the top, falling off could be fatal. Let’s also not forget that Half Dome is a lightning bolt magnet; in 1985, 5 climbers were electrocuted on the summit, killing two of them.
10.The Cliffs of Moher – Ireland
With breathtaking views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland‘s most popular tourist attractions. However, it is also one of the most dangerous, and a single false step could result in a fall of more than 213 meters into the Atlantic Ocean! The safest way to enjoy the magnificent view of the cliffs is to stand on the path or on one of the three platforms provided for this purpose.
11.The Encierro, Pamplona – Spain
Thousands of thrill seekers travel to Pamplona every year to run with the bulls. Amazingly, only 16 people have died at the Spanish festival since 1910 according to the official Encierro website. Instead, you risk injuring yourself by jostling with other runners, although the odds are slim.
12.Mount Everest – Nepal
Even if a trek to the top of Everest isn’t on your to-do list, more than 1,200 climbers make their way to the world’s tallest mountain each year.
However, according to the New York Times, only half will make it to the top and a few will die on the way. With the 5 deaths in 2018, a total of 300 people would have died on Mount Everest. The causes vary: freezing temperatures, falls from high altitudes or other health problems.
13.Devil’s pool – Zambia
During the driest months of the year, the water level of the Zambezi River drops drastically and reveals an incredible pool at the ends of Victoria Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. However, you should only try your luck during mid-August to mid-January. Otherwise, Zambia Tourism warns the foolhardy: “Anyone foolish enough to bathe would be instantly swept away and killed by the current.” It is not for nothing that it is one of the dream pools around the world!
14.The Trift Bridge – Switzerland
Believe it or not, the Trif Bridge in the Swiss Alps is much safer than it looks. This modern bridge, inspired by Nepalese three-string bridges, was built in 2009 with sturdy wood and metal. Notice to individuals suffering from acrophobia: this may not be your dream destination. At 90 meters high and 170 feet long, the Trift Bridge is one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps. You will need to take three cable cars to get there.
15.New Smyrna Beach – Floride
The town of New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida attracts hundreds of surfers every day. Besides, the more people there are in the sea, the higher the chances of a shark attack. That’s why Florida is known as the shark attack capital, with 16 attacks reported in 2018 by the University of Florida.
Note that you are still 75 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be attacked by a shark in the United States, so there is no need to give up surfing…
16.The Villarrica volcano – Chile
Visiting an active volcano always involves some risk… Just ask the tourists who visited the top of the Villarrica volcano as it spewed lava in 2017.
Fortunately, the eruption did not hurt anyone and it is still possible to visit the place to this day. For those interested, a company offers a bungee jump from a helicopter into the crater of the volcano. This is what we call a more than dangerous activity!
17.Yellowstone National Park – Montana
Park Services warns that you should be prepared for a bear encounter when hiking, camping, or visiting Yellowstone Park.
However, it is very rare that a face to face with a grizzly results in a violent conflict. In the park, the average is only one bear per year. Considering that over 100 million people have visited Yellowstone Park since 1980, your odds of being injured by a grizzly bear are 1 in 2.7 million. Reassuring, right?
18.Chernobyl – Ukraine
The site of a nuclear disaster may seem like a strange tourist destination, but the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone continues to attract new visitors. From kyiv, it’s a two-hour bus ride to get to Pripyat, this city frozen in time. There, you can witness what the Soviet Union was like in 1986. Due to the radiation, it is recommended that tourists do not touch objects or vegetation, or even sit On the ground.
19.The Formula Rossa roller coaster – Abu Dhabi
Do you like speed? Formula Rossa is the fastest roller coaster in the world with its 240 km/h. Powered by a hydraulic launch system, the ride crosses the 1.6 km course in just 92 seconds, giving the impression of being in a real Formula 1. There is really no danger in doing this roller coaster, unless you tend to get sick easily!
20.The Contra Dam
One of the highest bungee jumping points in the world is the Contra Dam, in the Verzasca Valley. He is also known for his appearance in the film “Goldeneye”, where James Bond dives into it. Adrenaline junkies can recreate Agent 007’s stunt by doing the bungee jump at night.
The almost 220 meter drop may seem risky, but you’re more at risk of dying while biking than bungee.