If you’re one to try extreme adventures and sports where you have no guarantee you’ll get back home in one piece, know that there are places around the world where even experts wouldn’t tread alone. The ten places listed below are where nature rages on with everything it has got.
Death Valley, USA
This dessert could look stunning enough to invite the most hard core explorers, but no matter how much of a Hulk Hogan you are, the Death Valley isn’t to be trifled with. The place holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded, and no matter how many gallons of water you chug down, the hot oven-like heat can exhaust you pretty quickly. Without water, you can’t survive here beyond fourteen hours. The only person or creature who would love a sunbath here is Satan himself.
The Danakil Desert, Africa
For a lot of people, the Danakil Desert is ‘Hell on Earth,’ and for apt reasons- searing hot temperatures, many active volcanoes, geysers that spew out toxic gases. Yep, downright brutal. But there are still few brave hearts who dare to explore the place with an experienced guide, of course, because otherwise it’s forbidden.
Mount Washington, USA
With the record for the fastest and strongest winds blowing, along with the extremely freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, Mount Washington is one of the most dangerous places to ever exist. These extreme conditions make up the place a deadly one, despite the mountain’s modest height.
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia
On the Indonesian Island of Sumatra stands the active Sinabung Volcano, tall and deadly. Eruptions occur frequently- in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and the last one, just four years ago in 2016. The nearby towns and villages have been covered in lava and ash every time, leaving thousands of people without shelter or livelihood. The last eruption emitted a deadly cloud of volcanic gas, ash and stones to thousands of meters. No one can predict when the next eruption will be.
Iha da Quiemada Grande, Brazil
Also known as the Snake Island, the place is one of the deadliest on earth for one reason- the island is crawling with one of the deadliest snakes ever, Bothrops. Stories about people succumbing to instant death over snake bites when they set foot on island are many. One such story is that of the lighthouse keeper. The island’s lighthouse has been automated ever since, and the Brazilian government has forbidden anyone from landing on the island.
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Don’t be misled by the word ‘national park’- Madidi National Park is not where you can stroll around hoping to watch animals. The place is very picturesque, but extremely dangerous. Thousands of aggressive fauna have made their homes here- any contact with any plant will lead to severe itching, rashes and dizziness. A tiny cut or wound will become infected with tropical parasites. Wow, talk about a Venus fly-trap like island!
Valley of Death, Russia
Russia has its own Valley of Death, in the Kamchatka Peninsula. The high concentrations of deadly toxic gases in this area kill everything in sight- plants, animals, while human beings become unwell with fever, chills and dizziness, all in record time.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
The place looks absolutely breathtaking, and the name would have you believing that it’s an island exclusively for sunbathing in your tiniest garments. But no. The place is more similar to Chernobyl- it was home to many nuclear testing programs that converted the beautiful island into a radioactive wasteland. The natives were forced to flee their homes without their belongings, and to date, the place is hazardous for any living being- the extremely high level of radiation recorded here causes cancer.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
The place may look weird, and trust me, it will be ten times more dangerous than weird, once you know how deadly Lake Natron is. There exists an alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake that is so dangerous, any living organism perishes if they come in contact with it. The strong odor of hydrogen sulphide coming from the surface of the lake is deadly too, so you might not want to admire this killer lake too long.
Elephant Kingdom, Thailand
First of all, this is not about elephants. In Elephant Kingdom, there exists a crocodile farm where the owner leases out a small semi-closed raft space for tourists to come and feed the crocodiles. People inside the raft are handed fishing rods with beef or meat attached to feed the jaw- snapping crocodiles. The food is dangled in front of the crocodiles to attract them, and the huge creatures jump out of the water, grab the meat with a snap of their jaws and fall back into the water to gorge on the food that the tourists where so nice to give them. Nice place for a psychopath, if you ask me.