Life is thrilling when we step out of our monotonous routine and wander off to scenic places to cherish time with loved ones. The choice of a destination varies from time to time. If you are planning time off with family, you would always prefer a peaceful or joyful place. On the other hand, if you are planning to go on an adventure trip with friends or alone in search of thrill, then you may not mind venturing to some of these perilous locations that are sure to give you a chill down your spine.
1. Mount Everest, Nepal
Everest is undoubtedly the most beautiful place you could be at any time or month of the year but it’s also the most dangerous place to be if you plan to climb its peak. In Nepal, it is known as Sagarmatha and in Tibet it is Chomolungma. The highest peak of Mount Everest is at 8,848 meters above the sea level. In 1953, two brave members of Swiss Expedition (Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary) scaled 8595m of the mighty Mount Everest. Since then many curious and brave men and women have tried to reach the top. Some were successful and the rest were ill fated. The mighty mountain holds a series of records of disasters and deaths. Yet it doesn’t stop people from being a sport and taking up the challenge. Once you reach the top, you realise the challenge was worth it.
2. Angel Falls, Venezuela
This breathtaking waterfall is considered the top-notch among the most dangerous waterfalls in the world. Angel Waterfall has a remarkable view and a cave down below is worth exploring. However, the urge of exploration is life risking if you don’t watch out your steps. The area around the waterfall is subjected to intense and unpredictable waves of spray and strong winds which could prove fatal for even experienced jumpers. Despite the deadly mark, the scenic beauty of this place is sure to have you fall in love with it and hence it is a must visit at least once in a lifetime.
3. Huayna Picchu, Peru
The trail of Huayna Picchu is considered to be one among the toughest as it has several casualties every year to its credit. The trail is well known as “Hike of Death”. The trail staircases are carved out of granite and the climbs go up to about 1000 feet in less than a mile. In order to add more danger to the hike, the route is full of crumbling rocks and slipping stones. It is strictly advisable to tackle this route only after thorough preparation. The exposed corners, clouds and mist raise the difficulty level of the trek by a notch. The ‘going up’ journey could prove easier for a few experienced hikers but the return journey often grips the bravest of the brave with immense fear. However, the bird’s eye view from the top is worth all the pain, especially on a sunny day.
4. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Yes, you heard it right, Volcanoes National Park! It does exist! The trek in this national park will give you a closer look of Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Tourists are exposed to sights of volatile volcanoes, volcanic craters and lava tubes. In November 2000, rangers of the National Park made a discovery of two bodies in a decomposed state near the site where the lava from Kilauea flows into the sea. Undoubtedly, this is one of the dangerous places to visit. However, if you follow the instructions and beware of the possible hazards then you can walk out of the park thrilled and pumped with adrenaline.
5. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
These majestic cliffs are the most popular tourist destination in Ireland. It is named after a fort called Moher that once stood on Hag’s Head. The cliffs of Moher rise up to 120 meters above the Atlantic Ocean and the highest cliff is at 214 meters. This breathtaking place is not just known for its beauty but also for its breath-stopping incidents! A long list of suicides have been reported at this site with the bodies being found below the cliffs in the churning white and green surf. Recently, the authorities have installed protective railings to avoid accidents near the viewing area. This place is sure to give you thrill and a wonderful experience of a lifetime.
6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is a very popular city in Brazil. it boasts of several world-class hotels, beaches and the most famous Corcovado and Sugerloaf mountains. It is a fascinating place to be during the carnival but it also demands precaution. As the tourist numbers swell up in the city, the crime rates have also been on the rise. Murders and muggings are most common incidents lodged in the books of the local police. Tourists have become easy targets for the criminals and if not them then for reckless car drivers. Yes!! The chances of being mowed down are very high as Brazil is listed among the countries having highest fatalities due to car accidents. However, if you are alert and cautious, you can cut down the risks of being mugged, murdered or mowed down and enjoy everything the city has to offer to the fullest.
7. The Poison Garden, Northumberland
This is a garden that you would want to avoid walking around with your loved ones. The Poison Garden is a part of the Alnwick Garden located in the town of Alnwick. The garden boasts a variety of intoxicating and poisonous plants. There are varieties that could kill a person with a simple touch. However, all the plants are kept at safe distance from the visitors and well cased to avoid tourists making contact. Cannabis, coca and opium and poppy are some of the varieties found here.The main objective of the garden is not to showcase that nature is deadly but educate people about the diversity of flora.