There’s nothing that a man wouldn’t sooner or later try. Every time we think that we reach a peak or a boundary, and we’re so close to giving up, some people appear who say: not so fast! And then they do it. There are those who crave it - the feeling when you do something impossible or almost impossible, the thrill and the danger. That’s why so many people dream about going to space, driving faster than ever before, jumping from buildings and, of course, climbing higher and more dangerous mountains. Mountains have claimed lives of thousands of men and women, even more of them lived through trauma up there, but there are still those who feel that they have to challenge Mother Nature. So if you’re looking for a thrill, here are some of the deadliest mountains in the world, besides the most obvious Mount Everest.
6. Aconcagua, Argentina This is the highest peak outside the Himalayas with its almost 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) and it bears a nickname of Mountain of Death for a reason. It claims around three lives every year and has already claimed more than 100 since people started to record it - it’s the highest death rate in South America. Apart from standard dangers linked to the height and the weather, there’s also a problem of improper disposal of human waste that’s extremely dangerous to both humans and animals. You can’t drink anything that you find on your way and you have to be contracted to get a toilet service. There are 120 barrels of waste disposed there each season and, because the toilet service is very often expensive, a lot of people defecate and leave their waste on the mountainside. But if you still feel like climbing Aconcagua, check over here to find more concrete information.
5. Kangchenjunga, Nepal and India At 8,586 metres (28,169 ft feet) it’s the 3rd highest mountain in the world and it’s widely-known because of its difficult conditions - frequent avalanches, extreme cold, weather that changes unusually often - and about 20% fatality rate. It’s a paradox that, while other mountains have become more accessible because of the development of technology and safety improvements, Kangchenjunga has actually become even more dangerous to climb over time. It’s where in May 2013, Zsolt Erőss, who had already climbed 10 of 14 highest peaks on the planet, along with his four men, reached the summit and disappeared during the descent.
4. Dhaulagiri, Nepal Sitting as high as 8,167 metres (26,795 feet) above sea level, Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world and its fatality rate remains at around 16%. It was climbed for the first time in 1960, but to this day nobody has been able to reach the summit from the south, and not because of the lack of trying - the mountain has already claimed over 70 lives over the years.
3. Nanga Parbat, Pakistan At 8,126m (26,660 ft) above sea level, Nanga Parbat is the 9th highest mountain in the world. Due to its 22% fatality rate, it’s widely-known as a Killer Mountain or a Man Eater. Along with K2, it’s considered by all climbers to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb. It’s mostly because of the Rupal Face, or the face of the Earth - the largest (4,600 metres or 15091,86 feet) rock wall on the planet. You will need a lot of bravery, perseverance and skills if you want to climb it. The first who managed to do it was Hermann Buhl - he climbed Nanga Parbat in 1953 after it has already claimed 31 lives. Buhl also remains the only person who has done it all by himself and he was under the influence of pervitin, a drug used by soldiers during World War II.
2. K2, China-Pakistan border Because of the statistics (around one for every four climbers dies on his way to or from the summit of K2), it has fairly gained its nickname - Savage Mountain. It’s the second in the whole world both by its height and the death rate. All climbers agree that, despite not being as tall as Everest, it’s much more difficult to climb. To give you an idea - Everest is being climbed by more than 500 climbers each year, while K2 can go many years without anyone making it to the summit.
1. Annapurna, Central Nepal It’s the 10th highest mountain in the world with its 8,000 metres (26,545 feet), but it’s considered to be the most dangerous one. Only 191 climbers have actually made it to the peak and about 63 have died on their way to or from the top - the fatality rate is therefore over 33 percent which makes Annapurna the deadliest mountain in the world. It was the first of 8,000-metre peaks to be conquered and it still remains one of the biggest challenges on the planet. It’s also well-known because of the hiking tracks in the region and Nepal’s worst-ever trekking disaster that took place in 2014 when suddenly, within 12 hours, 6 feet of snow fell, which caused avalanches that killed 43 people, and over 500 people needed help.
So, are you ready for a challenge? Have you picked your adventure yet?