The World's Riskiest Mountains to Climb

The World's Riskiest Mountains to Climb

Updated on August 18, 2022 12:04 PM by Dhinesh

The most dangerous mountains in the world are still in the news, whether it's because of the survival stories that spill from their perilous slopes or the heroic fantasies conjured up in mind.

No matter how much outdoor gear or preparation experienced climbers and mountaineers have, they will always face some level of danger when they set crampons to ice. Even at relatively benign roadside crags, accidents can happen. Even the most experienced climbers must show respect for some mountains since they are perilous and have the power to frighten climbers even decades after their initial ascents. Mt. Everest is not the deadliest mountain, even though it may be the most well-known. These are the 12 most difficult mountains to climb in the world, ranging from K2 to Mt. Denali.

Mont Blanc massif

Climbing mishaps have a long history on the highest mountain in the Alps. Its initial ascent in 1786 by Michel Paccard and Jacques Balmat was celebrated as the birth of contemporary climbing.

With roughly 20,000 people climbing to the peak each year, Mont Blanc is one of the mountains with the highest traffic volume worldwide. Avalanches and rockfalls are risks along every one of its paths.

Rescue teams have been reported to do 12 missions on average each weekend during the busiest months. Additionally, with an estimated 100 fatalities annually, it has the greatest fatality rate of any mountain in Europe.

The common depiction of Mont Blanc as a "long walk" rather than a dangerous ascent was cited by The Atlantic as the cause of the mountain's demise.

Location:Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

 Aosta Valley, Italy

 Elevation: 4,807.81m (15,773.7 ft)

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Fitz Roy

The highest mountain in Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia is Cerro Chalten, also known as Mount Fitz Roy. The peak of Fitz Roy is surrounded by high granite cliffs that need challenging, technical climbing to reach. For many years, this caused it to be regarded as one of the world's most challenging and dangerous mountains. Even now, the area is very perilous because of its erratic weather patterns and relative isolation. Fitz Roy may only witness one ascent each year, which is definitely a sign of a dangerous, challenging mountain, despite the number of people who may come to admire it while trekking through this breathtaking area.

Location: The Andes, Argentina-Chile border

Elevation: 3,405 m (11,171 ft)

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Mt. Denali

The highest mountain in North America is Mt. Denali, in Alaska. From 1896 until 2015, when it was formally renamed to its Indigenous name under President Obama, it was known as Mount McKinley. Despite the fact that it is only 20,320 feet above sea level, due to its high latitude, the atmosphere is much thinner than it would be near the equator. The height, weather, and extremely high temperatures present a major risk to the numerous individuals who climb Denali each year. Due to these factors, Denali has a success rate of about 50%, and more than 100 climbers have perished while trying the summit. Denali National Park is towered over by the mountain, whose admirers may not be aware of its high death toll.

Location: Alaska Range, United States

Elevation: 6,190 m (20,310 ft)

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Mt. Everest

The highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, has been climbed by over 1,500 individuals, with as many as 50 of them making it to the top in a single day. Everest is unquestionably a perilous goal due to this congestion and the mountain's high height. Everest laws are now concentrated on removing waste and stopping further pollution. However, the mountain is still deteriorating due to climate change, which some climbers claim is making it even riskier. Numerous fatalities occurred in 2019 as a result of congestion brought on by too many climbers. With a height of 5,600 meters, Everest Base Camp is an accomplishment in and of itself.

One of the first widely reported catastrophes occurred in 1970 when a Japanese team tried to find a new route and ski down the mountain's face. 8 people died as a result of this attempt. Avalanches and unanticipated blizzards have claimed almost 280 lives on Mount Everest throughout the years.

Location: The Himalayas, China-Nepal border

Elevation: 8,848 m (29,029 ft)

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Baintha Brakk

Baintha Brakk, often known as The Ogre, is the highest mountain range in Pakistan that is regarded as one of the hardest to climb. The Ogre was initially ascended in 1971, but it wasn't again summited until 2001. Doug Scott, one of the first climbers, shattered both of his legs on the way down and had to crawl through a severe storm to reach the team's base camp. It has a reputation for being one of the most perilous in the world due to this well-known epic and more than 20 unsuccessful attempts on the peak.

Location: Karakoram range, Pakistan

Elevation: 7,285 m (23,901 ft)

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Vinson Massif

The technical difficulties or mortality rate of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica, are not particularly noteworthy. But Mount Vinson is more than 16,000 feet tall. Vinson is a particularly risky endeavor because of its elevation as well as the continent's remoteness, harsh cold, and unpredictability. Here, even a tiny accident could have disastrous results.

 Location: Sentinel Range, Antarctica

Elevation: 4,892 m (16,050 ft)

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The Matterhorn

This famous summit in the Alps has one of the highest fatality rates of any peak, rising like a horn out of the surrounding valleys. Technical difficulties, the likelihood of avalanches and rockfall, extreme overcrowding on routes during peak climbing seasons, and other variables all contribute to this. A train, gondola, or helicopter ride at a safe distance would make it simpler to view the Matterhorn. Skiing even offers breathtaking views of Zermatt. 

Location: Alps, Switzerland

Elevation: 4,478 m (14,692 ft)

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The Eiger

This peak in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland is known for its treacherous Nordwand, or north face, among mountaineers. It is the longest north face in the Alps, stretching out to around 6000 feet. The north face of the Eiger, which was first scaled in 1938, continues to provide technical difficulties and heavy rockfall that rakes the face, testing climbers of all levels. The Eiger's north face has been given the moniker Mordwand, or Murder Wall, because of its difficulties and dangers. Clint Eastwood plays an assassin who joins a climbing team on an ascent of the Eiger north face to avenge the murder of a friend in the 1975 film The Eiger Sanction, which made the mountain famous.

Location: Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Elevation: 3,967 m (13,015 ft)

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The death rates in the most hazardous mountains in the world tend to decline over time, according to research. The third-highest peak in the world, Kangchenjunga, stands apart as an exception. The avalanche and weather threats that plague this perilous mountain are reflected in the death rates, which have a 20 percent average. The number of fatalities during the Kangchenjunga ascent may increase as a result of climate change's increased frequency of harsh weather and unstable snow conditions.

Location: The Himalayas, Nepal-India border

Elevation: 8.568 m (28,169 ft)

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Nanga Parbat

In terms of technical difficulties, K2 is rivaled by Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, the ninth-highest peak in the world. The first ascent's path to the peak takes a narrow ridge. The 15,000-foot Rupal Face, the tallest mountain face on earth, is located on the southern side. The climbers refer to the summit as "The Man Eater" despite the fact that Nanga Parbat, which means "naked mountain" in Sanskrit, and Diamir, which means "king of the mountains," are local names for the peak.

Elevation: 8,126m (26,660ft)

Location: Pakistan

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Climbers consider K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, to be among the world's most technically challenging mountains. Even the simplest route requires navigating a tricky glacier, climbing a few steep stretches of rock, and weaving your way past a number of unstable ice pillars known as seracs. This mountain is one of the most challenging and dangerous in the world due to its technical complexity. Viridinia Alvarez Chávez, the first Latina to summit K2, did so in 2020 despite witnessing another climber perish in a fatal accident. A recent K2 documentary that's worth viewing follows a group as they attempt to ascend the mountain without the use of oxygen.

The mountain has served as the setting for numerous disasters over the years, including the 1986 K2 disaster, which claimed the lives of five climbers in a single incident (13 climbers per season), and the 1995 K2 disaster, which claimed the lives of an additional six climbers (eight climbers per season), and most recently, the 2008 K2 disaster, which claimed the lives of an incredible 11 mountaineers in a single incident.

Given this, it is only a matter of time before the next disaster occurs on K2, one of the world's most deadly mountains.

 Location: Karakoram range,

China-Pakistan border

Elevation: 8,611 m (28,251 ft)


More than nearly 300 people have attempted to climb the Annapurna Massif in Nepal since it first ascended during the 1950 Maurice Herzog expedition. Still, at least 73 have perished in the process. The 10th-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna, is the statistically riskiest of the 8,000-meter peaks due to its high fatality rate. However, more inexperienced hikers would be better suited to summiting less hazardous peaks inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, touring Nepali teahouses in the Khopra Ridge, or going to the Mardi Himal Base Camp. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit is possible with a lot of planning and training.

Location: The Himalayas, north-central Nepal

Elevation: 8,091 m (26,545 ft)


Nothing compares to summiting a higher mountain in the Terrific Outdoors, even though hiking a local route is enjoyable and a great way to remain in shape. Mountain climbing is a popular activity for many people worldwide, yet it is a sport that occasionally has very serious repercussions. Although climbing Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak may be on many people's bucket lists. It is a very dangerous activity that has claimed many lives over the years.

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