The world's 14 highest mountain peaks, popularly known as the eight-thousanders as they're all above 8,000 metres above sea level, are all found in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges. They are not just natural beauties, but they also attract explorers. Every year, hundreds of climbers attempt to reach the peak of Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain on the planet.
Thrill junkies who take on risky challenges require fear and a high adrenaline rush to fulfil the satisfaction element in their brains. This fascination has come under the spotlight in climbing dangerous mountains, scaling frozen waterfalls, and even jumping out from aeroplanes. They may do this because they are addicted to the strong adrenaline rush or excitement that comes with it. Risks are, in fact, an integral part of the process. Here are some of the world's most dangerous climbs, which have made it into the Top 5 Deadliest Mountains list.
Manaslu is located in Nepal at 8,163 metres of height. This peak is the world's fifth most deadliest, having claimed the life of 53 people in 297 attempts. The "Mountain of the Spirit," the world's eighth tallest mountain, has experienced more than 65 fatalities over the years. Monsoon rains, landslides, and landfalls are all regular hazards along the trekking routes, not to mention hypothermia and altitude sickness. It has a fatality rate of 17%.
Kanchenjunga is the world's third highest peak, rising more than 8,586 metres above sea level. From a total of 209 ascents, more than 40 mountaineers have died. It is a terrifying mountain to conquer. This treacherous peak, which lies on the Nepal-India border, is prone to avalanches and harsh weather. Direct approaches are rare, and just 187 individuals have reached the peak, despite a 20% fatality rate.
Nanga Parbat, at 8,126 metres height, the world's ninth highest peak, has claimed the lives of 64 people in only 287 attempts. It ranks as the world's third most deadly peak. It is located in Pakistan. Nanga Parbat is known as the Man-Eater because of the numerous mountaineering tragedies that have occurred there. Since its initial climb in 1953, 62 individuals have perished attempting to reach the summit. Currently, the fatality rate is 22%.
With a peak of 8,611 metres, K2 is the world's second highest peak, located on the Pakistan-China border. The ascent to the summit of Savage Mountain is exceedingly tough, with a 29% fatality rate. In addition, K2 has never been tried during the winter, which would almost certainly result in a greater fatality rate. Expeditions to K2 are extremely resource burdensome and time consuming due to its remoteness and long approach.
Annapurna, at 8,091 metres in height, is one of the world's most deadly mountains to climb. It is located in north-central Nepal. Because of the high steep face, the route is exceedingly dangerous. About 63 people have died while climbing Annapurna, giving it the greatest fatality rate of 33% of any peak over 8000 metres. Snowstorms and avalanches claimed the lives of at least 43 persons in November 2014. It was Nepal's worst-ever trekking calamity.