The world is a fascinating place and when you step away from your usual beach, sun and city breaks, you can find some hostile yet exciting environments.

The most extreme places in the world can be found at the peaks mountains, in the driest deserts and the coldest climates. Why be a tourist when you can be an adventurer?

Here, Far Out explore some of the best and most extreme areas on the globe that you should be adding to your bucket list. 

Death Valley, California

Known as one of the hottest places in the world Death Valley, is definitely an extreme environment to visit. At its hottest in 1913, it clocked a sweltering 56.6°C which is the hottest temperature ever recorded.

With a land mass only slightly smaller than the entirety of Northern Ireland and narrow valleys that prevent air circulation, it is easy to see why this place has earned the title “the hottest place on earth”.

Luckily for you, Far Out has explored the area and you can find out more, here: 

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Oymyakon, Russia

From the hottest to the coldest place on earth.

This small Russian town, Oymyakon, has a population of 500. Its average winter temperatures are around -50°C, which can have serious effects on the body.

It was once used for a location for political exiles. The ground is permenantley frozen and the town currently has one hotel. But we think you will be able to get booked in!

Tristan da Cunha, United Kingdom

Found 1750 miles away from the nearest land in Africa, Thristan da Cunha is formally a part of the British Overseas Territory.

The island has fewer than 300 inhabitants, no airport and is only accessible by sea. It was discovered by Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha in 1506 and, if you want to get there, you need to be creative and open to an outdour adventure.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Formed around 40,000 years ago, the Salar de Uyuni was used by NASA for figuring the positioning of its satellites, as it was exceptionally flat. Known as the largest salt flat land in the world. It contains 10 billion tons of salt across 10,582 kilometres of area.

Located in Southwest Bolivia and is home to 70% of the world’s Lithium reserves, this remarkable area a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes and welcomes the most creative tourists each year. 

Mount Everest, China–Nepal border

At 8848 metres above sea level, Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

The border where China and Nepal meet is located at the Mhalangur section and the range includes the tallest peaks such as Lhoste (8516m), Nuptse (7855m) and Changtse (7580m).

Altitudes above 8000m are considered ‘death zones’ because humans struggle to survive. The harsh conditions mean animals and plants can’t survive here.

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Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii

Known for being the most active volcano on earth, Kilauea is a shield volcano, which is typically broader in shape.

Its rumblings have not been as deadly as other volcanoes from around the world and, being a shield volcano, it means that the lava that is relatively fluid and less volatile. S

o, although it is the most active, it isn’t to say it is the most dangerous as stratovolcanoes (the tall ones) it can still be quite volatile.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Known as the driest place in the world, from October 1903 to January 1918, this desert did not see one drop of rain, making it the longest rainless period in the world’s recorded history.

It is sparsely populated with several hotels to choose from for tourists who want to attempt to explore the land. According to NASA and National Geographic, this land phenominom has comparable soil to Mars.

You’ll definitely need the right kind of sunscreen if you plan on traveling through this desert. According to both NASA and National Geographic, the Atacama Desert in Chile has soil comparable to that of Mars. 

Mount Thor, Nunavut, Canada

At 5,495 feet tall, Mount Thor is not the world’s highest peak, but it is the steepest.

The most famous summit in Canada and made of pure granite, Mount Thor has a 4,101ft vertical drop, at an average angle of about 105 degrees. Despite the fact the mountain is in a remote area, it’s a popular destination for avid mountain climbers.

If taking on the peak is too much for you to handle, you can also visit the site and camp out instead. 

Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel falls is the highest waterfall in the world and is situated in the Venezualan jungle.

There are around 979 metres high with a plunge pool that is 2648 deep. During the rainy season it divides into two seperate waterfalls and interestingly in the summer water from the falls evaporates before it reaches the ground.

Chimborazo, Ecuador

Standing at 20000 feet high, Mount Chimborazo is the farthest point from the Earth’s centre.

It last erupted in approximately 550AD and if you were to stand on Mount Chimorazo it would put you the closest to outer space than any man can reach by foot.

Although it has glaciers at its peak it is possible to venture up.

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