LONDON, UK – A recent study conducted by the holiday company holidu has identified the world’s most dangerous natural tourist attractions.
According to a new release by Azerbaijan State News Agency, the research focused on the average number of deaths and accidents relative to the number of visitors. Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom’s highest mountain, was ranked the second most dangerous natural attraction worldwide.
In 2023, there was one fatality reported on Ben Nevis. Historical data also points to its perilous nature; seven people were killed on the mountain in 2017 and six in 2016. Most of these deaths occurred off the main tourist path. Mountaineering Scotland advises only individuals with a reasonable level of fitness to attempt the climb. The recommended route is The Mountain Track, starting at the visitor centre in Glen Nevis. This trek takes between six to nine hours to complete, and tourists are urged to consult the weather forecast before embarking on the climb.
The list of dangerous attractions was topped by Mont Blanc in France, with an estimated fatality rate of around 100 hikers per year. Mount Everest secured the fourth place on the list. Despite its allure, Mount Fuji in Japan was ranked third most dangerous, primarily due to incidents occurring during the off-season. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro and Yosemite National Park in the United States also made it to the top five of the list.
Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of Saint-Gervais near Mont Blanc, suggests a €15,000 deposit to deter inexperienced climbers. The study highlights the importance of adhering to guidelines and taking proper precautions while attempting to summit such perilous natural wonders. Other notable mentions include Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Matterhorn, the Grand Canyon, and Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, all of which pose varying levels of risk to tourists.