Top Ten Extreme Destinations

Some people push life to the limits, seeking out locations from the pages of Guinness World Records like they are a packing to-do list. These ten destinations represent the most extreme climates in the world and offer unparalleled stories once you land back on home turf.
By Jodi Helmer
Mount Everest, Nepal
Highest and hardest: Climbers flock to Mount Everest, though few reach the summit. (Christopher Herwig)

Highest: Mount Everest
There's good reason climbers flock year after year to Mount Everest in an attempt to reach the summit: At 29,017 feet, it's the highest peak in the world and an unbelievable feat to conquer.

The official height was recorded in 2005 and is based on the highest point of rock, not the snow and ice covering it. Until then, the height of the mountain—located on the Nepal-Tibet-China border—was believed to be 29,002 feet.

More than 4,500 climbers have reached the summit; 216 have perished in their attempts. Due to difficult rescue conditions, the majority of bodies are left there; some are still visible on the climbing route today.


Sign up to Away's Travel Insider

Preview newsletter »