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12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

03/12/2014 02:41 pm ET | Updated May 12, 2014

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still enjoy. From Bhutan to Syria to Angola -- read on and take a closer peek!

12. Bhutan

Photograph Tiger's Nest monastery, Bhutan by David Kuenley O on 500px

"Tiger's Nest Monastery, Bhutan" by David Kuenley O on 500px High up on a cliff 10,000 feet above sea level, the hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery is not for the faint of heart.

Photograph Bhutan by taweepol sermphatthana on 500px

"Bhutan" by taweepol sermphatthana on 500px A local Bhutanese girl.

11. Russia

Photograph Moscow morning by Sergey Shaposhnikov on 500px

"Moscow Morning" by Sergey Shaposhnikov on 500px With a sunrise like this, the frustrating and often-expensive experience of attaining a visa is definitely worth it.

Photograph Russia by Sergey Bogomyako on 500px

"Russia" by Sergey Bogomyako on 500px

Photograph Power of Ages! by Olga Sushkova on 500px

"Power of Ages!" by Olga Sushkova on 500px Architecture geeks will love staring up at this fine handiwork.

Photograph 5 corners by Sergey Ershov on 500px

"5 Corners" by Sergey Ershov on 500px The famous five Corners Crossroad in St. Petersburg.

10. Uzbekistan

Photograph Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Tilla-Kari (Gold Covered) Madressa by Martin Yhlen on 500px

"Uzbekistan, Samarkand, Tilla-Kari (Gold Covered) Madressa" by Martin Yhlen on 500px The beautiful Samarkand.

Photograph Aral Sea night by Jakub Rybicki on 500px

"Aral Sea Night" by Jakub Rybicki on 500px This is all that's left of what used to be one of the biggest lakes on Earth. Located near Moynak.

9. Syria


Earlier today, the UNICEF declared that Syria is one of the most dangerous countries for children.

Photograph Semiramis by Mary Kay on 500px

"Semiramis" by Mary Kay on 500px Could this ship in its watery grave bear some parallels to the country it lives in?

Photograph Mountains Sarawat in the morning by almalki abdullrahman on 500px

"Mountains Sarawat in the Morning" by almalki abdullrahman on 500px Flanked by the fog, the Sarawat mountain range stands its ground.

Photograph Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria by Sergey Ershov on 500px

"Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria" by Sergey Ershov on 500px The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

8. Turkmenistan

Photograph Natural by Morad Khoshbakhti on 500px

"Natural" by Morad Khoshbakhti on 500px The Caspian Sea coast is simply dreamy.

Photograph Modifica by Infinity Visions  on 500px

"Modifica" by Infinity Visions on 500px Aptly-named "The Gates of Hell", you'll find this magnificently frightening crater in the Karakum Desert.

7. Libya

Photograph farewell to the sun by Anna Gibiskys on 500px

"Farewell to the Sun" by Anna Gibiskys on 500px Under the sweltering Sahara Desert sun.

Photograph Leptis Magna, Roman Ruins in Libya. by Emad Gaidi on 500px

"Leptis Magna, Roman Ruins in Libya" by Emad Gaidi on 500px The ruins of an ancient Roman Empire-led city, Leptis Magna, still stand to this day.

Photograph Untitled by Khuloud Elzwai on 500px

"Untitled" by Khuloud Elzwai on 500px Color-soaked Tripoli.

6. Somalia

Photograph clouds over Somalia by Viktoria-and-Veniamin on 500px

"Clouds over Somalia" by Viktoria-and-Veniamin on 500px So difficult to get into that we could only get a view from above.

5. Pakistan

Photograph angry king.. by Atif Saeed on 500px

"Angry King" by Atif Saeed on 500px Come face to face with the majesty of lions.

Photograph Momhil Sar 7343m.. by Atif Saeed on 500px

"Momhil Sar 7343m" by Atif Saeed on 500px Karakoram is a mountain of Tolkienesque proportions. We can almost imagine dwarves milling about here.

Photograph Magic Moments.. by Atif Saeed on 500px

"Magic Moments" by Atif Saeed on 500px Here's wishing this placid lake in Skardu is as easy to get to as hopping on the next plane.

Photograph Living on Stone... by Atif Saeed on 500px

"Living on Stone" by Atif Saeed on 500px A whole village on the side of a mountain found in Dassu.

Photograph Out of the World.. by Atif Saeed on 500px

"Out of the World" by Atif Saeed on 500px Grass all around in an unusual landscape near Laskargass Karamber in Gilgit.

Photograph On Banak Top 4964m by Atif Saeed on 500px

"On Banak Top 4964m" by Atif Saeed on 500px Dare to go camping at night in Karakoram?

Photograph Misty morning over the Himalayas by Bjorn  Moerman on 500px

"Misty Morning Over the Himalayas" by Bjorn Moerman on 500px Crossing over Peshawar over the mist.

4. Afghanistan

Photograph Horsemen by Kevin Kelly on 500px

"Horsemen by Kevin Kelly" on 500px A game of buzkashi is in session.

Photograph The Hindu Kush by Bardeau - Photographie  on 500px

"The Hindu Kush" by Bardeau - Photographie on 500px The sublime beauty of the Hindu Kush.

Photograph Afghanistan Canyon by Eric Raum on 500px

"Afghanistan Canyon" by Eric Raum on 500px Gorgeous canyon sprawling wide.

Photograph Kabul by Michael Gundelach on 500px

"Kabul" by Michael Gundelach on 500px A cold morning in Kabul could leave you trembling.

3. Saudi Arabia

Photograph Camel train by Josh Owens on 500px

"Camel Train" by Josh Owens on 500px A long train of camels on the border of Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Photograph Golden Makkah by Naja Helal on 500px

"Golden Makkah" by Naja Helal on 500px Magnificent Makkah.

Photograph Red Sea by Naja Helal on 500px

"Red Sea" by Naja Helal on 500px On the other side of Makkah lies the Red Sea.

2. Equatorial Guinea


You may have never heard of it. There's a reason for that.

Photograph Ukomba by Félix  Corral on 500px

"Ukomba" by Félix Corral on 500px

Photograph Ukomba II by Félix  Corral on 500px

"Ukomba II" by Félix Corral on 500px At least it's as pretty as a painting.

Photograph El Pico Malabo, Bioko Island by AJ Adam on 500px

"El Pico Malabo, Bioko Island" by AJ Adam on 500px El Pico Malabo is a dormant volcano.

1. Angola

Photograph Kalandula Falls by coyphotographer byMarcos on 500px

"Kalandula Falls" by coyphotographer byMarcos on 500px The Kalandula Falls is one of the largest known waterfalls in Africa.

Photograph Leba: the photographer and the mountain by Filipe Brandão on 500px

"Leba: The Photographer and the Mountain" by Filipe Brandão on 500px High up on the windy ridges of Serra da Leba.

Photograph I said, no photos! by Klaus Wiese on 500px

"I Said, No Photos!" by Klaus Wiese on 500px No one is a match for the Angolan lion.

Photograph BURNING ROAD by André Silva Pinto on 500px

"Burning Road" by André Silva Pinto on 500px Roaring through Lubango Road at sunset.

Which of these locations do you find the most beautiful? Which one gave you a bad case of wanderlust? Which one of these would you swear never to visit -- ever? Do you have any personal experiences traveling in these countries to share? Let us know in the comments below! Safe travels!