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03/12/2014 02:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

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

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. A local Bhutanese girl.

11. Russia

With a sunrise like this, the frustrating and often-expensive experience of attaining a visa is definitely worth it. Architecture geeks will love staring up at this fine handiwork. The famous five Corners Crossroad in St. Petersburg.

10. Uzbekistan

The beautiful Samarkand. 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.

Could this ship in its watery grave bear some parallels to the country it lives in? Flanked by the fog, the Sarawat mountain range stands its ground. The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.

8. Turkmenistan

The Caspian Sea coast is simply dreamy. Aptly-named "The Gates of Hell", you'll find this magnificently frightening crater in the Karakum Desert.

7. Libya

Under the sweltering Sahara Desert sun. The ruins of an ancient Roman Empire-led city, Leptis Magna, still stand to this day. Color-soaked Tripoli.

6. Somalia

So difficult to get into that we could only get a view from above.

5. Pakistan

Come face to face with the majesty of lions. Karakoram is a mountain of Tolkienesque proportions. We can almost imagine dwarves milling about here. Here's wishing this placid lake in Skardu is as easy to get to as hopping on the next plane. A whole village on the side of a mountain found in Dassu. Grass all around in an unusual landscape near Laskargass Karamber in Gilgit. Dare to go camping at night in Karakoram? Crossing over Peshawar over the mist.

4. Afghanistan

A game of buzkashi is in session. The sublime beauty of the Hindu Kush. Gorgeous canyon sprawling wide. A cold morning in Kabul could leave you trembling.

3. Saudi Arabia

A long train of camels on the border of Saudi Arabia and UAE. Magnificent Makkah. 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.

At least it's as pretty as a painting. El Pico Malabo is a dormant volcano.

1. Angola

The Kalandula Falls is one of the largest known waterfalls in Africa. High up on the windy ridges of Serra da Leba. No one is a match for the Angolan lion. 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!