Who doesn’t love to go for a long drive? It gives us the much-desired peace, happiness and time to spend with our loved ones. Roads also improve connectivity between cities, states and countries. But not all roads are smooth. The unpaved sections, sharp turns and no side rails can make these roads hard to travel and will give no pleasure if you are out on a long drive. We bring 11 such roads that are considered the most dangerous roads in the world. While some of these scary roads have become a tourist destinations some should be avoided at any cost.
#11 The Pan American Highway
The 30,000 miles long highway connects Alaska to Argentina and will make for perfect road trip. The highway is considered to be the world’s longest motorable road but is interrupted in between by marshland also known as Darien gap. The marshland can be crossed only by ferry. What makes the highway one of the scariest roads in the world? You have to pass through dense forests, glaciers and deserts which can make the driving conditions hazardous.
#10 Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China
Originally known as the Kangding-Tibet highway, Sichuan-Tibet Highway is not only considered Asia’s most beautiful scenic road trip but is also considered one of the deadliest roads in the world. The highway is open to all and is flocked by visitors in April and May. Beware the highway is prone to landslides and falling rocks that makes the drive challenging. We suggest go with a professional driver and carry a camera.
#9 Highway 431, USA
The 353 miles long highway that join Alabama to Tennessee is also popular as ‘Highway to Hell’. The roads are paved and are well-kept but then what makes this road one of the most dangerous roads in the world? Poor visibility and sudden change from 2 to 4 lanes have resulted in number of accidents on this highway in the recent year. Hence, Highway 431 or Highway to Hell is considered World’s most dangerous roads to travel on.
#8 Halsema Highway, Philippines
Halsema Highway is the highest altitude highway in Philippines and is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The highway is named after an engineer, Euseibus Julius Halsema, who opened the highway in 1930. The road becomes quite slippery during the monsoons and is prone to landslides which makes driving extremely difficult on this highway.
#7 Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
New Zealand’s most dangerous road is also one of the World’s most dangerous roads. The unpaved road was built during Gold Rush (around 1880s) and boasts of some of the most beautiful scenic views. The road is extremely narrow and is one lane road. It is extremely hard for two cars to pass side by side.
#6 Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
Fairy Meadows road in Pakistan was built by villagers who lived near Nanga Parbat mountain. Considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world, the narrow road is unpaved with no guard rails. The road is quite steep and one must be extremely careful while driving through this route. The road starts at Karakoram highway that connects Pakistan with China and ends at the base of the Nanga Parbat mountain.
#5 James Dalton Highway, Alaska
Dalton Highway is one of the most isolated and dangerous roads in the world. The icy conditions with only 3 service stops in the middle, makes the drive difficult. The nearest medical services are located in Fairbanks and Deadhorse which are the start and end of the trip. The highway is only used by truckers.
#4 BAM Road
One of the toughest adventure roads in the World, BAM road is old railway service track in Siberia. The road is not maintained and is in extremely poor condition. The rickety wooden bridges, unpaved road with potholes and river crossings makes the travel on this road extremely difficult. The most dangerous part of the section is crossing the Vitim River bridge – the wooden bridge is in dilapidated condition and one mistake and you will find yourself in icy river. BAM road to us is definitely one of the scariest roads in the world.
#3 Karnali Highway
Nepal is known for its poor road infrastructure but no road can beat Karnali highway. One of the scariest roads in the world, Karnali highway ride is bumpy, dangerous and uncomfortable. The surface of the road is unpaved with humongous potholes and huge drops in between. It is prohibited to drive the road at night.
#2 Zoji Pass
Located on Srinagar-Leh Highway, Zojila or Zoji Pass is one of the World’s most dangerous roads. The pass is an important link for people of Ladakh to be connected with rest of the world but the pass is closed for 6 months due to extreme winter conditions. The road is narrow, uneven and the drops are steep. It is recommended to drive 4WD to pass this riskiest pass.
#1 North Yungas Road, Bolivia
North Yungas Road better known as Death Road is World’s most dangerous road. Even though an alternative well-paved highway constructed, the road still attracts thousands of thrill seekers every year. The steep road is unpaved and at certain sections does not have guard rails which makes the driving conditions hazardous.
These are some of the most dangerous roads in the world. Have you traveled any?