List Of 10 Most Dangerous Roads Around The World
List Of 10 Most Dangerous Roads Around The World
Roads have been essential part of our everyday lives as they provide a means for safer and more efficient movement of travel, but as you will see in a moment, this is not always the case.
When we talk about roads and danger, they always seem to have a co-relation but in this article, we will be looking at a whole new level kind of danger associated with roads. A dangerous road to some people may just be an ordinary road with many potholes or probably many accidents as a result of maybe poor construction.
While some of the roads on our list are heavily traveled thoroughfares, others are remote, winding, and narrow. A good number of people die in the process of challenging these deadly roads/highways;
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Commonly referred to as the ‘Road of Death’, ‘Grove’s Road’, ‘Road of Fate’ the North Yungas Road in Bolivia is said to be the most dangerous road in the world.
One estimate is that 200-300 travelers are killed yearly along the road, or one vehicle every two weeks. The road moreover includes Christian crosses marking many of the spots where such vehicles have fallen.
The road was built in the 1930s during the Chaco War by Paraguayan prisoners. It is one of the few routes that connects the Amazon rainforest region of northern Bolivia, or Yungas, to its capital city. However, an alternative, much safer, road connecting La Paz to Coroico is nearing completion.
On July 24, 1983, a bus veered off the Yungas Road and into a canyon, killing more than 100 passengers in what is said to be Bolivia’s worst road accident
Zoji La is a high mountain pass in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, located on National Highway 1 between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. It separates Kashmir Valley to its west from Dras Valley to its northeast.
Zojila provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir and many take the risk of using this very unstable and high altitude pass everyday. It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528m, and is the second highest pass in the Himalayan mountain range. It is often closed during winter, though the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working to extend traffic to most parts of the year.
In June 2018, 4 persons were killed, while another was injured in road accident.
Officials said accident occurred in the evening, when a car skidded off the road and fell into a gorge at Zojila pass along Srinagar Leh highway
Nanga Parbat Pass, Pakistan
Locally known as Diamer, Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level. This road is situated at the base of Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat mountain. This is a great photo spot for nature lovers. But, getting to Joot (or ‘Fairy Meadows’) is a huge risk that prevents many from enjoying the view.
The most dangerous part of the road up to Fairy Meadows involves a narrow 6-mile ascend on an unpaved and uneven road. There are no barriers to prevent a vehicle from falling off the cliff.
Negotiating this road is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you plan on going up, drive very slowly and do not go up with anything bigger than a jeep; the road simply isn’t big enough.
Stelvio Pass Road, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy bordering Switzerland at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, 13 m (43 ft) below France’s Col de l’Iseran.
Each year on the last Saturday of August or first Saturday of September the Stelvio National Park administration organizes the Stelvio Bike Day. On that day the roads from Bormio and Prad to the pass, as well as the road from Santa Maria Val Müstair to the Umbrail Pass are closed to all traffic except for bicycles.
The Trans-Siberian Highway is the unofficial name for a network of federal highways that span the width of Russia from the Baltic Sea of the Atlantic Ocean to the Sea of Japan. In the Asian Highway Network, the route is known as AH6.
The Trans-Siberian Highway can vary from well-surfaced motorway in the west to a unstable and tricky dirt track in the east. Conditions often deteriorate in the summer, as heavy rains make sections of the road impassable.
James W. Dalton Highway
The James W. Dalton Highway, also known as the ‘Haul Road’, has been ranked the third most dangerous highway in the world. The 414 mile road, running from Fairbanks to the North Slope of Alaska, was opened for drivers in 1974 to enable trucks to supply businesses with oil and gas.
The highway twists and winds around steep mountains of the Brooks Range, where the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S (-62 degrees Celsius) occurred in the winter of 1971.
Bayburt Of Yolu, Turkey
D915 is one of the most challenging roads in the world. Located in the Trabzon province, Turkey, the road is extreme, bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. Only the suicidal, the insane, or the paid-to-do-this should ever drive down. This road has humbled many egos. One mistake and it’s a free fall to your death.
The road links Of, a town in Trabzon Province in the Black Sea region, and Bayburt, a city in northeast Turkey lying on the Çoruh River. It has a length of 106 km and includes 29 steep hairpins. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice.
Skippers Canyon Road
It took 22 years to carve out an access road using only black gunpowder and hand drills.
The Skippers Canyon Road, located in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, is today one of New Zealand’s better known scenic roads and unbelievably scary as it’s totally narrow and different to manouvre your car. This gravel road, with a length of 16,5 miles, carved by hand by miners over 140 years ago is made from a very narrow cut in the middle of a sheer cliff face. It’s a road so dangerous that your rental car insurance won’t be honored if you drive on it.
Tian Men Shan Big Gate Road, China
Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road (also called the Tianmen Winding Mountain Road) is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long from the bottom to the top. The highest point of the road is at 1.300m above sea level, and the lowest point is 200m. The construction of the road took eight years, finishing in 2006.
To get there, you need to drive up Tongtian Avenue (Avenue toward Heaven), which has 99 turns, symbolizing that Heaven has nine palaces. That’s a lot of curves to tackle, with only a few feet separating you from a deadly plunge down the slope! There are also 999 stairs, called Tianan stairs (also known as Tianti, or the Celestial/Heaven Reaching Ladder), to climb before you reach the peak, where Heaven’s Gate—a natural rock arch that was believed to be the link between the gods and the mortal world—awaits. And there’s no platforms for stopping.
Oh-My-God Road, U.S.A
The road gets its name from being a two-way road that is only about a car and three quarters wide, graveled, with no guard rails and washed out shoulders. Not only are there no guard rails, a daring glance down reveals incredibly steep cliffs.
Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck. The trail can be divided in 2 parts.