The world is beautiful gift of the nature and it is filled with different fascinating mountains, hills, gardens, rivers and seas. In addition to this, the world is packed with certain important buildings and places and roads. Basically, today’s topic of concern is the identification of most dangerous roads of the world and in this article we will see some famous and most dangerous roads of the world.
1. The North Yungas Road
This road is also known as The Death Road. The North Yungas Road is about 70 km long road which starts from La Paz and ends in Coroico (which is Capital of Bolivia) in the Yungas region of Bolivia. This road is famous all over the world due to its famous stories of dangers and deaths. In 1995, the Inter-American Development Bank classified this road as “world’s most dangerous road”. There are different types of research reports that tell us about per year causalities per year. It is said about this road that about 200-300 travelers are killed yearly along this road. On this road, there are different cross marks which indicate that at these places vehicles had been fallen in different times. At the end of 2006, after more than 20 years of construction, a new by-pass was opened to public. This modern road includes bridges and drainage, multiple lanes, pavements and guardrails. After the construction of this road, the original North Yungas road is less used by public for traveling.
2. Guoliang Tunnel Road (China)
The Guoliang Tunnel road in China is also considered as the world’s most dangerous road. This road in Taihang Mountains was constructed by local villagers. It is said about this road that it took about 5 years to complete this 1,200 meter long tunnel which has 5 meters height and 4 meters width. During this construction, some of the villagers were died. This tunnel as opened for traffic on May 1, 1977. This tunnel is located in the Hunan Province of China.
3. Arica to Iquique Road (Chile)
This road is also renowned road in the world for being most dangerous. This road from Arica to Iquique is situated in Chile. This road has different horrible stories of the accidents and there are skeletons of the vehicles along the side of this road that were fallen in deep valleys at different times. Utmost care and attention is required while driving on this road and local police does not allow untrained drivers to drive on this road.
4. Siberian Road to Yakutsk (Russia)
Siberian road to Yakutsk is also included in the list of the most dangerous roads of the world. This road is situated in the coldest temperature region of Antarctica and the Russian Federal Highway connects Moscow to Yakutsk. The Yakutsk is also considered as largest city of the world which is built on continuous permafrost. Most of the houses in this city are built on concrete pillars because of too much cold and snow. This region has longest winter season of about 10 months long. During winter, the driving becomes more difficult on this road due to heavy snow, ice and reduced visibility. Every year, different cases of accidents are reported.
5. Sichuan-Tibet Highway (China)
The highway of Sichuan-Tibet is also considered as the most dangerous road of the world. It is said about China that it has highest number of deaths which is caused by car accidents and this figure has doubled during last 20 years. The Sichuan-Tibet highway is a high elevation road where landslides and rock avalanches are more common. This 2,412 Km long highway starts from Chengdu of Sichuan and ends at Lhasa of Tibet on the west side. This road passes through different rivers including Dadu River, Jinsha River and Lantsang River.
6. James Dalton Highway (Alaska)
The James Dalton highway of Alaska is also considered as the most dangerous roads of the world. The James Dalton highway is around 414 miles long gravel road. It heads straight north from the Livengood turnoff of the Elliott Highway. This road is famous as the main supply route for the Prudhoe Bay oilfields. You will find mostly tractor and trailers there and this road is not ideal for the brand new vehicle. It is also famous about this road that most of the rental companies in the town do not allow to drive their cars on the Dalton highway. Sometimes the truck on this road pick up their speed along the slippery gravel track and due to this reason sometimes the visibility reduces to zero. It is suggested about this road that always try to drive on this road along with CB radio, extra fuel, food, tires and a trunk filled with supplies.
7. Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road (Greece)
This is also considered as the most dangerous road of the world. This is a narrow and busy dirty track which starts from Patiopoulo and ends at Pedikaki. This road is a steep climb and is considered as dangerous it has huge pot holes and it has very little grip for the vehicles which travel on this road. Many people die every year on this road due to different accidents.
8. Trollstigen (Norway)
This is a mountain roan in Rauma, Norway which is a part of Norwegian National road 63 which connects Andalsnes in Rauma and Valldal in Norddal. It is also considered as a popular tourist attraction because its steep incline of 9% makes it more fascinating. This road is quite narrow with certain sharp bends. Vehicles over 12.4 meters or more long are prohibited to drives on this road. At the top of this road there is a parking place for the visitors.
9. The A682 Road (England)
The A682 road is also considered as the most dangerous road of the world. It is said about this road that it has claimed more than 100 fatalities during the span of last ten years. This is 14 miles long lane and this road has witnessed 22 sever accidents during last three years. Reliable researchers claim that it has an average of 0.5 deaths per 10 miles annually.
10. Nepal, Tibet and Bangladesh Roads
This road is famous for tourists and those who are bound for Mount Everest will know that what we are talking about. This road contains certain hardly maintained patches. This road is suitable for trucks and buses.
11. Stelvio Pass Road Trollstigen (Italy)
This is considered as the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps. This road is not as much risky as other deadly roads are, yet it is considered as dangerous road. The view of this road is breathtaking and there are different tour books that suggest that the toughest and most speculator climibing is from Prato side, Bormio side. This road is also categorized as one of the finest continuous hairpin routes in Alps.
12. Russain-Georgian Military Mountain Roads
This road is also included in the list of most dangerous roads of the world. This road is mainly used by Military personnel.
13. Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret Highway (Kenya)
This highway is situated in Kenya and is considered as the decent place to drive. Due to its different sudden turns, this road is also categorized as the dangerous road. There are different types of research reports that tell us an average death toll rate of 300 or more every year on this road.
14. Fairy Meadows Road (Pakistan)
This road is considered ideal for mountain climbers who want to get closer to the peak and want to enjoy the nature in its true sense. This road is situated at the base of Pakistan’s 26,600 foot Nanga Parbat. The drive on this road includes 6-mile, hour long drive on unstable gravel road which is packed with deadly mountains. Jeeps are suitable to drive on this road. This is also considered as a great road for adventurers.
15. Luxor – al – Hurghada Road (Egypt)
This road is situated in Egypt and connects the Luxor (the site of ancient city of Thebes) with the Egyptian Red sea resort. This road is considered as relatively safe road as compared to the other deadly roads. Threat of bandits, terrorists is always there and their activities have provided harm to the tourism industry. Due to the threat and fear of terrorist the drivers sometimes face troubles.
16. Patiopoulo Road
This road is also considered as the most dangerous road of the world. This route connects Patiopoulo and Perdikaki. This road requires deep attention and care of the travelers as this road is quite slippery and the drivers may drop their control on their cars on this road. Most of the sections of this road are very steep and narrow and they require more attention of the drivers.
17. Halsema Highway (Philippines)
This highway is located on the island of Luzon. The Halsema highway runs through the Central Cordillera valley in the Philippines from Baguio to Bontoc. Landslides and rock falls on this road are more common. Many portions of this road are still unpaved. No doubt the officials are constructing different portions of this road yet it is considered as the dangerous road to drive.
18. Skippers Road (New Zealand)
This road has a brief history. It is said about this road that in 1862, a couple of shepherds discovered gold in the Shotover River near Queenstown, New Zealand. This thing created the need of an access to this road and resultantly the Skippers Road was constructed. This is a narrow road and it took about 22 years to complete. In most places, this road is too narrow for vehicles to pass each other. There are no guardrails and this thing makes this road more dangerous.
19. San Isidro de General – Cartago (Costa Rica)
This road is also considered as the most dangerous road of the world. The highway point in the pass is known as Cerro de la Muerte ir Mountain of Death. This is not because of the road but this is due to the carelessness of drivers on this road as they do not bother about the cold weather of this region. The height of this road is about 13,000 feet and in sometimes it may also cause the altitude sickness.
20. Grand Trunk Road (India)
This road was constructed by the Pashtun emperor Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century. The total length of this road is about 1,500 miles spreading from Bangladesh in the east to Pakistan in the west. It is serving as one of the main thoroughfares across the Indian subcontinent. This road is also serving the purpose of major trade route among different countries. This road is not considered dangerous due to its deadly height but due to traffic congestion.
21. Cotopaxi Volcano Road – Ecuador
This road is quite risky and slippery to drive due to 40 km long dirty track that links the Pan American highway with the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park in Ecuador. The presence of different slippery slopes all around this road makes this road more challenging.
22. BR – 116, Brazil
This is considered as the second largest road in Brazil. This highway has nickname as “The Highway of Death”. This name has been given to this road due to certain reasons. It is said about this road that every year thousands of people die due to its bad condition and poor maintenance.
23. Stelvio Pass Road
This road is situated in the Italian Alps near Bormio and Sulden which is about 75 km from Bolzano and this is near to Swiss border. This road has height of about 2757 meters.
24. The Barton Highway (Australia)
This highway is commonly recognized as the worst highway in Australia. This highway has a bad history and reputation as far as the road accidents are concerned.
25. Taroko Gorge Road (Taiwan)
This road is known as one of the most dangerous roads in Taiwan. This road is full of blind curves, sharp turns and narrow paths. This road also has a bad reputation as far as the road accidents are concerned.