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Most Dangerous Roads in the World

We all love to travel, and watching the sceneries unfold before our eyes truly brings certain feeling of peace and joy. But what if these roads are not the pleasant ones to travel? What if instead of relaxation, they only bring you to the edge of danger and fear, making you grip tight on your seats? Will you dare to travel through them?

Roads span between towns and cities and provide means for communities to connect and physically communicate. But some roads prove to be more challenging than they should be, posing possible risks to commuters and demanding ample will and courage. Here are some of the world’s most dangerous roads.

Yungas Road, Bolivia. Also known as Death Road, Camino de las Yungas, Grove’s Road, and Corioco Road, the North Yungas Road is a 61-kilometer (38 mi) road connecting La Paz and Coroico in the Yungas region of Bolivia. Nearly as dangerous as the North Road, the South Yungas Road leads from La Paz to Chulumani for 64 kilometers.

The Yungas Road is the one of the few roads connecting the Amazon Rainforest to La Paz. What make the road very dangerous are the elevation (ascending to 4,650 meters then descending to 1,200 meters), the extreme drop-offs of at least 600 meters, the lack of guard rails, its being single-lane width (not more than 3.2 meters or 10 feet in most parts), and the reduction of visibility due to rain, fog and dust. In many places, the road surface is muddy and can loosen rocks anytime. Every year, around 200 to 300 travelers are killed along the road. Crosses have marked the spot where vehicles have fallen.

Presently, the road has undergone modernization such as construction of asphalt pavement, enlarging the lanes and building new sections.

 

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Russia Federal Highway, Moscow. The road connecting Moscow and Yakutsk can be very difficult to drive along. Being the largest city built on continuous permafrost, Yakutsk has the coldest recorded temperature outside of America.

During winter, lasting for about ten months, the road to Yakutsk is covered with snow and ice, and visibility is greatly reduced. But winter road conditions are much better than in July and August when melted snow and mud cover the road. What worsen matters are the Siberian mud pirates who loot, beat and kidnap stranded travelers on the mud induced traffic.

 

 

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Trollstigen, Norway. Trollstigen is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma, Norway. It was opened on July 31, 1926 by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction.

 

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The road has a steepness of 9% and eleven “hairpin” bends up a steep mountain side. Despite widening projects over the recent years, vehicles over 12.4 meters long are not allowed to travel the road.

Guoliang Tunnel, China. The Guoliang Tunnel is carved along the Taihang Mountains situated in the Henan Province of China. It is 1.2 kilometers  (0.75 mi) long, 5 meters tall (16 ft) and 4 meters (13 ft) wide. The wall of the tunnel is uneven and has more than 30 “windows” of varying size and shape.

 

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Stelvio Pass, Italy. Situated at 2,757 meters high on the Eastern Alps, the Stelvio Pass runs 75 km long and connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Meran in Italy. The road has sixty hairpin turns, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones.

 

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Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China. With its highest point at over 20,000 feet, China’s Sichuan-Tibet Highway spans 1,500 miles. Like many roads that cut through the mountains, it is prone to landslide, falling rocks, extreme weather and avalanches.

 

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Grand Trunk, Road, India. This is one of South Asia’s oldest and longer major roads. For several centuries, it has linked the eastern and western regions of the Indian subcontinent. What makes the road dangerous is not elevation or risky bends but traffic congestion. Animals, pedestrians, bicycles, buses and trucks heavily crowd the road any time of the day.

 

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Arica-Iquique Road, Chile. The isolated lonely road connecting Arica and Iquique in Chile can be very dangerous to travelers. The deep valley and the mono-colored scenery can blind drivers of passing buses and other cars.

 

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Dalton Highway, Alaska. Also known as Alaska Route 1, the James W. Dalton Highway (or simple Dalton Highway) is a 414-mile (667 km) road in Alaska. The highway, which also runs parallel a pipeline, is one of the most isolated roads in the United States. What make it dangerous are the speeding trucks along the slippery gravel road which sends thick clouds of dust and mud, reducing visibility to almost zero.

 

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Fairy Meadows, Pakistan. Fairy Meadows is located at the base of Pakistan’s 26,660-foot Nanga Parbat. The road may be picturesque but being narrow, steeped and unpaved can certainly faint anyone’s heart.

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 References: Wikipedia, LiveJournal, MasterTourism

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Comments (11)
Ranked #12 in Geography

I've driven the Alaska Highway and the Dalton Highway in my small pickup truck. The biggest hazards on both roads are the big rig truck drivers. They act like they own the road and will pass you at anytime, sending dust and rocks flying at you from all angles. The scenery along both roads can't be beat though.

I love the way you include pictures in your articles.  How do you do that?

Ranked #20 in Geography

P Good article....:) Peace Jaz

Thank you for the geography lessons here.Well done!

Facinating. It just goes to show how much people will put up with in order to travel, although, much of the time it is a necessity I guess! Voted-up

A very impressive article with fascinating photos. Hats off, my friend, once again!

Are there detours for these roads?

Wow. I have heard about that Alaska Highway; you will not find me there if I can help it! I will also avoid the road known nicknamed 'death road'!

Thumbs Up Kabayan!

Very interesting.  All I have to do is look at the pictures and I know I won't be taking any of these roads!

Revisiting to show a friend. Great post with fantastic photos! thanks again, my friend.

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