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Most Dangerous Bridges In The World: Rope Hanging Bridges.

Are you afraid of bridges? I wouldn’t blame you if you were. While most bridges we see and travel across on a regular basis are soundly engineered and reasonably safe, not all bridges are alike.

Bridges go far beyond the sturdy structures you drive across each day. And some of the world’s most dangerous bridges (not to mention scariest-looking ones) were intended for foot traffic. That’s what we’re going to explore here. But more specifically, we’re going look at hanging foot bridges — you know, the kind that leave you dangling above a rushing river, gorge, or some other bit of nature you wouldn’t want to come face to face with on a fall.

Before we take a look at some of the most dangerous bridges in the world, let’s explore some of the basics about these rope-style hanging bridges.

A Bit of Background on Rope Hanging Bridges

When you think of rope hanging bridges, what do you picture? One or two ropes like the makeshift bridges a young scout might set up on a camping trip? Or something more elaborate? Neither is right nor wrong. Hanging bridges come in a vast array of sizes and styles. Some aren’t even made with ropes. They might be made from vines or even tree roots.

One thing these bridges have in common is that they’re primarily utilitarian. Rope bridges have been used throughout history to simplify travel. Herders would move their flocks from one plateau to another across them. Ancient peoples would connect their cliff-side villages with them. In the case of the old Incan handwoven bridges showcased below, even the Spanish conquistadors used them to transport things like canons, and they marveled at the engineering feat.

If rope hanging bridges could support a cannon, they surely must be safe for you to walk across, right? Well, not so fast. Keep in mind that safety is subjective. Different rope hanging bridges were made in different ways. Some, like the Incan bridge, have been very well maintained whereas others have been left to the elements. Never assume by the way a bridge looks. Do some research before exploring these or other dangerous bridges to see if they’re still safe and in working order.

And now let’s get to our list. In addition to our original list of the world’s most dangerous bridges which you can find below, we’ve added the following three new additions to excite your imagination (or perhaps strike a bit of fear). Enjoy.

Q’eswa Chaca (or Keshwa Chaca), Peru

This handwoven bridge is the last operational Incan rope bridge in existence. It has survived this long thanks to a group of families who meticulously maintain the bridge by making repairs every year (such as replacing support cables) as a way of honoring their ancestors.

Credit: Rutahsa Adventures (via Wikimedia)
Keshwa Chaca Incan Rope Bridge
Credit: Bob / bridgink (via Flickr)

Kotmale Footbridge, Sri Lanka

This footbridge crosses the Kotmale Oya, a river in Sri Lanka. There’s something hauntingly beautiful about it despite (or perhaps because of) its apparent disrepair.

Kotmale Footbridge
Credit: Anuradha Ratnaweera (via Flickr)
Kotmale Footbridge
Credit: Anuradha Ratnaweera (via Flickr)

Vine Bridges of Iya Valley, Japan

This addition to our list is thanks to a recommendation from our readers in the comments.

Iya Valley is famous for its gorgeous mountains and the old vine bridges that span some of their valleys and rivers. Here’s a beautiful example of the kind of vine bridges you might encounter on a visit.

Iya Valley Vine Bridge
Credit: Jpatokal (via Wikimedia)
Iya Valley Vine Bridge
Credit: Rachel in Wonderland (via Flickr)

Now let’s get to our original list of the world’s most dangerous bridges, featuring a collection of hanging rope bridges for your enjoyment.

Note: This post was originally published on May 11, 2009. It was updated with new content and additional photographs on its currently-listed publication date.

In an earlier post, we have discussed some of the roads that are listed among the most dangerous in the world … for driving.  Today, we’d like to acquaint you with some of the world’s most dangerous bridges that are meant only for walking.  These are the so-called rope hanging bridges. You can find a wide variety of these bridges in countries like India, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal, as well as in the interiors of some other countries.

A bridge can prove to be dangerous for a variety of reasons; either because it’s very old, narrow, too high up above the land, over a quick river or if the wooden “floor” goes missing.  What makes them dangerous is the fact that in spite of the condition of the bridge, they have to be used; as many a time, these pathways are the main or even the only way for the local inhabitants of a small village to reach a bigger city.   Among all the bridges, the most popular among tourists are the hanging bridges.  Let’s take a look at some of them.

Before we start, I’d like to make a small note that this post is not meant to be scientific or a historical fact-sheet.   The intention is to provide some entertainment in the form of a picturesque fun post that may even hold a surprise element.  If you have ever seen or been on any such bridges, let us know and we’ll add it to the post.  Enjoy the post!

Hussaini – Borit Lake, Pakistan

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

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Aiguille du Midi at the Mont Blanc Mountain, France

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Taman Negara National Park Bridge, Malaysia

That’s the world’s longest Canopy Walkway.

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Hanging Bridge of Ghasa in Nepal

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Siju Hanging Bridge, India

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Hanging Bridge at Thenmala, India

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Just some bridge in Philippines

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Repovesi nature park Valkeala, Finland

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Arenal Hanging Bridges, Costa Rica

A three kilometer hike through the Costa Rican rain forest. There are six suspension bridges, with the largest one at just under 100 meters long and 45 meters off the ground.

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Hanging Bridge in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

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Hanging bridge in Bohol, Philippines

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Kambadaga, a village near Pita

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Hanging Bridge at Trift Glacier, Switzerland

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Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway

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Check out the series of Most Dangerous Roads in the World. Part 2 and Part 1 of Most Dangerous Roads

162 thoughts on “Most Dangerous Bridges In The World: Rope Hanging Bridges.

    1. fantastic…
      i hope you would include some of the most ridiculous bridges constructed in the world. …goodluck.

  1. These are fun! Suspension bridges are common in New Zealand, sometimes accessing a private farm or sheep station.

  2. Those bridges in the jungle are the best. Image walking up to one of those bridges in the jungle? It would be like living with the Ewoks on Endor! I would ride a bmx all over that jungle!

      1. likewise. im building a suspension bridge over an alligator pond and found your site while looking for ideas. good stuff! jeremy

  3. Been on the hanging bridge Bohol, Phillipines… it’s not really that scary or ricketty. Solid steel cables, and they aren’t rusted or anything, and the wood looks to be well maintained and often replaced as it’s not rotting. Many of those bridges above look far more sketchy and I wouldn’t ever walk on them.

    1. Fully agree, they don’t look “that dangerous” when you see them on computer, but in real life I would not risk to use some rope bridge over some deep river say somewhere in India

  4. Neat! I’m heading to Costa Rica in a week for the summer and will be stopping by Arenal! I can’t wait to see the Arenal Hanging Bridges in person. 😀

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  6. I’ve been on a bridge in Nepal similar to the one pictured. What was scary was the people with the large bails of hay wider than the bridge strapped to their head! I’m already trying to get off this swinging death trap > 300 feet above a river and these women with are trying to cross with these wide loads. Worse yet, they really aren’t paying attention to the others on the bridge. I was cursing like a sailor!

  7. Nice pics!

    With the exception of the first, none of these bridges look particularly “dangerous”. Challenging, yes, but unlikely one would take a tumble unless they really meant to.

    Additionally, you might consider including the “White River suspension bridge” near Marathon, Ontario Canada. It bears striking similarity to the “Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge”. Although it’s not a very widely used bridge, it’s quite large, high up and is necessary to traverse should one wish to complete the majority of a hiking trail in Pukaskwa National Park. Should one take a tumble, they would surely die amongst the jagged rocks and crashing rapids 40 feet below.

    Anyway, just thought I’d mention another great bridge since none on your list are located in Canada 😉

    1. White River Suspension Bridge is really a nice addition but I can’t find some big nice photos 🙁 Can please anyone share?

  8. hehe 🙂 the only bridge that can probably look dangerous for you would be the bridge over some volcano consisting of a single rope only. I travel much and seen some of the similar bridges…believe me, they only look like stable but most of them can be a real danger!

  9. Most of those don’t look very dangerous….. The first one is a bit sketchy, but other than that, I’d cross any of those without thinking twice.

  10. I’ve walked the suspension bridges in Arenal and there’s nothing dangerous about them. If you look at the pictures you’ll see that the bridge is metal and suspended with airline cable. This is the same “dangerous” technology used in other suspension bridges such as the “dangerous” Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate bridge.

  11. Beautiful bit! I will now get into my great American V-8 car and travel safely across similar expanses of water and in wonderment try to imagine why I have been chosen to live in such great comfort while those who travel the bridges illustrated, have so little, and live so precariously. I now value my situation more than ever, and will try to keep my ecology alive, my environment clean, and my governments strong. We have collectively done something right, and must discover it and cherish it, lest we fall from our pinnacle and find a harsher reality awaiting us or our children. Planned obsolescence and unregulated vulture capitalism must be left behind, and a new age of social democracy and responsibilities must be born. Obama, save our souls, China, please lend him the money to do so. G d Bless the New America, a fair decent and peaceful country, purged of the neo-cons and George Bushian gangsters, and Banksters clean, and caring for its neighbors, and a positive force in the world – our next bridge to cross.

  12. Interesting. However, most of these look just fine. It would be a very exciting experience to walk on one of these. They swing quite violently when there are two or more people walk on them, or on a good windy day. I have been on a bridge of this type before, fun fun fun.

    Also, you should take a look at the bamboo bridge in Vietnam, here is a link from google, http://www.favad.org/images/cay%20cau%20tre.jpg.

    These bridges are the most simple of all and take some skills to walk through. Even though a native Vietnamese, I was never dare to walk on one of these.

    let me know what you think about the bamboo bridge. i hope you add it to your list.

  13. I cannot really agree that the Carrick A Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim N Ireland is a dangerous bridge I have crossed this bridge many times and when the kids were younger i used to carry them over on my shoulders, this bridge is well cared for and I cannot recall but I do not believe there has ever been an accident. It is taken down most winters and replaced new in the summer. Excellent list of rope bridges but not all dangerous

  14. Check out el puente colgante de ojuela, in a little town of mexico, near mapimi coahuila its a bridge buidt for miners, same arquitect that built san fransico

  15. Great photo collection, however most of these bridges, except the first all appear to be structurally stable. In Nepal there are a lot of those kind of hanging bridges. I have even heard of ones that are only a walkway with nothing to put your hands on or stop you falling.

    I would feel quite safe crossing any of these bridges (except the first, but i’d still do it.)

  16. I ripped my shirt on the rails of the one in Arenal, Costa Rica. The view of the canopy from that far up is stunning, though, and the mesh walkways really give you that much more greenery to view ^_^

  17. cool collection. there are few more kinds of hanging bridges seen in Nepal. due to the wear and tear, they too look and some are really dangerous. applause forthe collection.

  18. I have been on the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. Although it was April, we experienced rain, sleet and snow in a span of 10 minutes, with winds gusting up into the low 30’s. It was a scary trip but we made it across and were rewarded with an absolutely stunning view of the green waves crashing into the sea caves below the bridge, on the mainland side.

    The first rope bridge was built there over 350 years ago by local fishermen to get to the island during the annual salmon run but is now mainly a tourist attraction, due to the lack of salmon returning to the area. The bridge is put up every March and taken down in October or November, depending on the weather. While it is down, the rope bridge is either repaired or, if needed, replaced.

  19. Those are amazing pictures! My favorite is the goats though. The thing is I’m pretty sure they’re probably more sure footed than most of us humans : )

  20. Just a footnote for those who haven’t already been exposed to a certain nation’s bizarre quest for superlatives – take the “world’s longest blah blah blah” on the Malaysian bridge description with a grain of salt.

    The canopy walk isn’t that long (and it’s certainly not dangerous), it’s just that Malaysians are obsessed with claiming world records.

  21. I have been on many of these bridges and would not consider most of what you have pictured to be unsafe. It is still a great collection.

  22. I totally love how the planks in the first one are just sort of wedged between the cables. XD Buuuut the rest of these look pretty damn safe, sorry. What about those half-log bridges with only one railing? Some of the ones I’ve been on are like 6 inches wide, and slippery. They’d have been slightly better candidates, IMO.

  23. Very interesting but only the first one looked really dangerous. Most of the others looked too secure to be scary.

  24. Very interesting… I checked out the youtube video that said it was a video of them crossing . But it was all from one side not even moving on the bridge…

    I think it would be excellent having videos of :a person walking across each of the bridges. From the point of view of the person crossing. Maybe a few angles. One camera pointing ahead straight and one constantly pointing down. That might really take someone there. But you have a great collection here. Thanks for all the hard work!!

  25. owwwwwwwwww what pictures you have compiled. they must be taken with highly innovated camera.
    awesome collection – can’t imagine bridges are so very needed.

  26. My new goal in life is to now cross as many of them as possible. haha Much better than the 100 countries in your life or all 7 continents, be a daredevil cross as many bad bridges as possible. haha

  27. Excellent sellection. One I would add, though its not very long or high is the Steall Bridge in Glen Nevis As the last time I crossed it, it was a plain 3 strand wire bridge without a widened footway, just the steel rope.

  28. loboc bridge and bohol bridge are one and the same.

    for tourists who enjoy shopping there are clusters of little shops that showcase handmade local products found on either end/side of the bridge. it’s pretty stable and far from dangerous.

  29. Only the first bridge looks at all dangerous (If you can’t swim). The rest just look like well-constructed rope-bridges. Not that this isn’t a cool post. It’s nice collection of bridges. 🙂

  30. Imagine having sex on one or more of those bridges. Beats not wearing a condom.
    (Yep some sicko was bound to suggest it. Might as well be me)

  31. the only scary bridge in that collection was the first one… but maybe that’s because i. myself, live in the Philippines… *raises eyebrow*

  32. None of those are really unsafe except the Pakistan and India ones. Hell, some of them are even made from metal. The dirty flip dog had a pretty nice rack going on.

  33. I have been on the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and what always amazes me when I look at pictures of it is how innocent it looks. A mere trifling, a nothing. However, when I was there and I have no particular great fear of heights, it took everything I had to go across. Coming back was no better even though I’d already crossed it once.

  34. These bridges all look very safe and sturdy bar the first one… Seen alot more rickety and more dangerous bridges in Africa. Nice collection though, would love to walk along these bridges…

  35. I have been over the bridge in Ireland. it wasn’t that bad till you got past the rocks, then it was extremely windy. Besides that it was cool, but a rainbow showed up shortly after we got on the island, so, if you’ve been to Ireland you know, we had to book it back to the bus before it poured.

  36. The large majority of these bridges aren’t even the least bit dangerous. Just because they’re hanging does not mean they’re likely to kill you. I mean, the one in Switzerland is made out of f*cking metal. The only ones that look dangerous are the one in Pakistan, the random one in India, and the Kambadaga one. The rest seem perfectly fine.

  37. Some of these bridges look very well maintained. I don’t understand what is dangerous about some of them. Just because they are hanging bridges or so high off the ground, doesn’t mean they are unsafe. Although that one with the goats looks a little steep.

  38. I wouldn’t go over most of those, but the one that’s titled some hanging bridge in India and the one that’s titled some bridge in Philippines, I would have no problem crossing those. Seriously, if you fall, it’s a 4 foot fall into a freakin creek.

  39. Looks to me like someone has a rope bridge phobia. The first one is the only one I really wouldn’t wanna cross.

  40. I’ve been on the Kakum National Park Canopy walkways, and I can vouch for their being exciting! What we don’t see in these photos is that the flooring is aluminum ladders with planks on top of them. They are very bouncy, but don’t swing side-to-side much. It’s the closest most of us will ever get to the canopy of a rain forest. A must-do visit for anyone in Ghana!

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  42. I like how so many people decided to post comments without reading the ones that came before hand… I don’t think OP needs to hear “Only the first one looks scary” from a million different people, lol.

    OP, only the first one looks scary… jk, jk, 😀
    I’ve never been on a suspension bridge.
    But I can imagine that it would be scary whether or not it’s “structurally sound,” especially those that are no wider than a plank or two of wood…
    Either way, thanks for taking the time!

  43. These bridges are all safe…..They have not explored India…speacially the ropeways and yhe one built by indians in Sri lanka after the tsunami

  44. the first one is the only one I’d hesitate to walk on. seriously, all the other ones look well built, i’d walk on that shit no problem.

  45. I’m with Aidan in comment 34 – I’ve been over the Carrick-a-Rede bridge many times myself, and you’d have to try really hard to fall of it. And if you’re going to try that hard, nothing’s going to stop you, is it?

    Gosh, are we breeding a race of litigious, over-insured scaredycats, or what? You may be scared of heights and/or ropes, but that doesn’t logically follow that the bridge is dangerous. Stupidity is the most dangerous thing of all. 🙂

  46. Most of those bridges do not seem so bad. Suspension bridges are not inherently bad unless poorly constructed.

    I’ve been on plenty of 3 wire bridges – 1 wire to stand on and 1 wire either side for balance which are harder (especially with a pack because the top 2 wires are invariably too close together to easily walk through).

    Here is are a couple of fairly tame ones
    http://www.mountainz.co.nz/content/article/nz/picture/290504_aiguillesRouge_3.jpg
    http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/10173662.jpg

    Another not quite so easy to walk across (now gone)
    http://www.waitotaraforests.orconhosting.net.nz/trains3wirebridge.JPG
    There are also many bridges around with 1 or 2 plank base and only 1 handrail.

  47. except for the one in pakistan, the rest don’t look dangerous at all. They might be scary if you have vertigo, but they’re not dangerous. What a sensationalistic title for this post. That’s the quality…

  48. The Jungle-Bridge at Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia might be about 30 meters above the ground, but it is really, really sturdy and safe.

    We actually sat down to have a picnic and drinks up there, because it has such nice views and feels so stable.

    Nonetheless: nice picture collection!

  49. Loboc Hanging Bridge, Philippines and Hanging bridge in Bohol, Philippines is the same bohol is the isalnd loboc the town. I know that, because i have been on the Bridge.

  50. The person who entiteled this “picturedump” with “the most dangerous bridges in the world” is a coward. Except the first one all of these bridges are in a good condition. No reason why they should be dangerous…?

  51. I have to say, except for the first one, all these bridges look totally safe – hardly the most dangerous in the world.

    Take the one in Ireland, for instance – that bridge is taken down during the winter, and reassembled in spring. This means that it isn’t open during dangerous winter months, and provides a tourist attraction in the summer. Hence, due to the large volume of people crossing it, very strict regulations are imposed regarding its safety.

  52. i was actually on that bridge in ireland the view was beautiful though i did have a fat polish lady jumping up and down on the bridge behind me laughing so it was alittle nerve wracking but i highly recommend it to anyone who goes to visit ireland really one of the most beautiful countries ive seen

  53. I have to say the only bridge that I would not cross was the first one. The rest of them didn’t even get a response…

    It was like “Cool…”
    Most of them were actually crafted well, like I said, except for the first one.

  54. See noone else is interested in these LAME bridges…Noone is commenting them.
    Next time do some better research and find something people will actually like.
    Moron…

    🙁

  55. I’ve been reading this awesome site for 2 weeks now. I’ve been impressed tremendously. I applaud. =) Though, this post? I beg to differ. Taman Negara National Park Bridge? In Sarawak, Malaysia? I’ve been there, and indeed I took a shot at the longest canopy walk in the world. It was unimaginably safe, the ‘supporting ropes’ were clearly strong! In fact, they do have an everyday ‘check-the-ropes’ routine. Therefore, it there were to be any damages, if it’s fixable, it would be fixed, and if it was not fixable, then the bridge shall be closed down for a day or two till it’s fixed. Above all, good post! ;D

  56. The country I live have much more dangerous bridges than what I saw in this collection. However much they seems to be dangerous, these bridges still serves the requirements of the indigenous people of the locality.

  57. The are awesome.

    I DON”T understand why they are ‘dangerous’ at all. Is it because people have fallen off them (is there data to support this)?

    The Most Dangerous bridge in the world is actually the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where on average at least one successful suicide happens each week.

  58. plz wel come in nepal to see ghasa bridge ,this is the year of turisuam in nepal 2011, so plz came to see beauty of neture, nepal is one of the most beautyful country in the world

  59. This is a wonderful collection of bridges, beautiful photographs and certainly they live up to the label of dangerous! I love the virtual tour, but I doubt I could ever bring myself to try crossing one of them!

  60. Fantastic blog! These rudimentary suspension bridges are sometimes the only means of access to remote isolated places. The authorities that own or are responsible for them should ensure that they are safe for the users by properly maintaining and repairing them. The one in Pakistan certainly needs attention.

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