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Most Dangerous Roads In The World.

Update: Please also check the second part of Most Dangerous Roads in the World

It’s hard to imagine how many dangerous roads there are. When working on this post I studied about 10 resources to find out that there are over 50 dangerous and scary roads and these are just the most famous we’ve heard of. There are different factors of danger so it’s really hard to say what roads are the most dangerous of all the dangerous roads in the world.

In our post today you will see the roads that are considered the most dangerous and that caught my attention because of the fact that the roads shouldn’t naturally be in those places. What I mean here is that it looks like the Nature has created the borders that shouldn’t be crossed using huge rocks, steep slopes, stones, volcanoes but the human beings were so stubborn that they finally erected the roads and trails, but what we still can’t do is ensure the safety. There’s always the risk that something will happen but the risk has never stopped the human yet.

The North Yungas Road (Road of Death), Bolivia

North Yungas Road also known as the Road of Death is considered the most dangerous road in the world. It stretches for about 40 mountain-hugging miles and is only 10 feet wide.

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Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

The highway is made right on the mountains, it’s high, pretty narrow, cloudy and definitely dangerous. The overall length of the highway is 2,028 kilometers.






Pan American Highway

The Pan American Highway is a network of roads stretching for nearly about 30,000 miles from Alaska to the lower reaches of South America. This is the world’s longest “motorable road,” according to Guinness World Records. Some roads are widely knows by narrow curves, steep cliffs, flash floods and landslides.
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Coastal Roads, Croatia

Compared to the other roads from our post, the coastal roads of Croatia may look childish, but that’s not the case. The coastal roads and the fast-driving Croats that crowd them probably account for more deaths and injuries than accidents associated with unexploded ordinance ever do.






Guoliang Tunnel in Taihang mountains (China)

The name of the tunnel translates from Chinese as the “Road that does not tolerate any mistakes”. First the tunnel was created by the villagers from the remote area of the Taihang Mountains to get a way out to the outside world. Presently the road is 15 feet high and 12 feet wide which is pretty scary for the drivers. The tunnel has 30 windows to enjoy the scenes.
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Halsema Highway, Philippines

Magnificent but dangerous road on the island of Luzon. Apart from the unpaved parts of the roads, landslides and big stones you can be stopped by the clouds.
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Grimsel Pass, Switzerland

Grimsel Pass which is 2165 m. high is a Swiss high mountain pass between the valley of the Rhone River and the Haslital valley. Taking into account you are on a mountain, you can’t expect much safety.

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Taroko, Taiwan

Taroko Mountain is a mountain in Taiwan with an elevation of 3,282 meters and it speaks for itself. Check the photos to get an idea of the little stones that can cross the road.
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Karakoram Highway, Pakistan to China

Karakoram Highway is the highest paved road on the planet connecting Pakistan with China. It’s a popular tourist route, with motorists stopping to view K2 and other stratosphere-scraping peaks from the pavement.
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Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

The Canyon road is carved from schist rock and travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in the New Zealand. That’s a narrow and unsealed road about 22 km long. Rental car companies warn clients not to take their cars on this dramatic and at times terrifying road which branches off the Coronet Peak ski field road.
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150 thoughts on “Most Dangerous Roads In The World.

  1. Some of these roads indeed seem very dangerous and yet I can imagine how beautiful it was to travel on some of these roads on good weather. I have had a few experience when I was traveling in the mountainous region in the Philippines when I traveling from Davao City to Dipolog. There was once when we were traveling at night in the mountain and it was so foggy that we can hardly see more than a metres ahead of the van. And in one part of the journey, our van’s wheel got stuck in the mud but luckily we had so helping hands to get us out. 🙂

    It was dangerous experience but memorable one.

  2. quite honestly ive driving through the rocky mountains in B.C. (thats in canada eh :P) plenty of times, and these roads dont seem that much worse to me… some seem like they even have less wildlife around, which to me is a big plus

  3. Jebus, just the thought of driving (my motorcycle) on any of these roads would put fear into my heart as I approach each turn, thinking “the person coming the other way doesn’t know I’m coming and could be taking advantage of the full width of the road.”

  4. If the Road of Death in Bolivia is the one I’m thinking of it is absolutely terrifying! Some companies take groups on mountain bikes down it and the day I went there was a think fog and the only way you knew if there was traffic coming was if they were kind enough to keep beeping their horns for you! You were riding next to sheer cliff drops and to top it off a bus had rolled down the side a couple of weeks earlier and you could see the wreckage once the fog had cleared! Huge adrenalin rush to do it even if it was a bit stupid!

  5. i loved these pictures very much. its interesting as they show peoples attempted to visit other places in the world. and because they needed to trade to survive. It means making roads regardless of danger. maybe fear for survival overwhelms the fear of heights. Or maybe because these people already live with heights all their lives they have zero fear.
    oh well keep up the good work. kind Regards Dean Bradford (England)

  6. I guess now I will take the ferry to Bela Coola, BC and drive up “the Hill.”

    After seeing these roads, the hill doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

    1. We drove “the hill” twice, up and down, with our motorhome and did not even realise it. For us Swiss, it is nothing.

  7. I have seen some roads such as these in southern Mexico, Guatemala and Especially Honduras. I was on a bus trip going up to see the Mayan ruins: Copan. People actually screamed a couple of times.

    The west coast road going down Baja California is also in the league. But bar none, the scarriest road I have ever been on is the one winding, down, down to Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

  8. I was scared in a car on the Skippers Road! The land is unstable and you may come around a corner to find that lots of pieces of rock have fallen down. There are vertical drops to the Shotover River below. It’s one lane wide and was built between 1883 and 1890 to improve access for miners. It’s the only 19th century road in New Zealand that has never had a major upgrade!

    1. indeed..
      parts of it are more dangerous/isolated/oxygen less/paved with ice (not snow) with waterfalls making there way through the road and a cold sand desert without any directions n much much more !!

    2. Yes indeed. The traveller on the Manali-Leh highway is subject to extreme changes in weather, flash floods, devastating mudslides, frequent rockfall, road collapse and low oxygen levels, which can have extraordinary effects on engine function.

  9. just curious, but these are the worlds most dangerous roads, and such, what about the freaking 400 serious of highways in canada? thousands of deaths and injuries are from these highways, especially the 404. Love the photo’s and gorgeous scenery.

  10. Taroko Gorge isn’t that dangerous. I live in Taiwan, and I’ve been up plenty of narrow, hardly-exists-at-all-because-of-typhoons-and-earthquakes roads on my motorbike in my time. Taroko Gorge is actually kept in good repair by the government, which is something that can’t be said for plenty of other mountain roads here.

  11. Sadly, we were on the road from Sichuan to Tibet and saw a mini van turned upside down, the roof was totally ripped off and the weight of the van was resting on the backs of the seats. That far out there was no medical service or anything. It had obviously happened right before our own mini van drove past the scene. Scary roads out in China.

  12. Well, Croats do drive quite fast but if you don’t like those coastal roads, you always have alternative – excellent highway network (both the scenery and technology).

    Funny thing is that those roads are exactly the same as any other Mediterranean coastal roads (Spain, France, especially Italy) and Italians drive even faster (especially south of Italy).

    Another interesting thing about driving in Croatia: official highway speed limit is 130 km/h.

    However, there is no fine for driving up to 156 km/h. Here is the math:
    156 km/h measured speed
    – 10% (or 10 km/h, whichever is greater) tolerance 16 km/h = 140 km/h
    – 10 km/h – (no fine for +10 km/h outside city limits) – 130 km/h
    Police will not stop you for this speed at all.

    If you are ready to face the 300 Croataian kuna fine (40 EUR / 53 USD), you may do more:
    that’s for 30 km/h over the limit:
    178 km/h measured speed -10% (18 km/h) gives you 160 km/h – 30 km/h over the limit.

    For 500 Kuna (67 EUR / 88 USD) you may do 200 km/h – tolerance 20km/h – gets you to 180 km/h and that’s 50 km/h over speed limit.

    Do not go past that speed since fines get harsher and you may get ban on driving in Croatia.

    1. Agree about Turkey. I drove from Assos to Behramkale last year. It’s only about 2-3 kms but a narrow road, sheer drops into the ocean and no guard rails make for a fearful drive. Beautiful scenery too.

  13. Undoubtedly you will get the “hey, what about this road?” comments.

    There are almost certainly other roads which are even more dangerous… this list can’t be comprehensive. Maybe if you want to keep everyone happy this could be re-titled “The Most Dangerous Roads In The World That More Than A Couple People Know About”. 🙂

    In any case, it’s a fun collection – thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your comment, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that these and only these roads are most dangerous. I’ve explained why I have chosen these ones in the very beginning of the post 🙂

  14. i think we should just admire the post, because I have not seen such roads before and I am sure many people who visited this post have not seen this many dangerous roads in one place…..keep up the good work Anastasia

  15. Wow! I got car sick just looking at these! Love the tunnel road but no way in hell would I ever drive it! Nice job, very entertaining.

  16. The most dangerous/difficult roads and you do not have Ladakh! You have obviously never been to India and have never heard why people travel all the way from Europe, Americas and Australia (Mind you, I’m not mentioning Indians at all among the visitors yet!) to India to make this road trip! Or should I call it a pilgrimage! Manali to Leh. That’s the route. In the heart of Himalayas, and from first hand experience I can tell you, the most incredible and most dangerous trip you’ll ever make. Google it, check it out for yourself!

  17. Indeed creepy. There is a road in Arizona that hugs the side of nearly sheer cliff for several miles on either side of river. I drove it several years ago in a truck camper. Several miles down, bridge over the river and then several miles back up again. My wife stayed in the camper so she would not have to watch.

    Also, even though these are scary and dangerous I don’t think they are any worst than many of the freeways in America. At least on these roads you don’t have to deal with 18 wheelers tailgating you at 70 MPH. I would like to know the death rate per miles driven compared to the highway I drive to work everyday. I bet mine is more than any of these.

    1. I think you are referring to Fossil Creek Rd. in Arizona- Beginning in Strawberry, continuing through Fossil Creek and ending on HWY 260 to Camp Verde. This is a very rocky, dangerous dirt road, only about 12 feet wide in some areas, hugging cliffs for about 20 miles. It is said that this was used as a backroad for bootlegging during the prohibition and if you peer over the cliffs, you can see some 1920s/30s cars still stuck in the canyons because they are too dangerous to remove. Its a beautiful but terrifying drive. Fossil Creek is one of the most incredible wildnerness areas in the state, so it’s worth it!

      1. Oh my Lord – I thought I was going to have a hard attack on that drive to Fossil Creek! It was a beautiful place what I saw because we were actually camping in the Payson area. We didn’t realize the trip was as long as it took. However, I will never see what I missed. The ride was too terrifying for me.

  18. I just hope that each driver is always considerate of what could be around the next corner! This is so scary but, man!, the views look like they are worth it. I would take a freakin’ bicycle if I had to go on any of these roads!

  19. Heyy check out the one between Les Angles until just north west of perpignan in france. that was scaryy. the road was one laned, but not one way, cliff face either side, with road crumbing away at some points. my dad decided to go down it at about 20 miles an hour. still too fast, and my mum was shrieking in the front seat. super bendy road too. Id say worse than the ones above :S

  20. I ride the Panamerican highway all the time here in Argentina. I have driven extensively in Croatia, Mexico and Italy, but the road from La Paz to Coroico -#1- was absolutely insane. My friend Guidotti and I were fighting each other to drive the old 4 Suzuki 4×4 rental, back in 1992. It took us over an hour to realise that the upwards going trucks have priority and always drive closest to the mountain regardless of the valley being on your left or right! Missing in the pictures: the dozens of white crosses, in memory of just “average”· drivers who dared.

  21. Scariest moment of my life had to be visiting my uncle in Croatia – he decided to take us on a road trip to the National Park – a 4 hour drive each way. Coupled with the fact that we spent most of the day traipsing around the park and looking at all the waterfalls, my uncle was exhausted by the time we started on the 4 hour drive home – I could visibly see his eyes drooping in the rear vision mirror as he hurtled along the Croatian coastal roads at speeds of over 100km/hr, but I was a terrified timid 12 year old, and didn’t speak nearly enough Croatian to try and give him some advice. Instead I asked to stop every 20 minutes or so for a restroom break in the hope that he would splash some water on his face or wake up a little. It was traumatic. I still get chills from that memory these days when I visit Croatia and take to the roads.

  22. 2 Mahniti Tapir: Well, it’s not like that any more. We still drive fast, but not as fast as we used to. I usually drive around 160km/h on the highway, and around 100km/h on the open road. This days there are too much police controls, so you can’t put a pedal to the metal. 🙂
    2 dangermouse: To which national park did you go to? The roads are fine, but your uncle war irresponsible.

    What about German autobahns?
    As for Croatian coast roads: They are beautiful, but old, ruined and being replaced by highways.

  23. Sorry but the Grimsel Pass road in Switzerland is a ridicolous entry. There are many pass roads in Switzerland going high through the alps, but Grimsel is one of the easiest ones. The road is wide and is well protected. It has very nice view on the top, towards the dam lake, and there is a very small road (access every hour) that lets you drive a bit further (that part is more dangerous). I have not driven any of the other roads you mention, but Grimsel pass road would not even make it into the top 10 most dangerous roads in Switzerland.

  24. WHEN DO WE GO?!?


  25. I still think the road to Hana should make this list. It’s really scary, I’ve driven on it. Not such a fun time lol. One part is considered so dangerous that they close it off and it’s labeled “restricted” but many people ride on it still…

  26. Spectacular roads! I drove the Philippine one back in 1985, beautiful views and hardly any traffic.
    Obviously there are many other candidates which may be more or less well known. The road in northern Afghanistan through the Salang tunnel, if only for the lack of oxygen; the coast road from Tripoli to Benghazi in Libya; for the stupidity of the drivers etc. etc. etc.
    But this is a great list and very well illustrated.

  27. If you want danger then you ought to try the A23 through Brixton anytime after sunset, preferably on foot.

  28. For sheer loss of property, injury and death I would like to submit the Pacific Coast Highway – 10 miles south of and 20 miles north of Malibu, California, USA.

    1. Amen! Plus scenic beauty, too. Don’t forget “Deadman’s Curve” on the same highway, about ten miles north of Corona on the same road. An optical illusion makes it appear to be banked for 90 mph, but actually it is FLAT, or even banked the wrong way a bit. You can imagine the results. Locals obey the speed limit signs, but there are SO MANY visitors!

  29. What about the “Brooklyn Queens Express Way” in NYC? Plenty of fast driving cabbies, semi’s and rogue scooters littered with pot holes making any other roadway look like a cake walk.

  30. Lol.I used to always drive on the BQE.terrible roads that need to be fixed.I’m a truck driver so I’m 1 of those semis flying down the road.I live in puerto rico now and thesemountain roads are hardly big enough for1 lane nevermind 2.beautiful pics should take pictures of the ice roads.only roads that can drown

  31. I love that tragic roads in the entire globe, i have already seen pakistan china way most dangerous rout when ever you drive that road you feel very happy, thanks for free journey through this web .

  32. There is a road section between Muramvya Turn-Off to Bujumbura City in Burundi. If you have never seen “flying bicycles” loaded with chunks of bananas cruising downhill, please come here, or just read the book “A Biograpgy of a Little Country Burundi by Nigel WATT”…he explains the dangerous aspects of this road.

  33. I never have been on those roads, but by seeing the pics only we can imagine how danger those roads are. I would like to see a documentry on these roads if its there.

  34. i really loved lookin at all the roads not only would i love to drive on them it would be fun also to ride horse up and down them!!! thanks so much nancy whitlock

  35. WOW nice pics ^^ i have a rather ironic story, this is when i was in Tanzania driving from Arusha to Mwanza (africa btw -.-) this road was huge, like 6 metres wide, it was rocky but flattend for cars to cross since its not used oftenly, and stretches for 60 kms with no curves, so everyone tends to go upto the speed limit of 120 km/h its was pitch black but luckily we rented a land cruiser with spot lights, after driving for around 30 mins i got used to it and i was pretty much laid back, next thing you know the road ends with a tight curve to the right…did not hit the brakes because it wud slide on tht surface and braking would not allow me to turn and most probably end up in the trees ahead, as i turned the steering to a full right we skid but dodged the edge of the path because the grip caught the road tht started at the end of the curve, if there was no road who knows where we wud’ve skidded to….

  36. I’ve seen a lot of these roads before and some of them I haven’t. Each road has at least one photo I haven’t seen before. And each road definitely has a better description than I’ve come across in other places. Thanks for the interesting post!

  37. Hi I am from India and we also have some roads showns here but I would love to go on this Roads and Live the life as I am very much passionate of driving and one day i will drive one of this road

  38. A year ago I got to travel on the Halsema Highway. It had sections that were so steep that we ended up wearing the brakes down to nothing on the van we were in. Down shiffting to slow us down the whole way back to the house.

  39. The most dangrous road of the world is.. Manali – Leh Highway and Shrinagar – Leh Highway… Really unbeatable.. Unmatchable….

  40. I love long, winding, adventurous roads! These photos are great. In 1968, a friend and I drove on the Pan American highway from the U.S. down to Lima, Peru. It was an adventure. In Colombia and Equador, in particular, some portions of the highway were like a cowpath … muddy, rocky and almost undriveable. If I were young, I’d do it again.

  41. the dalton highway is deadly
    25 men dead each year. i drive it in winter went it get down to 75 below. you might think its dangerous because of the ice but in summer its dangerous to.
    i have drove the dalton for 20 years, and drove over 2 million on tarmac. trucking is dangerous.
    thanks martin headly

  42. Thanks for such informative posts. I suggest, u should also include the roads of Nepal, a tiny mountaineering country of south asia. Thanks

  43. The indian highways have not been included. There are narrow roads cut into mountains, much like China. However, there is two way traffic on these roads, and the road claims 30 deaths per year.

  44. As someone already said, Grimselpass is not a dangerous road.
    It’s always at least 4.5 m wide (that’s 2 cars + 50 cm). Road surface is perfect and well maintained (this is Switzerland!), there are places to enjoy the view, hotels / restaurants.
    This is a road for normal tourists, not risk takers because there isn’t much risk, as long as you drive properly (never quicker than you can see, behind curves, etc.)

    I know other roads in Switzerland that are REALLY dangerous, and the most-known “Pässe” (Grimselpass, Furkapass, Sustenpass, …) don’t go in that list.

  45. I traveled the length of Skippers road by motor bike in 1960. I was young and crazy then. Perhaps Skippers has improved since then but it was pretty tough going at that time. I just made it back from where I started when my lights failed. I was told I was insane to do it but it was worth it!

  46. These roads are dangerous in the sense that they’re high or steep. But not in terms of actual fatalities. These roads don’t see much traffic so in the sense of fatalities they’re pretty tame.

  47. Most of the fatal accidents are due to speed and recklessness, not only due to the roads themselves. That being said, you really have to be carefull and go slow on these, wow scary to just look at. If you had a good 4×4 you can take these roads, just go slow, put your lights on and say a prayer to your gods and you will be alright, (but scared)

  48. there is no dangerous roads and hi-ways if we are all alert and patient drivers. if only one who took care of driving and the other’s doen’t, then it is no use…. so pls…. always, ingat! take care!

  49. oh my God I want to see if this pictures are all real because its to hard to build a way in that kind of place. I am always thinking how did they made it! especially in the top of the mountain its to scary and cold!

  50. omg i want to walk than to have a ride in that kind of creepy way but it makes me amaze to see a very dangerous kind of place because if you try to pass. its like you pass your death and i want to have that kind of experience.

  51. Thanks for your comment, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that these and only these roads are most dangerous. I’ve explained why I have chosen these ones in the very beginning of the post

  52. Thanks for bring us such a dangerous road across the world which is very very scare to watch also

  53. I think if they think reconsider this…… they must see road between Tezpur & Tawang (INDIA) . even they see in google maps i am quiet sure your idea will change about the roads i.e about the dangerous road to drive on

  54. While featuring world most dangerous roads you have forgotten to mention few roads of Uttrakhand hills in India. Road to Tiuni from Haripur via Icchadi dam is extremely dangerous and highly accident prone.

  55. They are beautiful.I would love to ride them all on my bike if I only had a sponsor. BMW I have had 5-6 of your bikes going back to 65. How about this for an ad. I will ride all the roads on my first BMW an R69s with Earls front forks and do it again on my 2012 R1200GS or a NEW 1014 1200 GS maybe a 600 or 800 GS for comparison. Step up to the plate and lets show the world what a 58 year old man with abou8 damaged discs and spinal injuries can do. Note: No injuries were from riding. Everyday new youngsters will take bikes and do the longest wheelies on the front or rear wheel. But your buyer is 40 plus and stays loyal to the brand. They also rack up miles of touring though out the world, they do not ride a quarter mile at a time. You sponsor and I will ride anywhere in the world you can reach me at my email or Max BMW, Troy NY USA

  56. Its amazing photos I will wish to tour one of them one day should I get a sponsor for travel expenses.Wonderfull man made bridges and roads.Bravo for roads engineers and constructions works.

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