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Most Dangerous Roads In The World. Part 2.

by Anastasia on May 15, 2009 · 47 comments

in Architecture, History, Interesting Facts, Nature, Photos, Travel

Thanks to all your comments for the first post we decided to present you the second part of Most Dangerous Roads In The World. Mostly it includes the roads that you have suggested as well as other well known and popular dangerous roads. Have a great time checking these!

Russian Siberian Road to Yakutsk

You might have seen photos of this road earlier. This is the only one road connection Yakutia to the Russian Federation and it’s length is about 1235 km. They also call this road “Lena” because of the river nearby. One can drive this road in winter only, starting spring and because of the rains the road becomes impossible to drive. The tragedy you see on pics below happened in September of 2006, when over 700 cars got stuck on the 10 kilometers segment of this road. People were left out of water, food and warm clothes for several days. This road was still not rebuilt and there’s a possibility the catastrophe will repeat.

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Lysebotn Road – Norway

Lysebotn is a village of the municipality of Forsand at the Lysefjord in Rogaland county in the southwest of Norway. Nearby is the road Lysebotnvegen.

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Cotopaxi Volcan road – Ecuador

Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. There have been more than 50 eruptions of Cotopaxi since 1738. Numerous valleys formed by powerful lahars surround the volcano. This poses a high risk to the local population, their settlements and fields.

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Manali-Leh Highway in India

The Leh-Manali Highway is a highway in India connecting Leh and Manali. It is open only between June and mid-September when snow is cleared from the road by the Border Roads Organisation. It connects the Manali valley to Kullu valley, Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh.

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Zoji La Pass in India

Zoji La is a high mountain pass in India, located on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. It provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 metres and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. It is often closed during winter.

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The road to Zanskar in India

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Roads in Ladakh, India

Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south. Ladakh is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the area. It’s renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture.

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The road to Chang La in India

The Changla Pass (el. 5425 m.) is a high mountain pass in India. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changtang Plateau situated in the Himalayas.

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Khardung La Pass, India

Khardung La Pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Built in 1976, it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organization, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry essential supplies to the Siache.

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“Sea & Sky” Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler, Canada

This highway doesn’t look dangerous but it is and the views above are magnificent. Thanks for this suggestion in comments to Most Dangerous Roads part 1.

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Stelvio Pass Road, Alps, Italy

The original road was built in 1820-25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1871 m. Since then, the route has changed very little. Its sixty hairpin turns, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones, are a challenge to motorists.

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“Los Caracoles” Pass in Andes

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The road from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean May 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm

What you have listed as “Sea & Sky” highway in British Columbia, Canada is actually the “Sea to Sky” highway.

Also, check out British Columbia provincial highway 20 (the Bella Coola highway). 11km of switchbacks in the Bella Coola valley at a maximum grade of 18%. Amongst various other long climbs and descents. Road was built by volunteers in the 1950s, as the gov’t refused to.

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jenn September 25, 2011 at 5:25 am

hahhaahhhaaaa any highway i canada does not even slightly compare roads in INDIA or NEPAL or other insane countries. its cute the 18% grade you claim ;)

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harley May 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm

i think these things are to scary>> and that they should be fixed

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Jess May 20, 2009 at 7:40 am

You forgot the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii…I lived there for a few years and it definitely falls under this category….waterfalls flowing into the road, many one lane bridges, and you have to make a turn every 10 seconds for like an hour….so deadly!

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Betty August 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Jess,

I’ve driven the road to Hana on Maui and agree that it’s very narrow with lots of twists and turns, It also has some of the most spectacular scenery on this earth and truly isn’t all that “dangerous” if the driver is paying attention to driving rather than sightseeing ;-)

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Scott May 22, 2009 at 9:01 am
Atul Verma May 31, 2009 at 7:16 am

Hey guys you should have a look at the road that connects siliguri to darjeeling and trust me this one would send a chill to your spine if you travel once through this road .

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Michael Driver June 2, 2009 at 10:56 pm

in the last photo I noticed bicyclists. what are they doing on such a dangerous road? it’s bad enough dealing with them on streets and highways, much less on one of these roads. if they want their own lanes let them pay road taxes like motorists do.

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Alex June 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm
Bruno June 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Omg. You need to drive very very slow or it is right off the cliff on any of these roads if you don’t pay attention.

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luco June 20, 2009 at 6:06 am

Damn, really short sighted news, where are the portuguese roads? :D

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Michael June 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

What about the Belt Parkway Brooklyn NY ??

That has to be one of the most dangerous roads.

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J. Rungaitis June 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Magnificant photos. Niece will be on the Khardung La hwy.

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Ken Pork July 3, 2009 at 6:23 am

Aaaggghhh! My teeth!

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Prakash July 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Amazing and dangerous roads! creates shiver in my body.

Thanks for sharing….

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jones August 2, 2009 at 5:12 am

you havent listed the road in the cordillera mountain ranges in the philippines. there are a lot of dangerous roads there. you will notice that it may even surpassed some of the posted roads here. main features, one lane road, landslide, washout part of the road, deep ravines, water falls……

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james October 5, 2009 at 6:52 am

here also u missed naduvahi churam in ooty in tamil nadu, which have 36 hair pin bends

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james October 5, 2009 at 6:53 am

you havent listed the road in the naduvahi churam in ooty in tamil nadu,india . which have 36 hair pin bends

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anshul chandra January 12, 2010 at 1:39 am

well…. you missed the Hindustan-Tibet Highway in Kinnaur, Himachal(India)

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Nepal Travel January 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

i have travel must of district of nepal. we can see this type of bridge every where in nepal.

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Fadhil January 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

did you know about Pantura (northen coast of java island highway in Indonesia)? it seems not dangerous at all. but, don’t drive on there unless you’re a pro driver. because there are so many crazy truck and bus driver.

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kartikeya February 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

awseome

would like to try atleast one of these roads

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Fazeed April 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

some of these places looks interesting for dirt bike rallying but what i notice is wouldn’t of it be easier to make the roads straight without all these swirls ????

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Clarkson May 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

“You forgot the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii…”

um, no. That is nothing compared to these. Not-even-close.

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rahul June 4, 2010 at 4:49 am

amazing

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varun January 18, 2011 at 4:11 am

go the road btween wayanad and calicu the worlfs dangerous route

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Mohmed August 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

Mmm interesting……

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johnhansda August 6, 2010 at 11:44 am

I like this collection…more so becoz 3 of us had done the Manali-leh,leh-changla-Pangong tso,Leh-Khardung la-Nubra,Leh-Zojila Paas(1st time and that too in pitch black night)-Srinagar..!!All the pics above brings back the thrills of the journey..and our was not a 4X4 ..but jus a humble FORD FIESTA..!!

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Anne August 10, 2010 at 3:42 am

India’s roads are pretty much dangerous according to the pictures i saw…Oh My gosh! i don’t think i will drive my car there…not even once…

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Rohit September 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

very danger road in india

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kailash tour October 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

wow, wonderful collection. such a great pics.

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TM January 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Awesome site! Thanks for putting together all these images. What about for Part 3 pics of dangerous roads due to hostiles?

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Niteesh Sharma March 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

i have travel must of district of nepal. we can see this type of bridge every where in nepal.
vry interesting road.

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Kent Knudsen September 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

Just came back from a group-trip to Ladakh/Leh in the India Himalayas. One guy Ingvar from the group did a bicycle-trip from Leh City to the Khardungla pass in 5600 meters. He got dizzy 14 km from the top and had to be driven the rest. But he did bicycle all the way down from the top.

Pictures are in this link – https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/16066400/1/Ingvar-cykeltur?h=8e91f9

Enjoy

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manish verma October 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

I like this collection…more so becoz 3 of us had done the Manali-leh,leh-changla-Pangong tso,Leh-Khardung la-Nubra,Leh-Zojila Paas(1st time and that too in pitch black night)-Srinagar..!!All the pics above brings back the thrills of the journey..and our was not a 4X4 ..but jus a humbl royel enfield.

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Sandeep Sahu November 16, 2011 at 3:12 am

A new road in Ladakh, India has opened into the Zanskar valley in October 2011. It crosses Singe La (Pass) at an altitude of 5070m and is definitely scary with multiple hairpins and steep gradients with no tarmac. Our vehicle was the first ever to cross over in snow to provide desks and chairs to a school in Lingshed village across the pass. Please go to “Mission Julley” page on Face Book for pictures

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Vahid November 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

U also missed way to Mount Abu road in Rajasthan

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Fernando Melo November 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm
Samrat Chaudhari December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Impressed, Nice Photos ………..

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Matt March 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

Would love a map of the worlds most dangerous roads, that way I could “not” accidentally book a bus on one of them!

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jeyaraj April 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

Do not afraid. There are good roads in India

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RajkumarTomar June 30, 2012 at 5:43 am

I Like the World’s dangerous Roads. There are in India many dangerous roads.
I like travelled in dangerous roads.

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Gino's August 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

Hi,
I’m Italian and I don’t consider “Stelvio pass road” as a dangerous road..
There is a good pavimentation, guardrails along the entire route and also in winter is cleaned from the snow. In my opinion is a very safe mountain road.
In Italy there are many other roads more dangerous than “Stelvio pass”.

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Glenn February 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Just drove Hawaii’s infamous ‘saddle road’, and also the Highway to Hana. Although always included in scary roads lists, neither held a candle to “Kahekili Highway” on Maui’s northwestern rim. How could I have known that the rental car contract would be voided by my driving it? No signs warned me to turn back as this 4 lane highway crept upwards into a 2 lane road. Not 500ft beyond, into a single lane for two way traffic. Up and up crept this ever narrowing donkey trail of rubble along sheer cliff walls ranging from 400-600 ft. Having encountered other white-knuckled tourists creeping in the opposite direction, I was twice forced to back slowly up to an area were our cars could pass, mine an inch from the sheer rock wall, theirs inches from a deadly plummet. I’ve driven plenty of sketchy roads, but this one still gives me the shivers recalling it. When I finally made it down the 18th mile onto the other side, my hands and arms were sore from gripping the wheel so tightly. Not surprisingly, my google search turned up numerous deaths on this guardless, crumbling, “highway”. The views? To die for.

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