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Most Dangerous Roads In The World.

by Anastasia on April 22, 2009 · 148 comments

in Interesting Facts, Travel

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.

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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.

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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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{ 140 comments… read them below or add one }

tiktak June 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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.

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mike July 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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!

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Raju kumar Ranjan July 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

something roads are most degerous.

Raju & Vishwas.

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Jins July 17, 2011 at 1:28 am

Really dangerous..!!

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saif ahmed August 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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.

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John Boom September 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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)

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Bodhi Minhas September 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

Looks like you haven’t yet seen Manali – Leh HW in India

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kenneth carl September 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

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!

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florencia October 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

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!

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baby rose October 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

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.

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syed hameeduddin quadri February 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

if u want hav that kind of exprns then not a rob 2 tha 2 building and walk on it so u can lov tha journey.

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Mahendra M. Lohar October 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

Beautiful pictures of most dangerous but awsome nature showing . I am delighted.

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ASHOK November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

you have not yet seen leh-manali HW in himachal in INDIA

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Rakesh kumar raut January 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Really beautiful ummmmmmmmmmm.

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syed hameeduddin quadri February 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

my god it seem to b like a death vally great pics.

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raju khan March 23, 2012 at 2:40 am

it seems to be like death vally very dangrous roads pix

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kanna March 29, 2012 at 5:25 am

realy superb places thank to this website

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Jalal Khan July 9, 2012 at 3:32 am

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
Thanks
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Jalal Khan July 9, 2012 at 3:34 am

Welcome to my Dear Frineds and Sir
It is to very dingers roards
Thanks

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Rabindra Subedi ( Nepal ) August 5, 2012 at 4:14 am

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

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Jayendra Gajjar September 21, 2012 at 1:47 am

Good engineering and good work I think who make this highway he is brilliant

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Pankaj February 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

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

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Vinod Sharma July 7, 2013 at 5:05 am

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.

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Railroad Bill October 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

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

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badsha March 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

very dangerous of china tunnel

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Mahendra Lohar March 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

Wonderful Photographs and really dangerous roads.

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