TOP 10 SCARIEST ROADS ON EARTH
Car enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike would say that the excitement of driving on challenging roads is worth the risk. Imagine driving on a picturesque route but then suddenly the road narrows like a bottleneck and powerful winds threaten to push your car off the edge! Here we have a compiled list of the most dangerous roads that exist on earth and trying to brave them might as well kill you. These perilous roads around the world will get your blood pounding, so buckle up because you’re in for a wild ride!
NUMBER 10- Stelvio Pass Italy
The Stelvio pass in Italy falls for kilometers in a zigzag pattern. The route is one of the highest passes in the European Alps to drive on. With 48 hairpin curves, it’s not the most dangerous on our list, but it certainly has the most twists and turns. Concentration is essential when driving on this road, so avoid being distracted by the breathtaking Alpine view.
Take your time learning to navigate the winding route with its numerous switchbacks. The Stelvio Pass’s steep hairpins are without a doubt among the most difficult in the world. We recommend that only experienced and competent drivers drive the Stelvio Pass. If you’ve never driven in the Alps before, the Stelvio may be extremely taxing. Especially if it’s your first time in a supercar.
NUMBER 9- Austrian Road Kazakhstan
Located in the Altai mountains of east Kazakhstan, this 37-mile-long route was built during World War I, some time between 1915 and 1917 by Austro-Hungarian prisoners of war and is thus named after them. The route leads drivers from the 990-meter-high Bukhtarma Valley in Eastern Kazakhstan to the 2,137-meter-high Burkatsky Pass.
The shabby path, which was built using picks and shovels, meanders through a national park and provides breathtaking views of the Kara-Koba River. But don’t keep your eyes off this road because run-down bridges are common on this route making it impassable at times. If you’re fortunate enough to attempt a drive with all crossings intact, make sure to check the weather forecast to avoid potentially disastrous landslides, which have been known to strike without notice.
NUMBER 8- Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan
The gorge route, which connects the country’s east and west coasts with hairpin turn, tight passageways, and blind curves is made up of a series of tunnels dug into a mountain along the ‘Taiwanese Grand Canyon.’
A bus failed to ascend a sharp incline on this road in 2012, the driver and 13 tourists were lucky to escape with their lives. Their vehicle rolled rearward, colliding with one of the obstacles, and crashed down a slope, injuring the passengers in the process. The regular earthquakes and typhoons that cause rock falls may also make your journey along this road more difficult.
NUMBER 7- Rohtang Pass, India
This breathtaking path is located in the Himalayan mountains and is one of India’s longest tunnels. It attracts a great number of tourists due to its beautiful scenery. It goes through forests, mountains, and glaciers on its way to the sea. An adventure awaits you on this tour via one of India’s tallest mountains.
This road is 53 kilometers from Manali and is located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas at a height of 3,979 meters above sea level. The Rohtang Pass is normally open from May to November, and traffic jams are common on this route. The road is blanketed in thick snow and slush, making it even more treacherous to drive or ride on. Furthermore, the route is blanketed in deep fog for most of the year, making the driver’s work even more arduous.
NUMBER 6- Engineer Pass, USA
Engineers Pass, at 12,800 feet above sea level, is located in Colorado’s Rockies, a hilly region in the United States.
Avalanches, severe snowfall, and landslides abound, dodging icy spots along the path appear like a walk in the park. A biker tragically died after plunging off the picturesque path. Many of us fantasize about taking an American road trip, but this one is only recommended if you have the expertise and concentration required to navigate this risky route. This is an extremely high route that should not be taken lightly. If there is snow on the road, do not drive. Caution should be exercised at all times, particularly when it is raining. In the event of extreme weather, do not attempt to cross this pass. The season lasts from late May to late October, however, snowfall in the winter can affect when you can travel on this road.
NUMBER 5- Zojila Pass, India
The Zoji La Pass is located 3,528 meters above sea level in the Himalayas. A one-lane track connects the people of Ladakh to the Kashmir Valley, hugging some of the world’s tallest mountains. The long and winding route, which is located within the Himalayan Mountain range, gives an unforgettable experience that will push your limits and put your driving talents to the test.
The fact that the Zoji La Pass is narrow and covered with snow slush for most of the year is one of the primary reasons why it is ultimately an unpleasant and scary route to travel. Zoji La is frequently covered in snow, ranging in depth from 15 to 24 meters, which can take up to two months for the Border Roads Organization in the region to clean. Due to significant snowfall in 2009, clearing operations were unable to avert the need to rescue 350 persons who were stranded on the route. Worse, 11 tourists were killed in 2012 when their vehicle went off the barrier-free pass and dropped into the deep valley.
NUMBER 4- Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
The highest asphalt road in the world, at 4693 meters above sea level. It’s a component of the Silk Road, and it’s famed for its long journey over the range, passing past mountains and glaciers.
The route is one of the most terrifying and hair-raising jeep journeys on the planet. The road’s construction was completed in 1986, following 27 years of continuous drilling and building. During the construction of the roadway, 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese laborers died, most of them in landslides and falls. Rockfall, floods, and earthquakes wreak havoc on the route. Drive carefully, as this mountain road has hairpin curves with the possibility for a steep fall of hundreds of meters on the left side, and a very unstable mountain with a high risk of rockfalls on the right side, especially when it rains. This road is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
NUMBER 3- BAM Road, Russia
The unkempt BAM Road, built as a service road for the Baikal Amur Mainline railway, extends 2,700 miles across eastern Siberia, passing through bogs, damaged bridges, and potholes.
The road is one of the world’s most difficult adventure routes. It’s a true test of both physical and mental stamina. In extreme Siberia, Russia, the BAM road is an old railway service track that runs nearly alongside the railway track. It’s full of everything from shaky old bridges to waist-high river crossings, and it’s miles away from civilization at certain points on the route. The road is primarily unpaved, with broken wooden bridges and harsh weather. When the road is wet, the unpaved areas can become inaccessible. The road is in terrible shape, and navigating it will take a lot of courage. The road has deteriorated, and a number of bridges have collapsed.
NUMBER 2- Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan
Fairy Meadows Road is 10-miles long and rises to 3,300 meters above sea level. This route has no guardrails. Locals carved the route hundreds of years ago and haven’t maintained it since. It begins with the Karakoram Highway and concludes in the Tato hamlet. This dangerous trail, which is scarcely bigger than a 4x4 for a span of 6 uneven kilometers, has taken many lives.
The most hazardous section of the road is a 6-mile climb over an unpaved and uneven road. There are no obstacles to prevent a vehicle from crashing to its death on the cliff. It’s a long drop if you make a single mistake. Because of its ‘treacherous high altitude, unstable, and narrow road,’ it was ranked as the world’s second deadliest roadway in 2013.
NUMBER 1- Yungas Road, Bolivia
The ominously called ‘Death Road’ connects Coroico and La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city, along a 43-mile span. The route’s highest point is 4,650 meters, and drivers will frequently find themselves traversing tight gravel tracks well above cloud level.
Fog, landslides, cascades, and cliffs that drop 610 meters at every turn make driving up or down this 43-mile switchback exceedingly dangerous. The route is rarely more than 3 meters wide, and many crosses mark the graves of individuals who have died there. Until 1994, almost 300 drivers were killed here every year. If that wasn’t awful enough, there are over 200 vertigo-inducing hairpin curves, some with 1,100-meter sheer drops. The most notable occurrence, was a bus that veered into a canyon, killing 100 passengers. This is Bolivia’s deadliest road accident on record.
That’s it for today’s list! Which road terrified you the most? Which one will you be willing to travel on? Let us know in the comment section down below. We will look forward to your responses. Until then Goodbye!