I Crossed One of the World’s Most Dangerous Bridges

The Hussaini Suspension Bridge: A precarious rope bridge in Northern Pakistan

Sharika Hafeez
Globetrotters

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The Hussaini Suspension Bridge (Photo by Sharika Hafeez)

Joy rides are not for me. Joy rides do not give me joy — they give me nausea.

But if you ask me to bungee jump from a steep cliff face or zip line from one mountain ridge to another or cross one of the most dangerous bridges in the world? Now I’m listening.

Hunza is not just breathtaking landscapes and lush meadows and jagged peaks and dangerous mountain passes, as I wrote in my previous story — Hunza is also a place for adventure seekers.

From zip lines to cable cars to bungee jumping to nerve-wracking suspension bridges, you’ll discover a plethora of activities that’ll have adrenaline coursing through your veins, and have you re-evaluating your life choices.

The Hussaini Suspension Bridge is a thin strip of wooden planks — spaced wide apart — strung together by metal ropes, connecting two faces of the Karakoram Range. This makeshift bridge sways ominously above the raging waters of the River Hunza, which, in the summers, becomes doubly dangerous as the glaciers melt and the water levels rise.

To get to the Hussaini bridge, you need to pass through the Karakoram Highway, a dangerous mountain pass that…

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Sharika Hafeez
Globetrotters

Writer. Physics student. Under the inky-black sky, with a steaming cup of chai in my hands, I watch the stars and I write.