There are several dangerous roads that can make travel both dangerous and exciting. Given below is the list of the top 10 most dangerous roads.
1. Bolivia’s “Road of Death”
North Yungas road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world for motorists. It lies in the Bolivian Andes, 70 km from La Paz to Coroico, and plunges down almost 3,600 meters. It has very narrow hairpin bends and 800-meter abyss near-misses.
2. Russian Siberian Road to Yakutsk
Being the official federal-government highway to Yakutsk, it is the only road which will take you there. During rains it can be very difficult to commute as the usual clay covering makes the road almost impassable.
3. Russian-Georgian “Military” Mountain Roads
The Sukhumi “Military” road in the former Soviet Georgia is another very dangerous road. Lying in the Caucasus Mountains, unless you have great driving skills it will be very difficult to go through this road.
4. Nepal, Tibet & Bangladesh Roads
There are some badly maintained, hair-raising roads in the area which truck and bus drivers have to negotiate with difficulty to get to small villages. A road in Nepal, leading from From Katmandu to Everest Base Camp can be very dangerous indeed.
5. Most Dangerous Tourist Hiking Trail (China)
Traveling through this road can give you a really hair-raising experience. This is a heavy-tourist traffic area in Xian (Mt.Huashan). The hanging wooden planks are a real tourist hike path, which many adventure lovers try to navigate.
6. Magnificent Guoliang Tunnel Road in China
This is another road which can be quite dangerous. It requires a great deal of concentration on driving, as the massive rock walls in many of them can make your travel quite risky. The wall of the tunnel is uneven and consists of at least 30 “windows” of various shapes and sizes. Some windows are square and some are round and are of various lengths and sizes. It can be quite scary to see out from the windows as you can see a seemingly bottomless pit below and cliffs hanging from above. Opposite the tunnel you can also see a village hanging on the precipice.
7. Taroko Gorge Road in Taiwan (Chungheng)
Another one of quite unforgiving roads which has too many tunnels carved in the mountain rock is the Taroka Gorge road.
8. Pasubio (Vicenza), Northern Italy
This is a converted hiking trail and a old road. For its spectacular views, it is the hot favorite among mountain bikers. It also has cool tunnels and provides some hair-raising precipices.
9. Road from Tibet to Nepal: sheer drops
There are many hair-raising drops and twists of the road from Tibet, China (Lhasa) to Nepal (Kathmandu) – The 1000 km long Friendship Highway consists of seven 3500 meters passes, with one pass rising up to 5000 meters.
10.”The Halsema Highway” in the Philippines
The Halsema Highway, also known as the Baguio-Bontoc Road, runs through the Central Cordillera Valley on the island of Luzon in The Philippines. It is approximately 150 miles long and takes about 10 hours to get from Baguio city to Sagada on a nice day. It is known for mud slides, rock slides and buses can be seen going fast through its narrow passage. The road also traverses through some of the lesser known provinces in The Philippines. Several accidents happen here yearly and overturned buses are a common sight. There are also sheer drop offs of over 1000 feet without a guard rail. The roads are also impassable in the rainy season.