A study says about 1.3 million people are dying in road accidents every year. The WHO (World Health Organization) has declared 2011-2021 is; “A decade of action for road safety”. But we can prevent many accidents by better driving.
Still some roads are dangerous to travel (hairpin bends, sheer mountain drops, roads through war zones); even though we are driving very carefully. It act as a great challenge for drivers to test their skills and courage.
I have researched many of these roads and compiled our top 6 lists of most dangerous roads in the world.
Most Dangerous Roads In The World
1. North Yungas Road, Bolivia:
Did you know? The other name of this road is “Road of Death” in Bolivia. According to the Inter-American Development Bank and Association for Safe International Road Travel the North Yungas Road is the “world’s most dangerous road”. It is estimated that 200-300 people per year was dying on this road.
See the given below images to know how much this road is dangerous to drive:
The North Yungas road is about 40 miles long and it stretches between the capital city of La Paz to the town Corico in the Yungas jungle region.
This road is amongst the few that connect the Northern Bolivia to the Amazon rainforest region. It was built-in 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners of war.
The road has many cross marking symbols which indicate where the vehicles have fallen. The weather condition also would not support for driving on this road. The dust, rain and fog reduce the visibility and due to that many accidents are occurring on this road.
In the year 2006, (after 20 years of construction) a new road (a by-pass) from La Paz to Coroico was constructed. This new route features includes drainage, bridge, pavement, guardrails, multiple lanes and many other elements that make it quietly safe than the original route.
As a result, currently the original North Yungas Road is used by only few people. Still many of the adventure travelers are often using this road for the thrills. If you too would like to tease the death, then this is the road for you.
2. Halsema Highway, Philippines:
The Halsema Highway is situated in Philippines that connects Baguio city to Sagada. It is the only way to reach Sagada (a popular tourist spot in Philippines). The Halsema Highway is about 150 miles long and takes nearly 10 hours to reach the Sagada from Baguio City.
The rock falls, landslide, mud slides are common on this route and this makes the road very dangerous along with the fog and the nonexistence of guard rails. The roads on this highway are extremely narrow and unpaved with many steep drop offs. Lack of safety rails to protect the travellers at high altitudes is one of the big reasons to consider this as a “most dangerous road in the world”.
Currently many safety measures and devices are installed on this road and due to that the number of accidents occurring on this road are reduced. Still, while you are driving on this route you must be cautious and well prepared to face anything.
3. Guoliang Tunnel Road, China:
This road is located in the Taihang Mountains inside the Hunan Province of China. A small village is located on this mountaintop, far away from the modern civilization. This road was built by the villagers; it has an inspiring story.
Before the 1972, people reach this village only by walk through the valley surrounded by many steep cliffs. This was the only way to connect the village to the outside world. So, the villagers decided to build a road by themselves. For that they dig a tunnel through the rocky cliff.
It was led by Shen Mingxin, the head of the village. The people in the village sold their goats and herbs to purchase the steel tools and hammers. Thirteen strong villagers initiate this project after 5 years of hard-working they successfully finished. It is 13 feet wide, 16 feet tall and a mile long.Sadly, many villagers are perished during the construction of this road.
Later, the Chinese government invested the money to make this road into a drivable one. On May 1, 1977 this tunnel was opened to the traffic and now it is the popular tourist attraction in China. However, driving on this road during rainy season is very dangerous.
The Guoliang Tunnel Road has more than 30 windows and they are uneven in their shape. Some are square, some are round. It is frightening to look down from the windows.
4. Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China:
The reason why I’m included this road on “most dangerous road in the world” list is; it has a record of over 7,500 deaths for every 100,000 drivers. It has many avalanches, rock slides and poor weather conditions.
Sichuan-Tibet Highway is between Tibet (west) and Chengdu and has 1,500 miles long. It was built-in April 1950 and was opened to the public on December 25, 1954.
Due to the long distance traveled and the altitude changes you can enjoy the beautiful changing scenery, from the warm spring to the cold and snowy winter. This Sichuan-Tibet highway extends across 14 high mountains and many famous rivers which include Dadu River, Jinsha River, Lantstang River and Nujiang river.
5. Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan:
The road is at the Nanga Parbat mountain, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 26,660 feet. It is a best place who want to enjoy the beauty of nature, for photographers and hikers. But getting to the Fairy Meadows Road is a great obstacle which prevents many people from enjoying the view.
The dangerous part of the road up to Fairy Meadows involves a narrow 6-mile ascend on an unpaved and uneven road. No barriers are their to prevent a vehicle from falling off the cliff and into the gorge.
6. Trollstigen Road, Norway:
This mountain is located in Rauma, Norway and has sharp turns, steep inclines and narrow roads. It is so dangerous that the government prohibits vehicles over 39 feet long to travel on this road. The Trollstigen connects Andalsness in Rauma and Valldal in Norddal.
This road is very busy during the tourist season; about 2,500 vehicles pass on this road daily particularly on that season due to that many accidents are occurred on this road.
However, this road is closed during the winter and spring because of heavy snow. It took nearly 8 years to build and opened in 1936 by King Haakon VII. Since the road is very narrow, steps have been taken to wide them. At the top of the mountain, there is a large parking place which allows the visitors to leave their cars and walk for about 10 minutes to view a balcony which overlooks the road with its bends and the Stigfossen waterfall.
Have you traveled on any of these most dangerous roads in the world? If yes is your answer, do share your experience with us via comments.