10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World: A Guide to Hair-Raising Highways

Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan

We are fortunate in the West that, for the most part, we get to drive on roads that have road markings, traffic circles, lights, and road signs. However, not all countries have features designed to keep us safe. An online post asks motorists to share the worst roads they have ever experienced. So here are some of the most dangerous roads you would be best avoiding around the world.

1. North Yungas Road, Bolivia

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

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Nicknamed by locals “Camino de la Muerte,” this 70-mile stretch of the muddy, unguarded, unpaved mountain pass can be fatal. The road linking La Paz to Coroice in Bolivia has claimed many lives with “over 200 hairpin turns” and a 1000-meter drop into the valley below.

The Road of Death in Bolivia is another mountain pass to avoid.

2. Sichuan, Tibet Highway

Sichuan, Tibet Highway

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The cities in China are usually safe to navigate, though once you hit the countryside, it can be a lottery with road conditions. One such road is the incredible Sichuan-Tibet Highway in southwestern China, climbing from 500 to 4,000 meters. The risk of landslides and the quality of some stretches makes this road treacherous.

3. Bayburt D915, Turkey

Bayburt Road D915, Turkey

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Claiming many lives in recent history, this 66-mile-long mountain road is dangerously narrow in places, with vertical, rocky walls on one side and a misty drop on the other. The most significant risk here is landslides and weather that can turn even during summer.

4. Zojila Pass, India

Zojila Pass, India

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Driving through a volatile geopolitical region might be enough danger for some drivers, though getting there may be even worse. Linking India’s Ladakh region and neighboring Kashmir, this sheer, barrier-free mountain pass has claimed dozens of lives. The gorge below is scattered with buses, dead cattle, and cars.

The Himalayan altitude also means extreme weather events are never far away.

5. In Thailand, Most City Roads

Bangkok City Roads

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Thailand is famous for being a country tough on crime, though the roads can be lawless. The favored method of transport is the motorbike, which means competing with millions of other bike riders. “Motorcyclists tend to go in any direction they desire (at) any time of the day or night,” shares one visitor, “(and) at whatever speed is deemed necessary.”

6. Stelvio Pass, Italy

Stelvio Pass, Italy

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Italy lays claim to one of the highest mountain roads in Europe, boasting 48 hair-raising switchback turns that drop down the side of the Stelvio Pass. The hazards on this spectacular asphalt ribbon are one’s driving ability and the beautiful landscape distracting drivers from the steering wheel.

7. The Road of Bones, Russia

The Road of Bones, Russia

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The Kolyma Highway in Russia became famous when Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman attempted it in their TV series, The Long Way Round. The chilling name hides a terrible past: forced laborers who lost their lives were buried under the tarmac. Furthermore, parts of the road are crumbling or missing, so anyone brave enough to try this one needs to have medical insurance.

8. Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

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Automotive thrillseekers could do worse than trying Skippers Canyon Road in the New Zealand Alps. Hand-carved by Kiwi miners over 140 years ago, this road was never meant to support cars. So dangerous is this mountain pass that even car insurance is void when driving on it!

9. Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan

Fairy Meadows Road, Pakistan

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Another Himalayan adventure route, this route has all the trappings of a high-risk highway: high altitude, steep drops, and no guardrails. However, the brittle quality of Fairy Meadows Road’s gravel foundation means slipping off the edge is a risk — especially if the famous mountain range’s weather turns on you.

10. The Atlantic Road, Norway

The Atlantic Road, Norway

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On Norway’s Atlantic Road, you will encounter Storseisundet Bridge, famously nicknamed ‘The Bridge to Nowhere,’ due to its steep, curved appearance that seems to disappear. This road skirts the seething North Atlantic Ocean, which graces the road with occasional tidal waves or gale-force winds, making it one of the most dangerous roads to drive.

Source: Quora.

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Into the Heart of Darkness: Journeying to the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Jungles

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

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The world is home to near-countless natural wonders, but not all are safe to explore. Some of the Earth’s most beautiful and biodiverse places are treacherous and unforgiving. Jungles host unpredictably hostile terrains, unfriendly climates, and a plethora of deadly creatures. These dangerous jungles ask that even the most intrepid adventurers tread cautiously when visiting.

Into the Heart of Darkness: Journeying to the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Jungles

The Most Dangerous Treks in the World: 10 Routes for the Adventurous

Mount Huashan, Shaanxi China

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Hiking in your neighborhood can be fun, but the same old routes can get tedious. All over the world, many challenging and strenuous treks can get your blood pumping. But which of these hikes are the world’s most treacherous and unpredictable, suitable only for the daredevils among us? Users of an inquisitive Internet forum sounded off about which hikes tested the human spirit and strength the most.

The Most Dangerous Treks in the World: 10 Routes for the Adventurous

Once is Enough: The Top 10 Travel Destinations People Won’t Return To

Tourist man with hat riding on camel background pyramid of Egyptian Giza, sunset Cairo, Egypt.

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The “10 Most Popular Tropical Travel Locations” lists are so played out. Let’s flip the script. So how about 10 travel destinations frequently serving as a visitor’s “Final Destination?” These are the one-hitter quitters of tourist spots, leaving a sour enough taste in enough travelers’ mouths to discourage any return trips.

Once is Enough: The Top 10 Travel Destinations People Won’t Return To

10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Cities: Where Crime Rates Are Off the Charts

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA street cars.

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There are many ways to measure the danger of any given city—robberies, physical assaults, and even the number of fatal work accidents. However, there is one universally-accepted metric for gauging danger: the homicide rate. Based on the most recent statistics, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa have a disproportionate number of high-violence cities. We’ll limit this list to one city per country to avoid piling on.

10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Cities: Where Crime Rates Are Off the Charts

33 Travelers Share Their Worst Travel Stories, It Can Happen To You

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We’ve gathered real-life tales from seasoned travel bloggers and adventurers to bring you their most cringe-worthy moments while navigating this big, wild world.

33 Travelers Share Their Worst Travel Stories, It Can Happen To You

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