The most dangerous roads in the world! A sensational list of bucket-list worthy roads to unforgettable experiences. (Dangerous, at your own peril).
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
The locals call this road, “The road that does not tolerate any mistakes”, and you can see why. The tunnel dug through the side of a mountain, was made by hand.
Its lenght is 1.2km (0.75m), is the only means of vehicle access to the small village of Guoliang, high in the Taihang Mountains.
Before this tunnel was built, the only way to civilization was steep, narrow stairs carved into the mountainside. Stairs!.
Made by inexperienced villagers
For years the villagers had struggled to connect to the outside world and, after the Chinese government decided not to proceed with the construction of the road, a group of 13 inexperienced villagers took on the task themselves.
5 Years of selfless work
It took them 5 years to complete and, after numerous fatalities, the road opened in May 1977. In many spots of the tunnel, the only thing keeping you from plunging to your death are some roughly carved pillars.
Unwanted tourist attraction
Today, Guoliang has become somewhat of an unwanted tourist attraction with its glorious mountain views, but also because of the fascinating road that leads there. The success of the Guoliang tunnel actually inspired two other villages in the region to build tunnels of their own, each of which is just as scary, and certain to test the resolve of even the most confident of drivers.
The road to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan
Because of its varied geography, Pakistan has more than its fair share of hazardous roads, but the road to Fairy Meadows in the Nanga Parbet mountains is one that particularly stands out.
The road is more dangerous than the climb to Nanga Parbet.
Fairy meadows itself is a beautiful mountainous grassland that serves as the base camp for climbers looking to reach the summit of Nanga Parbet. The road to access this area is more treacherous than the actual climb up the mountain.
Only one vehicle at a time
Carved right out of the mountainside, and consisting of no more than rocks and rubble without any safety rails whatsoever, this road is only wide enough for one vehicle at a time.
Ancient, hand made and no maintenence.
The road was actually built hundreds of years ago by the local villagers, and has not undergone any repairs since it was originally constructed.
With constant threats of landslides, avalanches, and heavy snow, the road is closed in the winter months, but still presents an extreme challenge during the rest of the year.
Those brave enough to attempt this journey, however, are in for a real treat when they reach the summit where they will see some of the most beautiful, untarnished, landscape you’ll find anywhere.
James Dalton Highway, Alaska
This 414-mile road to the Arctic Ocean is one of the world’s most remote highways. The Dalton Highway traverses some of the most inhospitable environments on earth.
¿Why does it exist?
It was built as a supply road for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and runs alongside the pipe, with Deadhorse being the main destination for all activity related to drilling the oil fields.
A major engineering feat, the Pipeline was pumping 2 million barrels of oil a day at its height. Apart from the seasonal population of up to 5000 people at Deadhorse, there are virtually no other towns along the entire stretch of the road other than the occasional fuel stop.
Hundreds of people undergo the adventure every day, not for the thrills…
Between 150 and 250 trucks per make the journey. It has a reputation for blowing out tires, not to mention the avalanches, steep grades and speeding trucks that throw up enough gravel to crack your windshield.
The rules of the road is that the truckers needs come first. You may have seen them in shows such as “Ice Road Truckers” and “America’s Toughest Jobs.”
If you ever want to visit this highway I recommend you take a tour or at least bring survival gear with you! Oh and watch out for Polar Bears!
Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines
Most of the roads that are considered dangerous are mountainous, narrow, winding, might not even be finished and lack safety barriers. Commonwealth Avenue in the Philippines is a notable exception to this rule.
This 7.5 mile-road is actually 18 lanes wide along some stretches of the route and it looks like an established highway, but still, around 7000 deaths are reported on the Avenue every year. It is heavily used and links commuters to all of the other major highways to the rest of the country and is used by hundreds of thousands of people every day. With such huge volumes of passing traffic comes increased risk.
Whether a motorist, cyclist or a pedestrian- the journey is fraught with danger. Frequent collisions are commonplace, with the rainy season bringing extra challenges.