Looking at spectacular views
through the window always makes a trip brighter. But there are some roads that
not only impress us but also hide danger. For example, if you dare to ride on
any of these paths, you may find yourself on the edge of an abyss or will risk
drowning together with your car.
Bright Side wants to tell you
about the most incredible, hair-raising roads that challenge your courage and
boldness.
14.
Skardu Road, Pakistan



14 Dangerous, yet Amazing Roads From Around the World (Alert: Not for the Faint of Heart)
Skardu Road is a spectacular
and dangerous mountain road located in Gilgit—Baltistan, Pakistan. The road is
104 miles long. It starts on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit at an elevation of
4,900 ft above sea level, runs along the river Indus, and ends in Skardu, a
town and capital of Skardu District at an elevation of 7,303 ft above sea
level.
This road was constructed by
Pakistan Army engineers associated with Chinese engineers in 1982.
13.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia



14 Dangerous, yet Amazing Roads From Around the World (Alert: Not for the Faint of Heart)
The North Yungas Road is a
road that goes from La Paz to Coroico, 35 miles northeast of La Paz in the
Yungas region of Bolivia. In 2006, it was stated that 200 to 300 travelers were
killed annually along this road. There are even special cross markings on many
of the spots where vehicles have fallen.
During the rainy season, rain
and fog can hamper visibility, and water runoff can turn the road into a muddy
track. In the summer, rockfalls are frequent and vehicle dust limits visibility
greatly.
12.
St. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland



St. Gotthard is one of the 2
main north-south routes through the Swiss Alps. Since the Middle Ages, transit
across the Gotthard played an important role in Swiss history. Most parts of
the road aren’t fenced so just one wrong move can cost you your life.
11.
A road along Lake Thun, Switzerland



This road stretches along the
dangerous rocky mountains. To enjoy the magnificent scenery, you’ll have to
overcome slopes, turns, arches, and tunnels.
The calm lake along the road
has its own secrets. After World War II, the Swiss Government disposed of
unused munitions into Lake Thun. The quantity of munitions dumped here is
reported to be around 3,000 tons.
10.
Zoji La mountain pass, India




The pass between Ladakh and
Kashmir Valley runs at an elevation of approximately 11,575 ft above sea level.
The road is so narrow that it’s hard to believe 2 cars are able to pass by each
other on it.
The road is also used to move
cattle. That’s why if you see a herd of cows or goats, you’ll have to wait until
it passes by.
9.
Hana Highway, Hawaii

14 Dangerous, yet Amazing Roads From Around the World (Alert: Not for the Faint of Heart)
This narrow highway connects
almost 60 bridges in Maui. Huge amounts of mountain brooks and tropical rains
wash out the road along with winds that cause landslides.
Tourists who dare visit the
road face lots of sharp bends but enjoy the views of bamboo forests,
waterfalls, and other features of the tropical paradise. Some lucky people can
also encounter whales that come from Alaska during the period of November
through May.
8.
Guoliang Tunnel, China



The tunnel was carved along
and inside a mountain in China by people living in the neighboring village in
the ’70s. Though the tunnel is extremely dark, it’s the safest part of the road
as it prevents cars from falling down the mountain. To pass through the other parts
of the road, you have to be really careful as the path is only 13 ft wide.
7.
Passage du Gois, France

14 Dangerous, yet Amazing Roads From Around the World (Alert: Not for the Faint of Heart)
In the past, people had to use
ships and boats to get to the island of Noirmoutier. Later, a narrow path
appeared and the road was constructed. But it’s open only a few hours a day —
during the inflow, the path drowns.
Sometimes water comes
unexpectedly fast and it’s impossible to reach the land. Several rescue towers
were built along the route so that people could climb them in case of an
emergency. But your vehicle won’t survive, it’ll be washed away.
6.
Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan



Typhoons and showers wash out
the road that runs through the gorge and cause landslides. Additionally, there
are lots of mountain rivers and waterfalls, and the seismic activity only
worsens the situation.
5.
The Himachal Pradesh Road in India



While you’re climbing up,
climatic zones change each other, allowing you to finally face the beauty of
the northwestern part of the Himalayas. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy the
Rohtang Pass and its magnificent glaciers.
The road is usually closed
because of snow blockage. But those who manage to pass through this severe
route will get acquainted with the people of the Spiti district, Tibetans who
have preserved their cultural authenticity.
4.
Paso de Los Caracoles, Chile / Argentina



Paso de Los Caracoles means
“the snail road” in Spanish. The route itself resembles a snail shell thanks to
its sharp turns.
Most of the year, the pavement
is hidden under snow, but that doesn’t stop people from traveling on it. On
this road, you can see trucks and even double-decker tourist buses.
3.
Atlantic Road, Norway



The road resembling waves
attracts thousands of tourists each year. That’s why the Atlantic Road is
classified as a National Tourist Route and cultural heritage site.
During your trip, you can
enjoy splendid views of the Atlantic Ocean, but be careful — during the inflow,
waves can cover and even wash your vehicle away.
2.
Col de la Bonette, France



Col de la Bonette is the
highest mountain pass in the French Alps. A route consisting of sharp and
sudden turns can challenge your nervous system on your way up. By the way,
cyclists love this road! The pass has been featured in the Tour de France 4
times.
1.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
A 7-mile long road with 99
bends at almost 360° runs to the top of the mountain. In the past, a huge chunk
broke away from the mountain, and the famous cave called Heaven’s Gate was
formed.
Bonus:
A road that looks more dangerous than it actually is



Eshima Ohashi Bridge creates
an arch that allows big ships to pass underneath it. The road looks really
dangerous at first glance but in fact, one side has a gradient of 6% and the
other, 5%.
Eshima Ohashi became famous
thanks to an ad. The rollercoaster-like effect occurs because of an angle that
makes us think that the climb is extremely abrupt. Drivers don’t actually face
any difficulties when traveling on this road.
Are you brave enough to visit
any of these roads? Tell us about it!
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.