These roads have high death rates and are extremely dangerous, no kidding! The people who live around these areas depend on these roads for their daily transportation; so consider yourself lucky that you aren’t one of them. About 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents every year. And, if you still wish to feel yourself on the edge of the world and pump up your adrenaline, check out these riskiest roads of the world.
Rohtang Pass, India
Rohtang, literally means “pile of corpses” and it is quite true as the mudslides are deadly on this road in the eastern Himalayas. This area often suffers snowstorms and avalanches that makes riding on this road extremely challenging. Due to the same reason, this daring yet scenic road remains open from May to November only. The Rohtang Pass connects Kullu, Lahual and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
National Road 5, Madagascar
If you are bored of driving on the regular road, Rohtang Pass, the worst road in the world is something you should try if you are up for a real challenge . It runs north-south between the towns of Maroansetra and Soanierana-Ivvongo on the African country’s east coast. It will take you about 24 hours to cross this 200 km road of sand, rock and worn-down bridges, often impassable at many points. Trying this dare during the rains is not something we would suggest though!
Guoliang Tunnel, China
For many years, the village of Guoliang was only accessible by climbing the mountain by foot. Built by just 13 villagers, it took 5 long years to build this 1.2 km tunnel high in the Taihang mountains. Many lost their lives but the rest continued relentlessly and as a result, it has now turned into a famous tourist attraction due to its quirky and daring construction. With 30 windows of odd shapes and sizes, it has been quoted as the road that doesn’t tolerate mistakes, as it is just wide enough for one way traffic. A must drive, isn’t it?
Kolyma Highway, Siberia
Also known as M56, Kolyma Highway is the only main road in the frozen region of eastern Siberia. Many people died building this road due to conditions like cold and other brutal reasons which is why it is also known as the road of bones.
Once en-route, you will encounter mountains, forests, deserts and possibly everything else. Still known as the coldest road of the world, eventually, it began to attract people who crave adventure.
Prithvi Highway, Nepal
Running through Nepal, the Prithvi highway is a 174km long road from Kathmandu to Pokhara and involves dramatic scenery that includes stunning view of famous sights like Annapurna. It is usually a heavily congested highway prone to landslides and enroute, you can enjoy views of ancient stone villages, deep river valleys, rocky gorges, cascading rice terraces and fiery rapids crossed by touch and go suspension bridges.
Eyre Highway, Australia
The Eyre highway is a 684 mile long road that links Western and Southern Australia. From a distance, it might seem to be a straight long and lonely route but this remote loneliness and driver fatigue can itself lead to fatal accidents, especially if the wild fauna of Australia happens to cross the roads jumping out of the blue. Yes, kangaroos, camels and emus are not a rare sight in this part of the country.