10 most dangerous roads on the planet


For thousands of years roads have provided a means for safer plus more efficient movement of products and people, but as you will notice in a moment this is not forever the situation. While some of the roads on the list are heavily traveled thoroughfares others are remote, winding, and narrow. Whatever the case may be though, the ten most dangerous roads on earth will likely convince you that walking isn’t really that bad in the end.

Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines

To locals, it’s called “Killer Highway” due to the high number of casualties and fatalities -- thousands of deaths per year actually -- that be a consequence of the heavy amount of traffic. A poor drainage system (which ends up in heavy flooding during storms), hundreds of motorbikes -- that tour buses can’t see -- and in many cases pedestrians walking nearby help help with the number crazy quantity of accidents.

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

The literal English translation for the mile-long Guoliang Tunnel Rd is “Road that tolerates no mistakes.” Built by 13 local villagers in the Taihang Mountains (many of whom died during construction), the chiseled mountain tunnel measures only 15ft high by 12ft wide but rocks insane views with the Chinese landscape through 30 “windows” which are cut out of the cliff.

Skippers Canyon Road, Nz

The Skippers Canyon Road, in New Zealand, is unbelievably scary as it’s created from a very narrow cut in the middle of a sheer cliff face. The trail is all made of Sharp turns and steep inclinations. This winding road actually uses a special permit to drive. If you do manage to get permission though, be prepared for a slippery challenge and good luck if you run into someone from the other direction. Currently this road is popular mostly among extreme tourists in search of adventure and adrenaline.

Dalton Highway, Alaska If we've learned sets from Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel, it's that this roads in Alaska suck. Seem like getting away from civilization? This is the highway for you. Few roads on earth offer the degree of isolation because the James W. Dalton Highway. Be sure you pack plenty of supplies because there are only three villages along this 666km road with the wilderness. Linking Fairbanks and oil fields on the north, huge trucks are its main traffic. Definitely right of way is one of road rules; the other is taking survival supplies and focusing on how to use them.

Zojila Pass, Kasmir, India This strip of rock is not the place for a Sunday drive. It’s better suited to a Mars Rover than any manned vehicle. It’s 9km long, about 3,500m above sea level and gives an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir, so you’ll have to dodge the numerous livestock. Aside from that, vicious winds and heavy snowfall often get a new region.

Russian Siberian Path to Yakutsk

This is the official federal-government highway to Yakutsk, and it's also also the only one to have there. As there are hardly any other roads, the intrepid motorists are doomed to wallow within this dirt, or stay at home week-long 100 km car line-ups (they are saying women even gave birth there while waiting). This can turn into a major humanitarian disaster during rainy spells, once the usual clay covering with the road turns into impassable mud blanket, swallowing trucks and tractors alike. For the time being the city has to partly airlift foods.

Stelvio Pass, Italy

At 9,045ft in the Alps, the Stelvio Pass is one of the most scenic drives on the planet -- the views are immense and insane. But appreciating those vistas could cost you; the 180-degree corners are dangerous, the concrete barriers low, and winter brings icy roads and slick conditions. One wrong move could send you over the cliffs.

Kabul-Jalalabad Highway, Afghanistan

Situated in “the Valley of Death,” this notorious road is especially trafficked by the Taliban and attacks are de rigueur -

- so don’t expect a simple, breezy drive. Even still, the narrow mountain passes very often seem to be full of oversized freight trucks are simply as frightening.

The Way to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan

Although it may appear harmless, The Way to Fairy Meadows has nothing to do with Pixie Dust or Fairies which is basically a typical mountainside dirt trail. It really is an extremely narrow and dangerous 10 km stretch of road that leads to Nanga Parbat or The Killer Mountain in Pakistan. Fairy Meadows is a nearby valley with serene views of the huge mountain. The gravel road hasn't undergone any repair mainly because it was built.

Old Yungas Road, Bolivia

We’d rather hitchhike the Highway to Hell than take our chances on Old Yungas Rd (aka: “The Death Road”), considered essentially the most dangerous in the world. The 40-mile stretch linking La Paz to Coroico hugs cliffs that overlook a sprawling canyon and has so many sharp turns that you’d think drivers would putter along at 10mph rather than take a chance. They don’t. Over 200 people annually fall to their death in trucks, cars, and public buses. Viral