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  1. Annick
    October 25, 2018 @ 4:19 am

    I thought I had driven on some dangerous roads before but they were completely safe compared to these! I can’t believe how tight some of those hairpin turns are and the lack of any safety barriers. The villagers who built Guoliang Tunnel Road were really creative. Le Passage du Gois looks fun though if you time it right!

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    • dankiteski
      October 26, 2018 @ 10:45 am

      Indeed, Annick- driving on most of these requires special skills and endurance. I’m fascinated just by looking at these roads from above

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  2. umiko Silalahi
    October 25, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    They all look dangerous to me! But I think the ones without any barriers around the mountain are the most dangerous ones. Like Death Road in Bolivia, Nanga Parbat Pass in Pakistan, and Skippers Canyon Road in New Zealand. Tianmen Mountain Road in China and Halsema Highway in the Philippines will sure make you dizzy. I think you must be in a fit condition driving there, both driver and passengers. If not, you will vomit. 🙁

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    • dankiteski
      October 26, 2018 @ 10:50 am

      They sure are, Umiko! Thank you for commenting

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  3. Sinjana Ghosh
    October 26, 2018 @ 7:02 am

    Such a fascinating list! Reminds me of the dochula pass drive in Bhutan. I would never dare to drive on any of these roads and order to hire a local jeep. Khardungla pass is definitely on my list for sure.

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    • dankiteski
      October 26, 2018 @ 10:53 am

      Dochula Pass might deserve a special mention on this list! The roads in Bhutan are pretty scary too 😀

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  4. Navita
    October 26, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    Speechless to see these pictures of the most dangerous roads in the world! The Skippers Canyon Road looks so narrow and no wonder requires a permit to be driven on! Noticed two roads in this list are from Himalayan region in India. We have driven on some of the Himalayan roads as well and they do get tricky indeed. Did not know that Khardung La is the tallest motorway pass road in the world going up to 18,700 feet. WOW! Just looking at some of these such as Trollstigen, Los Caracoles Pass, or Guoliang Tunnel Road makes me breathless. What an achievement it would be to be able to cover even half of these 24 dangerous roads!

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    • dankiteski
      October 26, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

      Yes, that’s right! Those roads in the Indian Himalayas were damn scary! I remember when I was going from Ladakh to Srinagar for Aid- the driver was driving with around 90 km/h in those roads to reach Srinagar in time to avoid the ongoing demonstrations. It was the scariest ride of my life!

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  5. Paul
    October 26, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

    This is a great list! There are some roads on here I really want to try and some I really don’t! I had the opportunity to do a Death Road tour in Bolivia but I turned it down – and looking at that photo it was a good idea! That one in Pakistan looks crazy as well, I just can’t do roads with no barriers!

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    • dankiteski
      October 26, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

      Thank you for the comment, Paul. I completely understand why you would turn down exploring the Death Road in Bolivia 😀

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  6. Jen
    October 27, 2018 @ 3:58 am

    Wow, this is a really interesting list! And here I thought that we have driven the most dangerous roads from our past roadtrips! I couldn’t imagine why anyone would end up on most of these roads, except for locals. I also couldn’t believe that one of the roads turned into a tourist attraction. I can’t add that to my bucketlist, I fear for my life! 😉 Check the F-roads of Iceland too. They are extremely dangerous and some roads include river crossing!

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 3:27 pm

      They sure are, Jen. But for some locals driving on these roads is a necessity! That’s the scariest part. The F roads in Iceland are pretty difficult too and I was hesitant about putting them on the list but decided not to in order not to make this list too long 🙂

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  7. Lisa
    October 27, 2018 @ 11:46 am

    My palms are now sweaty after reading this post, thank you! Yes, I don’t plan to travel down any of these roads anytime soon. Death Road in Bolivia is frightening by photo, and by name too! Tianamen Mountain Road does look really pretty, but I’d be sure to drive slow!

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Lisa- I’m glad you liked the article. Of course, driving on these roads requires not only great skill but great courage as well 🙂

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  8. Ha
    October 27, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    These roads look insane and it’s gambling with your life to drive along them. It’s so easy to fell of the Yungas road in Bolivia. Among the list, I would love to drive along Le Passage du Gois. The idea of it goes underwater and completely disappears makes me thrilled.

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

      I know, right? The Passage of Gois is absolutely fascinating!

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  9. MEENAKSHI J
    October 28, 2018 @ 6:04 pm

    What an incredibly dangerous list ( or do I say..insanely dangerous) …Those hairpin bends are nothing short of a miracle. I have driven on some of the steep roads without barriers on sides, in the Himalayas. But not at a very high altitude. The road across the river in France is indeed interesting but I wonder on what basis do the authorities decide when to open the way for drivers?. And for me an aerial view of many of these especially that of Chile in itself giving jitters!

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 11:12 pm

      Thank you for commenting Meenkashi! I’m glad you found it interesting. As for your question, the authorities always keep a track of the rise and fall of sea levels and based on it, they decide when to open and when to close the road.

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  10. Melissa
    October 28, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

    Where did you find the stat about accidents on the Dalton Highway? 8 people injured or killed each day seems really high for a road so few people travel on.

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    • dankiteski
      October 28, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

      Hi Melissa, thanks for the comment- it was a typo. It accounts for 300 accidents annually, not 3,000 🙂

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  11. Rajan Chaudhary
    October 29, 2018 @ 9:46 am

    Nice information. Though Khardungla is claimed to be the highest motorable road but I personally found neighbouring Chang La pass be to more scary and difficult for riding.

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    • dankiteski
      October 29, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

      I remember Chang La too. I passed on it on the way to Nubra Valley but from my experience, Khardung La and Zoji La felt a lot more dangerous 🙂

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  12. Bhushavali N
    October 30, 2018 @ 9:24 pm

    That’s fascinating! I was definitely sure I’ll spot atleast one Himalayan road. Glad to see almost 4-5 spread among India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Afganistan!
    The most unusual one is the France road that’s underwater! Whenever we think of dangerous roads we only consider mountains; this one in sea is fascinating!

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    • dankiteski
      October 31, 2018 @ 10:08 am

      This list surely wouldn’t be complete without at least a few Himalayan roads 🙂 The Passage du Gois is sure different than all the other roads on the list and I guess that’s what makes it even more interesting

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  13. Joanna
    November 8, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    Wow! Those photos make my hair stand on end, although Transfagarasan Highway has been on my bucket list for a long time 🙂
    I’d also add to this list road leading to Masca village in Tenerife – very narrow, winding and leading high up into the mountains.

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    • dankiteski
      November 8, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

      Thank you Joanna, I’m glad you found this piece amusing. I haven’t visited this road yet but I googled it and it does look pretty scary.

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