World's Top 10 Deadliest Roads
Published: Aug 15, 2016 17:08
Kabul - Jalalabad Road, Afghanistan
The Kabul–Jalalabad Road is a highway running between the Afghan cities of Kabul and Jalalabad. Because of the many traffic accidents, this road is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world. It is a large part of the Afghan leg of the Grand Trunk Road, and was rebuilt by Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban.
Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China. It was started in 1959 and was completed and opened to the public in 1979. About 810 Pakistanis and about 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. It is located at an elevation of 4,693 metres (15,397 ft) and is approx 1300km long.
Zojila Pass, India
Zoji La is 9 km (5.6 mi) from Sonamarg and provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 metres (11,575 ft), and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway.
Taroko Gorge road, Taiwan
The Taroko Gorge is composed mainly metomorphic rocks, such asmarble,gneiss, "schist",etc. The name, Taroko, means the "magnificent and splendid" in the language of Truku, the aboriginal tribe who resides in the area. The most phenomenal aspect of this road is the amazing relief. In a single afternoon you can travel from rugged coastal cliffs through a maze of subtropical forested canyons to high elevation subalpine coniferous forests. In about 60 kilometers the landscape rises from sea level to some of the tallest peaks in Taiwan at over 3400 meters. That's steep!
Halsema Highway, Philippines
Halsema Highway is a national highway in the Philippines. At its highest point at 7,400 ft above sea level in the municipality of Atok, it is the highest altitude highway in the Philippines. Parts of the highway are dangerous, especially during the rainy season, when landslides are common and asphalted portions become slippery.
The Stelvio, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy, at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, just 45m (148 ft) below France's Col de la Bonette (2,802 m (9,193 ft)).
Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand
Skippers Canyon is a historic and scenic gorge, some 22 kilometres in length, that is located several kilometres north of Queenstown. Today accessed from Queenstown via the same road that leads to Coronet Peak skifield, Skippers Canyon houses the Shotover River, one of New Zealand's richest gold-bearing rivers which was named by William Gilbert Rees. Apart from its goldmining history, Skippers Canyon was also the site where electricity was first generated at a place called Bullendale, a small former goldmining settlement some 4 hours walk from the farthest end of Skippers Road.
Fairy Meadow Road, Pakistan
Fairy Meadows Road is a spectacular and dangerous high mountain track with a length of 16.2km, located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The gravel road has not undergone any repair since it was built by the ethnic villagers of the Nanga Parbat Mountain hundreds of years ago which makes it one of the dangerous roads on this list. The road was built by the local people, and is therefore a private toll road.
Guoling Tunnel Road, China
The Guoliang Tunnel Road was built in the Taihang Mountains of China's Henan province by 13 neighboring villages. It took five years to complete, and a few villagers died, in accidents, during the construction. The road is 1.3 kilometers (0.81 miles) long, 12 feet wide and 15 feet high, which makes the road extremely scary. The tunnel has 30 windows that allow drivers to enjoy the spectacular view of the Taihang Mountain. The mountain is known as "the long corridor in cliffs."
Passage Du Gios, France
Passage Du Gois is a natural, periodically flooded passage leading to the island of Noirmoutier in France. It is located between Île de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer, in the department of Vendée. It is flooded twice a day by the high tide. Length of this track is 4.125 km. Every year, a foot race – the Foulées du Gois– is held across it, starting at the onset of the high tide.