6 most dangerous roads in the world

In addition to the inclement terrain or weather, visitors may face security instability on some famous highways.

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Pangi Valley, India

Pangi Valley, India

The 112 km gravel road is only open in the summer at a height of 2,524 m running through the town of Kishtwar, northern India. The most dangerous stretch is 9.6 km long, going through large rocks that can fall down at any time. The road to Pangi valley has been built by locals for hundreds of years and has not been repaired for decades. Photo: Himanshu Khagta.
Pangi Valley, India
The width of the road is only suitable for a jeep and there are no barriers. Drivers may take up to 4 hours to drive over a distance of 30 km because the road is too bumpy and steep. A small negligence can cause the vehicle to plunge to a vertical cliff of 600 meters deep. Photo: Darefooted.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

The road connecting the city of La Paz with the town of Coroico is nicknamed the "Road of Death" because the danger comes from a very narrow lane adjacent to a 900 m deep pool and no barriers. The highest point is the La Crumbre pass, with a height of 4,650 m, straight down to the town at 1,200 m. The road is 80 km long but has up to 200 bends of sleeves, often landslides and moisture due to dense fog. Photo: NZHerald.
North Yungas Road, Bolivia
In 2007, a new road linking La Paz and Coroico was inaugurated. The new road segment grants vehicles going uphill, while the old "road of death" becomes a downhill road, reducing vehicle traffic in both directions. However, there are still many riders who want to try cycling on the old road. An estimated 200 to 300 people die here every year. Photo: GilCahana / Wikipedia.
Kolyma Highway, Russia

Kolyma Highway, Russia

The roads in the Far East are always challenging for visitors. The Kolyma Highway, also known as the Bone Road, is reminiscent of the thousands of prisoners who died when building this road in the cold of -50 degrees Celsius in the 1930s - 1950s. Kolyma is the only road to get into Yakutsk, the coldest city on the planet. Photo: The Calvert Journal.
Kolyma Highway, Russia
Part of the road is the Lena River, which is frozen and can be traversed from October to April. However, dozens of vehicles are trapped every year due to falling ice holes as they pass through the area. Around July - August, rainy weather turned the road into a giant quagmire that only specialized vehicles could overcome. Photo: Amos Chapple.

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Nanga Parbat Pass, Pakistan

Nanga Parbat Pass, Pakistan

The road between Karakoram highway and Tato village in Pakistan is about 16.2 km long. It lies at an altitude of about 2,400 m, below the summit of Nanga Parbat 8,126 m - the 9th highest mountain in the world. The whole route is unpaved, many steep sections and no barriers. 
Pan America Expressway, America

Pan America Expressway, America

Pan America is a 30,000 km long road, stretching along the Americas from Alaska (USA) to Chile. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Pan American is the longest motorway in the world that can be traveled, but it is not a single road but a high-speed network of many different countries.

Pan America was not continuous, drivers have to take a ferry across the Magellan Strait, a tunnel through the Andes Mountains on the Chile-Argentina border, a bridge over the Panama Canal and the Yukon tundra. Another obstacle not to be overcome is DariƩn Gap, the rainforest where Central America meets South America, causing the distance to be interrupted by more than 100 km. Photo: Travel + Leisure.
Pan America Expressway, America
The biggest danger is not terrain or weather, but from drug cartels, rebels or political unrest along the way. Visitors can be at risk when traveling through Mexico and Central American countries, where many armed robberies occur.

The photo shows a demonstration of about 20,000 people in Colombia in March this year to protest President Ivan Duque. Indigenous people use tree trunks and rocks to block Pan America. Photo: The New Republic.

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Sichuan - Tibet Expressway, China

Sichuan - Tibet Expressway, China

The route connecting Chengdu (Sichuan) with Lhasa (Tibet) is at a maximum altitude of up to 4,700 m. This is part of Highway 318 connecting Shanghai to Tibet and the Nepal Highway. The Sichuan-Tibet Highway has two roads, the southern part is 2,115 km long and the northern part 2,414 km long.

The road is famous for its ruggedness, with many bends of sleeves between high mountain peaks. Along the way, visitors can see numerous Buddhist monasteries, villages and Tibetan herds. Photo: Chamkie.
Sichuan - Tibet Expressway, China
The road was built from 1950 to 1954, more than 3,000 people died during construction. Before the highway was completed, it took people about 6 months to a year to travel from Lhasa to Chengdu.

Today, the travel time on this road by bus is shortened to a month but still many obstacles. In the winter, drivers often have to use tire chains to go on slippery roads, sometimes traffic is stagnant because the snow is too thick. Landslides or flash floods are also a permanent hazard. Photo: ECNS.

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