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07-06-2010, 12:43 AM #1
Most Dangerous Roads in the WorldMost Dangerous Roads in the World
Col de Turini, France
Situated more than 1 mile above sea level, Col de Turini is a mountain pass situated in south of France in the Alps.
It's also part of a 20 miles rally stage of the Monte Carlo Rally of WRC, which combines 34 challenging hairpins and long stretches where cars top 111 mph.
It is one of the most exciting roads on Earth.
The pass was featured in the very first episode of Top Gear series 10, when the presenters went in search of the greatest driving road in the world.
At its highest point, Col de Turini is 1607m high.
In the north, the Col de Turini starts with a dazzling series of hairpins.
Finally, we end up riding in a gorge, with a wild river on the left,
and a steep rock-wall on the right.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Located in the Eastern Alps in Italy, the Stelvio Pass Road connects the Valtellina with Merano and the upper Adige valley..
This mountain road pass is situated at an altitude of around 1.7 miles above sea level.
The road is particularly challenging to drive due to the presence of 48 hairpin bends, with the road becoming exceedingly narrow at some points, and some very steep inclines.
With a height of 2757 meters, it is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps, after the 2770 m high Col de lIseran. While it might not be as dangerous as the other routes, it is certainly breathtaking.
The toughest and most spectacular drives are from the Prato side.
The mountain pass is one of the best continuous hairpin routes in the world
Leh Manali Highway, India
The Leh-Manali Highway is situated in India and spans over a length of 297 miles among the Himalaya mountain range.
It passes through some of the worlds highest mountain passes in the world, with a mean altitude in between 2 to 3 miles above sea level.
The road is one of the most complicated and challenging roads in the world, with snow, landslides and terrain making the journey exceedingly difficult for anything other than a capable four wheel drive vehicle.
The road was built and is maintained by the Indian Army.
The Road of death, Bolivia
The North Yungas Road (also known as the El Camino de la Muerte, Road of Death in Spanish) is a 43 mile road connecting La Paz and Coroico,
35 miles northeast of La Paz in Bolivia.
Famous for its extreme danger, it was christened as the world most dangerous road in 1995 by the Inter-American Development Bank.
The single-lane width, extreme drop offs, and lack of guardrails, only add to the danger lurking behind.
Further, the fog and rain can make visibility poor and the road surface muddy, loosening rocks from the hillsides above.
It is estimated that 200 to 300 travelers are killed per year on this treacherous road.
Although, the old North Yungas Road is much less used by traffic nowadays, an increasing number of adventure bikers travel it for the thrills.
Los Caracoles Pass in Andes
This road passes though the Andreas Mountains on the way between Chile and Argentina.
Los Caracoles is a series of hard switchbacks on an extremely steep incline.
The road has many steep inclines and hairpins without any safety guard rails.
The road is covered with snow for the most part of the year.
The snow together with nature of the road requires extreme patience and skill to negotiate.
However, this road is maintained pretty regularly and does not have a morbid accident record.
Cargo trucks and even double-Decker tourist buses travel through the road on a daily basis, and it's quite an experience.
Russia's Lena Highway, the Highway from Hell
The last 600 miles of the Russian Federal Highway from Moscow city to the Siberian city of Yakutsk is called the Lena Highway.
This bizarre road runs parallel to the River Lena on the final leg to Yakutsk.
As if the road of mud was not a big problem, Yakutsk is considered one of the the coldest cities on earth, with January temperatures averaging -45 A?F.
But surprisingly, it is only in the summertime that the road becomes impassable.
Whenever it rains in summer, the road virtually becomes a slush pit making it impossible for the vehicles to pass through it.
This being the only road to Yakutsk makes the traffic heavy and even more complicated to negotiate.
Russian-Georgian Military Mountain Roads
When they are not covered in sheets of snow, then it's the thick, grueling mud.
These remote highways would probably swallow your car in the snow or mud.
Though neither affect the locals who drive their Lada cars down it regularly.
Situated in the Caucasus mountains, these roads are to be tackled only by the Russian military which probably explain why they lack any official designation.
The harsh surface, along with the problems posed by snow, makes this road almost inaccessible during winter.
The seldom used road connects Russia and Georgia and assumes of strategic importance for both countries.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
The magnificent tunnel road in the Taihang mountains was built by 13 local villagers headed by their chief, Shen Mingxin, and took around five years to finish.
Many villagers lost their lives in accidents during construction of the tunnel but the others continued relentlessly.
The tunnel was opened to traffic on May 1st, 1977.
The 1200 meter long tunnel is about 5 meters high and 4 meters wide.
It is located in the Henan Province of China.
The Guoliang tunnel is another addition to most dangerous and complicated roads to travel.
Dubbed as the road that does not tolerate any mistakes, most accidents in the tunnel are primarily caused by the neglect of the traveler.
Nonetheless, it is an extremely scenic route and is a key destination on the Chinese tourism map.
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07-23-2010, 10:56 AM #2