The Karakoram Highway, which runs between Pakistan and China, is prone to fatal landslides.
The 800-mile Karakoram Highway is plagued by a terrifying ensemble of natural disasters, including landslides, avalanches, flooding, and heavy snow.
Though it’s a popular tourist destination (some have referred to it as the “eighth world wonder“), the highway sees frequent fatalities. In October, 17 people were killed when a bus tumbled into a gorge after the driver took a sharp turn along the highway. A month earlier, a tourist was killed in a landslide that hit her van.
Incidents like these have occurred since the road was first built in 1959. Roughly 1,000 workers were killed during the highway’s construction due to blasts or landslides.
2. Death Road, Bolivia
The Death Road in Bolivia is one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
The road is a 64 kilometer long stretch that links La Paz to Coroico. It’s estimated that 300-500 people die on the road every year. The road is so dangerous because of the steep cliffs, narrow turns, and bad weather conditions.
3. Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, Kenya
The Nairobi-Nakuru Highway in Kenya is known for being one of the most dangerous roads in Africa. The road is 250 kilometers long and passes through some of the most rural and impoverished areas of Kenya. The road is known for its potholes, poor lighting, and unenforced speed limits.
4. North Yungas Road, Bolivia
The North Yungas Road in Bolivia is known for being the world’s most dangerous road. The road is a 42 mile stretch that links La Paz to Coroico and is one of the only ways to get into the city from the mountainous area around it. The road passes through dense forests and has steep cliffs on either side, leading many to fall off the edge and be devoured by jagged rocks below or sucked under by mudslides during rainy seasons.
Since 1930 there have been an estimated 3,000 deaths on this road. Locals refer to it as “El Camino de la Muerte,” meaning “The Road of Death.” A sign on the road reads, “Danger! 10% of vehicles make it to the other side. Only God knows what your fate will be.”
5. Stelvio Pass, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is an incredibly dangerous mountain pass in northern Italy with an elevation over 9,000 feet. The road has very sharp turns and lots of twists where drivers lose control at high speeds. Between 1964 and 1990 there have been over 100 deaths on this road because of these conditions combined with poor weather conditions.
6. Los Caracoles Pass, Chile
The Los Caracoles Pass is a winding mountain pass between Chile and Argentina. This stretch of highway has no guardrails and is known for being littered with the crashed vehicles of drivers who have lost control.
7. Federal Highway 1, Malaysia
Federal Highway 1 runs along the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia. The highway has many sharp turns and steep drop-offs where there are no guardrails to prevent cars from falling off cliffs. There are also narrow roads with little room for error, which makes passing slower moving vehicles incredibly dangerous.
8. A82 Road, Scotland
The A82 Road in Scotland is a remote road that goes through highlands filled with sheep crossings and blind curves around mountainsides that make it difficult for drivers to see oncoming traffic at all times of the day or night. Because of this, there are often car accidents on this road.