Looking to take a walk, or drive, on the wild side? While we wouldn’t recommend attempting any of these in a hire car, we’ve put together a list of some of the most adrenaline-pumping drives on the planet. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
At an elevation of 3,528 metres above sea-level, the Zojila Pass is one of the most dangerous mountain passes in the Himalayas. It is an important link that connects Ladakh with the beautiful Kashmir, which is commonly known as ‘Heaven on Earth’. This path is often closed during winter due to the unsafe conditions and will take you along nearly six miles of unsteady rock cliffs.
Guoliang Tunnel, Taihang Mountains, China
This spectacular rock tunnel was carved by only thirteen villagers over five years into the Taihang Mountains, and located in remote China. Known as a popular attraction for tourists, this path is used by vehicles and people on foot alike. It is one of the steepest roads in the world and is a stunning sight to see!
Although this old railway bridge is only 570 metres long and 15 metres above the water, it is barely wide enough for one car. Known as one of the world’s scariest bridges, it can be near impossible to conquer during the harsh Siberian winter. There are no railings, it is in bad disrepair and the weather conditions mean there is little traction.
A healthy dose of caution is needed for those attempting the Stelvio Pass, as this serpentine road packs an astounding 48 hairpin bends. Located in the Orlter Alps in Italy, this road teems with panoramic beauty and just well may be worth the vigilance and attention needed when journeying down the pass.
Known as the most dangerous road on this list, the South Yungas Road, commonly known as the Chulumani Road, connects La Paz to Chulumani in the Sud Yungas region of Bolivia. At forty miles long, this is no easy feat to attempt! The road is quite narrow and an encounter from a vehicle coming from the other direction can be deadly. Constructed in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners of war, this road is notorious as it provides little visibility, uneven surfaces, constant bog and bears extremely dangerous drop offs.
Call us scaredy cats but here at Auto Europe, we personally wouldn’t be game enough to try any of these! If you’re looking to remain safe and sound on your next holiday visit our website or call 0800 358 1229 to find car or campervan hire at over 20,000 other destinations around the world.