Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 5,669m (18,599 ft) above the sea level. The border is no longer open for non-residents. The pass is traversed by the National Highway 5, the former NH22. It’s one of the world’s highest motorable roads.
Alto de l’Angliru (also known as Gramonal) is one of the most famous mountains passes in the sport, and one of the most demanding: 12.2 kilometers at an incredible 10.2%, grading out at a maximum of 23.5% not far from the top. This mountain pass is located in in Asturias, near La Vega-Riosa, in northern Spain. This is a road that some professional cyclists have even refused to climb due to how rough it is.
Located in Siberia, the Vitim River Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. It’s an old train bridge crossing the Vitim River which leaves drivers precariously navigating a tiny six-foot-wide path. Its old metal structure is covered with rotting wooden planks, which can be slippery due to frequent ice in the area.
Scanuppia - Malga Palazzo it’s said to be the steepest hardest long climb on a sealed-surface road in Europe (or the world). It's located in Besenello,a municipality in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.
SC-390 is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Serra do Rio do Rastro, a mountain range located in Lauro Müller, in the southeast of the state of Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world. This ludicrously zigzagged route tumbles past waterfalls, through canyons and past spectacular scenery from start to finish.
Hardknott Pass is known as one of Britain's most challenging roads. This single track road right through the middle of the Lake District National Park, in the region of Cumbria, England, it’s a heart-stopping series of sharp and narrow hairpin bends. It’s said to be the steepest road in England with a gradient of 1 in 3 (about 33%).
Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.
Needle’s Eye is a tunnel blasted through sheer granite walls traversed by South Dakota Highway 87 (also known as Needles Highway). As part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, the Needles Highway stretches 14 miles through granite structures and pine covered mountains. With so much scenery to absorb, don't be surprised if you find yourself driving 20 miles per hour.
The road to the Mangartsko Sedlo is the highest-lying road in Slovenia, climbing up an elevation of 2,072 metres (6,798 feet), above the sea level. The Mangart Pass is located on the border between Italy and Slovenia, in the Julian Alps.
The Old Axenstrasse is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in Central Switzerland, with a length of 3,4 km. This old road has been bypassed by the European route E41. Stay away if you're scared of heights.
Col del Sommeiller is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.993m (9,819ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpi Cozie between the Italian and French border. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. This beautiful 26 kilometre climb above Bardonecchia has it all: hairpins, alpine dams, a lake at the summit, and views to die for.
Colle delle Finestre is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.178m (7,145 ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, in the Italian region of Piemonte, Italy, linking Susa Valley and Cisone Valley. It's one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps. The road is normally open from the first of June till September 30. The maximum grade is 14% and along its 18,6 km, there no less than 55 hairpins.
Neelum Valley Road is a spectacular and dangerous high mountain road going through the Neelam Valley (also spelled Neelum Valley) at North and North-East of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, running parallel to Kaghan Valley and the Indian border.
Mauna Loa Scenic Drive is a 17-mile (one way) roughly paved narrow road, climbing up to Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, at an elevation of 13,679 ft (4.169 m) above the sea level, located in the U.S. state of Hawai’i in the Pacific Ocean. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes.
Mineral Bottom is a 16 miles trail, located in Grand County, Utah (USA), driveable all year round. On August 19th, 2010, severe storms caused flash flooding and rock falls that blocked or washed away roads throughout the Canyonlands area. There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos.
Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectaculars marine drives in the world. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9km drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline. It’s located at the south-western tip of South Africa. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Built in 1833, this windy wild road of Les Ecouges zigzags up to the village of Rencurel, in the Isère department in south-eastern France, before crossing mountain pastures until the Col de Romeyère. Due its dangerousity, the road has been recently closed to all kind of vehicles. It’s one of the French balcony roads.
Karapınar-Gümüşkavak road is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road winding uphill to Kuş Yuvası Pass, a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.401m above the sea level, located in the District of Alanya, in Antalya Province, Turkey. This climb isn't for the faint-hearted. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
Kemaliye Taş Yolu is one of the most extreme roads in the world. Located in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey, this hand made road is extremely challenging, with drops of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails with 22 unlit and extremely narrow tunnels. The construction of the road started in 1870 and finished in 2002.
Ojos del Salado is a massive stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest volcano in the world at 6,891 metres (22,608 ft). This mountain has been the scenario of several records for attaining the highest altitude aboard a land vehicle. It’s probably the highest accessible point by car in the Earth.
The road between Kallikratis and Kapsodasos is a sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road in southwest Crete, Greece. The road includes a challenging section (2.1km) with 7 hairpin turns and pretty steep (8.95%). It’s one of the famous hairpinned roads in the world.