The Karakoram Highway (known informally as the KKH) is said to be the highest paved international road in the world, but at its peak at the China-Pakistan border it is only paved on the Chinese side. It's the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs
Pico del Veleta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,369 metres (11,053ft) above the sea level, located in Sierra Nevada, a mountain range in the region of Andalusia, provinces of Granada and Almería in Spain. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. At an altitude of some 3,000m road conditions become significantly worse.
The Apache Trail is an amazing journey located in the US state of Arizona. The track goes through the Superstition Mountains. The road is mosly paved winding steeply through of rugged desert mountains and links Apache Junction (Greater Phoenix area) and Theodore Roosevelt Lake.
The Swartberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,583 meters above sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The pass is traversed by the R328 road. Climbing 1.000 metres in 12 kilometres, it's one of the steepest passes in the country.The road is gravel and sand but you don’t need a big 4x4 car to climb the pass.
The Zozila (also know as Zojila or Zoji La) is one of the important mountain passes in India. At an elevation of 11,575 ft (3,528 meters) above the sea level, the pass lies Amid Leh in the Western Himalayan Mountain Ranges and Srinagar. This strip of rock is not the place for a Sunday drive. It’s 9km long, about 3,500m above sea level and provides an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir.
The Skalkaho Highway is a 54 mile drive that runs between the Bitterroot Valley and the Philipsburg Valley, in the Sapphire Mountains in southwest Montana, USA. This mostly unpaved route climbs through the Sapphire Mountains, a remote and seldom visited part of Montana. Elk, mule deer, badgers, coyotes, and black bears can be seen along the highway.
With a length of 1,7km and a gradient of 20%, Stalheimskleiva is one of the steepest roads in Northern Europe. This road lies a few miles to the north of Voss, in Hordaland county, just off the main highway in Norway. It has 13 hairpin bends and was built during 1842-1846.
Transalpina road (DN67C) is the highest road in Romania. It’s one of the famous Romanian high altitude roads. With a length of 146 km, it goes trough the Carpathian Mountains, reaching a maximum altitude of 2,145m above sea level in Pasul Urdele. In 2009 it was completely paved. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype.
Sveti Jure is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.762m (5,780ft) above the sea level, located in the Biokovo mountain range in Croatia, along the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. It’s the highest mountain road in the country. The road commands a breathtaking panorama of the folds of the mountains stretching down to the seashore and islands of Croatia, and the view to the sea and inland is amazing. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
The Transfăgărăşan (officially called DN7C) is the most dramatic and second-highest paved road in Romania. Spooky dark tunnels (the longest is more than 800 meters and pitch black), plus endless twists and turns make for a thrilling ride through Dracula territory. The highest point of the road is Pasul Bâlea at 2.042 m (6,699 ft) above the sea level. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada, situated in the country's Atlantic region, the Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH) is a highway with a length of 774.66 mi (1,246.69 km). Most of the road is a well-packed asphalt/gravel surface. Along the route drivers will experience sharp curves, winding road, narrow bridges and steep grades. Drive with care, caution and control.
Alaska has some of the coldest roads in the planet but there’s one more extreme than the rest: The Dalton highway is one of the most isolated roads in the world. If you can drive this road you can pretty much drive anything: a trip to America’s last remain of wilderness. It’s said to be the loneliest road on the planet. The James W. Dalton Highway is a gravel highway running for 414 miles between the Elliot Highway just north of the city of Fairbanks and Deadhorse near the Prud hoe Bay oil fields and the Arctic Ocean.
Mosquito Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 13,208 ft (4.026m) located in the Mosquito Range of central Colorado in the United States. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.
The Tizi n Test Road (called R203) is a mountain road that cuts through the High Atlas between Asni to Taroudant and beyond (Morocco), is one of the most spectacular drives in Morocco. The drive up to pass is not for the faint-hearted……some experience of mountain roads is advisable. It's passable thanks to an amazing piece of French engineering. The trip is thus not recommended for those with more than mild vertigo.
Strada della Forra is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This Italian road burrows its way through the mountain in the ravine formed by the river Brasa. A small car with functioning horn is recommended. For the skilled drivers only. The drive is known by motorcyclists from all over Europe, as it is impressive and not exactly without danger in a few narrow and steep spots.
The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America. It's located in Colorado, USA. The byway has a length of 28 miles (45 km) and has an elevation gain of 7,000 feet (2.100 m), achieving a final altitude of 14,130 feet (4.310 m). It's one of the highest roads of the USA.
Hart’s Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,859m (6,100 ft) above the sea level, located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It’s accessible by car and is the highest point in the State of Washington that one can drive. End of the road "after" Hart's pass, at the gate to Slate Peak Lookout, is 7,200 feet elevation.
Tucked deep into the mountains off the western coast of Norway, the Trollstigen Mountain Road is one of Norway's most dramatic and most visited attractions. Dangerous conditions here include the incline, narrow driving space, and the poor traction and visibility that come with rain and fog. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway. The route is known for its 11 hair-raising hairpin turns and steep, 9% gradient. Yet despite the dangers of the one-lane road.
The Assietta Road is a military carriageway along the ridge that gathers Pian dell’Alpe to Sestriere, located in the Province of Torino, In Italy. The track unfolds for over 30 km, almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level. The road just opens from June 1st to October 31st, and transit is forbidden to vehicles over 3,5 tons weight and over 2 metres wide. It’s not a road for beginners.
Abano Pass is a high mountain pass located in the region of Tusheti, Georgia, in the central part of the Great Caucasus Mountains, at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above the sea level. Abano Pass is the highest drivable mountain pass in the Caucasus. The pass is driveable only by 4x4 cars. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.
Route de Presles is a stunning mountain road located in the Isère department in southeastern France. The road is 7 km carved into the mountains. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. It’s one of the most spectacular balcony roads in the country. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.