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BAM road

The BAM Road is one of the toughest adventure roads left on this planet. It’s a real test of physical and mental endurance. The BAM road is an old railway service track that runs roughly alongside the railway track, in extreme Siberia, Russia. It's filled with everything from rickety old bridges to waist high water crossings and at points being miles from civilisation.

Katu-Yaryk pass

Katu-Yaryk pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.188m above the sea level, located in Altai Republic, in Russia. The road to the summit is extreme. Only 4x4 cars. Due to the 35% gradient sections, gravel loose and the lack of protections, the road is one of the scariest drives in the world.

Kolyma Highway

The Russian Federal Highway (M56 Kolyma Highway) connects Magadan and Yakutsk – actually, Nizhny Bestyakh on the eastern bank of Lena River at Yakutsk-, where the coldest temperature ever recorded outside Antarctica was recorded. It crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.

Vitim River Bridge

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.

P25 is a spectacular asphalted road with a length of 329 km, located in the Komi Republic of Russia.

Garabashi track- Mount Elbrus

Extreme 4x4 track located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia of Russia, near the border with Georgia, climbing up to the Garabashi (also known as Botchki) huts, at an elevation of 3.851 m (12,634 ft) above the sea level. It's one of the top#50 highest mountain roads in Europe.

Roki Tunnel is an international high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 2,130 m above the sea level, located in the Caucasus Mountains, a mountain system in Eurasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region. The tunnel is traversed by the Transcaucasian Highway.

Olympic road

Located in the Yaroslavl Oblast, in Russia, it’s said to be the World's Worst Road. The surface appears to have been the site of a major earthquake or hit by several bomb attacks. Looking like it has been subjected to an aerial bombardment or major earth tremor, its current crater-strewn, lunar-like appearance gives no indication of its former glory.

The 86К-14 is a spectacular and lonely experience in the heart of the Republic of Karelia, in Russia.

Trans-Siberian Highway

Stretching almost 7,000 miles from St Petersburg to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Highway is the name for a network of federal highways that span the width of Russia from the Baltic Sea of the Atlantic Ocean to the Japan Sea of the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the longest roads in the world across some of the toughest environments and terrain around.

 

Federal Highway M18 is one of the great drives in the world. It’s a 1,592 km (989 mi) road linking Saint Petersburg and Murmansk, in Russia.

Р495

Located in the central part of the Sakhalin Island, in Russia, the 64H-3 road is one of the Best Coastal Drives in the World. Most of the journey in this road with little traffic is gravel. The road runs for 300km along the shore of the Strait of Tartary in the Pacific Ocean.

 

Chegem waterfalls are one of the visit cards of tourist-recreational complex of Kabardino-Balkaria. They are located in the gorge near the village Hushtosyrt of Chegem canyon, in Chegemsky District of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia.

 

The road to the Azov City Gambling Zone, in Rostov Oblast, Russia, is an asphalted road that ends abruptly and turns into a bad farm road.

 

M32 is a main highway in Kazakhstan, with a total length of 2,046km. The road starts in the border with Russia and after 40 hours driving, the road ends in the border with Kyrgyzstan. The surface of the road is asphalt, gravel, and sand.

 

Р493 is a remote road located in the Sakhalin Oblast of Russia. This mostly gravel road is 47.3 km long and links the port town of Nevelsk, the administrative center of Nevelsky District and Petropavlovskoye.

 

Spectacular dirt track with a length of 5km located in the municipality of Maloyaroslavets, in Kaluga Oblast, in the heart of the European part of Russia. A number of fierce battles were also fought near Maloyaroslavets during the Battle of Moscow in 1941–1942. The town was captured by the German Army on October 18, 1941 and liberated by the Red Army on January 2, 1942.

 

Р496 is a short coastal road located on the southwest coast of the SakhalinIsland, in Russia. The road is mostly gravel.

Jvari pass (also known as Krestovy Pereval or Cross Pass) is a high mountain pass, at an elevation of 2379 meters (7815 feet) above the sea level, located between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) on the Georgian Military Road. The pass is located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia, situated in the Stepantsminda District.

 

Short ice road linking Heihe, a city of northern Heilongjiang province, in China and Blagoveshchensk, a city of Amur Oblast, in Russia. This seasonal road opens every winter in the frozen Amur River.

Lake Baikal ice road is a very scenic drive to feel the beauty of transparent ice of the world known Lake Baikal, in the south of the Russian region of Siberia. The ice is so clear that you can recognize the bottom stones through it.

 

The Р487 is one of the greatest drives in the Russian Sakhalin Oblast. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards. The road is 623km long.

 

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