Lago del Sambuco is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 1.435m (4,708ft) above the sea level, located in the district of Leventina in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland. The road to the lake is outstanding. It’s one of the scariest roads in the country and it’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos. Imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.
At 5.793m (19,005ft) above the sea level, Umling La is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, in India, there is a real risk of AMS (altitude-mountain-sickness) and death due to Pulmonary Edema and Cerebral Edema.
Located in the Albanian Riviera, Gjipe Beach is said to be the most beautiful beach of the country. Drive with care as this is a terrifying steep road (up to 9%) with dangerous drop offs. It's best not to look down. One mishap and you plunge off the cliff and into the sea. It’s one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
Located in the Andes on the Argentina–Chile border, at an elevation of 19,000ft (5,800m) above the sea level, the Refugio Tejos is commonly regarded as the highest mountain hut in the world. The track is extreme. Only4x4 vehicles with expert drivers. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Chile.
Mont Malamot is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.885m (9,465ft) above the sea level, located in the northern Cottian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The road to the summit is permanently closed to motorized vehicles. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Col de Viraysse is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.746m (9,009ft) above the sea level, located in the Cottian Alps, in the southwestern part of the Alps, in southeastern France. The road to the summit is extreme. It’s terrible narrow and the drop offs are a bit intimidating. There’s only enough room for one car to go up. There is no turning around if you change you mind. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Railroad Ridge is a high mountain ridge at an elevation of 3.180m (10,433ft) above the sea level located in central Idaho’s White Cloud Mountains, in USA. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point and stay away if you're scared of heights. It’s said to be the highest road accessible to full-size vehicles in Idaho.
Lago di Teleccio is a high mountain artificial lake at an elevation of 1.918m above the sea level, located in the Italian region Piedmont, within the Gran Paradiso National Park. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. The road is really steep, with sections up to 15.7% and includes 20 hairpin turns. It is narrow, so keep the speed down and be ready to move over and make room for oncoming vehicles.
Poughkeepsie Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 12,919 feet (3,938 meters) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains outside of Ouray, in San Juan County, Colorado, USA. It’s a challenging trail that should only be attempted by those who how have pretty build vehicle capable of handling very tough conditions. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado.
Monte Corrasi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.463m (4,799ft) above the sea level, located in central-eastern Sardinia, Italy. There is little room for error on this extreme road climbing up the wildest and most remote mountain in the Mediterranean.
Lac de Derborence is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 1.465 m (4,806ft) above the sea level, located in the Lizerne valley in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It’s a narrow road with a long stretch of continuous hand crafted tunnels and windows with hairy 300m drop-offs.
Located in the Itum-Kale district of the Republic of Chechnya, near the border between Russia and Georgia, Tsoi-Pede, is a medieval necropolis. It’s one of the largest medieval cemeteries in the Caucasus, included in the list of the seven most remote Russian attractions. Along the way there’s a memorial for two Russians that went over the edge. Apart from the terrible drop there is also the danger of ambush.
Located in the Tushar Mountains of south-central Utah, in Piute County, in USA, the Forest Road 123 is a very challenging drive. The track climbs up to 3.496m (11,469 ft) above the sea level. It’s said to be the Utah’s highest road. The road, also knownand signed as the Big John Flat road, is 16.0 miles long.
Bellecote is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.071m (10,075ft) above the sea level, located in the Graian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
Ano Meria - Agios Georgios road is a short extreme road located in the island of Folegandros, in the Aegean Sea, part of the Cyclades, in Greece. It's one of the scariest roads of the country. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death.
Brasina is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.873m (6,145ft) above the sea level, located in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Definitely it’s one of the best off – road experience in the country. Due to hazardous area (mine fields) do not hike or ride outside of the dirt road. The climb is very steep, with sections up to 14%.
Located in the District of Yusufeli, Artvin Province, in North-East Turkey, the road to Morkaya is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death.Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race.
Ravin de la Platte is a high mountain ravine at an elevation of 1.853m (6,079ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It’s one of the most extreme roads in the world, bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo.
Located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Mount Everest North Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5.157m (16,919ft) above the sea level. The road to the base camp is a magnificent feat of engineering. It’s mostly asphalted.
Located north of Moab, in southern Utah, USA, the Gemini Bridges Trail is a very scenic journey. You should not attempt this without a serious vehicle that can handle off-roading. If you are looking for the real Moab experience, this is it.
Puntal de la Misa is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.754m (5,754ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Jaén, in Andalusia, Spain. A 4WD vehicle with high clearance and an experienced driver are required. The road is very steep, with sections up to 20%. It’s one of the wildest drives in the country.