Dare to drive the dangerous Ömər Aşırımı in Azerbaijan
Ömər Aşırımı is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.252m (10,669ft) above the sea level, located in the region of Ganja-Gazakh, in Azerbaijan.
Set high in the Mrav range, within the Goygol National Park, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called R19. The road is extreme. The site is reached only by four-wheel drive in good weather (the best time to visit is between mid July and the end of August). An experienced driver and guide are necessary to reach the site, and explain the most interesting designs.
Tucked away in the western part of the country, the pass is 75.4 km (46.85 miles) long running north-south from Goygol (the capital of the Goygol District) to Yanşaq (in the Kalbajar District). The road is dangerous due the extreme weather: blizzard, strong winds, fog, low visibility, black ice on some road sections and danger of avalanches.
Pic: By Ilkin Məmmədzadə - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48613352