The road from Baglung to Jharkot is a thrilling (scary) off road experience
Baglung-Jharkot Road (F042) is a very challenging drive located in the heart of Mustang District of western Nepal. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward.
Located in the Kali Gandaki Valley, the tenuous road is 106 km long running south-north from Baglung, a town in the Baglung District of Dhaulagiri Zone towards Jharkot, a village in Mustang District in the Dhaulagiri Zone. The most challenging part of the road runs along the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi, which could be the deepest canyon in the world. The road was improved in 2010. Now it’s little wider and not so risky in compare to 4-5 years ago.
The unpaved road is part of the Tour des Annapurnas. It was built by the Nepal Army. It’s subject to flooding. The route is dangerous. Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous dropoffs. High Clearance SUV or a Jeep, with 4WD, is the most suitable vehicle for the trip. The road follows the Kali Gandaki river. It is prone to landslides and flooding particularly during the monsoon. The road is pretty steep, ending at 3.682m (12,080ft) above the sea level.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Travel Guide