Located in the Karnali Region, north-west of Kathmandu, in Nepal, the Karnali Highway is said to be one of the most dangerous roads on the world. Be prepared, this road is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared. One mistake can have serious consequences. The police have banned driving at night on this road due to the high number of fatal accidents.
The road, also known as H13, is mostly asphalted, with some gravel sections through a high mountain area. Karnali region is one of the east developed zones in Nepal. The track is a combination of narrow stretches, landslides, rocks, flooded parts, potholes, huge drops, steep cliffs, and also lots of dust along with bumpiness. Extremely narrow lane, lack of awareness among public and driver, unattended cattle on the roads, among other reasons have made it a risky road to travel.
This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. This road definitely comes with an unlimited amount of scary moments. During the monsoon times, this highway becomes more dangerous, and the reason behind it is the increase in the number of landslides and other hazards. Drivers must remain cautious as the journey has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers.It’s said to be one of the deadliest roads in the world. Accidents along this narrow highway have in fact become a regular affair. At least 50 people die each year on this road.
The road was completed in 2007. It’s 232 km (144 mi) long, and links the villages of Birendranagar and Chandannath (formerly Jumla). The road is narrow, but still it’s a two-way road. The route has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Even though you can enjoy a lot on this trip, you need to be very cautious while driving.