64H-3, one of the best coastal roads in the world

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.

The trip is amazing. The road is 498 km long and links Smirnykh, the administrative center of Smirnykhovsky District of Sakhalin Oblast, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk the administrative center of Sakhalin Oblast. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. Winter usually lasts from the beginning of November to the end of April. Snow may fall as early as October and as late as the middle of June but is usually settled on the ground from the beginning of December to the end of April. It is normal for blizzards to occur during those months, and temperatures in the Yuzhno region may fall to as low as -30 degrees Celsius during the day and even lower at night.

This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. As far as people go, Sakhalin is a fairly safe place when outside the capital, which has the highest juvenile crime rate in the entire federation. Due to restrictions, foreigners wishing to leave Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in order to travel to any other part of the Sakhalin Oblast and its internal and territorial waters are required to seek permission from the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Border Guard. The road runs for 300km along the shore of the Strait of Tartary in the Pacific Ocean. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. This route is suitable for normal cars. 


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