Highest accessible towns by car on Earth

Highest accessible towns by car on Earth

Sometimes we’re so high up in the mountains that we take a deep breath and it feels like we havent’ any oxygen left at all. Even in these conditions, human beings have adapted to a huge variety of conditions, living in sky-high elevations over 16,700ft above the sea level.

This is the list of permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car, from capital cities to remote villages, from the Himalayas to the Andes, where live life at astonishing heights. In many cases, the cold climate in winter necessitates a particular style of house; the type of agriculture practised and the domestic animals kept there are limited; or, the type of work carried on is specialised.

This is the list of the highest accessible towns by car on Earth by country, over the 3.300m above the sea level. Only permanent settlements occupied year-round are included. 

Town Country Elevation (m) Elevation (ft) Road surface
Najia China 5.154 16,909 Gravel
La Rinconada Peru 5.100 16,732 Gravel
Wenquan China 5.100 16,732 Asphalt
El Aguilar Argentina 4.895 16,060 Gravel
Komic India 4.572 15,000 Gravel
Parinacota Chile 4.400 14,400 Gravel
Colquechaca Bolivia 4.167 13,671 Gravel
Murghab Tajikistan 3.618 11,869 Gravel
Raíces Mexico 3.531 11,919 Asphalt
Apartaderos Venezuela 3.505 11,499 Asphalt
Vetas Colombia 3.350 10,990 Gravel
Papallacta Ecuador 3.300 10,827 Asphalt
Alma United States 3.224 10,578 Asphalt