The Planet’s Most Epic Road Adventures
While staying at home and watching your favorite series online can be a lot of fun, the best way to experience life is to get out there and do something outside of your comfort zone.
But what does this mean in practice? Well, one idea is to go on an epic road adventure through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
These trips are both beautiful and a little bit risky too. And that’s what you need sometimes to feel alive.
So what epic road trips are out there? Let’s take a look.
The Hindustan Tibet Road
The Tibet road is one of the most isolated and unique in the world. Tibet is essentially a giant elevated plateau, thousands of feet above sea level. The average height is actually nearly as tall as the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc.
The road runs around 500 km from Punjab to Tibet, through the Shipki La Pass. The land is bare – almost like you’ve gone to Mars. And the road is crumbling slightly, which adds to the thrill.
This road is dangerous, though, and leads to many accidents every year. People often find themselves having to find a fully qualified car accident attorney to get compensation.
The Ruta Nationale 5 in Chile
If you’re looking for a fun desert adventure, then you might want to head over to Chile’s Ruta Nationale 5 which runs through the famously-dry Atacama. It’s widely considered one of the most challenging roads in the world, connecting the desert regions of the south to the lush Peruvian Andes in the north.
Before you take this trip, be sure to carry extra fuel with you on your journey. There are almost no gas stations along the entire route, meaning that there’s a high chance of getting stranded. You’ll also need to get used to driving in high winds. Despite the lack of rain, the Atacama has a reputation for regular gales.
The Manali-Srinagar Road
If you’re planning on traversing the Manali-Srinagar road, you’ll need a proper off-road vehicle. That’s because streams, fords, and large boulders pepper the entire route, not to mention extreme elevations.
The most treacherous part of the route is the 9-kilometer Zoji La pass. While this section of the 300-mile is short, there are no barriers to prevent your vehicle from tumbling over the edge. And the route is famous for snowstorms and landslides.
The Sichuan Highway is a 2000-mile route that runs between Chengdu and Lhasa. It runs through the Himalayas and remains more than 4000 meters above sea level for much of the route. For this reason, the performance of your vehicle is likely to decline (because of the thinning of the oxygen in the atmosphere).
Some parts of the road run through deep gorges between the peaks. But, sometimes, the road builders had no choice but to build directly up the mountainsides in a zig-zag. The road, therefore, makes for some spectacular views and unique driving experiences, particularly the 72-turn road up Yela mountain.