This list is great. This list is in itself capable enough to inject vertigo. Be cautious, be safe, and proceed to read about the 10 most dangerous bridges that you’ll ever find in this world. And for those suffering from vertigo- extra cautious; this isn’t a list you’ll enjoy going through.
Do you feel like adrenaline rushing through your veins? Well if you do, then you got at the right place.
On Compilation 11 we wanted to make a compilation of those bridges around the globe that take a little or way too much courage to cross. Wooden, steel, pendants, live … Just take a look at the ones we propose and decide if you would be willing to put your feet (and your life) in them.
Here are the 10 most dangerous bridges on the planet.
1 Hussaini Suspension Bridge, Pakistan
Heading the list of the most terrifying bridges is that of the small town of Hussaini, which stands at 2,600 meters in the Gilgit-Baltistanan region of Pakistan. The bridge is the oldest and most dangerous one in Pakistan. Until 1978 the inhabitants of Gilgit-Baltistanan region of Northern Pakistan were cut off from the rest of Pakistan due to mountainous terrains and lack of roads.
The only accessible way was to travel via the mountain passes leading to Rawalpindi. The Karakoram Highway was completed in 1978, connecting the region to other parts but still inter-region travel remained difficult and too distant a dream. The long travel pains led to the inhabitants of the towns on both sides of the Borit River in Hunza build a suspension bridge.
The materials they used were of a doubtful stability and something whose strength could be checked only with the passage of time. The bridge was named after Shajraa of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and hence the bridge speaks of keeping faith that nothing will happen to the people crossing the dangerous and incomplete bridge.
Students and workers etc have the bridge as the only means of passage and indeed a tough add-on to their already tough life. Also greedy travelers, photographers, and adventure lovers keep coming here to take photos or test their nerves for such risky adventure.
2 Suspension Bridge on the Trift Glacier, Switzerland
Triftbrücke is the bridge that gives a sight of the Trift glacier in its entire splendor. This spectacular pedestrian suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps was built in 2004 when there was no possible route to cross the glacier from one side to another. The bridge spans over the Lake Triftsee, a product of the Trift glacier.
With a length of 170 meters and 100 meters of height, it is currently one of the longest cable suspension bridges in the world. Trift Bridge is made of thick steel cables with bolted wooden planks. The bridge was originally constructed to help the workers of the Trift Hydroelectric plant to reach the power plant. However, it was replaced in 2009 by a more secure and more accessible bridge, one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the Alps.
3 Q’eswachaca Bridge, Peru
The local people consider this bridge as The Incan Bridge, one of the great hanging bridges that were present in the Inca Empire. It kept alive the road system of the Incas. After the Spanish invasion the majority of bridges in the Inca Empire disappeared, except the Q’eswachaca Bridge.
Q’eswachaca, about 100 kilometers south of Cuzco, can be seen as it was 500 years ago; thanks to the skilled builders of the locality who get together every year to keep the bridge running. The Incas extended a system of handmade paths and bridges with interwoven stems and plants along the Andes that have managed to stay alive over time. The 36 meters long bridge overlooks the fierce river waters from about 70 meters in height.
If claimants are to be believed, this bridge was built by the emperors Pachacutec and Mayta Capac in order to expand the Empire. Q’eswachaca Bridge is located strategically between the communities of Chaupibamda, Huinchiri, Qowana Qewe y Opercaro, and forms a part of the province of Canas of the Department of Cuzco.
It is not just a blend of culture, technology, innovation, unity, harmony, and protector of nature, but it is indeed a Peruvian heritage.
4 Captain William Moore Bridge, Alaska, United States
Located on the South Klondike Highway near Skagway, in Alaska, this bridge is a 110-foot terrifying bridged passage Moore Creek Gorge. It is named after Captain William Moore, a pilot, prospector, packer, trader and riverboat captain who played an important role in the founding of Skagway and also the one to realize the need and potential of a railroad at the place.
The bridge may seem to be quite alright and safe in the first glance but has an active earthquake fault. The engineers who supervised the construction were aware of the danger posed by the position of the bridge and hence gave the possible support to the structure to counteract the effect of a possible earthquake.
This bridge was built in 1976, and is already deteriorated to the point of replacement. Even if the replacement work is carried out, a similarly designed replacement would also have a limited life. Chances are that the replacement would not be a bridge. The state is filling in the gorge, leaving a large culvert for water to continue flowing. The top of the concrete fill-in will be the base upon which the road deck will be built. As per the news flowing in, the current bridge is being converted to a pedestrian walkway with construction underway from 2016 and may last to 2018.
5 Skybridge, Russia
The city of Sochi in Russia is home to one of the most impressive hanging bridges in the world, the Skybridge. This officially longest pedestrian suspension bridge is 439 meters, and stretches along a kilometer (207 meters) above the beautiful Krasnaya Polyana valley. It forms part of the Sochi SkyPark. The construction of this bridge took into use 740 tons of steel and 2,000 cubic meters of concrete. AJ Hackett, the creating firm, claims that it has the strength to withstand earthquakes, hurricane winds, rain, snow and ice
Walking is considered heart throbbing, guess how attacking would be bungee jumping. The bungee jumping activity is carried from 69 and 207 meters in height on Zipline that reaches 70 kilometers per hour. In addition this footbridge has two observation platforms which offer a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the Black Sea coast.
6 Bridge on Mount Nimbus, Canada
Mount Nimbus is a special place in the Purcell Mountains area of the Canadian Northern Rocky Mountains. Any mountaineer or tourist would really wish for a climb like the Northern Rocky Mountains in Canada. Mount Nimbus is at an altitude of 8,698 feet (2,651 meters).
The peak of Mount Nimbus is accessible by a 1.6-mile (2.5 kilometer) long protected climbing route, aided by steel cables attached to the rock surface. The route passes through surreal view, snow-capped mountains, fog, meadows, and ridges. The climb is about 180 m (600 ft) long
If someone plans to have a feel of being in heaven then Mount Nimbus should be the first choice. Not to forget that it is dangerous too. Firstly get a helicopter to reach there, then do some climbing and cross this bridge that moves like a flan along 60 meters. The span is equipped with necessary security measures but sadly courage is something you’ll have to bring yourself.
7 Hanging bridges of Taman Negara, Malaysia
Although the Hanging bridge of Malaysia is not as tall as the previous mentioned bridges but it is one of the suspension bridges in the world’s oldest tropical forest, Taman Negara. And believe me, it will make you go dizzy.
Hanging Bridge spreads throughout an area of 510 meters and almost reaches the treetops of thousands of years of age. This bridge is enough to have your legs shaking. Fear aside, the best part of this bridge is the panoramic view and the experience of being high in the middle of the jungle.
8 Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Northern Ireland
In Ballintoy (County Antrim), Northern Ireland, is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Spanning 20 meters (66 ft) in length and 30 meters (98 ft) in height is this bridge with a massive amount of tourists visiting each year. According to the 2009 data there were roughly 247,000 visitors to the bridge that is open all year round and the highest ever were in 2016.
The rope bridge leads the mainland to Carrick Island, Ireland. There are many tourists who go to the zone to get the adrenaline kick to walk in the air and contemplate the landscape of the north coast of Ireland.
According to the historical facts the salmon fishermen built this bridge around 350 years ago and it has now taken an altogether different form since then. In 2000, a new bridge was built with the help of local climbers and tested to take weight of up to ten tones. In 2004, another bridge was built which offered visitors and fishermen a much safer passage to the island.
9 El Caminito del Rey, Malaga, Spain
The El Caminito del Rey is the most dangerous and impressive found in Spain and lies over the gorge of the Gaitanes, in Malaga. It has been known in the past as the “world’s most dangerous walkway” following five deaths in 1999 and 2000. Original construction of the El Caminito del Rey clocks to somewhere between 1901 and 1905, initially serving a route to transport material and people between two power stations on either side of the El Chorro gorge. It was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII in the early 1920s. Camino remains one of the wonders of Spain.
The bridge path was built using sand and cement, held together by metal brackets. Also provided is a simple iron railing. Owing to various deaths, the Caminito was officially closed in 2000. Later on it became famous as the ‘world’s most dangerous pathway.’
Several hikers who made the route for free lost their lives before the rehabilitation of the bridge in 2015. The walkway was partially closed for over a decade and after four years of extensive repairs and renovations, the walkway re-opened on March 28th 2015. It promises to be one of the largest attractions in Andalusia, if not the whole of Spain. The total distance to walk the new Caminito del Rey is 7.7 km.
10 Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
We have grown up listening about bridges being constructed but never about bridges that are growing. A lack of trust in what man has been able to build is a notion of lesser trust in nature itself.
Meghalaya has in its dense tropical forest, shrouded with cloud and rain, an astonishing man-made natural wonder. Southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, has swift rivers and streams flowing through mountain ranges. Amidst this lies The Living Bridge of Meghalaya, built by the members of the Khasi and Jaintia tribe. Indian rubber tree has an incredibly strong root system and employs tough rubber trees found on the slopes of the hills. A new rope bridge takes about 15 years to grow and become strong to bear large weight. They continue growing and attain more strength over time.
To make the rubber tree roots grow in the right direction the Khasis use betel nut trunks, sliced down the middle and hollowed out, to create root-guidance systems. This prevents the thin and tender roots of the rubber tree from fanning out. Upon reaching the other side of the river, they’re allowed to take root, thus giving a strong living bridge.