The Most Challenging Road Trips in the World

If you want a different kind of travel experience, you should definitely consider RVing. Recreational vehicles can give you more convenience and comfort than other types of vehicles. 

So, if you are trying to plan a road trip in an RV, you should start finding an ideal RV rental to start your extreme road trip adventure. To get you more excited about going on an adventure on the road with your RV, here’s a list of the most challenging road trips in the world.

  1. Manali-Leh Highway in India

Manali-Leh Highway is a high-altitude winding road in Manali from the region of Himachal Pradesh to Leh. You will drive through arid plains and high-mountain passes. Then, you will pass by the cascading glacial melts over the tall cliffs and amazing views of mountains which are capped with snow. It is one of the highest and most roads in the world, although it is made easier through the use of an RV. Before embarking on this trip is is recommended that you empty your RV’s holding tank and fill the water tank, purchase groceries and supplies. For the vehicle itself, bring at least two full-sized spare tires mounted on rims, a tire jack and tools for flat tires, emergency flares, extra gasoline, motor oil, and wiper fluid and a radio.

This highway, however, is not suitable for beginners. It’s because of the unpredictable weather and the traffic in the Himalayas. It is only open during summertime between the months of June to October because it snows most of the year.

  1. Guoliang Tunnel Road in China

This tunnel is definitely not suited for those who are claustrophobic. Many riders describe this place as frightening but mesmerizing at the same time. The Guoliang Tunnel passes the Taihang Mountains in the Hunan Province in China.

Around 13 feet wide and 16 feet high, this tunnel has more than 30 “windows” that let you enjoy the amazing scenery of the mountains and gorges beneath, making it suitable for only certain classes of RVs. Moreover, locals might warn you about not getting too distracted by the views of this tunnel road with some myth stories. After all, this tunnel is called “the road that doesn’t forgive mistakes” for a certain reason.

  1. Canning Stock Route in Australia

This is one of the most isolated roads in the world. Stretching through 1,820 kilometers going to Hall’s Creek from Wiluna in a region called Kimberley Region. It is the most remote and longest stock route in the world as well, and it is recommended that you have a good vehicle like an RV to traverse it.

This route will cross four deserts namely the Great Sandy, Gibson, Little Sandy, and Tanami. It will also pass oak forests and gorges, rock-art sites, and historic wells that are thousand of years old. You will also be given a chance to mingle with indigenous people who inhabit these rugged and wild lands.

  1. The Highway of Sichuan in Tibet

Originally called the Kangding-Tibet Highway, this route is a 2,142-kilometer road that runs to Lhasa, Tibet from Chengdu, Sichuan. This is one of the world’s riskiest roads and you will need a vehicle like an RV to successfully drive it. You will pass 14 mountains that have heights of 4,000 to 5,000 meters. It takes 15 days or more to complete this road if done at a scenic pace.

This highway is treacherous yet charming at the same time. It is expected to be dangerous because of the avalanches and landslides which are common hazards on this trek. There’s also a scarcity of oxygen and the possibility of having an altitude sickness at any time, so make sure to pack accordingly. 

Final Thoughts

There are millions of roads trips that you can choose to take. Whether it’s a simple route or a challenging one, you must always keep your safety at the top of your priority. When embarking on these road trips, you should highly consider an RV as these vehicles can make these trips both safer and more comfortable.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.