Hanging or suspension bridges are a common sight in many countries including: Nepal, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and New Zealand. The Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge in Northern Pakistan however, has the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous suspension bridge in the world.

The local people of northern Pakistan use several suspension bridges to cross the many rivers in the region. The view from the Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge is picturesque, not to mention precarious and potentially lethal.

The area is known for its “two bridge trek,” which is a major tourist attraction experience. No roller coaster or amusement park ride can come close to simulating the truly death-defying thrills and fears associated with crossing this bridge where sudden gusts of winds can knock travelers off their feet to a watery death within seconds.

No one knows who built the Hussaini-Borit Lake Bridge, but it is extremely old, very narrow, situated too high above the lake and missing many of the original wooden planks. It passes through the village of Passu and other neighboring hamlets, ending at the lake itself.

The likely death of those who dare to cross the rickety structure is only one disturbing fact associated with this bridge. It provides the only means of travel connecting locals to the larger cities of northern Pakistan, making the long and dangerous walk across its shaky foundation a common occurrence.

These types of bridges are traditionally constructed mostly from rope. Due to the limited durability of natural materials, they require periodic repair. The bridge over Lake Borit is in desperate need of much more than that, but it still stands as it always did, shaky and perilous and simultaneously the only means of transport for locals.

It is not known how many people may have fallen to their deaths while crossing this fearful structure.

If you are thinking of doing this, get your affairs in order before doing so.

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M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.