I knew I needed to cross that bridge. The chance to live out a popular adventure theme from almost every Saturday morning cartoon from my childhood. The crazy/dangerous suspension bridge over a sprawling chasm.
So I went.
The Hussaini Hanging Bridge crossing Borit Lake in the Upper Hunza region of Gilgit-Baltistan is often referred to as ‘the most dangerous bridge in the world’ and I had spoken to many local Pakistani people that had been either too scared to cross the bridge, or they took almost an hour to slowly crawl their way across. This rope bridge is both long and poorly maintained. Many planks are missing, and once you reach the mid-way point, incredibly strong winds shake the bridge and threaten to blow you off the side.
I’m not trying to sound super brave and tough, but I didn’t find this too scary actually. I’m not a big risk-taker, and the idea of falling off a bridge into a slow-moving body of water didn’t feel life-threatening. An aerial obstacle course, but with real-life, very wet consequences.
Once you eventually get to the other side of the bridge, there is an amazing cliff path you can begin to climb. It leads to a small village on the other side of the mountain, but the real thrill is just crossing the bridge.
There are probably no plans to upgrade the bridge to make it safer because the bridge has become quite a popular tourist attraction for thrill-seeking foreigners visiting the popular northern areas of Pakistan.
So if you want to live out the adventures of Scooby Doo, or Johnny Quest on a real-life, treacherous, hanging bridge, chances are it will be waiting for you in exactly the same condition.
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