10 bridges that will make your legs tremble

How’s your balance, twinkletoes? Decide whether you’d walk these 10 shaky spans.
A pakistan man crossing the dangerous Hussaini Hanging Bridge.
Fortunately, there are no crocs in the water © Getty Images/Flickr RF
By Marc Schwarz

It's the stuff of Hollywood movies – dangerous, primitive bridges like the one above in Pakistan, swinging high over a jungle valley or a raging river. Sketchy, scary and a little bit exciting, walking over one is a leap of faith. We've gathered up some of the world's most fear-inducing bridges to give you daydreams – or nightmares.

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Take a trip through the trees in India

Crossing this bridge at the tree house resort in India can be risky.
Hanging bridge at the tree house resort in India © Getty Images

We're starting off simple – this sketchy-looking bridge is probably one of the safest you'll see in this list, given that it's part of a hotel in India. But probably best avoided if you've been indulging at the hotel bar.

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The Hussaini Hanging Bridge, Pakistan


A pakistan man crossing the dangerous Hussaini Hanging Bridge.
The Hussaini Hanging Bridge © Getty Images/Flickr Open

This bridge? Not so safe. In fact, the Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan is known as the most dangerous bridge in the world. And it's not difficult to see why. Every step requires a leap of faith. Whoever designed this needs to go back to engineering school. But if you like high-wire thrills, pick up a plane ticket – this is only one of many precarious rope bridges in Northern Pakistan.

An 'indo' board bridge, Indonesia

Children crossing a badly damaged bridge in Lebak, Indonesia
A badly damaged bridge in Lebak, Indonesia © AFP PHOTO/ANTARA/ASEP FATHULRAHMAN

Surfers and skaters will be familiar with the famous 'Indo Board' balance trainer – but how would they fare on this hanging-by-a-thread bridge in Indonesia? As for these kids – don't worry, they're just on their way to school.

A walk and a hike, Western New Guinea

A mountaineer crossing a suspension bridge above the rapids of the Baliem River.
Suspension bridge above the Baliem river © Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

This suspension bridge above the rapids of the Baliem River goes not only across – but up, as well, meaning there's two ways you can miss your step.

Shaky steps over the rainforest, Brazil

A woman crossing a rope bridge in the rainforest near Prenopolis, Brazil.
Crossing a rope bridge in the rainforest. © Getty Images/AWL Images RM

This bridge may be part of a jungle ropes course in Pirenopolis, but there's no question it will make your legs tremble – those steps in the middle are actually meant to be free-swinging.

A scary selfie, Kashmir Himalayas, India

Looking down the swollen Kanka River on a rickety wodden bridge.
Looking down the swollen Kanka River © Getty Images/Aurora Creative

Our applause goes out to the individual who took this shot. Crossing a bridge like this and then also feeling confident enough to stop and take a shoe-selfie? That's bravery.

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Stepping over space, Austria

Woman crossing a high rope bridge in Mondsee, Austria
Woman crossing a high rope bridge. © Getty Images/Picture Press RM

Not every sketchy bridge is in the middle of a jungle in a developing country. This pulse-quickening traverse hangs above a healthy amount of alpine air in Austria.

Cirrus business on Mt Nimbus, USA

Woman crossing a suspension bridge at Mt. Nimbus, USA
Sky Walking, Mt. Nimbus © Getty Images/Aurora Open

This high altitude suspension bridge on Mt Nimbus is a bad-joke-teller's dream. But with such sketchy footing, it's best to keep your head out of the clouds.

Making it over the Mekong River, China

A man crossing the Mekong river on a high wire.
Man crossing Mekong river on a high wire © Getty Images

The Mekong River travels through six different countries in South-East Asia – China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam – and offers conditions from gently moving water to frothing rapids (as pictured above.) We're guessing most people want more than two skinny ropes to cross it – but this individual seems to be doing just fine.

Trekking Everest, Nepal

Sherpas crossing a aluminum ladders bridge above a crevasse at the Mount Everest.
Crevasse bridge at the Mount Everest. © Andy Bardon Photography

These bridges are hardly permanent – every year they're put up by Sherpas to help Everest Climbers navigate the incredibly dangerous Khumbu Ice Fall. It's one of the most treacherous parts of an Everest attempt, where precision footwork is required while wearing crampons with a heavy backpack on your shoulders. 

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